Bot Platform 2.0

At Telegram, we made it our mission to redefine the boundaries of what you can do with your messaging app. Last year we launched the Bot Platform that has unleashed the creativity of thousands of developers.

Today we are giving bot developers a whole new dimension with Bots 2.0: inline keyboards, callback and URL buttons, location permissions and on-the-fly message editing. The new bots can also generate any type of content for you to share with friends, including documents, MP3s, videos, stickers, animations and contacts.

To give you a taste of the new possibilities, we built some sample bots last weekend – @music, @youtube, @foursquare and @sticker (make sure your Telegram app was updated today before you try them).

New Keyboards, New Actions

Here's how @music works – it uses an inline keyboard that allows you to interact with it without sending any messages. And it updates its own messages on the fly as you flip through the pages of search results:

New Types of Content

The @music bot also works in inline mode, which means it can help you send MP3s to any of your chats, right from the input field:

Inline bots can now send all types of attachments that are available on Telegram. We suspect you're going to like the @sticker inline bot – it can find you relevant stickers based on emoji.

New Mechanics

Like the @music bot, @youtube also works in two modes. It uses the new clever chat switching mechanic to connect your Telegram account with YouTube:

Once a Youtube account is connected, you can access additional settings via the new menu option above the results.

New Permissions

Now, @foursquare is an inline bot that utilizes our new location features and helps you send addresses of places and venues nearby. Note how it asks for permission to use your location when you try to send something for the first time:

New Horizons

These sample bots are but the beginning. Our Bot API 2.0 allows developers to create fluid and easy-to-use interfaces for powerful bots. And we will be seeing a lot of new ones in the coming months, after all, 2016 is the year of bots.

If you are a developer, take a look at our Introduction to Bots 2.0 and read the full changelog. Also, feel free to subscribe to our official @BotNews channel to stay up to date on platform news.

If you are a user, hang on – soon you will have plenty of cool bots to play with. Meanwhile, enjoy the sample bots!

Oh. And we almost forgot we've got more new stuff today!
Read on about Sharing and Previews »

April 12, 2016
The Telegram Team

Sharing and Previews

In addition to a major update to our Bot Platform, we're making several design and interface improvements to our apps today. This post mostly shows iOS screenshots, but be sure to check out the massive Android redesign we did in this version.

A fresh new look at sharing

Starting today, our iOS users can easily share photos and videos to other Telegram chats with a comment, or send them to other apps.

New sharing menu

Open in other apps

New video player

We've also added a new slick in-app media player so that you can watch videos from YouTube and other services in style. It will also take you fewer taps to start watching.

New in-app video player

Preview sticker packs and stickers

Adding new sticker packs has become easier. Tapping on any sticker in a chat will now instantly open the relevant sticker pack. You can preview and send stickers right from this menu. Now you won't have to teach your grandparents how to add stickers.

View sticker pack

Preview sticker

Preview GIFs and bot content

On iOS, ‘Tap and hold to preview’ also works with GIFs in the GIF panel. Pull up for additional actions.

The same is true for content from inline bots. Tap and hold to preview results suggested by inline bots before sending. Try it now with @gif, @sticker or @coub.

Don't worry, this is coming soon to Android too! Speaking of which…

New design

The Android app received a major tuneup in the design department. We've redesigned the chat screen, optimized the colors, reimagined buttons and message bubbles, created beautiful progress bars, fully revamped documents and other attachments.

We've also improved the design of our iOS app, adding juicy progress bars and a new look for documents. Telegram Desktop has also received multiple design improvements and now fully supports the new bots.

Yes, don‘t forget that in addition to the above we’re introducing the biggest update to our bot platform since June 2015 today. Read more about Bots 2.0 »

April 12, 2016
The Telegram Team

Supergroups 5000: Public Groups, Pinned Posts

Telegram is famous for its awesome group chats. Today’s update makes them even more awesome. To begin with, we’re increasing the number of people who can join a supergroup from 1000 to 5000 members. That's 5 times as good.

Supergroup admins can now inform all members about important news using pinned messages. Pinned messages are displayed at the top of the chat screen. All members will get a notification — even if they muted ordinary messages from the group.

A pinned message

Starting today, supergroups can become public and get a short link, like This way, anybody can view the group's entire chat history and join to post messages.

A public group

We know what you’re thinking. What about spammers? To prevent potential spam issues, we're introducing powerful moderation tools for group admins. From now on, they can quickly delete all messages from a specific member, block and report them.

New tools for admins

These features work only in supergroups, but starting today, any group can be converted to a supergroup by its creator. Group admins are now shown in group members’ lists, so ping your group admin if you think this would be cool.

Good old groups still work great for smaller communities, so there's no need to convert your group right away.

And that's it for today, watch out for more updates coming soon!

March 13, 2016
The Telegram Team

P.S. Please note that we’ll be rolling out public groups gradually. They’re already live in Europe and America, but are currently not available in several countries in Asia, from which we detected significant spam activity in the past.

We’ll be making the feature available in more countries as we improve our anti-spam algorithms and scale our abuse team.

Channels 2.0 and More

Telegram channels are becoming a worldwide trend. Each day they get more than 400,000,000 views. Today we are introducing several features that will make channels and bots even more powerful tools for connecting with your audience.

Links to Posts

The Quick Share menu now allows you to copy links to individual messages inside a channel. You can send these links to friends outside of Telegram or post them to other social networks. Following such links will open the channel and highlight the message.

Copy Share Link

Silent Messages

“Is it OK to post now?” “Is this urgent enough to notify everyone?” If you're a channel admin, you know these questions too well. Luckily, you can now send silent messages that will not notify your subscribers. This is very useful for late night or non-urgent updates. Tap on the bell icon to toggle silent messages on and off.

Silent messages

Admin Signatures

There are times when it‘s important to know who posted a certain message. Starting today, you can enable signatures in Channel Info. New messages will be signed with the posting admin’s chosen screen name but will not link to their profile.

Channel Settings

Signed Messages

Edit Messages in Channels and Supergroups

Made a typo? Missed a word? Itching to add something? As of today, you can edit your messages after they were posted. Tap the message (double tap on iOS), then press ‘Edit’. This feature works with supergroups and channels because they both use the same underlying technology.

Quick Share Button for Bots

Many news organizations are building bots to provide tailored subscriptions. In this update we've made it easier to share the links, pictures and videos you get from bots. Check out the new official @forbesbot to see how this works.

Quick Share button for bots

Bonus: Sticker Previews

In other news, sticker previews now work everywhere including sticker suggestions when you type an emoji and the ‘Add stickers’ screen. Tap and hold on a sticker to see it in full size before sending. The devil's in the details, right?

Try it out with the Harry set:

And that‘s all we’ve got for you this month.
Stay tuned for more updates in March!

February 24, 2016
The Telegram Team

100,000,000 Monthly Active Users

Two and a half years ago we launched Telegram. Then you told your friends and co-workers about it. And they told their friends and co-workers. And we started growing.

Now Telegram has more than 100,000,000 monthly active users. 350,000 new users sign up each day. We're delivering 15 billion messages daily.

Thank you for spreading the word, keep it up!

February 23, 2016
The Telegram Team

15 Billion Telegrams Delivered Daily

Two and a half years after launch, Telegram is delivering over 15 billion messages daily – that's roughly the number of push notifications that are sent by Telegram each day. All thanks to you.

We've also just passed 100,000,000 monthly active users.

February 23, 2016
The Telegram Team

Voice Messages 2.0, Secret Chats 3.0 and...

Voice messages on Telegram just got a completely new interface with waveform visualizations, a brand new player and raise-to-speak functionality.

You can now start listening to a long voice message and switch to other media or chats. The message will continue playing in the background. For who are we to defy the god of multi-tasking?

New looks for voice messages

Recording and listening to voice messages got easier with raise-to-speak and raise-to-listen. When a chat is open, bring your phone to your ear (as if taking a phone call) to listen to new voice messages or record a new one after the signal.

Raise to Speak: Preview before sending

This feature involves plenty of behind-the-scene magic with proximity sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers. It works well with most modern devices, but is still experimental. Some phones may require arcane intervention from our devs.

Secret Chats 3.0

With their self-destruct timers and end-to-end encryption, secret chats are a great way to pass sensitive information. Today we’re bringing the best features from cloud chats over to secret chats: detailed link previews, replies, photo and video captions, sticker sharing, inline bots and GIFs. We’ve also improved key visualizations to make secret chats immune to potential alien invasions.

A Secret Chat full of new goodies


Privacy. When overly active friends start adding you to random groups or channels, it gets overwhelming quickly. Now you can decide who may add you to groups and channels with granular precision. E.g. “All my contacts. Except those two.”

Supergroups. Supergroup creators also get more control. They can now change who may add new members to their group: all existing members or only selected admins. Supergroups can have up to 1000 members, and finding a balance between order and chaos is important if you want them to grow.

Sharing extension. Sharing on iOS devices has become way smoother. You can now share any photo, video, audio, document or location to any Telegram chat or channel straight from default iOS apps like Contacts, Maps, Voice Memos and Photos. It is also possible to share stuff to several chats or channels at once.

Attachment Menu. Media files will zoom beautifully when you select them in the attachment menu. Note that we’ve moved ‘Image Search’ to the ’Photo or Video’ section (tap the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner).

Hotkeys. iPad users with external keyboards get hotkey support. Now you can navigate chats and send messages without ever touching your iPad’s screen. Saves a lot of time.

Photo Editor. In the Android corner, we’re introducing additional photo-editing tools – rotate, fade, tint and curves.

Photo editor

Curves tool

We’re not done with updates this month – more features and good news are coming very soon to a Telegram Messenger near you.

February 12, 2016
The Telegram Team

Introducing Inline Bots

Bots became an integral part of Telegram for many users, but communication with them wasn't always easy. You had to send them messages in separate chats or add them to your groups. Today we are introducing a quicker way to contact bots.

With the new inline mode, bots become omnipresent and can be used as a tool in any of your chats, groups or channels – it doesn't matter, whether the bot is a member or not. Inline bots can help you with dozens of different tasks, like quickly sending relevant GIFs, pictures from the Web, YouTube videos, Wikipedia articles, etc.

How does it work?

We've created several sample bots for you to try out: @gif, @vid, @pic, @bing, @wiki, @imdb and @bold. To see them in action, simply type one of their @usernames in the message field in any chat, then type some keywords. The bot will offer you relevant content.

Tap on an item to instantly send it to the chat. This way you can share stuff from bots without any hassle. Inline bots don't see any messages in your chats – they only receive what you type after their username in the input field.

Tap on ‘via @username’ to send a new request to the bot. Recently used inline bots will also show up in the suggestion box when you type @ in the input field in any chat.

A new dimension for bots

Like pretty much everything else at Telegram, inline bots are part of an open platform, available for free to every developer in the world starting today. Hundreds of new inline bots are sure to arrive once developers start supporting the new mode.

If you are a developer, take a look at our Introduction to Inline Bots. Also, feel free to subscribe to our official @BotNews channel to stay up to date on platform news.

The Telegram Team,
January 4, 2016

GIF Revolution

Good news for GIF-lovers! As of today, you can send and download GIFs up to 20x faster. This is possible because we're now re-encoding all GIFs to mpeg4 videos that require up to 95% less disk space for the same image quality.

We've optimized our apps so that they can smoothly play even dozens of GIFs on the screen at the same time. GIFs will now play automatically, so there's no need to launch each one manually anymore. (You can turn this off in Settings when you need a break.)

Sending GIFs

To make sending your favorite animations easier, we've added a dedicated GIF tab to the sticker panel. Tap on GIFs in chats (long tap on iOS) and ‘Save’ to add them to the panel. Then send them to any chat in one tap.

iOS users can now also send GIFs from the Gallery using the fully redesigned attachment menu.


Last but not least, our new Inline Bots feature offers another innovative way of finding and sharing GIFs. These bots deserve a separate blog post.

Read on!

The Telegram Team,
January 4, 2016

Clearing Cache and Reordering Stickers

Unlike most messengers, Telegram can take up nearly zero space on your phone, even if you‘re using it heavily. When you remove Telegram data from your device’s local cache to free up space, we'll keep it in the cloud for as long as you need, with virtually no limitations.

Today we are introducing new cache management options that make it even easier to maintain Telegram’s slender footprint when space is short — without having to sacrifice useful data. The new Clear Cache option allows you to quickly delete cached media by type.

Using the Keep Media setting, you can control how long unused media stays on your device. If you haven't accessed a file for the specified time, it is automatically deleted from the cache. Naturally, your data will instantly re-download from the cloud the moment you access it again.

On iOS it is also possible to clear cached files on a chat-by-chat basis. On Android, this currently works with supergroups and channels (just tap and hold in the chats list, then ‘Delete from Cache’).

Available on iOS and Android (and coming to WindowsPhone soon), these simple settings help ensure that Telegram will only require the least amount of space on your devices.

Reorder Sticker Packs

We've also improved the ordering of sticker packs. You can now manually arrange your sticker packs in the order you prefer, and the order will be synced across your devices. Access sticker settings via the new button, right on the sticker panel.

We're not done for 2015 yet, so watch out for more updates this year.

December 8, 2015
The Telegram Team