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Telegram for Android

By Telegram Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Telegram

  • Use a messaging app with a focus on speed and security
  • Last updated on 09/21/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • Also available on iOS, Mac and Windows

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 7, 2015

Telegram lives up to its promise of being the fastest messenger around and sports many remarkable features, such as group support for up to 200 people, cloud integration for history syncing across devices, and effortless media file sharing. All these, together with the smooth performance, solid encryption, and no ads/no subscription concept, make it an irresistible app.

Pros

Lightning-fast: Telegram's performance thoroughly impressed us: Messages are sent and received instantly, photos and other large media files can be shared in a matter of seconds, and the interface overall feels smooth and responsive, even when you're quickly switching between chat windows, participating in big group chats, or sending group broadcasts to up to 100 people.

Excellent cross-platform support: Storing chat history and media files in the cloud, Telegram supports all major mobile and desktop operating systems including Windows Mobile, Mac, and Linux. There are no cross-platform limitations, so you can share documents, music, photos, and videos of up to 1GB with anyone who uses the app, regardless of their OS or device type.

Highly secure: Telegram takes security more seriously than most other messengers we've tried so far, encrypting your messages in real time and allowing you to set up an account self-destruction process if you don't use the app for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.

Cons

More interface customization options would be welcome: While the blue-white interface looks good and moves smoothly, being well-ordered and easy to use, with a features sidebar in the left-hand side of the screen and a thumb-friendly message composition button, you can only change the messaging window background and text size, not the font or color scheme.

Unappealing stickers: The stickers in this app are nothing but pictures of famous people; they feel impersonal and even intrusive. They don't convey emotion in the same way as WhatsApp stickers, for example.

Bottom Line

With its intuitive design, great security, impressive performance, and all-around convenience, Telegram looks like one of the top contenders for the title of best cross-platform chatting platform. You may not like the stickers, but otherwise everything about this app shines. If you enjoy chatting, you should definitely try it.

Full Specifications

What's new in version August 21, 2020

Yes, Video Calls (alpha version)

Telegram turns 7 years old! Thank you for your support over all these years. Because of you, this year Telegram reached 400 million active users and is now one of the top 10 most downloaded apps in the world.

To celebrate our 7th anniversary together, we are launching the first version of the feature you've been asking for - ultra-secure and fast Video Calls.

General

Release September 21, 2020
Date Added September 21, 2020
Version August 21, 2020

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 22,952
Downloads Last Week 12
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Developer's Description

Pure instant messaging -- simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 200 million active users in four years.

FAST: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe.

SYNCED: You can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again.

UNLIMITED: You can send media and files, without any limits on their type and size. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device, and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it.

SECURE: We made it our mission to provide the best security combined with ease of use. Everything on Telegram, including chats, groups, media, etc. is encrypted using a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie-Hellman secure key exchange.

POWERFUL: You can create group chats for up to 100,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOC, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.), and even set up bots for specific tasks. It's the perfect tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork.

RELIABLE: Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It works even on the weakest mobile connections.

FUN: Telegram has powerful photo and video editing tools and an open sticker/GIF platform to cater to all your expressive needs.

SIMPLE: While providing an unprecedented array of features, we are taking great care to keep the interface clean. With its minimalist design, Telegram is lean and easy to use.

100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We are not going to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.

PRIVATE: We take your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data.

For those interested in maximum privacy, Telegram offers Secret Chats. Secret Chat messages can be programmed to self-destruct automatically from both participating devices. This way you can send all types of disappearing content -- messages, photos, videos, and even files. Secret Chats use end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient.

We keep expanding the boundaries of what you can do with a messaging app. Don't wait years for older messengers to catch up with Telegram -- join the revolution today.