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Telegram now lets you easily import chats and media from WhatsApp

Telegram Android App
Telegram Android App (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • You can now import chats into Telegram from WhatsApp.
  • The process can import text messages and shared media.
  • You can import content into Telegram on iOS or Android.

Following recent controversies surrounding WhatsApp's privacy policies, many people are looking for the best WhatsApp alternatives. Unsurprisingly, Telegram wants people to swap over to its own communication app. Telegram shared that over 100 million people joined Telegram this January. The messaging app maker has a new trick up its sleeve to tempt even more people. Starting today, you can easily import messages and shared media from WhatsApp into Telegram.

Losing old messages is a major drawback that prevents many people from switching communication apps. Telegram is easing that switch with support for important content. The feature works on iOS and Android and can be used to move both text messages and media, such as videos and pictures.

WhatsApp supported exporting a chat already, but now you can choose a specific conversation within Telegram as a share destination. The process is a bit different on iOS and Android, but it's essentially selecting to export a chat within WhatsApp and then selecting Telegram in the Share menu.

The move isn't completely seamless, however. We've tried it out on Android and when moving a chat into Telegram, all of the text messages appeared as a text file. That's not nearly as seamless as content appearing as native messages within Telegram that you can easily search.

Whatsapp To Telegram

Source: Telegram (Image credit: Source: Telegram)

Based on Telegram's blog post explaining the feature, it appears much more native on iOS. In the video shared in the blog post, the messages from WhatsApp appear as actual messages within Telegram, which is much more convenient.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • So you're choosing to unencrypt your messages 🤣
  • Telegram has end to end encryption but it's disabled by default
  • Telegram is a great app! I have it for around two years (I guess) and overtime my contacts grew from 2 to 33.
  • Best thing to do is switch to Signal... as you don't have the hassle of starting "secret chats" with everyone just to use telegram's end to end encryption.
  • Yeah if you care about security, then signal (even though it has less features) is the way to go. You have to manually enables secret chats with contacts AND it doesn't work for groups (I think).
  • For those still planning to switch, be weary of new updates on WhatsApp henceforth.
    Don't be surprised if the "export chat" function is removed in the next update to lock you in.