Telegram 4.5

A new era of messaging

#5 Product of the DayNovember 15, 2017

Starting with Telegram 4.5, whenever you send multiple photos or videos they are grouped into albums. Each album can include up to 10 photos or videos, arranged in the chat as elegantly proportioned thumbnails. They will also result in one notification instead of ten on the recipient’s side.


  • Joshua TalleyProduct Support Team Lead, Grundfos

    Cross platform like almost no other messaging app. Super fast and reliable. Not tied to any ad-hungry company account. By far the best.


    No way to switch between a work and personal account on the same device, or flag conversation/contacts as such. Also no SMS mode (GroupMe).

    I've tinkered with Telegram for years, but really dove in over a year ago when I grew tired of Skype for Business failing, Slack feeling too cumbersome, Google not having their act together with...well pretty much anything to do with messaging, and FB/WhatsApp being too ominous/stigmatized.

    I have used Telegram on iOS, Android, Chrome (browser & OS), and Windows. It just works. If I could get everyone I chat with to use it instead of one of all the other ones, that would be a refreshing change.

    The one app that has an advantage over it is GroupMe because of SMS mode. A person can opt into receiving and sending messages via SMS only. They lose a lot of functionality, but it's still possible and works well.

    Joshua Talley has used this product for one year.
  • Brett LindenbergFounder of Aech: Videos + Friends 💫

    Fast, Stable, Secure


    No SMS support

    I love Telegram and use it as my daily work messenger. It's blazing fast, reliable, and works pretty much perfectly. My only wish is that they would support SMS so I can ditch my other messaging apps.

    Brett Lindenberg has used this product for one year.


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Dima Blover💎Hunter@dimablover · Founder at, Product designer
Congratulations to the Telegram team on another fantastic update. 1. Albums – Each album can include up to 10 photos or videos, arranged in the chat as elegantly proportioned thumbnails. They will also result in one notification instead of ten on the recipient’s side. 2. Photo Order – From now on, you can control the order in which photos are sent. Each photo you choose for sharing will show its sequence number. This makes it easy to double check that your “before-and-after” pics will be sent in the correct order. 3. Multiple Profile Photos – When viewing a photo from an album, you’ll see other pictures from the same group as thumbnails in the lower part of the screen. Profile photos are now also displayed this way, which makes them much easier to navigate. 4. Saved Messages – your personal cloud storage for any messages or media you may want to send or forward there. Each saved message has a “go to” button that takes you to the right place in the chat where it was originally posted. 5. Improved Search – Speaking of finding things, we’ve upgraded the global search algorithm used for finding public channels, groups, and bots. Now you can search for public channels and bots by their titles, and most popular items will always be displayed first. 6. Pinned Messages in Channels – Channel admins can now pin messages to focus their subscribers’ attention on important announcements. This tool can also come in handy if you want to help new subscribers navigate your channel. 7. iOS: New Settings, iPhone X Support – Telegram 4.5 comes packed with goodies for iOS users. The Settings screen and the context menu in chats got a makeover. Version 4.5 also works great on iPhone X.
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Marketing, Freshworks
@dimablover I really like Saved Messages and pinned messages in channels. Yay!
Hadi Farnoud@hadifarnoud
@dimablover please add Albums to Bot API. it's specially useful if you allow albums to have a long caption. then we can use it for a product without spamming user with lots of images and a long text to follow.
Alexander Isora 🔥@alexanderisora · Co-founder @ Trader0x
Telegram is too awesome to be real 😌 Any plans to create contact groups, @durov?
Robin Will@williamquid · Continuous Improvement
@durov @alexanderisora We have channels now.
Alexander Isora 🔥@alexanderisora · Co-founder @ Trader0x
@durov @williamquid I mean the creation of groups of contacts, chats and channels. E.g.: family, work, friends etc.
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Marketing, Freshworks
For an app that never limits uploads, why limit the album count to 10? 😕 Handy feature though.
Akshay Kadam(A2K)@deadcoder0904 · Maker of all things JavaScript 😘
@arunsathiya Same question. Hands down this is the best messaging app out there
Sooraj Chandran@iamsooraj · Engineer. Dreamer. Likes building stuff.
Telegram is simply the best messaging app out there. Any plans for message backups ?
Arun Sathiya@arunsathiya · Marketing, Freshworks
@iamsooraj Why do you need message backups though? This app stores all messages on the cloud for you, without being heavy on your device.
Sooraj Chandran@iamsooraj · Engineer. Dreamer. Likes building stuff.
@arunsathiya By backup, I meant the option to archive the messages. I don't usually like a lot of conversations on my screen - but I don't want to lose those conversations too, so if there is an option to archive the chats that would be great.
Mahendra Rao@mahendra_rao · Quick Learner and a total negotiator
@iamsooraj You don't like a lot of conversations? But you don't want to lose those conversations too?? Aren't these platforms are made to have a lot of conversations?
Liza Schwartz@liza__schwartz · Blonde who likes startups
Adore telegram. Best messenger ever ❤️