Telegram Messenger Gains Download Manager, New Attachment Menu, and More

Telegram Messenger has updated its iPhone and iPad app with several new features, including a new download manager, redesigned attachment menu, support for live streaming with third-party apps, and more.

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Telegram users are able to send files of any type up to 2GB each and access them from any device, with no limit on cloud storage, which has made downloading files more popular on the platform.

To that end, when files are actively downloading, a new icon now appears in the Search bar that users can tap to view and manage downloads, pause and resume all downloads or just individual items, and select one to increase its priority or view it in a chat.

Meanwhile, a completely redesigned attachment menu appears when sending multiple photos or vides. Users can tap "X selected" (X being the number of items) at the top of the panel to preview how the album will look in the chat when it's sent, as well as rearrange or remove selected media.

Elsewhere, version 8.6 of Telegram integrates the in-app camera option into the gallery, while a new navigation bar gives quick access to photos, files, location sharing, and more.

Also in the latest update is the ability for users to create t.me/phonenumber links as well as a redesign of t.me pages.

In addition, Telegram now supports the use of third-party streaming tools like OBS Studio and XSplit to broadcast live video, allowing users to add overlays and multi-screen layouts for a more professional look.

Lastly, the web previews of t.me links have been given a new look, adding chat backgrounds and design elements from the fully-features Telegram Web client.

Telegram version 8.6 is available now on the App Store for ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌.

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Top Rated Comments

begemotik228 Avatar
30 months ago

When is it going to gain end-to-end encryption?
It’s had it as an option since the start. You just start a secret chat. It’s an incredibly stupid argument that being able to start a regular chat with more features is a bad thing. If you need encryption, you have that option.

This is Telegram, founded by the same guy that started VKontakte - the social network controlled by the Russian state.
He actually fled Russia in 2014 after refusing government requests to hand in info on protesters. I’m Ukrainian, I trust Telegram and use it daily.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tomnavratil Avatar
30 months ago
If you care about privacy, use Signal and not Telegram. There are many issues with Telegram and how it's handling its security and privacy.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tubomac Avatar
30 months ago
I love telegram, it is one of the few platforms where freedom of speech is still possible.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
30 months ago

It’s had it as an option since the start. You just start a secret chat. It’s an incredibly stupid argument that being able to start a regular chat with more features is a bad thing. If you need encryption, you have that option.

Imo e2ee should be the default, not the option. Most people won't change default settings. Having it optional means the developer consciously knows that most people won't know/use it.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darkpaw Avatar
30 months ago

You turn it on, it’s not that hard.
By default.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Heckles Avatar
30 months ago

By default.
Your point? If you don’t like it, don’t use it. Every single time there is a post about Telegram, people come out bUt It’S nOt EnCrYpTeD bY dEFaLt…. We know, this horse has been beaten for years. we get it, we aren’t asking you to use it.


This is Telegram, founded by the same guy that started VKontakte - the social network controlled by the Russian state.
So? He’s Russian so he’s bad? Do a little research. As others said, he left Russia in 2014 because he refused to give up info. You can read more here ('https://t.me/durov/179')


If you follow my posts, you know that on my Mom's side ('https://t.me/durov/156'), I trace my family line from Kyiv. Her maiden name is Ukrainian (Ivanenko), and to this day we have many relatives living in Ukraine. That's why this tragic conflict is personal both to me and Telegram ('https://t.me/telegram/169').

Some people wondered if Telegram is somehow less secure for Ukrainians, because I once lived in Russia. Let me tell these people how my career in Russia ended.

Nine years ago I was the CEO of VK, which was the largest social network in Russia and Ukraine. In 2013, the Russian security agency, FSB, demanded ('https://m.vk.com/wall1_45621')that I provide them the private data of the Ukrainian users of VK who were protesting against a pro-Russian President.

I refused to comply with these demands, because it would have meant a betrayal of our Ukrainian users. After that, I was fired from the company I founded and was forced to leave Russia.

I lost my company and my home, but would do it again – without hesitation. I smile with pride when I read my VK post ('https://m.vk.com/wall1_45621') from April 2014, which shows the scanned orders from the FSB and my trademark response to them – a dog in a hoodie.

When I defied their demands, the stakes were high for me personally. I was still living in Russia, and my team and my old company were also based in that country.

Many years have passed since then. Many things changed: I no longer live in Russia, no longer have any companies or employees there. But one thing remains the same – I stand for our users no matter what. Their right to privacy is sacred. Now – more than ever.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)