How to download chats from Telegram

The messaging platform rival to WhatsApp allows its users to selectively export conversations, including photos and attached documents

For quite some time now, various messaging and social networking platforms have been allowing their members to download the data in their databases. It's a handy feature that allows anyone to retrieve their information and create a backup in case they want to leave the platform.

Facebook and Instagram, for example, provide tools through which you can download compressed files in which you can find posts, images, comments, likes and messages exchanged with your friends or followers over time. Now Telegram, WhatsApp's rival messaging app, also offers a similar feature that allows you to download chats, choosing the ones that interest us most and including photos, videos and various documents. An operation all in all simple, for which, however, it is necessary to use Telegram Desktop, the PC client available for Windows, macOS and Linux platforms.

How to export Telegram chats

After downloading and installing the client on your PC, you'll have to login with your account credentials and wait for the synchronization with the Russian company's servers to be completed. At this point click on the hamburger menu icon (the one with the three horizontal lines that is located in the upper left corner, above the chat column), then on Settings > Advanced > Export Telegram Data. Here you'll be able to choose all the items to include in the compressed file: chats with live users, conversations with Telegram chatbots, groups and supergroups, photos, videos, documents and so on. If, on the other hand, you are interested in downloading a single conversation, you'll have to enter it, click on the three dots in the top right corner and choose Export chat history.