Google Allo Says "Goodbye" Today

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 13, 2019

To download your chats or media on Android or iPhone, make sure you have the latest version of Allo installed on your phone.

For better or worse, that shutdown date happens to be today: March 12.

Go to then Menu, then Settings.

Export stored media from chats: This includes photos, videos, and other files. You can download the v4.1.065 update from APK Mirror if it's not yet reached your device via the Play Store.

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Your messages will be in a CSV file. The media will be stuffed into a single Zip file.

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. We've seen this with App Actions in Android and suggested edits in Google Photos, and now a similar feature has arrived in the Google Messages app. Messages, Google answer to Apple's iMessage, is able to send messages via the RCS protocol. It is on the same support page that the company notes "We're saying goodbye to Allo on March 12, 2019".

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. 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.

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.

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