Global Themes on iOS. Choose from 9 themes built by Telegram designers for your entire app – each with a Day and Nightmode, colorful animated background, and gradient message bubbles. (Coming soon to Android)
Like all themes, you can personalize these to change colors or pick a different pattern. For more custom settings, tap Chat Themes to edit and share your creations.
Join Requests. Enable admin approval for additional links to your group or channel so you can preview potential members before they are able to access the chat.
With these links you can create and join special closed chats – like a group just for superfans, or a channel with exclusive content. Users opening these links send a join request, which admins can manage from a banner at the top of the chat.
Bot developers have the tools to build bots that can share invite links and approve potential members – or even give them special tasks before they are allowed to join.
Shared Media. Tap the header in any chat to open its Shared Media page – containing all the photos, videos, music and more that have been sent there.
Drag the date bar to swiftly scroll back years in the past, and tap the bar to open a calendar view with media previews for each day.
Tap ⋮ or ⋯ to show only photos, only videos, or both and pinch to zoom in or out and change the size of the previews – then press and hold on any thumbnail to jump to its place in the chat.
Productivity Tip: Use pinned messages in Groups and Channels to highlight important info or create a directory to easily navigate between messages or even multiple chats.
All messages in groups and channels have unique links that will instantly direct a user to that specific message.
In private groups and channels, these links only work for members or subscribers of the chat.
Bots. Perform tasks and accessservices built on Telegram’s open Bot Platform. Use the Bot Menu or enter text to send your command, and the Bot will instantly process your request.
Any developer can build these chat-based applications that run directly inside Telegram for anything from online stores to arcade games.
Bots have unique t.me links and can be found in search – like the official Sticker Bot, Gmail Bot, and more.
Public Groups and Channels.
All groups and channels are private by default, but you can make them public and open for any user to join or subscribe.
Public groups and channels appear in Global Search results, can reach an unlimited audience and host massive communities for any interest – from cats to cryptocurrency.
You must be the chat owner to change the group or channel type. On Android tap the Chat Header > ✏️ > Group/Channel Type. On iOS tap the Chat Header > Edit > Group/Channel Type.
Record Live Video. Admins can record Live Streams and Video Chats to save and share after the broadcast.
Video can be recorded in portrait or landscape orientations, and after the recording is stopped or the broadcast ends, the file is instantly uploaded to the admin’s Saved Messages.
You can start recording from any device – simply tap ⋮ or ⋯ to open the broadcast menu.
Group Read Receipts. In groups, your message is marked as read as soon as one member opens it. You can then select your message to see which group members have read it.
To protect users’ privacy, read receipts in groups are only stored for 7 days after the message was sent.
Interactive Emoji. Send and tap a single 🎆🎉🎈👍💩 or ❤️ in any private chat to unleash a fullscreen effect.
When both users have the chat open, the animations and vibrations play simultaneously on their devices. You can tell that your friend also sees the animation from their watching status.
Chat Themes. In 1-on-1 chats, you can apply a specific theme just for that chat – giving it a distinct look and feel.
Every theme has its own day and night version, with gradient message bubbles, animated backgrounds and unique patterns.
Chat themes sync across your devices, and also are applied for your chat partner.
To choose a chat theme on Android, tap ⋮ > Change Colors.
On iOS, tap the Chat Header > More > Change Colors.
Sticker Suggestions. Type a single emoji in the message bar to instantly see dozens of relevant stickers for any situation.
You can quickly find the emoji you’re looking for with emoji suggestions and shortcuts – no scrolling required.
Trending Sticker Bar. Above your Recently Used stickers, you’ll find the latest packs from professional artists.
You can scroll the bar to take a look at the thumbnails, then tap to preview and add packs to your panel.
Trending Stickers can also be found under the (+) button in the panel.
Jump to Next Unread Channel.
There are millions of channels on Telegram that post news, videos, memes and more. When you reach the bottom of a channel, you can swipe up to immediately switch to your next unread channel – without going back to your chat list.
If you use Folders or Archived Chats to organize your chat list, the app will first show you channels from the Current Folder, then your Other Folders, then from All Chats, and lastly your Archive.
Flexible Forwarding. Tap Forward Message above the message bar to open a preview window and customize how the messages will appear.
Hide sender names, hide captions from media messages, deselect messages or change the recipient if you tapped the wrong chat.
In your Privacy and Security settings, you can control whether your own messages include a link to your profile when forwarded with your name visible.
Live Streams in Channels. Start a Live Stream in your channel to broadcast video and audio or share your screen with unlimited viewers from any device – mobile or desktop.
On Android, open the Channel Profile > ⋮ > Start Live Stream.
On iOS, open the Channel Profile > Live Stream.
On Desktop, tap the 💬 icon in the top bar of the Channel.
On macOS, tap … in the top bar of the Channel > Live Stream.
Precision Drawing. When decorating photos or videos in the media editor, your brush will automatically decrease in size as you zoom in – making it easy to draw fine details.
To manually change the size of your brush, simply drag the dot up from the color selector.
Screen Sharing in Video Calls. During video calls, you can share your camera feed or video from your screen – with sound.
In group video calls, you can share both your camera and screen at the same time.
To share your screen, simply tap the video button and select your screen as the video source.
Video Messages. Say hi and share quick moments with short high resolution videos – without opening your camera app.
Tap a video message to expand it and turn on sound, and tap it again to fast-forward or rewind the message.
Audio from your device keeps playing as you record, and you can pinch to zoom in when recording with the rear camera. To start recording, simply tap the microphone icon in the message bar to switch to video.
Custom Animated Backgrounds. Choose any 3 or 4 colors to make an algorithmically generated chat background.
Just like custom themes, you can share your animated backgrounds with other users to give their chats a new look.
To choose a preset background or design your own, go to Chat Settings > Change Background on Android, or Appearance > Chat Background on iOS.
Bot Menu. In chats with bots, quickly send commands using the menu button – it lists several options with short descriptions to get you started.
Bot developers can create customized commands that change based on a user’s interface language, chat type or admin status.
Screen Sharing in Group Video Calls. In group video calls you can broadcast video from your screen or camera – or both at the same time. On desktop, you can even select a specific program to broadcast.
Video from your screen includes audio, and screensharing is also available in 1-on-1 video calls.
To share your screen, tap ⋮ or … in any app and select it from the menu.
Animated Backgrounds. All default themes have algorithmically generated chat wallpapers – with swirling colors that move as you send messages.
You can choose from several preset backgrounds built by our designers, or create your ownin the theme editor.
To see all the default options, go to Chat Settings > Change Background on Android, or Appearance > Chat Background on iOS.
Group Calls on Desktop. Voice and video chats on desktop open in a separate window, so you can talk and type at the same time.
When you share your screen, you can choose an individual program to broadcast or your whole screen.
On desktop, when someone starts sharing their screen, that video feed will be pinned automatically.
Group Calls on Tablets.Group video calls are optimized for all platforms – on tablets, tap to open the side panel, which shows a dynamic split-screen view in both portrait and landscape mode.
Noise Suppression is enabled by default, keeping everyone’s audio clear and crisp from any device or location.
You can enable or disable your noise suppression in the voice chat settings.
Video Chats. Turn on your camera or share your screen in group chats with an unlimited number of viewers.
Tap any user’s video to make it fullscreen and pin it to keep that feed focused as other users join the call. Video Chats are optimized for all devices – for a bigger screen and more display options, try them on your tablet or desktop.
Blogs and Instant View.
telegra.ph is a streamlined tool for creating blogs and articles in your browser. You can add images or videos and format text on both mobile and desktop. Sign in with the @telegraph bot to view stats and edit all your articles from any device.
Instant View is available for all telegra.ph links and many news sites – automatically opening the page in your app with zero load times. Each user can customize their settings with different font styles and themes.
On Android, your Instant View theme matches your app theme.