The addition comes just weeks after WhatsApp unveiled a surprise policy change that allow the service to share information with parent company Facebook. WhatsApp was quick to reassure users that Facebook would not read their messages, but by then the damage was already done. Millions of WhatsApp users have left for competing services including Telegram and signal.
The iOS version might only offer limited help. WhatsApp is mostly popular in countries where Android dominates, like Europe and India, and doesn’t have much traction in North America. Still, it’s clear Telegram is eager to seize the moment and hopes that many of those exiles will stay put.