Telegram Tips
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Video messages. Tap once on the voice message button to switch to video mode. Swipe up to lock recording (also works for voice messages).

Video messages play in Picture-in-Picture mode so you can keep moving around the app while watching them.
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Customizable Themes. Change the look of your app to your exact preferences – whether that be an animated background with your favorite colors, or a clean and simple dark theme.

Go to Settings > Chat Settings on Android or Appearance on iOS to change and tune your theme, with color options for your background and message bubbles, as well as several patterns.

All themes are shareable, so you can send your friends a link to your custom creations. For even more customization, you can set different themes for individual chats.
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Quizzes and Educational Tests. Enable quiz mode for polls in groups and channels to test trivia knowledge or prepare for exams.

Quizzes have one correct answer and allow for explanations that give more information. In groups, you can see how each user answered by disabling 'Anonymous Voting’.

You can use @QuizBot to build full educational tests with multiple questions, media and more.
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Creating Polls. Create a poll in your group or channel – simply choose the “Poll” option in the attachment menu.

There are multiple setting options such as visible votes and allowing more than one answer from each user.
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Channel Stats. Owners of channels with more than 50 subscribers have access to detailed statistics and informative graphs about subscriber growth and post performance.

Stats are also available for large groups.
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Group Stats. Owners of large groups with over 500 members can view beautiful, detailed graphs about its activity and growth.

Stats are also available for channels.
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Preview Chat List. You can press and hold to quickly preview the chat list of your other accounts.

On Android open the side menu, and pull up the preview window to instantly switch accounts.

On iOS, press and hold one of your accounts in Settings to preview.
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Message Corners. You can make the corners of message bubbles super smooth or pretty pointy in Settings > Chat Settings on Android or Settings > Appearance on iOS.
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Quick Night Mode Switch. On Android, open the ≡ side menu and tap the 🌙/☀️ icon to switch between your Day and Night Themes. On iOS, go to Settings > Appearance > Night Mode.

You can also set your themes to switch automatically on a schedule, with local sunrise/sunset times, or following your system settings.
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Chat Backgrounds. You can use one of your photos or search the web for wallpapers, add effects and then share your backgrounds with friends via links.

Telegram backgrounds support motion and blur effects. You can also set any color as your background, apply a pattern and tweak its intensity.
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Multi-sharing from Other Apps. Media and links from any app can quickly be shared to multiple Telegram chats.

After tapping the ✉️ Share button, you can switch accounts, search for chats and add a comment before sending.
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Anonymous Forwarding. In your Privacy Settings, you can control who is able to forward your messages by selecting a category like 'My Contacts' or adding exceptions.

When a message is forwarded by someone you allow, it will contain a link to your account – opening your profile when tapped. Messages forwarded by anyone else cannot link back to your account.

When forwarding messages, you are able to hide sender names and media captions.
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Bulk Actions. Multiple chats can be pinned, muted, archived or deleted in one tap.

Press and hold a chat in your list to select it, then tap any others you'd like to include. You can also drag pinned chats to change their order.

On Android, themenu has more options like mark as read or add to folder.

On iOS you can do the same by tapping the Edit button in the top left corner.
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Badge Counter Settings. By default, badges show the number of unread messages.

In Settings > Notifications and Sounds you can configure the counter to exclude channels or show only the number of unread chats.
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Live Location. Share your live location to let contacts or group members follow you on your journey.

When multiple group members share their live location, they all appear on the same map. From the map, you can set an alert that will notify you when your friends are close.

Live location is only shared for as long as you choose, and only in the chats you send it to. You can see in which chats your live location is still active from the chat list and can stop sharing it at any time.
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GIF Panel. Featuring a Trending section and emoji-based tabs, quickly find a GIF to match the moment with a simple search and scroll.

GIFs you’ve recently sent appear in their own tab for easy access, and you can long press on your favorites to save them for future use.
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Search Results as a List. The Search function allows you to easily jump between messages containing a keyword – or sent by a particular person, or even from a certain day. Tap the number in the bottom bar to open list view and see all the results on one page.
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Search Filters. To quickly find specific photos, videos or documents, tap on the tabs in Global Search.

This lets you refine search results by keyword, source, media type and time period.
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Push-to-Talk Shortcuts. Set a preferred key to toggle your microphone in Telegram Desktop or Telegram for macOS.
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Voice Chat Widget. Android users can enable a widget to control their microphone and see who’s talking even when Telegram is in the background.