Should I Move from WhatsApp?
According to WhatsApp, the company shares the following details with Facebook and other Facebook-owned companies:
- phone number
- transaction data
- service-related information,
- information on how you interact with others when using Facebook services
- mobile device information
- your IP address
Moreover, according to WhatsApp’s App Store listing, the company links the following data to your identity:
- Financial Info
- Contact Info
- User Content
- Usage Data
Creating Account on Telegram
Telegram is available on all leading platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and web. You can sign up for a Telegram account after installing the app on the platform of your choice. Registering an account on Telegram requires an active phone number and you will have to verify your phone number during the account creation process. Once you verify the number, you can add your name and get started.
Moving Chats & Messages to Telegram
While it wasn’t possible to import WhatsApp chats to Telegram before, Telegram has recently introduced a chat import tool to help you seamlessly bring WhatsApp chats to Telegram.
The First, Second and Third Stages:
To use the tool, open a chat, tap on More -> Export chat. You can choose to move media too by tapping on ‘Include Media’. If you just want the messages without media files, you can press the ‘Without Media’ button.
The Fourth and Fifth Stages:
From the Share sheet that appears now, choose Telegram, and tap on the recipient’s chat from the recent messages list or find it using the search box. After you find the right contact, tap ‘Import’.
Supported Formats and Limits
With Telegram, you can send messages, emojis, GIFs, stickers, animated stickers, and files. Unlike WhatsApp that limits videos to 16 MB and documents to 100 MB, you can send files of size up to 2 GB on Telegram. If you’re using Telegram for the first time, this will make a tangible difference in the way you share files with your friends. It is also worth mentioning that you can create your own sticker pack for creating goofy sticker packs. Oh, and did I tell you that you can set animated videos as your profile avatar?
One aspect you should keep in mind while using Telegram is that the app doesn’t have end-to-end encryption by default, unlike WhatsApp. Don’t get me wrong, the chats are still encrypted using Telegram’s server-client MTProto encryption protocol. You can read more about how Telegram approaches encryption on the company’s explainer here. If you want that added layer of security, you should be looking at Telegram’s secret chats that offer end-to-end encryption.