Telegram is one of the most popular messaging platforms on the internet, and it trades blows with platforms such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. What do all three of these platforms have in common? Well, they’re always releasing new and useful features to keep the entire experience fresh. That’s exactly what Telegram did, as it just announced 10 new features that are launching for a big January feature drop.
The 10 new Telegram features launching on Telegram
These include fresh new additions and updates to existing features. Here’s a quick rundown of these features and how they’re helpful. As with large feature drops such as these, not all of the additions are guaranteed to be available at once, and some of them may not be available in all regions. This is just something to keep in mind. Telegram is launching 10 features, and some of them require a premium membership.
Save messages 2.0
You want to keep a log of some of the messages you send to people, so, this is where saved messages come in. This is a place to store certain types of messages like reminders, notes, and messages from other chats. It’s a great feature to have, but it was pretty limited before this update.
Well, the company introduced Save Messages 2.0. Along with saving the aforementioned messages, this feature allows you to save media, bookmarks, and links. It will act as an all-inclusive library for important messages that you want to keep track of.
Organizing your saved messages is also easy, as you can view them as a list or have them organized by chat. Also, you can apply tags to them to make searching them up even easier. Lastly, there’s a new Saved tab. It’s a place where you can access messages you saved from different chats.
View saved messages by chat
This feature was aforementioned, but we will dig a bit deeper into it. This is a handy feature if you want to make viewing your saved messages much more convenient. When you tap on your saved messages, you will see a feed of those messages. However, if you want to view a list of the chats your message was saved from, that’s where this feature comes in.
When you’re viewing your saved messages, tap on the Saved messages text at the top of the screen. Then, you’ll see a list of all the chat groups that you forwarded messages from. This makes it much easier to find particular saved messages that you’re looking for.
Tags for saved messages
This is another feature that can make navigating your saved messages much easier. If you have a bunch of saved messages, and you are tired of wading through them whenever you need to find a particular one, then this feature is for you.
This feature lets you apply specific tags to your saved messages. When you’re searching for your saved messages, all you have to do is tap on the tag that you applied to your specific message, and the app will filter the search results to include only those tags.
In order to use it, simply find the message that you want to apply the tag to, and hold your finger down on it. Then, you will see a selection of tags appear in a little toolbar above the drop-down menu. Tap on the tag you want to apply and it will be added to your message. Then, if you want to search for that message, tap on the search bar, and tap on the tag that you want to filter. You will see a horizontally scrolling carousel of tags right under the search bar.
Saved messages in shared media
On Telegram, there’s a unified media pool that holds all of the content you share through your messages. However, the app just added a new tab called the Saved tab. This tab will harbor all of the messages you forwarded to yourself.
Telegram is announcing 10 features, so some of them aren’t going to be giant. This next addition is pretty small. The company added a few lifestyle improvements to make searching your messages easier.
One-time voice and video messages
This is for people who want to be surreptitious. Telegram has a feature called View-once messages. It allows you to send a message that can only be viewed once before it’s completely deleted. This is a large privacy feature, and it’s making its way to more types of media.
Now, you can send one-time voice messages and one-time video messages. Just like with text messages, once you completely view/ listen to the message, it will be deleted, and there’s no way for you to access it again. If you want to see it again, the sender will have to resend it to you. What’s neat is that after the message has expired, you’ll get a nice little Thanos snap animation.
Pause and resume recording
We all hate the feeling of having to completely trash a voice recording just because we tripped over our words or lost our train of thought. Well, if you’re making a voice message, and you need to stop for a second to catch your thoughts, you can pause the recording and resume it when you want to start talking again.
Read time in private chats
This could be really useful for people who are sending an urgent message that needs to be read ASAP. In private messages, you currently have the ability to check the read status of a message. It will tell you when your message is sent, and when it has been read. Now, the app will let you know exactly what time the recipient reads your message. This way, you can grill your friends about not instantly responding to your message.
One thing to know is that read times are only visible for seven days. This is a neat privacy and security measure.
One-way last seen and read times
This is a feature for you to keep your online status a secret while still being able to see other people’s online statuses. On Telegram, if you hide your last seen status or read times, you won’t be able to see that information from other people’s accounts. However, this new feature will allow you to hide your status while still being able to see other people’s statuses. However, this feature is only available for Telegram premium members.
Private message permissions
Here’s a feature for people who don’t want just anyone messaging them. Telegram is a pretty free platform, and you’re able to start conversations with people out of nowhere. However, if you have this feature, you will be able to make it so that you only receive messages from certain people.
There are three options for what kind of people can send you messages. There is Everyone, My Contacts, and Premium Users. The first one is self-explanatory, the second one means that only people on your contact list will be able to message you. The third one means that only people who are premium users can contact you. Speaking of that, you have to have Telegram Premium to use this feature
Improvements to stories
There’s not much to say about this one. Video stories will load at quadruple the speed, which is very impressive. Also, if you are a premium subscriber, you will be able to watch your stories in higher quality.
New shared contacts design
As you know, you are able to choose a color scheme and an emoji for your appearance in Telegram. Well, if someone shares your contact as a message, that message will reflect your color scheme and the Emoji that you chose. It gives them a more personalized Flair
Better video messages on iOS
At this point, we’re not certain when/ if these additions will come to Android users, but it is likely. When recording a video message, you can now enjoy sharper video along with the ability to switch between front and back cameras and video stabilization.
Lastly, if you use the Telegram application for macOS, you can now choose between 15 different app icons. Each icon has its own different style. You can access these icons by going to the Telegram settings and navigating to the bottom right of the screen. You will see a line of different app icons you can choose.
And there you have it, 10 new Telegram features! Make sure that your app is up to date.
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