Telegram Premium announced: Here are the extra features that it offers

Jun 20, 2022

Telegram Premium has been officially announced. All existing features remain free, as Pavel Durov confirmed last week, but the subscription offers you some additional benefits.

Telegram Premium announced - Here are the extra features that it offers

Telegram Premium features

Increased file upload size

Free users can upload files that are up to 2GB in size, Telegram Premium users can send up to 4GB files at a time. The storage space is unlimited for both tiers. The company says that Premium users will get the fastest possible download speeds.

Double everything - More Chat Folders, Groups and Channels, Pinned Chats

Telegram Premium is doubling the limits for channels and groups that you can join, it supports up to 1000 channels. Subscribers can pin up to 10 chats, create 20 links that are publicly accessible. Oh, and it allows you to save up to 400 animated GIFs.

In comparison, free users can only set 5 stickers as favorites, join 500 groups and channels, pin 5 chats, create 10 public links, and save 200 GIFs.

Better Chat Management

The instant messenger's paid tier will allow you to organize your chats with its new Chat Management tools. Users may choose the default chat folder, or set the app to open a custom folder or display only unread messages. You can reorder the chat list by pressing and holding a folder, and dragging it to a different place. The premium subscription gains a feature that can be enabled, to automatically archive or mute chats from people who are not in your contacts.

Voice-To-Text Conversion

Received a voice message, but don't want to listen to it? Telegram Premium will convert it to text, and you can rate the transcriptions. It's sort of like a reverse Voice-typing experience.


Premium users get access to unique stickers with full-screen animation effects. These stickers will be viewable by all users in the group. Likewise there are 10+ new emoji reactions that you can use in chats. The paid tier gives you a few extra app icons that you can choose to add to your homescreen.

Subscribing to Telegram Premium will display a special badge (a star) next to your name across the app (chat list, member list, etc). Your profile video will animate in all sections of the app too.

No Ads in Channels

Telegram displays privacy-concious ads (sponsored messages) in large channels in select Countries, if you are a premium subscriber, you won't see these ad messages.

The one thing that the company has not mentioned in the announcement, is how much will Telegram Premium cost? TechCrunch says that the plan will be priced at $5-$6 a month.

Opinion about Telegram Premium

Is it worth paying $4.99 for a monthly subscription of Telegram Premium?

The personalization features offered in the premium tier appear to be fluff. The Chat management and folders seem nice, but the most interesting benefits in the paid plan are the higher file upload limit and the faster download speeds. I've shared files around 1GB files a few times after compressing them using 7-zip, those were the biggest files I sent through the service. The upload and download speeds are acceptable, I'm not sure how the new "faster download speeds" are going to be.

That said, if you're someone who uploads a lot of files and uses Telegram as a backup service due to its unlimited storage space, then the premium tier maybe worth looking into. It's good to see that existing features have not been paywalled by the instant messenger, which now boasts 700 million active users.

Are you going to subscribe to Telegram Premium?

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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