How to view and delete history in Telegram

24.11.2016
in: Functional
How to view and delete history in Telegram

Pavel Durovʼs service is positioned as the most secure messenger providing clients with maximum privacy during the communication process. The main difference from concurrent applications is that Telegram conversation history is protected by means of MTProto’s complex encryption algorithm. By the way, no one cryptography expert has still managed to hack the given protocol.

 

Where user data is stored

Telegram is a cloud service, so all text information, photos and video files are stored on the company’s servers. Such approach allows decreasing the load on the userʼs mobile hardware and provides access to his private data from any device. The information storage security is achieved through multiple encryption. Moreover, key codes are stored apart on remote servers, so a probability of information decryption is practically reduced to zero.

 

Where is the history of Telegram
User data is stored in the history of Telegram

 

It is necessary to put a special focus on over-protected secret chats working on end-to-end encryption basis. In order to view history in the secret chat mode, physical access to the device is required. The entire message history is saved only on the sender and receiver’s smartphones/PC (if they did not install a self-destruct timer deleting information after a particular period of time). During the process of sending text, graphic or video data, encryption is carried out on basis of the key which is available to conversation partners but not to the server. Thus, only device owners are able to decrypt files and determine their ownership.

 

Access to viewing message history

In standard chats, groups and supergroups, information is stored on the messenger’s servers, so any community member has access to it. For viewing conversation with some particular interlocutor, it is necessary just tap on his or her name. Further, recent messages will appear. The same also goes for group communities – when entering a group, it is possible to read new messages or view the previous ones.

 

Access to view the message in the application
View correspondence with a specific interlocutor in the messenger

 

As for the open supergroups, they are characterized by interesting feature. The entire message history is available both to community members and people who do not belong to it.  Before entering a supergroup, a person may view recent messages and evaluate audience and its competence for making a decision.

 

How to clear Telegram history

It sometimes happens that you need to delete conversation with some particular user. The given procedure is carried out in several steps.

 

For mobile devices:

  1. Select the required contact.
  2. Tap on the service button which looks like three vertical dots and is located on the top right side of the screen.
  3. Select the «Clearhistory» option in the appeared list.
  4. Confirm your choice in a dialogue box.

 

For PCs (variant 1):

  1. Select the required contact in the contact list.
  2. Right click on a contact name.
  3. Select the «Clearhistory» option in the appeared menu.
  4. Confirm conversation deletion.

 

How to remove the history in Telegram
Telegram history removed very easily and quickly

 

For PCs (variant 2):

  1. Select a user in the contact list.
  2. Tap on the button «Contact info» on the top right side of the screen.
  3. Find the «Actions» section and select the «Clearhistory» option in the appeared menu.
  4. Confirm your action.

 

When it comes to standard chats, it is possible to clear message history only for an account by which the given request was made. As for the second conversation partner, the messages remain available and he may view them at any moment.  The same is not true for secret chats – when a user deletes a message on one device, it is also removed from his interlocutor’s smartphone/PC.

 

Is it possible to restore deleted messages?

Telegram is a comparatively new and non-profit project. For this reason, each byte of disk space is highly valued on the company’s servers. The developers have considered it unreasonable to create reserve copies which are frequently just a «dead weight» bringing no special benefit but significantly increasing the load on server equipment.

 

After message history deletion by each user, data disappears once and for all. It is impossible to restore them, so it is of great importance to think carefully before making such decision. This is especially true when a userʼs desire to clear message history is provoked by emotions and has no rational kernel.

 

Recovering deleted messages
Is it possible to restore deleted messages

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  • Yudi Hindarko

    how to get automatically clear history in bot telegram from API.?

    • Telegram-Store

      Hello, Yudi. What do you mean? You are a developer? And you want to clear history of bot users?

      • Yudi Hindarko

        Yes, I’m developer
        Yes.. How can i do?

        • Telegram-Store

          We haven’t ready solution, sorry. That’s why Telegram have API.

  • behzad_ch

    hi.there is no way to restore messages?how about dignitaries of the state to request from telegram?if they request for it from telegram they(TELEGRAM) cant restore messages?

  • Marie Moïse Nolovaina

    Hi!
    my problem is : my history in a specific chat is being deleted AUTOMATICALLY! I don’t like it because I have never asked for it. it erases everything slowly and I don’t know how to stop it please?!!! it’s only mine that does that, hers is completely fine! our history since 2015 is still in her account. But in mine, everything goes away slowly

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