In a bid to attract more users, cloud-based instant messenger app Telegram is introducing a feature that would let users transfer their chats from rival platforms such as WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk.
- The feature would work on both Android and iOS devices
- According to Telegram, more than 100 million users joined the platform this month
In a bid to attract more users, cloud-based instant messenger app Telegram is introducing a feature that would let users transfer their chats from rival platforms such as WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk to their Telegram account. The feature would work on both Android and iOS devices.
According to Telegram, more than 100 million users joined the platform this month.
"Over 100 million new users joined Telegram this January, seeking more privacy and freedom. But what about the messages and memories that remain in older apps? Starting today, everyone can bring their chat history – including videos and documents – to Telegram from apps like WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk. This works both for private chats and groups," the company said in a statement.
On Android, users need to open a WhatsApp chat, tap ⋮ > More > Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu. iOS users need to open the Contact Info or Group Info page in WhatsApp, tap Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu to move the chat.
"The best part is that the messages and media you move don’t need to occupy extra space. Older apps make you store all data on your device -- but Telegram can take up virtually no space while letting you access all your messages, photos and videos anytime you need them," the company noted.
The social networking giant is sending in-app notifications to WhatsApp users and informing them that it has decided to enforce new usage terms that give it wider control over users' data.
"I hear Facebook has an entire department devoted to figuring out why Telegram is so popular. Imagine dozens of employees working on just that full-time. I am happy to save Facebook tens of millions of dollars and give away our secret for free: respect your users," Durov had written in his blog post.
The cloud-based instant messenger app has also rolled out a major update recently comprising multiple new features and improvements for the overall user experience. These include Voice Chat for Telegram Groups, SD Card storage, and new UI animation for Android version of the app, new media editor capabilities along with fast loading and better looking animated stickers.
Facebook's new policy includes information about WhatsApp's services and how the company processes user data. It also highlights how WhatsApp uses Facebook-hosted services to store and manage chats on the platform. But, the biggest highlight of the update is that WhatsApp would now share the data of users with Facebook and other third-party services that are integrated with its services for content suggestions and ads.
"When you or others use third-party services or other Facebook Company Products that are integrated with our Services, those third-party services may receive information about what you or others share with them. For example, if you use a data backup service integrated with our Services (like iCloud or Google Drive), they will receive information you share with them, such as your WhatsApp messages," the company had said.