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You can now export Telegram chats, media & files to read anytime

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Telegram has added something really meaningful to its service – the ability to export chats. Using it you can export a complete chat while still keeping it accessible and readable. You can also export photos, videos, stickers, GIFs, and files. This is a worthy add-on to Telegram as you can download your data to avoid accidental deletion or before deleting your account (if ever).

Not usually do you see platforms offering methods to export data out of their service. For example, it is a pain to export any meaningful content from WhatsApp. Telegram Desktop – the Telegram client for computers recently brought the export option. Telegram Desktop is available for Windows, MAC, and Linux.

How to Export Telegram chats

1. Install Telegram Desktop: To get started, you need to have Telegram desktop installed on your computer. It does not matter which mobile platform (Android, iOS, Windows, Sailfish) you use. Since Telegram chats are stored on the server, they get synced to all devices in real-time.

Download Telegram Desktop

2. Login to your Telegram account: Once you have Telegram installed, launch it and log in to your existing Telegram account. There are no passwords to remember. Simply enter your phone number and a one-time code will be sent to the Telegram app on your mobile. Use that to log in to your account on the desktop client.

3. Export the chat: Now, to export a chat, follow these steps:

  1. Open the chat which you want to export. You cannot export all chats at the same time.
  2. Click on the 3 dots at top right. Then click on Export chat history.
    Telegram chat - Export chat history option
  3. In the Chat export settings Window, choose the additional items which you want to export. These can be Photos, Videos, Voice messages, Round video messages, Stickers, Animated GIFs, and Files. Since files can be large, Telegram gives you the option to choose the largest size of files which should be exported.
    Export path: Click on the address next to the Path label to specify the destination where you want the export to be saved. By default, it will be saved to the telegram Desktop folder in your PC’s Downloads folder.
    Date range: You can also choose the date range through which you want to run the export. So, you can export the entire chat history or only between a selected start and end date. Click on the From and To fields to specify a start and end respectively.
    Click on the Export button when ready.
    Telegram chat export settings
  4. Your export will be completed and Telegram will display the result. You can click on the Show my data button to get access to the folder where the export is saved.
    Export of Telegram chat completed

Access exported chats

Telegram nicely exports the chats so that they are easily accessible. Exported files, photos, videos and other items are stored inside their own folder. Telegram creates a few extra folders to keep css and js files to make the messages easy to read.

Contents of Telegram chat export folder

To read chat messages, open the messages.html file. It will open in your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Edge; etc). Now you can read them in the same order they were sent/received. Emojis and stickers (if exported) will also take their respective places to offer a good user experience.

What do you think of Telegram? I find it a very capable platform that has the functionality and usability to outrank many other famous messaging applications. What’s your opinion, let me know in the comments below!

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  • Whatsapp allows users to export chat directly from Android. Is this not available in Telegram? It should be made available.

    • Yes, but WhatsApp’s export is limited to a text file. Telegram’s export via the desktop version can include a lot of data and remain presentable.

  • I don’t have the export chat option. I’m on a Mac laptop (up to date). My options are:
    Edit
    Info
    Mute
    Video
    Create Group
    Change Colors
    Auto-delete Messages
    Clear Chat History
    Delete Chat

    Suggestions are welcome!

  • Is there a way to export TG Chats into excel? I have a chat that I want to be able to report on using excel or google sheets. The chat contains numbers coming in and out so I can track what comes in and what goes out and report by date.

    Be better if there is a way to tap straight into the chat via excel so when the chat is updated the sheet is automatically updated.

    Thanks

  • which browser is the best to read the exported telegram messages. and is there any possibility for merge this exported file to telegram chat?

    • You can use any web browser since they will read similarly. You can’t merge or import the exported chats back into Telegram.

  • Can I resume export after doing it halfway and stopping or it starts all over again?
    Thanks in advance for the help

  • Hi
    Can we import these exported chats to a private chat or saved massages in tlg?
    I want to import chats which I backed up before.
    I mean import chats.html in tlg ; other solution is to convert telegram backups to a whatsapp backup type(txt and like other whatsapp chat backups).
    NEED HELP
    thanks

  • So, in doing this, we can access information we exported if wifi goes down as it’s now stored on our hard drives, correct?

    • Yes, that is right. In fact, Telegram does keep quite some history offline too. So, if you are actively chatting from a device, most of the messages will be available without WiFI or internet access (of course until the Telegram’s storage space cleaner kicks in).

  • Hi Narender,

    So the exported data is similar to download many media files at once in that it is still on your Telegram account after exporting? Or it takes it off the APP for good. I just wanted to download several media files at once.

    • Hi, the data will remain on your Telegram account unless you choose to delete it (which is a different process). The export will not affect your data.

    • Hi Vincent, secret chats cannot be exported using Telegram Desktop because they are only visible on the mobile device. They won’t show up in your desktop client.

    • Hi Jeff, at least on Telegram Desktop for Windows, you just click on the destination next to the “PATH” label and choose the new export path. Here’s a screenshot:
      Telegram export path

    • Hi, it is still available in the Telegram Desktop client. It is not possible on the phone though.

    • No, the messages will be deleted from the server account as well. You won’t be able to retrieve them 🙂 The tool exports the chats which are in the database, deleted ones are not there.

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