Telegram has added the flexibility to import your chat historical past from WhatsApp, which means you gained’t unfastened previous conversations if you wish to change messaging providers. On iOS the characteristic arrived with version 7.4, launched yesterday and spotted by 9to5Mac, however the replace doesn’t seem like dwell but on Android. Alongside WhatsApp, chat histories from Line and KakaoTalk can be imported, in accordance with Telegram’s changelog. We’ve verified that you could import chats from WhatsApp into the most recent model (7.4.1) of Telegram and proceed the dialog, as long as every WhatsApp consumer has a Telegram account.

The addition of the characteristic comes as Telegram is reporting enormous will increase in consumer numbers, with the service now boasting over 500 million lively customers worldwide. The trigger seems to be WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which prompted privateness issues concerning the Fb-owned messaging app (WhatsApp later delayed the introduction of the brand new coverage, and insists it gained’t have an effect on the safety of shopper chats or profile knowledge). For customers leaping ship from WhatsApp to Telegram, having the ability to take their chat histories with them means one fewer barrier to switching.

Imports work on a chat-by-chat foundation.
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The import course of works on a chat-by-chat foundation, however seems to work for each particular person and group conversations, at the very least with WhatsApp. To import a chat from Fb’s messaging service, open the related dialog, and faucet the group or contact identify from the highest of the chat to open its data display. From there, the “Export Chat” possibility opens the iOS Share Sheet, the place you’ll see the choice to pick Telegram. Then, simply choose a Telegram chat to import the messages into.

Any messages imported into chats have a small “Imported” label on them noting once they have been initially despatched, and once they have been introduced into Telegram, and messages are seen to all chat members. You may have the choice of importing WhatsApp chat histories with or with out their photographs. Imported messages seem within the order by which they’re imported, somewhat than within the order they have been initially despatched.

Telegram’s assist for imported chat histories arrive alongside a handful of different high quality of life enhancements for the messaging service, like having the ability to modify volumes for particular person voice chat members, or reporting “pretend teams or channels” which might be making an attempt to impersonate well-known individuals or organizations.

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