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Groups. Up to 200,000 people can talk, text and share media in group chats.

Groups can be private or public and offer powerful admin tools to manage discussions of any size – including polls to make group decisions and video chats with screensharing.

Any group can enable Topics to create separate spaces for discussing work, hobbies and more.
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Broadcast Groups. Groups that are close to 200k members can convert to a Broadcast Group with no member limit.

After converting the group, only admins can send messages but all members can read along and participate in video chats.
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Invite Speakers and Listeners to Voice Chats. Admins in voice chats can share specific invite links that let users instantly join with speaking privileges or with their mic muted.

Listeners can raise their hand at any time to ask admins for the ability to speak.
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Payments. Merchants can display goods and accept credit card payments in any chat.

Telegram charges no commission and stores no payment info – see how it works with our demo items in @TestStore.

Transactions are securely processed by 8 payment providers, such as Stripe. Any merchant can start using the Payments API right away – no application or approval necessary.
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Scheduled Voice Chats. Group and Channel admins can schedule a voice chat for a specific date and time.

Users will see a countdown at the top of the chat, which they can tap to set a notification for when it goes live.

To schedule a voice chat, open the Group or Channel’s profile page.
Android: tap ⋮ > Start Voice Chat > Schedule Voice Chat
iOS: tap Voice Chat > Schedule Voice Chat
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Voice Chat Reminders. After a voice chat is scheduled, you can tap on the countdown banner to receive a notification when the chat starts – even if it goes live at a different time.
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Voice Chat Profiles. Tap on a user in the list of voice chat participants to see their full bio and expanded profile pictures.

You can also change your picture and edit your bio right from the interface, without minimizing the chat.
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Fast-Forward and Rewind Videos. In the media player, press and hold on the right or left side of the screen to fast-forward and rewind – or double-tap to skip 10 seconds in either direction.

On iOS, press and hold the +/- 15s buttons.

To speed up or slow down a video, change its playback speed.
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Pinch to Zoom Media. Instantly expand photos and videos in chats by pinching to zoom in – without opening them in the media player.
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Telegram Web. Open Telegram in your browser on any device – desktop or mobile.

Telegram Web supports your favorite features like animated stickers, dark mode and chat folders, and is incredibly efficient – requiring only a 400 KB download and no installation.

Like our Desktop apps, Telegram Web is standalone. Once you log in, you do not need to keep your phone nearby or connected to the internet.
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Android Direct Download. Telegram for Android is available directly from our website. It automatically updates and is likely to receive new versions faster than apps on the Play Store and App Store.

Telegram apps support reproducible builds – any user can verify that their app is built with the exact same open source code that is published online.
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Personal Pinned Messages. Bookmark important info and memorable moments in 1-on-1 chats by pinning them for both people – or only for yourself.

Tap the top bar to jump through past pins, or open them all in a separate list to quickly find your favorites.
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Blogs and Instant View.
telegra.ph is a streamlined tool for creating blogs and articles in your browser. You can add images or videos and format text on both mobile and desktop. Sign in with the @telegraph bot to view stats and edit all your articles from any device.

Instant View is available for all telegra.ph links and many news sites – automatically opening the page in your app with zero load times. Each user can customize their settings with different font styles and themes.

On Android, your Instant View theme matches your app theme.
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Video Chats. Turn on your camera or share your screen in group chats with an unlimited number of viewers.

Tap any user’s video to make it fullscreen and pin it to keep that feed focused as other users join the call. Video Chats are optimized for all devices – for a bigger screen and more display options, try them on your tablet or desktop.
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Group Calls on Tablets. Group video calls are optimized for all platforms – on tablets, tap to open the side panel, which shows a dynamic split-screen view in both portrait and landscape mode.

Noise Suppression is enabled by default, keeping everyone’s audio clear and crisp from any device or location.

You can enable or disable your noise suppression in the voice chat settings.
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Group Calls on Desktop. Voice and video chats on desktop open in a separate window, so you can talk and type at the same time.

When you share your screen, you can choose an individual program to broadcast or your whole screen.

On desktop, when someone starts sharing their screen, that video feed will be pinned automatically.
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Animated Backgrounds. All default themes have algorithmically generated chat wallpapers – with swirling colors that move as you send messages.

You can choose from several preset backgrounds built by our designers, or create your own in the theme editor.

To see all the default options, go to Chat Settings > Change Background on Android, or Appearance > Chat Background on iOS.
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Screen Sharing in Group Video Calls. In group video calls you can broadcast video from your screen or camera – or both at the same time. On desktop, you can even select a specific program to broadcast.

Video from your screen includes audio, and screensharing is also available in 1-on-1 video calls.

To share your screen, tap or in any app and select it from the menu.
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Bot Menu. In chats with bots, quickly send commands using the menu button – it lists several options with short descriptions to get you started.

Bot developers can create customized commands that change based on a user’s interface language, chat type or admin status.
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Custom Animated Backgrounds. Choose any 3 or 4 colors to make an algorithmically generated chat background.

Just like custom themes, you can share your animated backgrounds with other users to give their chats a new look.

To choose a preset background or design your own, go to Chat Settings > Change Background on Android, or Appearance > Chat Background on iOS.