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Telegram’s New Update Adds Auto-delete Option to All Messages, Expiring Invites, and More

Telegram is updating its messaging app with options like auto-deleting messages, expiring invite links, and new unlimited groups, the company said. Just like Signal, Telegram received a spurt in new users after the confusion over WhatsApp’s privacy policy and now the company is adopting features that were already part of its competitors’ apps, features that offer better security and privacy.

The auto-delete feature will permit the users to set an auto-delete timer for the messages they send in any chat. The home screen widget lets users access chats faster and the expiring invite links system lets users make a created link inactive after a certain period. The new features have been rolled out to Android and iOS versions of the app.

Auto-deleting messages were already available in Telegram’s encrypted Secret Chats. This new update adds the option to make messages disappear from any kind of chat. Auto-delete can be enabled in chats, and set to delete them either 24 hours or seven days after messages are sent. Though Auto-delete will not remove every message; if a message was sent before the feature was activated, it will stick around. Telegram’s competitors already have similar features – WhatsApp introduced this feature in 2020 and Signal has disappearing messages since at least 2016.

Telegram is also making changes to groups that will likely permit immediate, informative audio experiences like on Clubhouse. The New Broadcast Groups permit unlimited members, but a limit on creating posts to the group admins. This is helpful as groups that are about the limit of 200,000 members now will be able to convert into Broadcast Groups that allow unlimited members. Voice chats are open to everyone in a broadcast group, which makes them ideal for large communities, where people check exclusive interviews, news, or just casual talks.

To help keep these groups exclusive Telegram is adding in expiring invite links that can be set to expire after a certain number of uses, a certain amount of time, or both. With the invites, it will become easy for group admins to moderate who joins the group and keep the subject matter private.

Many users left WhatsApp over concern that Facebook would read their messages. Expanding privacy features like auto-delete seems to be a good way for Telegram to address these concerns. But Telegram still doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption.

All messages on Telegram are likely technically encrypted, but Secret Chats are the only ones that can be exclusively viewed on the devices of the people participating.

The latest update on the app will also improve the chat importing experience, as well as add more animated emojis. With the new update, imported messages will seem to be sorted by their original date if added to a Telegram chat that is new or has fewer than 1000 messages. Home screen widgets will permit the users to see a preview of the recent messages or only the names and the profile pictures of contacts.

As per reports Telegram was the most downloaded app globally in January.

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