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8 Reasons Telegram Is the Only Messaging App You Need

Dan Price 26-02-2018

When you think of instant messaging apps, one name will pop into your head before all others: WhatsApp.


It’s understandable. It was the first messaging app that was widely adopted around the globe. And, despite the privacy concerns associated with owners Facebook, it regularly receives upgrades, improvements, and new features.

But WhatsApp has ruled the roost for too long. Today, there are much better alternatives out there.

One of the best alternatives is Telegram. But what makes it so unique? In this piece, we’re going to introduce to some of the features that make it the only instant messaging app you need.

1. Edit Messages

“Hi sweaty, where are we going for dinner tonight?”

I know you meant “sweetie,” you know you meant “sweetie,” and your partner knows you meant “sweetie.” But it’s still embarrassing!


Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly fix your typo before anyone saw it? It would even prevent rage-messages sent to your boss or partner after an argument.

Telegram offers this exact feature.

To edit a message in Telegram, press and hold on the message you want to change. After a few seconds, a context menu will appear. Click on the Edit button and you’ll be able to tweak to your heart’s content.

The other person will see an on-screen indicator; they know you changed something. But there’s no way for them to see the original.


2. Secret Chats

Smartphones are a hotbed of private information. And perhaps the most revealing part of the phone is your message history.

Telegram combats the issue with its Secret Chat feature.

There are lots of reasons why you might want to chat in secret. Perhaps you’re planning a surprise party 13 iPhone Apps to Plan and Host an Awesome Party If you're hosting a party, you'll want to get things just right. Fortunately there are some geat apps designed to help everything go smoothly. Read More for a family member and you don’t want them to see a revealing notification on your phone accidentally. Maybe your involved in a romantic liaison which you don’t want other people to find out about. Or perhaps you’re just a privacy fanatic.

Secret chats use end-to-end encryption Don't Believe These 5 Myths About Encryption! Encryption sounds complex, but is far more straightforward than most think. Nonetheless, you might feel a little too in-the-dark to make use of encryption, so let's bust some encryption myths! Read More , are not recorded in any way on Telegram’s servers, and self-destruct off your phone after an allotted period of time. The forwarding option is also disabled.


Of course, if you’re hype-conscious about your security, you could use this method of chatting for all your conversations.

3. Send Large Files

How many times have you tried to send a photo, video, or document on WhatsApp, only to be greeted with the dreaded “File too large to send” message?

It’s because WhatsApp limits you to a maximum file size of 16 MB. In today’s world of 4K videos and high-definition music, it’s a paltry amount.

Telegram, on the other hand, can send files up to 1.5GB in size How to Send Large Files as Email Attachments: 8 Solutions Want to send large files via email but running into file size limits? We show you how to send large files via email attachments. Read More . That covers almost everything you would realistically want to send from one mobile device to another.


4. Watch YouTube Videos While Chatting

If your friends are anything like mine, you’ll receive several “must-watch” YouTube videos per day. Very few of them transpire to be anything close to must-watch.

Imagine a world where you can start watching the video to see if it’s entertaining whilst simultaneously berating your friend for wasting your time with another video of a dog running into a glass door.

Well, Telegram can do it easily. Tap on the thumbnail of the video link to start playing the video. To continue chatting while the video is playing, click on the Picture-in-Picture icon.

5. More Members in a Group

For most of its life, WhatsApp only let you add 100 members into a group chat. Then, in February 2016, the limit was increased to 256. Users rejoiced.

However, 256 users pales into insignificance alongside Telegram’s offering. Instead of a couple of hundred, Telegram lets you add 100,000 members.

Called “supergroups,” they have a unified message history, pinnable messages, and replies, mentions, and hashtags.

To upgrade a regular group into a supergroup, open the group chat and tap on Edit in the upper right-hand corner of the page. On the next menu, select Convert to Supergroup.

6. “Last Seen” Exceptions

We shudder to think how many arguments have been started by Last Seen messages and blue ticks on WhatsApp How to Read WhatsApp Messages Without Alerting the Sender Ever wanted to read messages in WhatsApp without triggering "read receipts"? Here are three easy ways to do that! Read More .

Unfortunately, WhatsApp doesn’t offer a way to customize who sees the information. It’s either everyone or no one.

Telegram provides a much more nuanced approach. You can be selective about who will know the last time you were online.

To choose who can see your status, open Telegram and go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Last Seen. Under Who can see your Last Seen time choose My Contacts.

Below Add exceptions, you can tap on Always Share With and Never Share With to make your selections accordingly.

7. Add Stickers to Photos

Yes, we know it’s annoying to see a pig’s nose and a dog’s ears pinned onto so many photos these days, but some people seem to love it.

If adding stickers to photos floats your boat, Telegram excels. It offers a fun photo editing feature that’s similar to Snapchat. And you can even make your own Telegram stickers How to Make Your Own Telegram Stickers Telegram is one of the best messaging apps around. Here's how to make your own Telegram stickers and spruce up your convos. Read More .

8. Hide Telegram Media

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One of the most annoying aspects of WhatsApp is how quickly it clogs up your phone’s gallery app. What should be a fun roll of family snaps and pictures of beautiful scenery is packed with repetitive memes and stupid jokes.

In WhatsApp, you can stop media from downloading automatically, but you can’t see a preview first. You just get a blurred image and have to gamble whether it’s worth saving.

Telegram approaches the puzzle differently. You can choose to download all the media you receive so you’ll never overlook something important, but you can prevent the app from adding it to your phone’s gallery app.

Go to Settings > Messages > Save to gallery to set up the feature.

Which Are Your Favorite Telegram Features?

These eight features conspire to put Telegram in a class of its own at the head of the instant messaging apps. None of its competitors come close in terms of either features or ease-of-use.

Which Telegram features stand out to you? Which ones help to make Telegram the only instant messaging app you need?

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  1. Angel Perez
    March 2, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Sigh, BBM was the best before they decided to go cross-platform. Although I was happy that they finally made that move, the app for non-Blackberry devices has been changing more and more over time into an app that emulates WhatsApp's UI. BBM for BB10 was the best UI for a messaging app IMO. Sure, it could use some upgrades, but the graphics for messaging were spot on with the delivery receipts' stages inside their circle. Now, they have a check mark and a word. If I wanted that I'd just stick to WhatsApp so for now, I'll try telegram and see if its any good for my use case.

    • Roniver
      March 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      BBM on a BB was just fantastic. Too bad they did not see their potential ages ago and created a web interface :( Now it's too late.

  2. Wuod Ruoth
    February 28, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Could you develop a system where you can block and unblock a user who is provimg to be a nuisance.

  3. Nick Tuinman
    February 27, 2018 at 8:37 am

    You missed a very unique feature! Cloud storage!
    You can chat with yourself, including sending media and files, which will stay there until you manually remove them.
    Considering Telegram has native apps on all major operating system and a web interface, this makes it extremely easy to transfer files from one device to another.

  4. Mac Dada
    February 26, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    One hard-hitting reason why Telegram is a messenger you should not use at all: Security. Telegram is even less secure than WhatsApp. Chats are not end-to-end encrypted (like they in WhatsApp). If you care about security and privacy, do not use Telegram. Of course, using WhatsApp isn't the best idea, either (for one thing, it requires you to provide a phone number). Try something like Threema or Signal instead of Telegram.

    • Mr. Snicket
      June 1, 2020 at 7:14 am

      not accurate, sorry

  5. BruceG
    February 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    One reason why it's not..... nobody I know is using it. I've got FB messaging, iMessage, and slack already - not to mention twitter and instagram. This can not replace any of them. What I DO need is a single messaging app that can connect and federate all of these so I only have to look in one place, not yet another walled garden.

    • Cale
      December 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm