Telegram Updated With Message Reactions and Several Other Features

Telegram today announced it has updated its iPhone and iPad app with several new features, including message reactions, translation, hidden text, additional interactive emoji options, themed QR codes for users and channels, and more.

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With the addition of reactions, users can now double tap on a message bubble and a small thumbs-up emoji will appear at the bottom of that message. You can change the emoji for this quick reaction in the app under Settings > Stickers and Emoji > Quick Reaction. For more reactions, tap and hold on a message bubble.

Similar to the invisible ink option in iMessage, Telegram now offers spoiler formatting for hiding text. When typing a message, select the text you wish to hide, tap on B/I/U in the black popover menu, and tap Spoiler. Messages sent with spoiler formatting will appear blurry in a chat, and you can tap the message to reveal the hidden text.

Telegram now offers the ability to translate any message into another language, right in the app. Translation can be enabled in the app under Settings > Language, and then you can tap and hold a message to translate it into your language. You can also exclude any languages you speak fluently to hide the translate button for those messages. On the iPhone and iPad, this feature requires iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later.

Another new feature is the ability to generate themed QR codes for any users that have a public username, as well as for groups, channels, and bots. There are also additional interactive emoji that animate when sent, like the fire emoji and loudly crying face.

Telegram version 8.4 is available now on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Top Rated Comments

kiensoy Avatar
4 weeks ago

Why do we need another IM? Isn’t all the other choices enough…
Maybe you don’t need it. I’ve been using Telegram for years.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Okasian Avatar
4 weeks ago

Why do we need another IM? Isn’t all the other choices enough…
Telegram is independent from Meta, Apple, etc, has a very modern look-and-feel – and is cross platform.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
4 weeks ago

Why do we need another IM? Isn’t all the other choices enough…
We need to get people to ditch WhatsApp.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stiligFox Avatar
4 weeks ago
Seeing a lot of weird hate towards Telegram…

I first switched to Telegram back in the day when Microsoft gutted Skype and ruined its features, so I tried Telegram and got all my furry friends to move over to it.

At that time it was used by a lot of journalists as it was one of the few chat apps to support end to end encryption. It still has the secret chat mode, which is nice, as well as timers on photos, etc. They continue to add lots of features.

By now lots of Telegrams main features have been added to other chat apps, but they were one of the first apps that really had easy to use end to end encrypted chats as well as robust group chat features.

The fact that a bunch of far-right conspiracy theorists have flocked to the app is a recent move, and I don’t think Telegram should be blamed outright for it. Once Twitter and Facebook started cracking down on those people, they scattered to many places - and it’s harder to track and ban people on chat apps than it is on a social media page. I’ve seen the same thing happening to Discord - it’s not exclusive to Telegram. Telegram just got picked as the latest favorite tool of the right and eventually something else will take its place.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kalafalas Avatar
4 weeks ago
iMessage, Signal, or don’t talk to me.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aroom Avatar
4 weeks ago

Telegram is independent from Meta, Apple, etc, has a very modern look-and-feel – and is cross platform.
And its privacy policy is a disaster. Go for Signal.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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