It is pressed into a final major update before 2021 ends. Among the new features is hidden text to hide spoilers. So, if you can’t wait to think about what happens Before everyone in the chat sees it, you can select any part of your text and use the Spoiler format. This will hide the text in the chat list, notifications, and conversation. When your friends are ready to read what you’re thinking [redacted] When they appear, they can click on the spoiler text to read it.
Also new are iMessage-style reactions. You can double click on any message to send a like reaction. A tap once (or tap and hold on iOS) allows you to select other emoji, such as a smile, fire, shocked face, or thumbs down. You can change the default emoji by double-tap in the chat settings on Android, and under the Stickers & Emoji section in iOS settings.
In private chats, feedback is always enabled. Channel and group admins can decide whether to run and what reactions other members can choose from.
Elsewhere, Telegram now has a handy translation option. Through the Language section of the settings, you can enable subtitles, which adds the Translate button to the context menu. You can opt out of some languages that you can understand and the Translate button will not be available in messages you receive in those languages. Translation is available on all Android devices, but iPhone and iPad users will need to be running iOS 15 or later. The number of languages that Telegram supports depends on your operating system.
In addition, users can generate QR codes for anyone with a public username, as well as bots, groups, and channels. You can click the QR code icon next to their username and select the colors and style before sharing it elsewhere. You can find your QR code in “Settings”.
The Telegram team has redesigned context menus on macOS with new shortcut tips and animated icons. The app will display a full screen effect in individual chats when you send certain emojis as well.
Earlier this year, Telegram added other features, including a way for others in group chats to take screenshots and save shared media, as well as with unlimited viewers. There has been some backlash against Telegram this year, with reports of a spike in the level of cybercriminal activity on the encrypted messaging app.
All products recommended by Engadget are handpicked by our editorial team, independently of the parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.