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How to Import WhatsApp Chats into Telegram on iPhone

Wednesday February 3, 2021 6:33 pm PST by
Over 100 million new users joined encrypted messaging app Telegram in January 2021. The stunning growth in the platform's user base was linked to an exodus from rival chat app WhatsApp, which concerned many of its users with a confusing privacy policy update that seemed to imply that more of their data would be shared with Facebook. WhatsApp tried to deal with the fallout by clarifying that...

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Apple Delaying Telegram From Releasing Major App Store Update, Telegram CEO Says [Updated]

Thursday August 11, 2022 5:43 am PDT by
Telegram's CEO, Pavel Durov, is lashing out against Apple over the company's "obscure" App Store review process that is delaying Telegram from releasing an update to its app that will "revolutionize how people express themselves in messaging." In his Telegram channel, Durov says that an update to Telegram for iOS that will change how people communicate has been stuck in Apple's ‌App Store‌...
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Telegram Testing New Premium Subscription

Monday May 2, 2022 9:28 am PDT by
Popular secure messaging app Telegram is testing new monetization strategies, and hints of a new Telegram Premium subscription have shown up in the 8.7.2 beta version of the iOS app. As noted by Android Police, the beta includes both stickers and reactions that are locked behind a paywall. Users who select these premium stickers and reactions are prompted to sign up for the Telegram Premium...
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Telegram Update Adds Custom Notification Sounds and New Chat Muting Options

Tuesday April 19, 2022 2:29 am PDT by
Telegram Messenger has released a new update for iPhone and iPad that lets users set a custom sound for notifications, in addition to a number of other new features. Following the update, custom alert tones can be created in the app from short audio files and voice messages that are under five seconds and up to 300KB in size. Multiple custom alerts can be created and assigned to...
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Telegram Messenger Gains Download Manager, New Attachment Menu, and More

Friday March 11, 2022 2:24 am PST by
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. 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...
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Telegram Gains Better Reactions, Video Stickers, Interactive Emoji, and More

Wednesday February 2, 2022 4:35 am PST by
Telegram has updated its iPhone and iPad app with several new features, including new easy-to-make video stickers, better reactions, interactive emoji, improved navigation between chats, and other additions and improvements. Telegram's video stickers have proven a popular feature on the chat platform, and in the latest version of the app, support has been added for stickers converted from...
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Telegram Updated With Message Reactions and Several Other Features

Thursday December 30, 2021 5:52 am PST by
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. 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...
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Latest Telegram Update Uncaps Number of Live Video Stream Viewers

Wednesday September 1, 2021 4:47 am PDT by
Telegram Messenger has received a major update that expands support for live video streams, allowing streams to be watched by an unlimited number of viewers. Version 8 of the popular messaging platform uncaps the previous live stream audience limit of 1,000 viewers for groups and channels, and includes more customization options when forwarding messages, plus a shortcut to switch between...
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Bumper Telegram Update Enables Video Calls With Up to 1,000 Viewers

Saturday July 31, 2021 12:13 am PDT by
Telegram Messenger has received a major update to its video capabilities, including support for video calls with up to 1,000 viewers. Group video calls in Telegram allow up to 30 users to stream video from both their camera and their screen, and now a maximum of 1,000 people can tune into the broadcast. Telegram says it intends to continue increasing this limit "until all humans on Earth...
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Telegram Gains Group Video Calling and Screen Sharing Support

Monday June 28, 2021 5:24 am PDT by
Telegram Messenger gained some notable new features over the weekend, including the ability to turn group voice chats into video calls, support for screen sharing, and more. First up, Telegram is touting the new group video calling feature as bringing "voice chats to a whole new level, ready for online classes, business meetings, and family gatherings." To turn a group voice chat into a...
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Telegram Gains New Auto-Delete Options, Expiring Invite Links, and More

Friday February 26, 2021 12:34 am PST by
Telegram Messenger is bringing new feature additions to its chat app, including new options for auto-delete messages, expiring invite links, and unlimited group numbers. Like WhatsApp and Signal, auto-delete messages have been a staple Telegram feature for some time, but with the latest update, uses can enable an auto-delete timer that applies to all Telegram chats, so that messages are...
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Telegram Working on Tool That Lets You Import WhatsApp Chats

Thursday January 28, 2021 3:35 am PST by
Telegram is working on a way to let users import their chat history from WhatsApp so they won't lose old conversations if they switch messaging platforms. An update to the app briefly appeared in the App Store on Wednesday detailing the new import tool, but another update was swiftly issued that removed all mention of the tool, suggesting Telegram is still developing it. WABetaInfo was...
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All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround

Thursday January 21, 2021 4:34 am PST by
New universal chat app "Beeper" combines 15 different chat platforms into a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge). The app comes from a team including former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and enables users to integrate a range of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook...
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Telegram Beta Becomes First Third-Party App to Use Announce Messages With Siri

Wednesday December 2, 2020 7:34 am PST by
The latest beta of messaging app Telegram supports Apple's Announce Messages with Siri feature on AirPods, allowing users to listen and reply to new messages without an iPhone or iPad handy (via The 8-Bit). Announce Messages with ‌Siri‌ reads an incoming message to a user's headphones when they are connected to an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ and their device is locked. When a new message arrives, ‌S...
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Telegram Messaging App Gains End-to-End Encrypted Video Calling

Monday August 17, 2020 1:59 am PDT by
Secure messaging app Telegram has announced the launch of a video calling feature for its iOS app that the company says is end-to-end encrypted, just like phone calls and text-based messages conducted over the chat platform. Calls can be started from a contact's profile page. All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown...
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Encrypted Messaging App Telegram Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple With EU

Thursday July 30, 2020 3:52 am PDT by
Apple is facing another antitrust complaint in Europe, this time from the developers of encrypted messaging app Telegram. In a complaint to the EU Commission, the app's creators argue that Apple must give iOS users the opportunity to download software outside of the App Store. The Financial Times reports: In a complaint to EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager, Telegram, which has more...
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Russia Ends Ineffective Ban on Telegram Encrypted Messaging App

Friday June 19, 2020 2:16 am PDT by
Russia this week lifted a nearly two-year ban on messenger app Telegram after it failed to prevent the encrypted platform from being widely used, reports Reuters. Some Russian media portrayed the move as a capitulation, but the country's media regulator Roskomnadzor said the company had shown "willingness" to help with counterterrorism efforts. "Roskomnadzor is dropping its demands to...
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Telegram Gains Silent Messages, Group Chat 'Slow Mode', Night Themes, and More

Monday August 12, 2019 3:09 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has received an update that brings a new silent messaging feature to the app, amongst other things. After applying the update, Telegram lets you send a message to someone and their device won't make an audible notification sound when they receive it, even if they forgot to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Holding the Send button reveals the new option to...
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Telegram Update Brings Location-Based Chats, Add People Nearby Option, and More

Tuesday June 25, 2019 4:12 am PDT by
Encrypted messaging platform Telegram has pushed out an update that introduces a number of new location-based features, including the ability to Add People Nearby. Users of the chat app can open Contacts -> Add People Nearby to quickly exchange contact info with Telegram users who are standing next to them and also have the same section of the app open. The new People Nearby section also...
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Telegram Messenger Service Suffers Cyberattack Originating From China

Thursday June 13, 2019 4:22 am PDT by
The CEO of messaging service Telegram has suggested that a recent cyber attack on the encrypted chat platform was the work of the Chinese government as part of an attempt to disrupt use of the app to coordinate ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Telegram founder Pavel Durov said the messaging service experienced a "state actor-sized" distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack yesterday and this...
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Telegram 5 Gains In-App Notifications and Swift Code Rebuild for Faster Speeds

Saturday September 29, 2018 3:50 am PDT by
Telegram received a major update today that includes new in-app notifications and a complete rewrite of the encrypted messaging app in Apple's Swift coding language, resulting in all-round faster performance and better energy efficiency. On the face of it, the Telegram 5.0 interface looks just like the previous version, but the developers say that rebuilding the app in Swift has made it...