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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.
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Voice Chats. Telegram’s powerful group chats go beyond text and stickers, allowing persistent audio and video calls that members can join or leave at any time.

After joining a voice chat, you are free to move around the app and send messages in any conversation. The microphone controls remain on screen allowing you to quickly mute and unmute at any time.

Admins can get the conversation started by opening the group’s profile, tapping ⋮ or ⋯ and selecting “Start Voice Chat”.
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Video Calls. Start a one-on-one video call with a user from their profile page for a little face-to-face communication.

You can switch your video on or off at any time, and are free to multitask in other chats – video calls support Picture-in-Picture mode.

All voice and video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on screen. If they match with your partner’s, your call is 100% secure.
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Profile Videos. You can upload both photos and videos to your profile, showing off all your good sides.

Select a video from your gallery, make any edits you’d like, then drag across the timeline to select a frame for your static picture in chats. When someone opens your profile, they’ll see your video play in an enchanting loop.
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Profiles. Users, Groups and Channels all have detailed (and stunning) profile pages that include full-size profile photos and instant access to shared media. Expand any item into a fullscreen view, then tap left and right to flip forward and back.
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People Nearby. If you’re looking to connect with people in your community, head over to Contacts > People Nearby to see adventurous Telegram users in your area.

You can join in by tapping Make Myself Visible, which adds your profile to the list so other users can send you a message.

If you’re no longer in the mood to mingle, tap Stop Showing Me at any time to remove yourself from the list.
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Add people nearby. Quickly exchange contact info with Telegram users who are standing next to you (and also have this section open).
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Timestamps. If you add a timestamp like 0:05 to a video caption or reply, it will be automatically highlighted as a link. Tapping on a timestamp will play the video from the right spot.

Timestamps are supported on Telegram videos and for messages with YouTube links, in case you want to mark your favorite moments.
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Audio Playback Speeds. Tap to enable 2x playback speed for voice messages, podcasts and long audio files. Press and hold the 2x button to choose other speeds such as 0.5x and 1.5x.

Don’t worry if you don’t finish listening – your progress is automatically saved for later.

Multiple playback speeds are also available for videos in the media player and video messages.
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Partial Selection. You can select any portion of a message to copy or share, instead of only the full text. And here’s how it looks on iOS.
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Media Panel: Add Stickers. Decorate your photo or video with stickers – adding animated stickers creates a quick GIF featuring your favorite characters.
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Disappearing Photos and Videos. You can send disappearing media in any one-on-one chat. They self-destruct after opening, leaving no trace of your confidential content.

On Android tap the icon in the media editor, and on iOS press and hold the 'Send' button > Send With Timer.
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Media Editor. With more functions than standalone editing apps, Telegram’s powerful media editor has tools to add text, drawings, stickers and more.

Create custom GIFs from your own videos, make basic and advanced corrections, and add decorations for another layer of artistry.
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Autoplaying videos and auto-download settings. Smaller videos start playing without sound when they reach your screen. To unmute them, simply press the volume buttons on your device.

Automatic Media Download Settings put you in control of your data usage. It‘s easy to see your current settings at a glance and switch between Low, Medium and High presets for Mobile, Roaming and Wi-Fi.

You can also manually set up automatic downloads by chat type, media type and file size. The app will remember your choices as the Custom preset in case you need to temporarily switch to Low and back — or the other way around.
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Multiple Accounts. All Telegram apps let you stay signed in on 3 accounts (with different phone numbers) simultaneously.
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iOS Storage Usage Settings. Telegram needs next to no storage space to run on your device.

Go to Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage to selectively clear your cache – even for individual chats.

Set Keep Media to regularly remove unused items, or a Maximum Cache Size to keep everything compact. Here’s how it looks on Android.
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Polls in Groups and Channels. Telegram polls can be anonymous, or have visible votes so that everyone in the group sees who voted for what.

Multiple answer polls can be helpful when deciding on a date or place for an event.

Polls with Quiz mode enabled have a correct answer and can power anything from trivia games to public service exams.
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Pinned Messages. All Telegram chats support multiple pinned messages, so important info is always within reach. Tap the top bar to jump between messages or hit the button on the right side to see all pins on a separate page.

When pinning a message in a group, you have the option to send a notification to all group members, even if they have the chat muted.
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Channel Comments. Channels with a linked Discussion Group have a comment button under each post, where both subscribers and visitors can share their thoughts on the latest updates.

Comments appear in their own separate threads, but also are posted in the discussion group to give admins and frequent participants a place to see every new comment in one place.

If you are not a member of the channel’s discussion group, notifications for replies to your comments are sent to a special chat called Replies.
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Channels are a powerful tool for broadcasting messages to unlimited audiences.

Only admins are allowed to post updates, but you can add comments to engage with users – see @durov for example.

Channels are anonymous: posts show the name and photo of the channel, rather than the individual who posted them. The list of subscribers is also private and only visible to admins.

For dozens of other channel functions that couldn't fit here, check out our full guide.