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  • Last update: 2 years ago
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  • Version: 3.16.1
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Antoine DeGrasse
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Telegram Messenger: a Communication Tool Nearing Perfection Review

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If you own a smartphone, you most likely have at least one instant messaging app installed on it. The ability to get in touch with your family and friends whenever you want is highly convenient, and app developers understand that. Both Play Market and App Store have a lot of IM apps available. Some of them are great, others – not so much. Telegram is a messenger, which is worth checking out even if you don’t tend to use it on a daily basis. Keep reading to find out what makes Telegram stand out from the vast variety of IM apps.

Functionality 10/10
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If you often find yourself thinking that the messenger you use is packed with unneeded and often distracting features, you should give Telegram a shot. Telegram is an IM app that is all about pure communication. The functionality of Telegram may seem limited compared to other messengers, but it is obvious that the developers have invested a lot of time and effort in the available features, and the result is close to perfection.

First of all, Telegram makes your privacy a priority. Any conversation you have using Telegram is protected by the latest encryption standards. What’s more, even the media files you choose to share through Telegram are encrypted with a multitude of encryption methods so that your data remain strictly confidential. Second, with Telegram, you can create group chats and include up to 5000 people, which is going to be enough even for the biggest offices or communities. Currently, no other messenger offers the possibility to communicate with such a large number of people at the same time. Third, Telegram is the fastest IM app in both Play Market and App Store. Your messages will be sent even if you have a very slow Internet connection thanks to a highly effective technology, which converts them into bytes. That way, the app needs less traffic to transfer data and is also more reliable in areas with a poor data connection.

Also, you’ll be able to edit your images and videos before sharing them straight within the Telegram app. Then you can go further with the customization of your messages and make a good use from the open platform for sharing stickers and GIFs built into Telegram. On the other hand, if you prefer simplicity of use, you’ll enjoy the fact that all your messages are going to be instantly synced on every device you use. You can start typing a message on your tablet, leave it mid-sentence, pick up your phone and carry on typing right where you left off. This feature can be incredibly handy if you use multiple devices at the same time and fail to keep track of what you have been doing on each of them. In addition, all of your files can be stored and viewed online, so you don’t have to download them to view on your device.

Finally, if you’re super concerned about your privacy, you might want to use the Secret Chats feature. If you turn it on, it will make all your messages erase themselves in a particular amount of time after they were sent. The same will happen to every media file you added to a Secret Chat conversation. What’s even more impressive, the content will be erased not only on your own smartphone or tablet but also on the device of your respondent, as well as on the Telegram servers. It means no one will have access to your files after they’ve been deleted.

Design 10/10

With no extra features to accommodate on the screen, the developers have been able to create an interface that is both visually attractive and user-friendly. It looks equally sleek and attractive on both iOS and Android devices while managing to retain some unique design elements to each operating system. Thus, whether you’re an Android or iOS user, you will still find the Telegram interface familiar and easy to use.

Usability 10/10

Telegram was designed to be an efficient communication tool, and it does the job fairly well. The app is stable on both Android and iOS, so you’re unlikely to experience any bugs or crashes. Due to the multitude of servers situated all over the world, your data will always be processed in the fastest and most secure way possible.

Cross-Platform Use 10/10

You can download and install Telegram on both iOS and Android devices, moreover, it has an official app for Windows Mobile phones, as well as for virtually any computer you could possibly own. Whether you prefer Windows, Mac OS, or Linux, Telegram is available as a fully functional app for all of those. And if that’s not enough, you can always run Telegram in any device’s Web browser. Bear in mind that your conversations will be automatically synced between all your devices running Telegram, ensuring a top-notch cross-platform user experience only a few apps can offer.

In-App Purchases

Telegram is a free app, which does not offer any in-app purchases. What’s more, it is not ad-supported, so you don’t have to choose between investing in the app and putting up with all annoying and often distracting ads.


Telegram is one of the best messengers available on the current mobile software market. It offers a unique, high-quality user experience, which is also completely free. Unless you have some good reasons to stick to other IM apps, you’ll definitely want to give Telegram a try.



Telegram is all about delivering high-quality instant messaging, so there is a good chance it will become your one and only IM app (provided that you don’t need to make audio/video calls through it).

Pros : Completely free;
Group chats for up to 5000 people;
All media files stored on Telegram servers;
Conversations are protected with the latest encryption standards;
Secret Chat mode;
Built-in photo and video editors with a lot of functions;
The fastest mobile messenger;
Secure and reliable;
Available for practically any device you own;
Conversations automatically synced between all your device.

Cons : No possibility to make audio/video calls;
Relatively new app, so it currently has few users.

Functionality 5.0

Design 5.0

Usability 5.0

Cross-platform use 5.0

Average : 5.0

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  • How do I start a secret chat on my Android device?

    Swipe right to open the menu and tap "New secret chat."

  • How to delete my username?

    Tap Settings and save an empty username. After that nobody will be able to find you via search. That won't affect existing conversations.

  • How to send self-destructing messages?

    You can send them in Secret Chats only. Tap the clock icon to set the timer. When the time runs out, the message disappears automatically.

Telegram Version History

  • Telegram v.3.14.0 for Android 4.0+ Nov. 22, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.14.0 for Android 4.0+ Nov. 21, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.13.2 for Android 4.0+ Nov. 03, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.13.1 for Android 4.0+ Oct. 11, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.13.0 for Android 4.0+ Oct. 03, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.12.0 for Android 4.0+ Sep. 23, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.11.2 for Android 4.0+ Aug. 09, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.11.1 for Android 4.0+ Aug. 05, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.11.1 for Android 4.0+ Aug. 04, 2016
  • Telegram v.3.11.0 for Android 4.0+ Aug. 03, 2016
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    kong chui sing
    1 week ago
    thanks for the app
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    2 weeks ago
    It's am amazing application
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    Wondimu Ajema Feyissa
    4 weeks ago
    Very great Tech. for using any information...
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    Satyanarayana Sharma Kandala
    2 months ago
    It is great enjoying. How to edit any contact ?
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