Telegram update: Custom Animated Emoji, Gifting Telegram Premium, and more; know how to use

Telegram has introduced several new features like Custom Animated Emoji, Gifting Telegram Premium, and more. Here is how you can use them.

| Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 13:16 IST
Telegram update: Top 5 premium features you can benefit from
Premium Voice-to-Text
1/5 Premium Voice-to-Text: Telegram users can now turn or convert voice messages to text for those times you don't want to listen, but want to see what it says. You can rate transcriptions to help improve them. (Telegram)
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2/5 Unique Stickers: Dozens of stickers now have impressive full-screen animations, which Premium users can send in any chat to add extra emotion and expressive effects that are visible for all users. This premium sticker collection will be updated monthly by Telegram artists. You can quickly find Premium Stickers from all your packs in a dedicated section of your sticker panel, below 'Recently Used'. (Telegram)
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3/5 Premium Unique Reactions, Chat Management: Premium users also unlock more ways to react to messages, with over 10 new emoji like 👌😍❤️‍🔥💯(and the new favorites 🤡🌭🐳). Telegram Premium also includes new tools to organize your chat list – like changing your default chat folder so the app always opens on a custom folder or, say, Unread instead of All Chats. To change your default folder, press and hold a folder in your chat list > Reorder > and drag your preferred folder to the first space. Additionally, subscribers can enable a setting in Privacy and Security to automatically archive and mute new chats, helping organize even the busiest chat lists. (Telegram)
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4/5 Premium Animated Profile Pictures: The profile videos of premium users will animate for everyone throughout the app – including in chats and the chat list. Let everyone see your new look, or flex your creativity with a unique looping animation. All premium users also get a Premium special badge that appears next to their name in the chat list, chat headers, and member lists in groups – showing that they help support Telegram and are part of the club that receives exclusive features first. (Telegram)
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5/5 Join Requests for Public Groups: Public groups can now enable join requests – allowing group admins to review new members before approving them to write in the chat. Users who open the group can tap Request to Join, adding their request to a list that only admins can access. Admins can reach out to users who want to join and have a chat to cover the rules, make sure they're a good fit or even plan a welcome party. When an admin reaches out, Telegram lets the user know they're reaching out as a group admin. Owners of public groups can enable join requests via Group Info > Edit > Group Type > Who Can Send Messages > select Only Members > enable Approve New Members. (Telegram)
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Check latest Telegram updates here. Custom Animated Emoji, Gifting Telegram Premium, and more. (Bloomberg)

Telegram users now have more premium features to explore! The application recently introduced Telegram Premium after it passed 700 million active users. If you are a Telegram Premium user you get access to exclusive additional features which the app has introduced via latest updates like Telegram Emoji Platform, animated emoji in messages and captions, custom emoji packs, the ability to give Telegram Premium as a gift, a new privacy setting for voice messages – and more. Here is how to use the newly updated features.

1. Custom Animated Emoji

Telegram has launched an open emoji platform where anyone can upload custom packs with unique art styles and characters for Telegram Premium users. The new animated emoji can be included in the text of messages and media captions, adding even more emotion to your chats. Premium users get access to 10 initial custom emoji packs, containing more than 500 Premium emoji – and more coming.

How to use: When you start typing a message, the Stickers button will turn into an Emoji button that opens the redesigned emoji panel – so you can quickly browse your emoji packs or add new ones. All users – Premium or not – can see any animated emoji. Everyone can also use all custom emoji for free in their Saved Messages chat to try them out – or to add extra flair to notes and reminders. All packs are included in emoji suggestions – type a shortcut like: smile or :lol and you will see results from your entire library. Typing a static emoji will also show suggestions from all of your animated packs.

2. Interactive Custom Emoji

Many popular custom emoji are also interactive when sent in 1-on-1 chats – any user can tap to play synchronized, full-screen effects.

3. New Sticker, GIF and Emoji Panel on iOS

The sticker panel has a new look on iOS, with separate tabs for stickers, GIFs and emoji – just like on the Android, desktop and web apps. On all apps, the GIF section now has thousands of high-quality GIFs from your favorite movies and shows.

4. Privacy Settings for Voice Messages

Premium users have a new setting that allows them to control who is able to send them voice and video messages – like Everyone, My Contacts, or Nobody. Like other privacy settings, this also supports exceptions, so you can choose specific people or groups of users that can Never or Always send you voice messages. If someone on your Always list chooses a bad time for verbal communication, you can convert their voice message to text. To modify this setting, go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Voice Messages.

5. Gifting Telegram Premium

If you already have Telegram Premium, you can now share the experience with friends, family and coworkers by sending them a prepaid subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months – at a discount. Open a user's profile and tap Menu iOS or Menu Android and choose Gift Premium. The gifted subscription will instantly arrive as a special message in your chat with that user – containing an animated gift box.

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First Published Date: 19 Aug, 13:16 IST