Telegram Launches Chat Themes, Interactive Emoji, Read Receipts In Groups & Live Stream Recording

Telegram on Sunday rolled out an update with several new features such as chat themes, interactive emoji, read receipts in groups and live stream recording.

Let’s have a look at the new Telegram features announced:

Chat Themes 

In this update, coordination and decoration come together with new themes for individual chats. Telegram users will now be able to apply new Chat themes to specific private chats. There are 8 new themes that feature colorful gradient message bubbles, beautifully animated backgrounds, and unique background patterns.

To set a theme for your chat on Android, tap the Chat Header > 3 dots > Change Colors. On iOS, tap the Chat Header > 3 dots > Change Colors. Your chat partner will see the theme if they are using the latest version of Telegram.

Each theme comes with a day and night version and will follow your app’s night mode settings – whether you keep it dark all day, or have your chats follow the sun.

Currently, there are 8 new chat themes with the company working on adding more.

Interactive Emoji

The app is getting a new way of sharing animated emojis in real-time with full-screen effects. If both you and your chat partner have the chat open, the animations and vibrations play simultaneously on your devices. Your chat partner will only see the effects if they are using the latest version of Telegram.

Read Receipts In Small Groups

In small groups, you can now select a message you sent to see which group members have read it. Group messages will be marked as read as soon as one other member sees them.

To protect users’ privacy, read receipts in groups are only stored for 7 days after the message was sent.

Record Live Streams and Video Chats

Admins can now record Live Streams and Video Chats to publish them for those who missed the live version of a concert or an everyday algebra class, and much more. They can start a recording right from the Live Stream or Video Chat menu – with options to record Video and Audio or Only Audio.

To record a video, choose an orientation for the final video file, Portrait or Landscape. After you finish recording or end the broadcast, the file is instantly uploaded to your Saved Messages.

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Kavita Iyer
Kavita Iyer
An individual, optimist, homemaker, foodie, a die hard cricket fan and most importantly one who believes in Being Human!!!


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