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How to Import Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram

How to Import Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram

By Yashdeep Raj •  2021-01-29T05:22:30.757Z •  Tips and Tricks


WhatsApp had to delay its controversial privacy policy update after it faced a backlash from its users. Due to this situation, several WhatsApp users have been switching to Signal and Telegram. To help ensure a seamless transition, developers at Telegram have created a new chat import tool that lets you import chats from WhatsApp to Telegram.

Import WhatsApp Chats to Telegram

Telegram has added its import tool with the latest version 7.4 update on Apple’s App Store. As of this writing, the feature is available on Android for beta users and it should trickle down to stable version in the next update. If you’re a Telegram beta user, you can follow the steps right away to import WhatsApp chats. On the other hand, if you’re a regular Telegram user on Android, you can go through the method to import chats and follow it as soon as the update hits the stable channel. With all that said, let’s get started.

Note: While this guide focuses on importing WhatsApp chats to Telegram, you can use Telegram’s import tool to import chats from other messaging apps like Line and KakaoTalk too.

Import Personal Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram

1. To import personal chats to Telegram, open the conversation window of a WhatsApp contact, tap on the vertical three dots menu, and choose More -> Export chat. WhatsApp will now ask if you want to include media in the export. If you want to have media too, tap on ‘Include Media.’ Choose ‘Without Media’ if you’re okay with just the text messages.

export personal chats whatsapp 2. As soon as you tap on one of these options, the share sheet appears. From the share sheet, choose Telegram. In this case, I’m choosing Telegram beta as the feature is limited to beta at this moment. You can choose Telegram here when the feature gets a stable rollout. Telegram will now urge you to choose where to import messages. You can either choose from the recent messages list or use the search box to find the contact and tap ‘Import’.

choose import recipient on Telegram

3. The app will now start importing your messages. The process can take somewhere between just seconds to a few minutes based on the message import size. Moreover, you’ll have to wait a bit longer if you choose to import media too. You should keep the app open until the import process is complete.

message import page

4. As you can see below, Telegram has successfully imported messages from one of my WhatsApp contacts. Imported messages have an ‘Imported’ tag along with the original timestamp of the message to indicate that the message was imported from another platform.

imported message output

Import Group Chats from WhatsApp to Telegram

Coming to group chats, this is where the import tool can really help you. It automatically organizes and assigns the messages to contacts that are already in the Telegram group. If there’s a message from a person who’s not part of the Telegram group, Telegram will show the message with the phone number of the person. Here’s how you can import group chats to Telegram.

1. Open the group you want to import messages from and choose More -> Export chat from the vertical three dots menu in the top right corner. Just like personal chats, you can choose to import with or without media from a group.

export group chats whatsapp

2. Choose Telegram from the share sheet that pops up now. You can now pick where you want to import messages and tap on the Import button. Alternatively, you can create a new group for importing messages using the ‘Create a New Group to Import’ option.

choose target group

3. Once the import process is complete, you’ll see a confirmation. After that, you can go through all the messages and media from the WhatsApp group (except WhatsApp stickers and documents) on Telegram.

group import output telegram

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