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

13 March 2019

You can still save your Allo chats before the service is put to rest.

Search engine giant Google has said that now you can delete your conversation history in Hangout chat.

The most recent release of Allo, version 27, added an export feature so you can grab your chats and stash them safely for posterity. "These deletions apply to 1:1 conversations between classic Hangouts and Hangouts Chat in both directions", Google said in its blog.

Allo was the world's introduction to Google Assistant, and it seems that while the Assistant was destined for (far) greater things, Allo itself flew too close to the flame, and today that flame is extinguished. After opening the Allo app, head over to Menu and then tap on Settings.

Export messages from chats: This only includes message text, not photos or videos. All of your messages will be completely deleted, though conversations you've had with Google Assistant will remain stored on Google's servers (you can delete them if you wish). You can install the app on your current phone, restore the backup (as long as you have the same mobile number), and then follow the steps mentioned above.

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It's time to say goodbye to Allo!

Your messages will be in a CSV file.

Google never really made the case for why people should move to Allo, and consumers the world over didn't sit around waiting for it. At the end of 2018, Google confirmed Allo would shut down after it failed to gain traction.

The company's plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers.

Your media attachments will be in a zip file.

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