Encrypted messenger app Telegram received an update today that brings additional features and enhancements to the platform, including media albums, saved messages, and an improved search function.
Starting with Telegram 4.5, whenever users send multiple photos or videos they will be grouped into albums. Each album can include up to 10 photos or videos, which are displayed in chat threads as “elegantly proportioned thumbnails”, the upshot being that recipients will be notified just the once instead of ten times over.
The order in which the photos are sent can now be controlled within the app, too. Photos selected for sharing get a sequence number, so users can send “before and after” pictures in the correct order. In addition, users should find profile photos easier to navigate, thanks to thumbnails that show in the lower part of the screen.
Elsewhere, Telegram users can now bookmark important messages and media by forwarding them to a personal cloud storage area called Saved Messages. Each saved message also has a “go to” button that takes users to the place in the chat where it was originally posted. Saved Messages can be found in the Chats list and in Settings.
The developers have also improved the global search algorithm used for finding public channels, groups, and bots. It’s now possible to search for public channels and bots by their titles, and most popular items will always be displayed first.
Lastly, Channel admins can now pin messages to focus their subscribers’ attention on important announcements, while the settings screen and context menu has been redesigned. The app has also been tweaked for iPhone X.
Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store.