Telegram has started the official rollout of Telegram Premium – a monthly subscription that gives users access to exclusive additional features.
This will allow us to offer all the resource-heavy features users have asked for over the years, while preserving free access to the most powerful messenger on the planet.
By subscribing to Telegram Premium, users unlock doubled limits, 4 GB file uploads, faster downloads, exclusive stickers and reactions, improved chat management and more.
In some countries, Sponsored Messages are shown in large, public one-to-many channels. These minimalist, privacy-conscious advertisements help support Telegram’s operating costs, but will no longer appear for subscribers of Telegram Premium.
4 GB Uploads
Any user can upload large files and media, each up to 2 GB in size and enjoy unlimited storage in the Telegram Cloud for free. With Telegram Premium, subscribers will now be able to send 4 GB files – enough space for 4 hours of 1080p video, or 18 days of high-quality audio.
All Telegram users can download these extra-large documents, regardless of whether they are subscribed to Telegram Premium or not.
Premium subscribers are able to download media and files at the fastest possible speed. You can access everything in your unlimited cloud storage as fast as your network can keep up.
Premium users get increased limits for almost everything in the app. With Premium, you can follow up to 1000 channels, create up to 20 chat folders with up to 200 chats each, add a fourth account to any Telegram app, pin 10 chats in the main list and save up to 10 favourite stickers.
You can also write a longer bio and include a link in it. Similarly, Premium allows adding more characters to media captions.
Finding the proper way to respond to any message will be easier with up to 400 favourite GIFs.
Lastly, Premium users can reserve up to 20 public t.me links, making any group or channel you create stand out with a short and concise link.
Voice messages can be converted to text for those times you don’t want to listen, but want to see what it says. You can rate transcriptions to help improve them.
Dozens of stickers now have impressive full-screen animations, which Premium users can send in any chat to add extra emotion and expressive effects that are visible for all users.
This premium sticker collection will be updated monthly by Telegram artists.
You can quickly find Premium Stickers from all your packs in a dedicated section of your sticker panel, below ‘Recently Used’.
Premium users also unlock more ways to react to messages, with over 10 new emoji and other favourites.
Telegram Premium includes new tools to organize your chat list – like changing your default chat folder so the app always opens on a custom folder or, say, Unread instead of All Chats.
Additionally, subscribers can enable a setting in Privacy and Security to automatically archive and mute new chats, helping organize even the busiest chat lists.
Animated Profile Pictures
The profile videos of premium users will animate for everyone throughout the app – including in chats and the chat list. Let everyone see your new look, or flex your creativity with a unique looping animation.
All premium users get a Premium special badge that appears next to their name in the chat list, chat headers, and member lists in groups – showing that they help support Telegram and are part of the club that receives exclusive features first.
Premium App Icons
New icons are available that premium users can add to their Home Screen to better match their personality or wallpaper. Choose from a premium star, night sky, or turbo-plane.
Telegram says that while they are going to release more exciting features for Premium subscribers, they will keep implementing free features available for everyone.
This update is no exception – it adds join requests for public groups, an animated screen for external sharing, improved bot descriptions, and more.
Join Requests for Public Groups
Public groups can now enable join requests – allowing group admins to review new members before approving them to write in the chat.
Users who open the group can tap Request to Join, adding their request to a list that only admins can access.
Admins can reach out to users who want to join and have a chat to cover the rules, make sure they’re a good fit or even plan a welcome party. When an admin reaches out, Telegram lets the user know they’re reaching out as a group admin.
Verification Badges in Chats
Public figures and organizations can verify their group, channel or bot – receiving a verification badge Verification Check to show users that messages are coming from a confirmed source.
In addition to profiles, search results and the chat list, these badges now appear at the top of the chat. This makes it even easier to identify verified sources of information.
If you’re verified on at least two social networks, you can verify your group, channel or bot.
Bots on Telegram can help you take quizzes, accept payments and even replace whole websites. Bot developers can now include a photo or video in the “What can this bot do?” section of their bots to show off their features.
Bots that are integrated into the Attach attachment menu can now also work in groups and channels in addition to one-on-one chats.
Improved Chat Previews on Android
This update brings improved chat previews on par with iOS. Now you can scroll through them to view the whole chat without marking it as read. New buttons have been added to let you mark the chat as read, mute it, pin it or delete it.
Automatic Saving to Gallery on Android
The option to automatically save media to Gallery is back with renewed vigour: saving media can now be enabled and disabled separately for chats with users, groups or channels.
Improved External Sharing on iOS
With the ability to send files up to 2 GB (or 4 GB), users can easily share large media items from other apps directly to Telegram on any mobile platform. This saves both time and storage space – so you don’t have to save the file before sending it in Telegram.
When sending large files shared from another app on iOS, you can now watch an animated progress bar.
Animated Profile Picture Creator on macOS
Users on macOS now have a quick way to generate a custom profile picture – choose any sticker or animated emoji as the focus, and add a colourful gradient background.
You can set one for your own profile, or as a group or channel photo – making it easy to create a themed icon for chats without searching for stock photos.
This update includes over 100 fixes and optimizations to the mobile and desktop apps – eliminating bugs, improving speed, and expanding minor features.
iOS users with the latest iPhones and iPads get significantly smoother animations (120 FPS) throughout the app.
Android users will notice better audio and video quality in voice and video messages, along with options to set alternative app icons, clear all recent stickers at once and translate user bios or chat descriptions.
This update is being rolled out gradually. If your app is not offering you to update, please wait – the new version will become available soon.
Telegram for Android
Updated: June 17, 2022
Requirements: Varies with device
Contains Ads: No
In-App Purchases: Yes
Family Sharing: Yes