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Telegram Premium: Everything you need to know

Telegram Premium: Everything you need to know

Telegram is one of the most popular messaging platforms out there next to Slack and WhatsApp. It eventually revealed its premium-tier subscription plan, and it brings some neat features to make the money worth it. These features range from useful to decorative, and they should appeal to avid Telegramers.

The thing is, if you don’t know what this service is all about, it can be hard to know if it’s worth the money. So, what does Telegram Premium have to offer, and, better yet, do you need it? Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What is Telegram Premium?

This is the premium subscription for Telegram users to get more from the platform. It comes with additional features that you can’t get with a free plan. Telegram is a platform that’s used by both business professionals and casual users, and the features in Telegram Premium can appeal to both groups.

How much does it cost?

Telegram Premium costs $4.99/month in the US. The price may vary by market, but it will hover around that area. If you want to get a yearly plan, it will cost you $39.99/year.

How do I subscribe to Telegram Premium?

Signing up is really simple. Just go into the Telegram app and tap on the hamburger-style menu on the upper-left of the screen. There, go down to Settings. In your settings, scroll down until you see the Telegram Premium button close to the bottom. You’ll see the purple star right next to it.

When you tap on it, you’ll see the list of features that you get with the plan along with a Subscribe button on the bottom. From there, you’ll use your preferred payment method to subscribe.

What features do you get with a Telegram Premium subscription?

Now, let’s get down to the fun stuff. Telegram Premium comes with a host of fun features that make using the app more enjoyable.

Little features

For starters, you’ll get No Ads at all throughout the interface. This next feature isn’t as useful as the others. If you’re a premium member, you’ll get a New Profile Badge next to your username. It’s the purple star icon.

Along with that, there are some Premium App Icons. You’ll see these icons on your device’s home screen. One of them is the star icon while the others are special versions of the regular Telegram icon. They don’t add any additional functionality to the platform, but they do add to the visuals.

If you want more visual clarity with your stories, you can now watch High-Quality Stories. This will show stories with a higher resolution.

Upping the limits

Starting with uploads and downloads, you’re able to Upload Files up to 4GB. Without Premium, you’re capped at 2GB per item. As for the downloads, you’ll have Faster Download Speeds across the board.

The subscription doubles most of the limits that you have across the platform. You’re able to follow up to 1,000 Channels, pin up to 10 Chats, reserve up to 20 t.me/username links, and save up to 400 GIFs in your favorites.

Adding visual flair

If you want to add more flair to your chats, then you’ll love the animated emojis and stickers. Starting off with the Animated Emojis, you’ll have access to a ton of the classic emojis with fun looping animations. You’ll see all of the emojis looping their animations whether you send them in a chat bubble with text or separately.

If you want to add some additional flair to your status, then you’ll be able to add an Emoji Status. When you add an emoji status, you’ll see an animated emoji right next to your name on your profile. It could be another way to express your mood.

Moving onto the Stickers, these are like the animated emojis, but they really go big. You’ll have a selection of stickers with looping animations. The stickers’ animations fill up the entire screen. They’re really meant to show emotions at their most extreme. They usually have some sort of particle effect that shoots out.

You’ll have access to Infinite Reactions for messages. In case you don’t know, when you receive a chat, you’re able to directly react to that message with an emoji. With the subscription, you’ll be able to react to the same message with multiple reactions. Telegram Premium also grants you 10 new reactions.

The next feature allows you to use Profile Videos. These are short clips that you can use as your profile picture. You’ll see these little clips looping in the chat list and in the actual that.

Chat features

If you like to record a lot of video messages, then this feature will be for you. With the subscription, you’ll be able to use Voice-to-text Dictation on your video messages. You’ll see the video message and transcription show up as a chat button. This is perfect if you’re in an environment where you can’t hear your messages. Also, you could be in a place where you need to remain quiet.

[Updated Feb 7th, 2024] If you’re a person who typically sends voice messages in your groups, then you’ll love this feature. Telegram Premium gives users access to Voice Message Privacy Settings. This is a menu that lets you adjust who can hear your messages. You have the option between letting everyone hear your messages and letting no one hear them. There’s also a setting that will only let your contacts hear your voice messages.

This menu also lets you add exceptions. This lets users and groups override the above settings.

If you don’t want just anyone messaging you, you can set it so that only certain people can message you. With Private Message Permissions, you can choose who can send you messages out of the blue. You can set it so that everyone can message you, only your contacts can message you, or only Premium users can message you. This can help cut down on unwanted messages.

There are new Chat Management tools with the subscription. You’ll be able to set which folder you want to be your default folder. Say, you don’t want all of your new chats to go directly into the “All Chats” folder. Well, you can simply drag a custom folder to the front of the line. Then, that custom folder will become your default.

If you have a busy chat, then you may like this feature. In the Privacy and Security section, you can set it so that all new chats are Muted and Archived. This will make chaotic chats easier to manage.

A premium membership gives you the ability to Translate an Entire Chat with one press of a button. The translate button will be right above that. On the right side of the screen, you’ll see a three-dot menu where you can choose which language to translate to. You’ll even see a neat animation pop up when you do.

Will these features trickle down to free users?

Other premium services like Twitter Blue and Snapchat+ are basically glorified beta programs. They allow you to try out experimental features before they make it down to free users. However, that’s not the case with Telegram Premium. There are no plans to make these features available for free users.

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