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Video Stickers, Better Reactions and More

Video Stickers, Better Reactions and More

This update brings easy-to-make video stickers, better reactions with compact animations and extra emoji, a button to review unseen reactions, improved navigation between chats and more.

Video Stickers

Telegram's animated stickers have unmatched quality and efficiency – needing less than 30 KB of data per sticker. However, creating such stickers requires experience and specialized software such as Adobe Illustrator.

Today, we're adding support for stickers converted from regular videos, so that anyone can easily create detailed animated stickers using any video editing program.

Like always, you can publish your packs with the @Stickers bot – or add some of the new sets made by others. Whatever you do, never stare back at the tomato.

Check out the Video Sticker Manual for more details.

Developers can use the Sticker Import API to build powerful apps for creating and importing stickers to Telegram.

Better Reactions

Reactions now have more compact animations. To send a larger effect, press and hold on a reaction in the menu.

Like interactive emoji, reactions are now synchronized, so your recipients will see the animations in real time.

Reactions are used not only to express emotion, but also to answer questions and show approval – which is why they now have read status. Like for replies or @-mentions, a new ♡ button appears when your messages have unseen reactions.

New Reactions and Interactive Emoji

This update also adds 5 new reactions 🥰🤯🤔🤬👏 to help you discuss anything from Christopher Nolan's movies to global economic news.

These reactions can also be sent as interactive emoji. Send a single 🥰🤯🤔🤬 or 👏 to any private chat, then tap on the animated emoji to unleash a synchronized fullscreen effect.

Navigating Recent Chats

When jumping through unread channels or moving between chats, press and hold the 'Back' button to return to a specific chat. Opening chats from forwarded messages, links, usernames, profiles, etc. adds them to the list.

Bug Busting and More

Our developers spent two weeks in January focusing completely on fixing known issues in Telegram apps. Among other things, they improved call quality, added support for translation to Instant View pages (and bios on iOS), added the option to send silent messages from the sharing menu – and dozens of other improvements.

On iOS, you'll also notice new animations when tapping icons in the tab bar.

And that's it for today. Let's leave some features for February.

January 31, 2022
The Telegram Team