Google Allo shuts down today. Here's how to save your chats

Google Allo shuts down today. Here's how to save your chats

We've known for a while now that Google's Allo messaging service would be following in Google+'s footsteps, but a specific close data hadn't been revealed - we only knew that it'd be shutting down this month.

If I'm honest, I barely ran the app after it was released, except for looking in on periodic updates - and they were few and far between. You had your messages, your Allo and Duo, your Hangouts Chat and Meet, your YouTube chat, Voice, Hangouts Classic and so on.

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Google has officially shuttered the service, saying on the Allo website that the service is "signing off". Google hoped this would make it easier for people to start using Allo as a replacement for SMS. In the app, go to Settings Chat to get access to your data. To get photos, videos, or any other files shared on Allo, you will have to use the media export option. Exporting messages from chats won't include photos or videos. Allo can export your conversations as a CSV file. Any media attachments you sent - such as pictures - will be downloaded in zip format.

If you're anxious about Google holding on to your data, don't fret. The mobile messaging service was hotly anticipated when it came out in 2016, but the slow addition of features and oversaturation of the messaging ecosystem doomed the app. Or perhaps you just want to keep those chats for sentimental reasons (I have a copy of all the chats between my wife and I from when we met through online dating). At the end of 2018, Google confirmed Allo would shut down after it failed to gain traction.

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