Telegram's previous update revolutionized emoji, adding an open platform for creating custom animated emoji. This update gives you even more ways to use these new emoji to express how you're feeling – with infinite reactions and emoji statuses.
All users now have access to dozens of reactions – including those that were previously only available with Telegram Premium, like . To accommodate all the new emoji, we've redesigned the reaction panel, making it expandable. The reactions you use frequently will show up at the top.
Telegram Premium users can pick reactions from an infinite selection of custom emoji. To make choosing from thousands upon thousands of emoji easier, they can now attach up to 3 reactions per message.
These changes to reactions are currently available in groups and 1-on-1 chats.
Group admins can control whether custom reactions may be used in their groups.
Starting today, Premium users can add an animated emoji status that is displayed next to their name – to quickly let everyone know how they're feeling or what they're doing. This custom status takes the place of your Premium Badge in the chat list, in your profile and in groups.
You can set one of 7 standard statuses that change their color to match different Telegram themes – or choose from an infinite number of custom emoji. Popular suggestions for working, sleeping, traveling and more will be shown at the top.
Tap the Premium badge at the top of your chat list or go to Settings to change your status. Press and hold an emoji to set a status for a specific duration.
Anyone can use Telegram's open emoji platform to upload custom packs with unique art styles and characters for Telegram Premium users.
Users who log out and log back in frequently can now receive login codes through their email address or using Sign in with Apple or Sign in with Google.
Signing up or logging in to Telegram on iOS is now even more streamlined, with new interfaces and fun animations that are already familiar to our Android users.
All @usernames on Telegram have their own t.me/username links, making it easy to share your public profile, group or channel anywhere on the internet.
Every username now has a new unique link format – username.t.me – for those who want to emphasize their name (or have trouble finding the / key).
Media and files that are actively downloading can be managed in the 'Downloads' tab of Search or by tapping the icon that appears in your chat list. You can now press and hold any items in the list to reorder them and change their priority – downloading the top file first.
This feature was already available on iOS – press and hold an item in the list and select 'Prioritize Download'.
New smooth animations have been added for opening, closing and changing media on Android.
Those on Android 13 or newer can choose a thematic Telegram icon that will automatically match your phone's dark mode settings and accent color.
And that's it for today. While everybody returns to their work and studies, we go back to our secret labs where the next update is already brewing.
September 16, 2022
The Telegram Team