This FAQ covers the main questions about Telegram Premium.
Check out our Premium Terms of Service for more information, as well as our Basic FAQ for general questions about Telegram.
Privacy and Data
Telegram Premium is an optional subscription service that unlocks additional exclusive features, while helping support the development of the app. It is a part of Telegram’s sustainable monetization – driven by our users, rather than advertisers or shareholders. This way, Telegram can remain independent and prioritize its users first.
At the moment, all Premium users receive:
The @Premium channel contains detailed descriptions of each feature, as well as a list of all Premium stickers.
Users can subscribe via the App Store, Google Play (Telegram Settings > Telegram Premium) or @PremiumBot. Subscribing via the bot gives users a discounted price, because the payments are not subject to fees from Apple or Google.
@PremiumBot is currently accessible from the direct versions of Telegram's Android, Desktop and macOS apps.
Yes! All features that existed before Telegram Premium was introduced remain free to use – including unlimited cloud storage, large groups and channels, voice and video calls, support for multiple devices and accounts, tens of thousands of stickers and countless other features. Moreover, future Telegram updates will continue to add new features for all users.
There are no restrictions for non-Premium users. On the contrary, many premium features also benefit free users. For example, anyone can download 4 GB files uploaded by premium users, watch the animations of premium stickers, or tap to increase the count of exclusive reactions already added by premium users.
The full list of premium features is available on the @Premium channel.
Yes, users who do not subscribe will still continue to receive many new features. Telegram Premium allows us to offer all the resource-heavy features users have asked for over the years, while preserving free access to the most powerful messenger on the planet.
If you subscribe to Telegram Premium, your account gains access to all available premium features. Some clients may not immediately support one or several of these features – to take full advantage of your subscription, consider using one of our official apps, such as Telegram for Android, iOS, Desktop and macOS.
Subscribing lifts any media download speed limits from your account on Telegram’s side. If your download speed does not increase, you may be facing other limits caused by your hardware, internet provider, etc.
See our Terms of Service for a more detailed explanation.
The badge is currently visible next to the names of all Telegram Premium subscribers.
Some premium features can be accessed by users who did not subscribe, provided that a subscriber uses them first. For example, if you subscribe and add a premium reaction to a message, your friends can add reactions of the same type to that message. This also applies to files: any user can download large 2+ GB files uploaded by premium users.
Official Sponsored Messages are minimalist, non-targeted advertisements that Telegram may show in some large, public one-to-many channels that have a high number of subscribers. These advertisements will be hidden for users that subscribe to Telegram Premium.
Channel admins may independently post promotional content via messages or media in their communities – this is outside Telegram’s control, and would still appear for Premium users.
See our Terms of Service for a detailed explanation.
Yes, you can subscribe to Telegram Premium from any app or platform you prefer – even if you don’t use that particular device very often. Premium features sync across your entire account, and are available on all your devices.
Subscribing via @PremiumBot in Direct Apps is cheaper than signing up via Google Play or the App Store.
No. A single Google account/Apple ID only supports one ongoing subscription at any given time. For more accounts, you can use @PremiumBot on a supported app to buy additional subscriptions.
It’s possible that local laws and regulations prevent people from accessing Telegram Premium in your country. It’s also possible that your country isn’t supported by the payment processors Telegram relies on. In either case, we continue to do our best to keep all Telegram services available for everyone.
This is due to two possible reasons – either Telegram Premium is not available in your country, or your app was downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, and therefore does not support @PremiumBot.
Telegram Premium features are currently supported by Telegram for Android, iOS and macOS, as well as Telegram Desktop and Telegram Web. Other clients, such as Telegram X or third-party apps may not support some Premium features at the moment.
Each account requires its own subscription to Telegram Premium. When you subscribe, that account can access its Premium features on any connected devices.
This is currently not possible, however, you can freely change the number associated with your account without losing your subscription.
Premium features are currently tied to individual users, and can be utilized in any chat – benefiting not only the Premium user, but also their contacts and subscribers. That said, future developments for Telegram Premium could include community-focused options.
Premium bots are currently not supported. Telegram evolves quickly, be sure to follow our blog to find out if this feature becomes available in the future.
Yearly subscriptions are available at a significant discount. Additionally, all subscriptions purchased via @PremiumBot are discounted by default, since they are not subject to fees from Apple or Google.
When subscribing via @PremiumBot, the currency and price of your first Premium subscription (i.e., first month or year) are based on the country code of the phone number of your Telegram account. After this initial payment, all future payments are calculated for the currency of the country of your payment method. (E.g., if your card was issued by a bank in the UK, the payment will be in GBP.)
In order to qualify for localized pricing, your payment method must be issued by a financial institution in that country and have a local billing address.
If you subscribe via the Play Store or App Store, your currency will be based off your account with Google or Apple.
We do our best to keep the cost of Telegram Premium as consistent as possible – this may include slight variations to reflect local living standards and keep Telegram Premium obtainable for everyone. When you subscribe, the price you see may include store or third-party fees, local taxes and any other applicable fees that are outside of Telegram’s control.
Gifted subscriptions use the global rate so that they can be sent to and from users in any country. You can always get someone started with a gift, after which they can set up a local subscription.
Telegram works with payment providers and app stores to provide a wide range of supported payment methods. If your payment method is not available, you should consider trying all available subscription options: the premium subscription will apply to all supported apps regardless of which one was used to subscribe.
Yes. If you have already subscribed to Telegram Premium, open any user’s profile – you’ll see a 'Gift Premium' button under or to send them a prepaid subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months. Prepaid subscriptions are available at discounted rates.
You can cancel your premium subscription via the same provider you used to purchase it.
Telegram Premium purchases are handled by third-parties (e.g. @PremiumBot, Google Play, Apple App Store).
When you cancel your subscription, all future payments for Telegram Premium are also canceled. You will still have access to all your Premium features until the end of the current billing period, after which they will expire.
Once your subscription expires, your features will be revoked as follows:
All free functionality will remain exactly as it was before subscribing.
You can freely change the phone number associated with your account without losing your subscription – the subscription is linked to your Telegram account, not to your phone number.
Uninstalling Telegram does not cancel your subscription – it will remain available on any device at any time. Note that uninstalling the app or not opening it for some time does not pause your subscription, and you will be billed on its original renewal date.
If you subscribe via @PremiumBot, deleting your account will terminate your recurring payments, as the Bot will not be able to charge an account that no longer exists. It will not be possible to refund any ‘unused’ portion of your billing period.
If you subscribe to Premium via the App Store or Google Play, you will need to cancel your subscription through your Apple or Google account settings – as these platforms may continue to charge you, even if you deleted your Telegram account or application.
Telegram Premium does not come with any special treatment – if you don’t play nice, Telegram may limit some of the functionalities available to you, including your access to the Telegram platform. Therefore, if you violate our Terms of Service and receive a ban, you might lose the benefits of Telegram Premium and we will not compensate you for this loss.
No, Telegram does not store your credit card information. You purchase a premium subscription via a third-party (e.g. Google Play, Apple App Store, or a payment provider via bots like @PremiumBot), so you additionally agree to their terms of service and you should check their individual privacy policies.
Telegram only requires a phone number to sign up and access all of its functionality. Subscribing to Telegram Premium additionally requires that a user provide a payment method, which is directly transferred to a third-party payment processor. Any personal details from your payment method never reach Telegram’s servers, and are securely processed solely by the payment provider.
No, payment processors cannot access your Telegram activity in any way.
Other users will see that you are subscribed by your Telegram Premium badge.
They will not be able to see how you subscribed or how much you spent.