Telegram adds more free reactions for users, new username links and more

Sep 19, 2022

Telegram has rolled out an update for its apps on Desktop, Android and iOS that increases the number of free animated reactions. It also introduces a new way to share profile links, among other improvements.

Telegram adds more free reactions for users, new username links and more

More free reactions for all users

There is a new panel that you can access by right-clicking on a message on Telegram Desktop (or single tap on the mobile app). Click the downward arrow button to expand the panel to access all available reactions. Telegram says that dozens of animated reactions (40, to be precise) are available for all users for free. The panel lists your most used reactions at the top, and in the non-expanded state. Telegram reactions are available in personal chats and group chats, admins can choose to allow some or all reactions in their groups.

Telegram free animated reactions

There are several emoji reaction packs that users can unlock by subscribing to Telegram Premium, which might explain the name that the service has given these, Infinite Reactions. Premium users can select up to 3 reactions per message.

Telegram super reactions

Super reactions are now supported in the mobile app, these display a larger animation on the screen, for the sender and the recipient. To send a super reaction, just long press on a reaction for a couple of seconds. The animations are rather neat too.

Emoji Status

Telegram's blog article mentions a new feature that is exclusively available for Premium subscribers. You can now add an animated emoji to your profile's status. The icon will be displayed next to your name, and will replace the premium badge in your chat list, profile and groups.

Telegram animated emoji status

It also has 7 standard statuses that automatically changes in color to match your Telegram theme.

Username links

The messaging app has a slightly easier method to share usernames. Until now, Telegram users could share their profile by using a link such as or The new username links don't require the forward slash, so you can just type This makes it easier to share a link to your Telegram profile.

Improvements in Telegram for Android - Prioritize downloads,

Users can now prioritize file downloads in the Telegram app for Android from the Downloads tab (in the Search view). While downloading multiple files, press and hold on one of the items, and drag it up or down to rearrange the order in which to download the files, with the top one being the highest priority. This feature is already available in the iOS app.

Telegram for android - prioritize downloads

The Android app has received some improvements in the animations that are displayed when you access media files in chats. The latest version of the app is capable of changing the color of the Telegram icon to match your phone's theme color and dark mode settings. This feature is exclusive to devices running on Android 13 or newer.

New Login options in the iOS app

The Telegram app on iOS now lets you sign in with your email address to receive a login code (2-step authentication). It also supports sign in with Apple or Google.

It's good to see that Telegram is working on improvements and cosmetic features for free users. What do you think about these updates?

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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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