Telegram is one of the best instant messaging platforms out there, thanks to constant updates and support from the developer, as well as simple gestures to help navigate its interface. When a platform becomes so feature-rich, it can be challenging to keep track of everything, and it’s easy to miss great features that you should be using. So, let’s take a look at some useful Telegram features that may have flown under your radar.
Adaptive night mode
The dark mode is the rave of the moment these days, with almost all popular apps finally adopting it in some way o the other. Telegram has 3 usual options for dark mode: following the system, following a schedule, or permanent on/off. In addition to that, there’s also a unique adaptive mode. When this mode is enabled, the app will automatically switch between light and dark mode based on the ambient lighting conditions, the sensitivity of which can be adjusted via a slider.
If you want to try out Telegram dark mode, navigate to Settings > Chat Settings > Auto-Night Mode.
At first, I wanted to write about conversation pinning here, but while tinkering with the Telegram App on my phone, I stumbled on something strange. I have never seen this feature before: Chat folders.
Chat folders on Telegram allow you to sort conversations into different groups. If I want sports for instance, I just have to swipe over to my Sports folder, and there are my favorite Sports Channel or group. Dividing my various chats up like this is very important. I am a member of tons of groups and Channels on Telegram, and this give me lots of notifications daily. Now I can sort them into different folders without archiving them. I guess I will be using this feature a lot more in the future. To get started with Chat folders, long-press on one or more conversation, open the three-dot menu, and add to a folder.
One Telegram feature that is grossly underrated which I use constantly is saved messages. Many of the group chats that I belong share images and files regularly, and oftentimes, I want to save some of them for future use. Rather than having to download the file and transfer it to Google Drive, I can just save the message and keep it within Telegram.
This feature is also useful if I’m browsing on my iPad and find an APK that I want to install. Saving the message and then opening it on my phone is far simpler than having to upload it to the cloud. To use this feature, Just long-press whatever you want to save, press the forward message button, and send it to saved messages.
Channels are a little bit different from conversations and groups because they are one way. A channel is a way for a developer or website to send you relevant information and nothing more. The developers behind Lawnchair, for example, shares regular changelogs through channels, besides offering a group chat for everyone to provide feedback. Some websites have channels for their content, too, providing a convenient way to keep up to date with the latest news.If you’d like to give our channel a try, just click here.
Telegram X is an extensive beta program for the regular Telegram app. Most all of the new features recently added to the vanilla app started their life there. Aside from being Beta Program, Telegram X has a feature set all its own.
Apart from the preset themes you’re familiar with; Telegram X features an extensive theme editor that allows you to tailor the look and feel of the app to your needs. It also supports importing and exporting themes so that you can share your creations with the rest of the community.
My all time favorite is choosing the emoji pack you would like to see while using the app. Many chat apps out there opt to use Apple’s emoji because of consistency, but Telegram has those of us who want more freedom covered. It comes with a decent list of packs as well, covering everything from Google’s old blobs which is almost dead to Microsoft’s emoji. No matter your choice, there’s always something here for everyone.
Finally, Telegram X has an in-app updates, this is little known Android feature that far too few apps have adopted. Telegram X hasn’t had an update for a some days now, so I can’t post a screenshot of the update process, thankfully though Google provides a crystal clear detail of what to expect.
Rather than force closing an app when it is being updated, in-app updates allow the application to download the update files without closing. When an update is available, a pop-up will ask if you’d like to install it. If you choose yes, you can continue to use the app as usual while it is being updated.
When the update has been installed, the app will inform you that it needs to restart to apply it. You can do this whenever you want, so if you’re in the middle of a conversation, you won’t be interrupted.
Once you restart the app, you will get a brief install screen before Telegram X reopens, and everything is finished. Calling the process brief is a bit of an overstatement, because the longest I have waited for it to open is two or three seconds. For those of you who use seamless updates on your phone, this will sound familiar. It’s essentially the same process, but for apps. It would be nice if more developers should adopt this convenient method. Sadly, not even Google has implemented it in its apps.
Telegram X has far more to offer than we have time to discuss here, so I strongly recommend you give it a try, especially if you love using cutting-edge features and technology.
Telegram is the platform that keeps on introducing new and innovative features regularly and it is one of my favorite messaging app. These are some of my favorite often-overlooked features of the service, but chances are there are more that I haven’t discovered, even after using the app for more four years. Which of these Telegram features would you love to give a try?
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