Want to switch from WhatsApp without losing your group chats? Here's how2 min read . Updated: 11 Jan 2021, 02:44 PM IST
- Not all social apps can help in shifting group chats from WhatsApp to their platform, but Signal can
- Meanwhile, rival platforms like Signal and Telegram are reportedly seeing a surge in downloads in the wake of the development
Tesla chief Elon Musk had also joined in the conversation, asking people to leave WhatsApp.
However, being an integral part of social media and messaging, WhatsApp users may not want to lose precious chats and conversations after shifting to another platform. Moreover, the pain to form the same group, which can have over 50 members, on other platforms is a task. Not all social apps can help in shifting group chats from WhatsApp to their platform, but Signal can.
A simple way to add all the group members to Signal, earlier added on WhatsApp, need a few, easy steps. Here's how:
How to shift WhatsApp groups on Signal:
Step 1: Create a group on Signal
Firstly, you need to create a group on Signal in order to move your existing WhatsApp group here. You will have to add at least one member manually to create the group. After that, personalise the group, change the name, add a photo etc, if you like.
Step 2: Get the group invite link
Once the group has been created, go to the group settings tab and choose ‘Group Link’. Turn on the Group Link toggle and get the shareable invite link.
Step 3: Share the invite link
Once you have received a group invite link, You can copy this link and share it with others you want in the group. This will let the group members join the group by simply clicking on the invite.
This eliminates the need for the admin to find and add users one-by-one manually.
It is important to note that your older WhatsApp chat contents are not going to get transferred to Signal but that not much of a botheration when it comes to privacy of the data.
The message to users noted that the key updates include more information about WhatsApp's service and how it processes user data; how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats; and how WhatsApp partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the company products.
The message added that users will need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp counts India among its biggest markets with over 400 million users. More than 175 million people message a WhatsApp Business account every day globally and more than 40 million people view a business' catalog each month -- including more than 3 million in India.