There are a lot of people who are actually hesitant to move away from WhatsApp because of the sentimental value of chat history. This is a really good feature if you are one of those people who hesitate to migrate because of this one reason. I have to commend Telegram for making a smart play. As of January 30th, 2021, this feature is available only on iOS. You need to be on version 7.4.1. This was first reported by 9to5Mac, the popular Apple content blog.
So, this feature is applicable for both personal chat and also group conversations.
How to import chats from WhatsApp to Telegram
Telegram just sent a message today saying “Move your message history from other apps to Telegram”. You can see the below video to see the steps and try on your mobile phone, We’ve mentioned the steps for both iPhone and Android. You can also scroll down to see the steps and transfer the chats yourself.
Steps to Transfer Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram on iPhone.
These are the steps to actually import all your chats from WhatsApp to Telegram on your iPhone. Make sure you have the latest version of the WhatsApp and Telegram
- Open the chat you would like to export. And make sure you have the same contact on Telegram.
- Tap on the name at the top of the chat screen near the Video and voice call button. This would open the profile view or the shared view of the particular chat.
- In the list that appears, scroll down and choose Export Chat from the options. Basically what are doing is the existing export chat option and pasting it in the Telegram app.
- As soon as you choose the Export chat option, you would be asked to choose whether to attach media or not along with Export chat. Media refers to images, videos, documents, and links that you might send to and receive from your message. If you care about the media in the chat you have chosen then probably it’s the best option to choose Attach Media. Go otherwise with Without Media.
- In the share sheet that appears, look for Telegram and choose that. If you don’t find it in the front view, swipe to the left and click on the … button at the end. This would give the popup with all the possible options. You would find Telegram in there for sure without fail.
- You will see the list of all the chats that you have on Telegram. Choose the same contact of the chat you exported of (I think that’s the whole point). It’s a good option to use the search feature as I have done in the screenshot below. Once chosen, this will automatically import the chats from there.
- You will be asked to confirm one last time before the import starts. As you can see in the popup, both the sender and receiver name is mentioned. Please make sure both of them are the same just to be sure.
- Tap Import and you could see the import happen in real-time. Once it’s done successfully you could tap Done.
- Once, it’s done, you could see the messages from WhatsApp in the Telegram of the same user. Also, you could see that the message has information about the time it was sent or received and also the time it was imported to the Telegram app from WhatsApp.
Steps to Transfer Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram on Android.
- Open WhatsApp and choose the Contact or Group you want to transfer to Telegram and click the three dots at the top right. Make sure you have the same contact on Telegram.
- Now click on more.
- Choose Export chat
- If you want to export the chat with the media files like Images and Videos, then select Import Media, else click on without media.
- Now from the share list, choose Telegram
- Choose the contact on the telegram App and click Import.
- Your WhatsApp chats are transferred to Telegram Successfully.
That’s about it. Its a smart play from Telegram’s side to help themselves expand their user base. Kudos to their team.
Telegram recently released the information saying that they have added 100 million more users in the last month because of the whole WhatsApp fiasco. That makes it more than 500 million overall users.
Its not any debate anymore that Telegram & Signal are better alternatives for WhatsApp to serve as our daily instant messaging app.