In this guide, we will demonstrate how to export Telegram chats using the Desktop, Web, and App versions. Telegram allows users to export chat messages exchanged on the platform, which is particularly useful if you’ve lost your phone, reset it, had it stolen, or lost any photos and videos saved in the device memory.

By exporting the chats, you can recover the photos and videos sent via Telegram. We’ll cover the official export function available on Telegram Desktop, as well as alternative methods for those using the app or web version.

Exporting Telegram Chats on Phone App

To save your Telegram messages using the phone app, simply follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Telegram
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Click on Advanced
  4. Select Export Telegram Data
  5. Review the Export options

This is just one way to export Telegram messages. You can retrieve shared and received messages on Telegram using this feature. But what if you don’t want to use Telegram Phone App and prefer the smartphone app or the web version? We’ll cover various methods to export chat content in this guide.

How to Export Data from Telegram Desktop

Telegram currently offers message exporting only through its Desktop version. The Export Telegram Data feature is a key function of the desktop messaging app, which allows you to retrieve all data shared and received on Telegram.

You can export all chats, individual chats, content including photos and videos, files, and group or public channel chats you’ve participated in. To export and recover your data on Telegram Desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Telegram Desktop
  2. Click on the three horizontal bars to access the menu
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Click on Advanced
  5. In Data and Storage, select Export Telegram Data
  6. Scroll down and click on the boxes for the data you want to export (Location and Format options: human-readable HTML format or machine-readable JSON format. Choose HTML for offline viewing)
  7. Click Export to finish

Export Chat Content by Taking a Screenshot

Another way to export a chat is by taking a screenshot to send it to another user, exporting the chat contents. This is a quick method for exporting not only messages but also images and photographs. Most Android devices now allow you to take a screenshot by pulling down the status bar and pressing the Screenshot button.

After capturing the screenshot, you can export it. This method works well for short messages and photos but might not be suitable for exporting long chats or videos. In such cases, you can record the screen as described in the next section.

Make a Video Recording of the Screen

Screen recording enables you to save chat contents, including text, movies, and photos, in video format. You can then export the video to another compatible device for viewing. To record your Android smartphone’s screen, use one of the video recording apps available for Android. Some smartphones, like MIUI and Huawei devices, have a built-in screen recording feature, so you won’t need third-party apps.

After completing the chat recording, you can export it. Recipients of the video will be able to read the full chat content and view any videos launched during the recording.

Backup your data as Backup using Telegram Web

If you want to backup your data such as messages and photos, you can also use Telegram Web and among the methods offered in this guide is probably the easiest. To export data using Telegram Web, follow these steps:

  • Access Telegram Web using your browser
  • Select one of the chat messages you want to save.
  • Then press the CTRL + P keys simultaneously.
  • From Change, you must select a method that allows you to save the chat history
  • Once you are done, click on Save and your Telegram chat messages and photos will be backed up.


There are several methods that can be used to be able to export Telegram backup messages to your or another person’s devices. Although there is the official system to export all your intended data for Telegram Desktop usage, with the other versions of Telegram like app and web this is not possible. But you can still use the methods seen in this guide to succeed in backing up and exporting the chats, photos and videos you have on Telegram as well. See you in the next guide.