What not as popular in the U.S. as it is overseas, the Telegram messaging app offers end-to-end encryption and no limits on the number of people you can chat with or broadcast to at one time. It’s no wonder that protesters of all types outside of the states love to use Telegram. And today, the company announced some changes that will be found in version 5.8 of the messaging app.
Telegram has released its latest update after the previous Telegram 5.7, adding a number of new features. The headline feature is location-based group chats, which let you join or create group chats with people nearby. Which could help you make new friends with people in your area.
You will notice that all new chats have a new button on the top of the screen that says “Add to Contacts.” This feature will allow you to quickly add to your Telegram contacts list a person who has sent you a message on the platform even without knowing their phone number. Another option also available at your fingertips will let you block someone who has sent you a message. And let’s say you’re at a party and want to add someone who you’ve just met to your contacts list. Going to Contacts > Add People Nearby will allow you to exchange information with another Telegram user as long as they are standing right next to you (and have the same feature open on their phone).
Chat to Telegram Users Near Your Location
Telegram details the new features in a blog post. The change underpinning the location-based chats is the ability for people to exchange contact info without knowing each other’s phone numbers. Which enables you to chat with what are essentially strangers.
You can do this by utilizing the Add to Contacts button at the top of new chats. Allowing you to add anyone who messages you to your Telegram contacts. You can also use Add People Nearby to exchange contact info with Telegram users standing close by.
The new People Nearby section also opens up the possibility of Location-Based Group Chats. You can either browse Groups Nearby available for you to join, or Create a Local Group to start your own chat for neighbors, co-workers, or fellow students.
Other improvements Telegram has made with version 5.8 include the option to transfer group ownership to new people and preview themes without applying them, enhanced notification exceptions, and Siri shortcuts to open chats hands-free.
Telegram Helps You Forge New Friendships
These location-based group chats are a fantastic idea. Especially for anyone who wants to forge new friendships with people in their apartment building or on their campus. Just employ the usual safeguards before meeting anyone you only know online.
As Telegram notes, “This update opens up a new world of location-based group chats for anything from conferences, to festivals, to stadiums, to campuses, to chatting with people hanging out in the same cafe.” The latest version of the app lets you transfer ownership of a group or channel to another Telegram user and toggle on or off message previews for specific chats using the Notable Exceptions feature.
Those using Telegram on an iOS device can now open the Appearance page to see what a new theme will look like before they apply them. After installing version 5.8, iOS users can choose which icon they want on the home page from four different options. And Telegram users with the iPhone or iPad can arrange to open chats hands-free using Siri shortcuts.
The new update just hit the Telegram app on our Pixel, so keep your eyes peeled for version 5.8 rolling out now. Telegram can be found in the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android.