By Babajide Okeowo
In an apparent move for the jugular of WhatsApp, Telegram now allows users who are moving to its platform to bring their chat history – including videos and documents from WhatsApp to the new platform.
With this new feature, everyone can bring their chat history from both individual chats and groups – including videos and documents – to Telegram from WhatsApp.
This feature is available on both Android and IOS. You can import your chats as long as you have an account on both WhatsApp and Telegram.
For users jumping ship from WhatsApp to Telegram, being able to take their chat histories with them means one fewer barrier to switching.
To move a chat from WhatsApp on iOS, open the Contact Info or Group Info page in WhatsApp, then tap Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.
Meanwhile, on Android, to export chats on WhatsApp, on mobile, click on the three dots at the top right of a chat (for both individual and group), tap ‘More’, then ‘Export chat’, and follow the prompt to choose the destination.
This feature allows you to send all conversations in the chat with or without media.
Any messages imported into chats have a small “Imported” label on them noting when they were originally sent, and when they were brought into Telegram, and messages are visible to all chat participants.
Imported messages appear in the order in which they are imported, rather than in the order they were originally sent.