Latest Telegram update adds SIM-free registration, 2.0 themes and more

Telegram has released a new update for users. It has features like Themes 2.0, Auto Delete for all chats, Aggressive Antispam, and new emojis.

Telegram has released a new app update for both Android and iOS users, with features like SIM-free registration, auto-delete all chats after a while, Themes 2.0, and more. Prior to this, the instant messaging platform released seven updates in 2022. The latest update came out in November 2022 with features like Themes in group chats, collectible usernames based on blockchain technology, voice-to-text for video messages, and new emojis for premium. users

In June 2022, the platform launched its first paid version, Telegram Premium, which brings exclusive features to subscribers. Subscription features include faster downloads, a maximum upload size of 4 GB, speech to text, unique stickers, reactions, the ability to join a thousand groups and channels, the option to pin up to ten chats, a dedicated chat section administration, and more. The app has also launched verification badges, only available to paid users. A Telegram Premium subscription costs $4.99.


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Telegram’s December update has nine new features, starting with SIM-free signups. Now, users can sign up for Telegram without a SIM card. The platform has partnered with Fragment, which helps users create “blockchain-powered anonymous numbers” to allow those without a phone number to sign up for the Telegram app as well. The second feature that Telegram talks about in its blog post is called Auto Delete All Chats. Automatic deletion of all chats could be very useful for those who want to keep their inbox clean and don’t like to keep track of messages on Telegram. While users could previously select and delete Telegram chats for a specific day or date range, the updated feature deletes all messages in new chats and groups based on a timer set by the user.

Topics are now available in smaller groups

Screenshot of the Telegram Group Themes feature, with the Telegram logo, on a blue-pink background

In the app update released in November, Telegram introduced Group Chat Topics, a new way to organize related messages in group chats and make them more accessible. However, it was available for large groups only. With the latest update, Telegram has released Themes 2.0 for groups with 100 members or more. Admins can enable the feature from group settings, allowing users to view chats in two different ways: ‘View as Topics’ and ‘View as Messages’. Additionally, groups can have up to five topics pinned with the updated Topics feature so participants can quickly see updates.

Another feature that has come to Telegram protects users from spammers. It’s called Aggressive Anti-Spam and it filters spam messages in groups with more than 200 members. However, the platform also informs users that it might delete some regular messages in the process, which administrators can report in the Recent Actions section.

Telegram users without hidden username and phone numbers can now generate temporary QR codes to quickly connect with people. Emoji Search, a feature available to Android users, has also made its way to Telegram for iOS. It allows users to search for emojis using keywords in multiple languages. Android users also get a new storage usage page that shows how much storage each chat is using. Android users can now also use Live Location with third-party navigation apps. Finally, Telegram has added seven new interactive emojis for all users and ten custom emoji packs for Premium users.

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