We tried to keep Telegraph‘s interface as simple as possible: there’s no need to log in or navigate menus. You just open telegra.ph, write your post, hit publish, and it's live.
This simplicity has its price of course. Sometimes you want to edit your articles on several devices or stay logged in to avoid having to write your name and profile link under each new title. If any of this sounds familiar, meet our new @Telegraph bot.
This simple bot will help you log in and manage your Telegraph posts across any number of devices. In addition, it can give you page view statistics for any post on Telegraph. Just send it a link and watch the numbers roll in.
If you have created some Telegraph posts in the past using browsers on your different devices, the @Telegraph bot helps unite them all under your rule.
Simply press the Log in on this device button, and all posts you‘ve previously written in that device’s browser will be added to your Telegraph account.
Mind you, Telegraph is not intended just for Telegram users. Anyone can use this dead-simple publishing tool. For those who are suffering the constraints of other messengers and can't enjoy the comfort offered by the @Telegraph bot, we have created an open Telegraph API.
Here's the full documentation, in case you're interested.
Meanwhile, allow us to return to our coding dungeons where we're brewing another update to our apps for you this year.
December 20, 2016
The Telegram Team
If you’re like us, you probably have dozens of active chats on Telegram. But none of them matter when you miss a new message from your Mom. Or Spouse. Or Mad Boss. Today we’re launching Telegram 3.15, which allows you to pin important conversations to the top of your inbox.
This feature is also valuable for teams that coordinate their work over Telegram. Pinned chats offer an easy way of keeping work-related chats reachable in a predictable order whenever you open Telegram.
To pin a chat, long tap on it (swipe left on iOS) and select Pin. Easy! You can pin up to 5 chats to the top (plus 5 secret chats).
Starting today, you can link your Telegram account with more than 360 other services by setting up “If This Then That” integrations (or “Applets”). This works with anything from social networks like Twitter and Instagram, to productivity tools like Gmail or Pocket, entertainment apps like Spotify or Pinterest, cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive, and Internet of Things devices like Nest, LIFX, or Philips Hue.
Telegram is the first messaging app to be fully integrated with IFTTT. Unlike most services, we allow two-way interactions: You can control other services via Telegram, or receive notifications and content like photos and videos when they do something.
You can also invite the @IFTTT bot to any of your groups so members can collaboratively interact with your services or devices.
To get started, talk to the @IFTTT bot, then enable some Applets or create your own. Since the IFTTT platform supports over 360 services, endless combinations are possible. Here are just a few examples:
Remember our promise to Make Android Great Again? We were serious. In Telegram 3.15 for Android, we bring you three great features: High-precision rotation and cropping in the photo editor, a new player for Youtube videos with Picture-In-Picture mode, and forwarding messages and media to secret chats.
1. At long last, you can make that horizon look horizontal. Rotate your photos by any small number of degrees in the updated photo editor.
2. Want to continue chatting while watching a YouTube video? Tap the Picture-In-Picture icon in the new sleek video player for YouTube/Vimeo links. The video will shrink, and you can drag it around the screen so that it doesn't get in the way. The new video player also toggles fullscreen mode when you rotate your phone accordingly.
3. Secret Chats are the most secure way to share data on Planet Earth, and it is only natural they don’t let you forward stuff from them. However, they don’t restrict you from importing texts and media into them. With Telegram 3.15 for Android, you can forward messages and media from Cloud Chats and Channels to Secret Chats.
We know many of you got a bit addicted to Telegram updates, and keep asking us for more. We're happy to oblige. Stay tuned for more updates coming this December!
December 7, 2016
The Telegram Team
If you have feedback about the way an Instant View page was generated, ping our @previews bot. Only a handful of websites are supported at the moment, but we'll be adding more as we go. Eventually we want to provide Instant View pages for every story on the Web and thus devour the entire Internet (*evil laugh*).
Today we are launching Telegraph – a publishing tool that lets you create richly formatted posts with photos and all sorts of embedded stuff. Telegraph posts get beautiful Instant View pages on Telegram.
To try it, go to telegra.ph, publish a story, and share it on Telegram. With Telegraph, your Telegram channel can run stories just like the mainstream media (although you may find it tricky to become as biased).
You can now travel in time to any moment in the past. Just tap Search inside a chat and choose a day using the Calendar tool.
Unfortunately, this doesn't work with dates from the future. Sorry, no flying cars and hoverboards for you today.
Remember all those times when you had a sad Pepe among your recently sent stickers? If you‘re like us, your natural desire would’ve been to reunite the sad Pepe with the rest of his family by scrolling to the Pepe pack in your sticker panel.
You can now do that in an instant: try a long tap (or 3D-touch on iOS) on a recent sticker, then choose ‘View Pack’. Hey presto! For some mysterious reason, this also works with non-Pepe stickers.
Sometimes you want to find a group in your chats, but can‘t recall the title. Here’s a life-hack for you: think about a contact of yours that was also a member in that group. This association technique may help you bring back the title too. If it doesn‘t, open that contact’s profile and tap Groups in Common.
Some of you Android users told us we loved iPhones more than Androids. That almost made us cry (remember the sad Pepe in our recent stickers?). To make things right with you, we fired our iOS dev, who was too good.
Well, not really. We simply locked ourselves in the coding basement for several weeks to bring you this:
And that's just getting us warmed up. Make Android Great Again!
Something big is brewing in our secret dungeons. Stay tuned.
November 22, 2016
The Telegram Team
Earlier this year we announced BotPrize, our initiative to award $25,000-$50,000 grants to the creators of the best Telegram bots. Today we selected five bots for the first batch of grants, amounting to a total of over $200,000.
For our first pick of winners, we focused on bots that have already gained massive popularity in some markets. The prize money will help their developers create an even better experience for their existing and future users.
In this batch, we awarded bots from five very different categories: Photo-editing, Productivity, Games, Dating, and Finance.
We will continue awarding creators of great bots throughout this year and the following year in $200,000 batches.
Have fun using or building bots!
November 11, 2016
The Telegram Team
Here’s a video demonstrating how @icon8bot works:
Last year we launched a Bot Platform for Telegram. Free, powerful, and open, it was an instant hit among users and developers. Today we are aiming to push the boundaries further by launching a bot-powered Gaming Platform on Telegram. That’s right: you can now use bots to play games in your chats, complete with graphics and sound.
Hundreds of games are headed your way, but about 30 are ready to be played on Telegram now, most of them published by @gamee. You can start a game by interacting with their bot directly, or by invoking it from any of your chats. To do that, try typing “@gamee “ in a group and choose a game to start playing with your friends:
If you spot a great game on Telegram, you can challenge your friends from other chats by sharing the game with them.
The best part of the Telegram Gaming Platform is the competition across all your existing chats. We save high scores for every game played in every chat, and you can instantly check out how you and your friends are doing against each other. Every time there’s a new leader in the game, other playing members of the chat are notified that they need to step it up.
Building games for Telegram is easy (check out the API). Here’s MathBattle, a game that took our developer only 3 hours to build. You can launch it from any chat by typing @gamebot and choosing Math Battle:
This is Corsairs, a demo game that took its dev just 5 hours to build and set up. That includes sound, graphics and animations:
While these demos look basic, Telegram games can be anything from simple arcades and puzzles to multiplayer 3D-shooters and real-time strategy games. The underlying technology is HTML5, so games are loaded on-demand as needed, just like ordinary webpages. Games will work on iPhones 4 and newer and on Android 4.4 devices and newer. Note that your friends will need Telegram 3.13 or higher to play.
We know you love Telegram because it’s lean and efficient. This is why the new Gaming Platform requires 0 bytes of disk space and won’t add a single byte to the size of our apps. The only thing we're adding today is countless more fun moments in your chats.
And now let's see how high you can score.
October 3, 2016
The Telegram Team
Last year we introduced the most powerful photo editing tool ever to be implemented in a messaging app. This allowed you to instantly improve photos before sending them.
Today we’re pushing the photo editor to the next level with the fun stuff: you can now add drawings, masks, stickers and text right onto your pictures.
This is easy: just choose a mask, and it will be automatically positioned in the right place. Telegram identifies faces on photos and uses mask meta-data to find the perfect spot.
Our artists created hundreds of beautiful and fun masks as examples, but everything we do here in Telegram is an open platform. So as of today, anyone can use the /newmasks command for the @stickers bot to upload their own masks.
When opening a photo, you will see a list of mask sets that were used on it. This way popular custom masks will quickly become viral.
Another thing that’s likely to spread virally now are your GIF-animations. Creating your own GIFs has never been easier: simply record a video in Telegram and tap the new “mute” button to share it as a looped autoplayed GIF.
The animation will be saved to your GIFs section so that you can quickly react to anything with a set of your own prerecorded GIF-emotions.
The last addition to this entertainment-heavy update is the trending stickers tab. Whenever you’re feeling hungry for new stickers you can find the latest additions in the stickers panel in any of your chats.
We're back from the summer break, so watch out for more updates coming your way soon.
September 23, 2016
The Telegram Team
Telegram users share hundreds of millions of stickers every day. Many of these are custom-created on the spot using pictures of friends or local politicians. Others are made by professional artists from all over the world. Starting today, we will be showcasing popular sticker sets made exclusively for Telegram in the new Trending Stickers tab.
You can find the new Trending tab on the Stickers panel and in Telegram Settings. We've made adding new stickers easier for people who have many sets installed. When you go over the limit of 200 sets, older unused stickers are archived automatically. You can reactivate them from the Archived Stickers tab in Sticker Settings later.
Many people have been using a chat with themselves or a small group to store their favorite messages or personal media. Starting today, there's no need for such lifehacks anymore. Just head to the Contacts tab and open the storage chat with yourself by tapping on your number at the top.
Feel free to forward favorite messages to the storage chat or send photos you want to quickly pass between devices. The handy ‘Shared Media’ sections will make finding content a breeze and you can always use in-chat Search for specific queries.
You can also access everything you send to the storage chat on any number of devices you connect, so this can serve as a simple but effective way to replace services like Dropbox right inside your messenger.
Invite links are a handy way to add people to groups, even when they‘re not on Telegram yet. Today we’re making it easier for you to understand just what you're joining when you open them.
As of Telegram v.3.11., you will be able to see who else is in the group and how many members it has before joining it.
If you're running Android 4.1. or higher, Telegram just got a brand new camera interface so that you can take photos in fewer taps. It is also now possible to preview bot content before sending.
Another nice bonus in this Android update is that you can now download large media and files 2x to 4x faster.
Telegram Desktop users can now enjoy an in-app player for videos. We've also improved the design in chats, adding sleek new message bubbles.
And that‘s about all we’ve got for you in version 3.11.
As usually, stay tuned for more updates – coming after our little summer break.
August 3, 2016
The Telegram Team
Some media reported on a “massive” hacker attack on Telegram in Iran.
Here's what really happened:
Certain people checked whether some Iranian numbers were registered on Telegram and were able to confirm this for 15 million accounts. As a result, only publicly available data was collected and the accounts themselves were not accessed. Such mass checks are no longer possible since we introduced some limitations into our API this year.
However, since Telegram is based on phone contacts, any party can potentially check whether a phone number is registered in the system. This is also true for any other contact-based messaging app (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.).
As for the reports that several accounts were accessed earlier this year by intercepting SMS-verification codes, this is hardly a new threat as we've been increasingly warning our users in certain countries about it. Last year we introduced 2-Step Verification specifically to defend users in such situations.
If you have reasons to think that your mobile carrier is intercepting your SMS codes, use 2-Step Verification to protect your account with a password. If you do that, there's nothing an attacker can do.
August 2, 2016
The Telegram Team
Telegram has replaced email for business communication for many of our users. But in a messenger, a lot of people are competing for your attention. Sometimes they interrupt you halfway through typing an important message, and you forget all about it. Good news! With our latest update, this is no longer a problem.
Today we're introducing Drafts. Unfinished messages are now clearly visible in the chats list, and the chat with an unsent draft will move to the top. What's more – all your drafts are now synced across all your devices. Now you can start typing on your phone, then continue on your computer – right where you left off.
On iOS, YouTube and Vimeo videos get a new button in the bottom right corner. Tap it to shrink the video and continue watching and listening while accomplishing other tasks.
You can drag the minimized video around the screen so that it doesn't get in the way. On iPads, videos in PiP mode will follow you around even if you switch to a different app. PiP will become available for all videos in Telegram in one of the next updates.
Android users will enjoy the new built-in video player, available for Android 4.1+.
On top of this, Telegram v.3.10 allows you to view the entire set of a group‘s profile pictures instead of just the latest one. The beautiful ’Scroll to bottom' button with an unread messages counter has made it to Android and Telegram Desktop.
We've improved design across all of our apps. Telegram Desktop now sports nifty blue unread message counters, new buttons, and fully revamped profile pages.
We at Telegram are hard at work expanding the boundaries of what you can do with a messaging app. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
June 14, 2016
The Telegram Team
Farewell to typos! Starting today, you can edit the text of your messages after sending them. This works across all Telegram chats, including groups and one-on-one conversations.
Simply tap and hold on a message, then press ‘Edit’. If you're on desktop, press the up arrow button to edit your last message. The messages will display a small ‘edited’ label so that it's easy to tell which were altered.
Mentioning other people in groups is handy since it sends them a notification about your message even if they muted the group. Starting today, you can mention any members in a group – even if they don't have a username. Just type the
@ symbol and select whoever you would like to address. Easy!
Speaking of addressing people, you can now get to your recent chats much faster using the new People list in Search.
We've also made it easier for you to access your favorite inline bots. Simply scroll down the attachment menu – and there they are. The more you use them, the higher they will climb.
Naturally, you will only see inline bots in the attachment menu if you used them at least once. Try @youtube, @gif or @imdb if you don't know where to start. Check out this post for more info on how to use inline bots.
We‘ve added quick sharing buttons to forwarded messages from bots, channels, and public groups. Notifications about messages with stickers will now show the relevant emoji so that you’ll know the general idea at first glance.
Last but not least, if you're on iOS, your app now remembers the scroll position in chats when switching to a different chat and back. And scrolling up in a chat summons a new button that will send you back to the bottom in one tap. This button also displays a handy unread message counter if new ones are waiting for you there.
And that's it for today. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
May 15, 2016
The Telegram Team