Google Sends Allo To The Scrapheap

Google Sends Allo To The Scrapheap
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Google announced, in late 2017, that it was planning to shutter Allo, its messaging service that never quite resonated with users. Today is the day when Allo bites the dust.

If you’ve been relying on Allo, it’s time to swing your Plan B into operation and to download your chat history.

Google announced the death of Allo back in December 2017. At the time, Google was in the midst of announcing a reorganisation of its entire messaging platform strategy, which is a mess.

Google has officially shuttered the service, saying on the Allo website that the service is “signing off”.

If you’ve been using Allo for your business chats then you may have a legal obligation to retain a record of your Allo conversations. 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).

The most recent release of Allo, version 27, added an export feature so you can grab your chats and stash them safely for posterity.

You can find the most recent version of Allo for iOS here and for Android here.

To download your chats, Go to Settings and then tap on Chat. Use the “Export messages” option to grab your chats as a CSV file.

“Export media” lets you drag down all your photos, videos and other data. The media will be stuffed into a single Zip file.


  • They were too late! We already have fb messenger or whats app & viber (plus many more) we didnt need another closed system messaging app. They should have just fixed up hangouts and kept it as a sms / google chat system.

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