Telegram is pushing new updates ahead of the end of the year. The latest bunch addresses privacy, sign-ups, storage usage and much more. These might be the second-last update as they still plan to roll out one last one.
Here is what you are getting.
Latest Telegram Updates
Sign up without a SIM card
On Telegram, your phone number was never visible to strangers–our users control who can see their number and whether others are allowed to find them by their phone number.
Today starts a new era of privacy. You can have a Telegram account without a SIM card and log in using blockchain-powered anonymous numbers available on the Fragment platform.
Auto-Delete All Chats
Telegram introduced self-destructing messages back in 2013. Users can delete any messages they send or receive from both sides without leaving a trace. You can also set up auto-delete timers to clean up individual chats after a period.
You can now set a global auto-delete timer to automatically remove messages in all new chats.
Temporary QR codes
Telegram users that have a public username can generate QR codes to quickly connect with people around them.
Now you can generate a temporary QR code if you don’t have a username and are hiding your phone number from everyone. Scanning the code will let people instantly add you as a contact without knowing your phone number.
Detailed Storage Usage and More on Android
Telegram has redesigned Storage Usage on Android in a way that our iOS users will find familiar. It now shows how much space each chat is using on your device.
The media of individual chats can now be cleared from your cache, filtered by file type–like photos, videos, music, and files.
Our previous update gave admins of large groups the option to organize discussions into topics, merging classic internet forums with the latest in messaging technology. Today, topics become even more powerful – and are now available for groups of 100 members or more.
Groups with topics open in a sleek two-column mode, so you can access your other chats as quickly as before. To switch to the latest topic straight from your chat list, simply tap the new button in the preview.