IMO Drops Third-Party Messaging Networks: Save Your History Now

Skye Hudson 03-03-2014

The makers behind the popular multiprotocol messaging app imo, have just announced that they will be ending support for all third-party messaging networks by March 3,  2014. Users have until March 7th to retrieve their data, which has made easy to access.


Users should follow these steps:

  • Visit
  • Click the gear in the top right
  • Select Preferences
  • Select the Export chat history option

This news arrives in the wake of imo’s massive overhaul in the hopes of competing directly with Skype and Google Hangouts IMO Goes After Skype and Google Hangouts With Video and Audio Chatting IMO just launched a newly designed interface, adding both video and voice calling functionality to its former IM platform. On top of this, it looks like a cross between Google Plus and Facebook. Read More  by offering voice and video chatting. Instead of being one app for all your different messaging services, imo is now looking to be your only messaging service, combining the messaging prowess of WhatsApp with the video and audio calling capabilities of Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger.


The only difficulty with that is the same catch-22 that every messaging app finds itself stuck in: people will only use a messaging app everyone else already uses. If you can’t convince your friends and family to use imo, you may want to try one of these 4 secure and private messaging networks 4 Slick WhatsApp Alternatives that Guard Your Privacy Facebook bought WhatsApp. Now that we're over the shock of that news, are you worried about your data privacy? Read More .

What do you think about’s decision here? Is it a positive step to combat the hordes of messaging apps out there, or did they shoot themselves in the foot by erasing their main feature? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. arslan abid
    September 1, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    someone using my imo account please tell me how can i sigh out from his phone

  2. Pavan kumar
    August 8, 2017 at 4:01 am

    5,/6 month's back I am tock with my friend on video call, but he's now expired so I want that video, now... How can I find that video please tell me how can I find that, that is very important please......

  3. Rajakumar
    August 4, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    My contact is not backup when I installed imo app in my sony xperia c3 smart phone. Please tell me the settings for this. I installed the imo app in my wife's sony xperia. On her phone no problem in her contact backup . Please solve my backup problem

  4. volanath
    June 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    my mobile distroy by using imo. it is using more battery power so that your battery gone be spoil, be careful user

  5. steve
    June 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    yes people please do stop using this app for last 3 weeks the phone as been writing a msg by its self an putting (tap tap)???? i do believe it has been hacked as this as happened 4 times in the space of 3 weeks i now cleared the chat history and have uninstalled.

  6. sachin sharma
    January 27, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Stop USing it Please it

  7. sachin sharma
    January 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    if any software is not making a background folder it mean data is going somewhere else ....
    where i dont know may be on imo servers

    its scam but peoples is keep using it ............Be aware this kind of softwares

  8. sachin sharma
    January 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    i will suggest dont use imo because there is no back is on device when you use it

  9. kalpana
    January 22, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I have a contact in imo but he is not in my phone contacts and he has not mentioned his number in his profile.i need to know his mobile number.

  10. sal
    January 2, 2016 at 2:13 am

    How can I send my chat history to my inbox

  11. Lor
    December 23, 2015 at 5:29 am

    How do I get a call history from a specific contact?

  12. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    is imo safe and secured for private video calling?

  13. Mariyam
    May 11, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Is there any way of retrieving the photos received on Imo?
    Because they are not getting saved in the gallery like how it gets on whatsapp and viber.
    Please help.

  14. Agniputhiran
    May 7, 2015 at 6:38 am

    how can i know my friends last visit in IMO chat

    April 2, 2015 at 11:48 am

    How can check imo call history

    • Anonymous
      June 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      I am looking for the same thing, would be nice to get a call log.

    • Lor
      December 23, 2015 at 5:30 am

      Did you ever figure out the call history thing?

  16. Marcia McKinnon
    March 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Have used imo almost since it started. Daily and a lot. Always best way to keep in touch with me contacts which were mostly facebook, some skype, some msn. As skype departed and declined it was a pain but tolerable. Not many msn, didn't matter. All I then used were my fb contacts and I still loved imo as I often searched history as I have a bad memory. Those chats are still there in fb, impossible to search. I haven't been able to get them off imo and not sure they'd be usable. I do not have 1 single contact left in imo, never used any of their features at all. So they've completely lost me and its sad as I don't know what provides what they used to.

  17. Pobs
    March 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I'll be interested to see what happens to IMO now. Using IMO, I polled my contacts from Facebook, Google, Yahoo (Yahoo, lol) etc, and not one of them used IMO for anything other than 3rd party messaging. Only a few remembered IMO had anything of it's own and they had no interest in it for the same reason that others have mentioned. None of their friends use it and aren't about to add yet another messaging platform to the mess.

    This seems like a colossally bad move. We shall see, I guess. I deleted my account in the meantime because I too only used it for Facebook, etc

  18. Mo
    March 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Well this just sucks, I have use imo before and loved it, but now I have no use for it. I really miss meebo!

  19. android underground
    March 3, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Until March 7 to retrieve your data? Yeah, right. Everytime I tried to download my chats imo gave me an empty file, even though my chats are definitely on their server (I tested it: a fresh imo install on an old Android phone loaded all my old chats).
    It's time for a new multi-network chat app that integrates WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, Viber, MSN (or whatever it's called now), Telegram, Hangouts, ...

    • Tom W
      March 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      MSN is not long for this world. Windows Live Messenger has already fallen victim to Skype, and the WLM servers will soon be shut down to third party clients too (except in certain places, like China).

    • Tom W
      March 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I used IMO on Android, until the latest update prevented me from signing in or out of Facebook chat. I now use IM+.
      The only messaging services used by me and me friends are Facebook, Steam, and Whatsapp. IMO doesn't offer anything new, to be honest, and I think that it will suffer from this decision.

  20. likefunbutnot
    March 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Instant Message services are actively getting worse. Meebo and IMO.IM used to be essentially universal chat clients that operated without use of third party software. Nowadays, the many value-added XMPP-based services like Google Talk are dropping like flies in favor of walled gardens.


    I'm going back to ntalk and IRC.

  21. Jeramy P
    March 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    IM has always been a mess of private networks. Google tried to open things up with Google Talk by using the Jabber/XMPP standard, but nobody wanted to play, so they have taken their ball and are going to go play in their fenced in back yard.

    Really, please, this is 2014, would someone get serious about standardizing IM/audio/video messaging, like email?