iOS badge counter shows unread messages, even when all chats are read
Badge counters inside the app and on the app's icon may sometimes show unread messages while there are no unread chats in the list. Workaround Tap 10 times on the Settings tab icon > Reindex Unread Counters.…
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All users are welcome to create new entries, view existing entries and vote on them. What is this for? This platform is a place where users can vote for feature suggestions for Telegram or report issues…
Missing parts of message history
Your help needed: The team needs help with app's logs. Messages are missing on mobile but visible on Telegram Web and Desktop. Notifications of new messages are received, but messages don't appear in…
Add Built-in VMess, Shadowsocks, SSR, Trojan-GFW proxies support The ( vmess / vmess1 / ss / ssr / trojan ) proxy link in the message can be clicked
Improve the ability to search chat history for Asian regional languages, such as Chinese and Japanese
Improve the ability to search chat history for Asian regional languages, such as Chinese and Japanese. Telegram's chat history search function is based on words, and is suitable for languages such as…
Silent sign up
A feature to join Telegram incognito, making the phone number privacy set to Nobody before creating a new account. Current users who have that number added to their contacts list will not get a new c…
The sticker text is covered of the time of the message
The time of the message is displayed on the sticker. It is not comfortable to read sticker. It often happens that time covers part of the text on the sticker. And if the sticker is sent from the channel…
Group Video Calls
Group Video Calls has been implemented in June 2021. Related suggestions: Group Video Calls with Contacts, Screen Sharing in private chats.
Cryptocurrency donations for bots, groups and channels
Show a button for sending quick donations to maintainers of bots, groups or channels using cryptocurrency. This could use either an established cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Etherium, EOS, etc. – or some…
Emergency passcode to hide chats
Option to set an alternative passcode ("double bottom") that either opens a limited set of chats, opens a different account, or destroys one of the connected accounts completely when entered. Use cases…
Choose a different default folder instead of "All Chats"
This feature is available as part of Telegram Premium. An option to pin one of your folders as the main folder instead of All Chats. When you open the app, it would show you the folder you chose. Pressing…
Chat permissions: Can Talk
Please add chat permission: Can Talk. How it works If it's enabled, user can talk in a voice chat. Otherwise user is muted. For users In apps it would be useful for chat owners - they will be able to…
Notify all group members
An option to notify all group members or admins using a special mention (e.g. @all and @admins). Use cases Important news and major updates in big communities. Potential issues Some group admins already…
Unlimited favorite stickers
Increase the limit for favorite stickers. The current limit is five stickers. When you add another one, the first sticker is replaced. Use cases Choose a limited set of stickers which you will always…
Reply only on parts of a message. This would be very useful, if someone wrote a very long message and you only want to refer to one or two sentences - or even only one or a few words. If you click on…
Alternate profile pictures
When setting a profile picture or video that's only visible to contacts (or certain users, groups etc.), allow choosing an alternate picture or video that will be shown to everyone else. Use cases -…
Armenian language official translation in telegram
Dear Telegram administration. We ask you to make the translation of the Armenian language official in telegram. Not a few people speak Armenian, and a full-fledged Armenian segment has already formed…
Stories / Statuses
An option to share moments (media, like photos or short videos, texts, etc.) with your mutual contacts (this can be adapted with granular privacy permissions) to view, interact, and forward. Such statuses…
Allow site owners to make their own Instant View templates
Instant View templates are currently created and maintained by Telegram, the list of supported websites is expanded gradually. Some site owners would like to get IV support for their websites sooner.…
Add Instant View to Telegram Desktop
Add Instant View to Telegram Desktop. The feature is there right now for MacOS Telegram App, but missing from regular Telegram Desktop. Preferably, it should open an article in the existing telegram window…
Disable "New Contact Joined" chats
Users receive a notification when one of their contacts becomes available on Telegram. It is currently possible to disable the notification: the new chats will appear in the list without sending a notification.…
No one open the video in the groups conversations without the admins permission
During the meeting conversations in telegram, some members want to speak so when we open the Microphone for them to speak, they open video with sexual content. This leads to annoy the members and they…
Add an option to disable auto-ordering of sticker packs on mobile
Add an option to disable auto-ordering of sticker packs. If you have a lot of packs, it make sense to order them in a way that makes it easy for you to find the right sticker. This has been the behaviour…
Better global search
Make global search a place to find all communities in channels and public chats.
Custom icons for folders
Add the ability to choose icons for folders on mobile platforms – like in Telegram Desktop and Telegram macOS. Sync them on all devices. Use cases - Find folders you're looking for more easily. - Save…
Add "Ban Users" permission for admins of channels
In channels, admins can always ban users regardless of their permissions, it would be useful to remove the permission to ban users to some admins. Possible Solution - It could be added as sub-permission…
An option for a channel/group owner to better interact with subscribers without the risk of being reported as spammer by trolls.
An option for the owner of a channel or a group to set a visible flag informing all new members that they might be privately contacted one single time by the owner/admins of the channel/group they are…
Transfer ownership if creator account was deleted
Option to transfer ownership in groups and channels if the creator was deleted so the first admin with all permissions will become a creator! Thumbs up if you want this to happen 👍 App: all
Call transfer between devices
An option to seamlessly transfer ongoing voice and video calls between different devices with one account: e.g., from a mobile phone to a desktop PC and vice versa.
Telegram's Message Limit: Old Messages Gone Forever
When the message count reaches a million, old messages disappear. Steps to reproduce 1. Be an active Telegram user 2. Wait until the coveted number of incoming/outgoing messages is reached. 3. Eh, it's…
More Two-Factor Authentication methods
An option to add an authenticator app with temporary, one-time passwords (e.g. Authy, Google Authenticator) as another second factor.
Video Notes Inline
Proper support for Video Notes (aka round videos) in inline mode for bots
Different background images for each chat
A feature to set a individual wallpaper for specific chats. (f.e. One wallpaper for a specific group, another for a chat with a friend...) Use cases This would make navigation between chats easier, especially…
Separate passcode lock for specific chats or Archive
Option to lock certain chats with a separate passcode. On a chat-by-chat basis, or for an entire Chat Folder, e.g. the Archive. Use cases Family iPads and other shared devices. Can also be used in environments…
Hide messages from blocked users in groups
Sometimes you don't want to see messages from people you blocked, even in the groups you share with them. Such messages could be automatically collapsed and hidden under a spoiler (like 'You blocked Doge.…
Allow adding Bots (Web Apps) to the Attachment Menu to all bots
Now only selected bots can be added to the Attachment Menu. But as a developer of inline bots, I see this as a barrier to make telegram a better messenger Let users decide, what they want to see in their…
Tmail - Telegram Email Service
Telegram is a great messenger, but it can also be a great Email service. So without further introductions, let's start. It may seem like Email service is for the previous generation, but many people,…
Requests to join group or channel
If enabled, the user attempting to join the group/channel will only be able to view the content and send things after being accepted by an administrator (optional: only admins who have the "accept/decline…
Syntax highlighting in code blocks
An optional extension to the backtick syntax to specify a language to highlight. Similar examples are the likes of Gitlab and GitHub comments.
[Privacy] [Private] New privacy option to not allow private messages from non-contacts.
Like many have asked before (for different reasons) for years (even before we had this suggestions platform) and as you can see with other suggestions in this platform too: https://bugs.telegram.org/c/1748…
Telegram downloads images instead of using bitmap data from clipboard
When I paste an image copied from Firefox, Telegram downloads it again instead of using the bitmap data from the clipboard. This happens because the clipboard also stores the image URL. If I paste the…
Change file names in Telegram
Option to change file name on Telegram without needing to re-upload the file. App: all
Please Add a Clear Response button/ Retract response button in the Poll (Quiz mode) too for admins of the channel and subscribers of the channel
Hello Sir/Ma'am. I would like to draw the attention of the Telegram app to an important suggestion/request. I run telegram channels which consists of more than 50k+ Highly active students who solve quiz…
No popup appears when hitting floodwait limits for t.me links
When you hit floowait limits for t.me/ links, an endless loading animation appears, this may confuse users that could think about a connection issue. No issues on iOS, where a popup correctly appears.…
Remove or modify Telegram ad features
I really do wish that Telegram would reconsider putting up sponsored ads in channels. I've always kept it as my safe zone while the rest of the internet is saturated with ads. If the ads are going to…
An option to bookmark/star a message. Marking a message would add it to the separate Starred Messages section on the profile page, for quick access to messages. While Telegram doesn't have Starred Messages…
Show folders when forwarding a message
An option to see your folders when sharing or forwarding messages. Use case Find the chats you were looking for more quickly. Workarounds - Use the search option to find the chat if it's not at the top.…
Privacy settings for Bio
The Bio section in Telegram profiles is currently always public. Add an option to configure 'Who can see your bio?' to the Privacy and Security Settings. Use cases Putting more sensitive or private info…
Secret Chats on Telegram Desktop
An option to create Secret Chats using the multiplatform Telegram Desktop client.
Secret group chats
Secret group chats with end-to-end encryption.
It's because of convienience. A telephone number is one of the oldest ways to point to an individual - and therefore everyone uses it. Or do you have Threema IDs in your contact list?
Nonetheless. The option of this issue is technically needed. (Or a way to login without a number - but that's a whole different topic […].)
The application could show a popup when ticking the box telling the user that: CAUTION! This is NOT a privacy guard!
Justice can identify criminals. Personally, I only consider privacy relevant when it doesn't involve killing, kidnapping and raping other people.
Disadvantage: its easier to perform a brute force attack in numbers than textual identifiers. Hiding the number is irrelevant in this matter if you can't prevent someone from finding you by number. That's why the number should only be used to validate the user and authentication in two steps, never as an identifier. Numbers are also intrusive, you can prevent communication from strangers by text, but it is difficult to stop phone calls in the real world when your number is exposed the way it is on Whatsapp. A brute force attack against a country's numbers can lead to massive collection of information in messengers, creating a vast volume of data to be sold on the black market. In my country I receive more than 30 calls from criminals a day, because my number was leaked, not because of my fault, but because when I bought the number, the old user of that number was negligent. I only gave my number to two people, my mother and my daughter. In addition, of course, to several companies and institutions in the state, through which this number can also leak, and through which this leak becomes a security breach to collect my information. Again, preventing unknown people who buy these numbers on the black market from seeing that I've joined telegram, while important, is of little use if you can't also prevent them from finding you through your number by all means. As a CISO, I consider phone number identification one of the most serious security flaws of the 21st century as it puts you in direct contact with a multitude of criminals. At least in my country, this is absurdly frequent.
Some might think that these are schoolmates who get an embarrassing notification that you've joined a social network.
But in some countries there are tens of thousands of criminals with systems full of phone numbers linked to their name, address, age and so much other information waiting for the best opportunity to launch an attack. Telegram becomes yet another attack vector for these criminals. The result of neglecting this is children being kidnapped and sold into the international child sex trade, people being kidnapped for ransom, people being ambushed and murdered or raped. In the world of fairy tales in which Europeans live, this may seem very distant, but it is a common reality in other countries.
Because: Telegram wouldn't be that popular without phone numbers - but then, again, phone numbers wouldn't be that much of a problem because it wouldn't have that much traction (like Threema).
So what do we have else?
Email, Date of Birth, Real Name, Address – no good options after all!
…and SMS is fast & simple at the same time!
Thinking about this, I had an idea: this could be handled like Telegram did with the decision to deliver secret & cloud chats. Allow the User to create an account with OR without a number. (With the latter option resulting in some of the restrictions you have on Threema).
This would need heavy regulations - like rate limiting or restriction to specific areas.
Nevertheless it could really help people in countries with issues like the ones you described above.
My solution would be as it is on most social networks. You create an ID (nickname) and use your number to validate the account. Note that your user-server ID credentials are still tied to the number. The @nick is just an alias for user-user identification that can be changed all the time.
So far, authentication costs for fake profiles remain high and two-factor security remains. The legal costs of finding criminals are lower. I think it would be best for each country to have its oauth, but that depends on each country, not telegram.
But that aside, when creating the account, the default option would be to not notify anyone in contact lists that you have joined telegram. So right at the beginning a modal window asks if you want to find people or if you want people to find you.
For each of these two options it launches the appropriate notifications.
If you ask to find people from your list, it will only show you who chose to be exposed.
If you choose not to be exposed, no one with your number will find you.
Additionally I would make an option "let people on my contact list who have my number to know I'm on telegram" with a blacklist button in case you want to avoid someone.
After the entry is complete, the settings would still have the option to "not be found by phone number".
Currently you can change the main @nick, which gives you some control, however some people may not want to change the main @nick.
Teamspeak goes further, you could create a password for use by @nick. A person with your @nick could only add you if they know the password.
Finally, you can also generate single-use QR codes to add someone and send that QR code over the internet, making it less readable for humans.
This set of rules is common on many social networks and has already been shown to avoid many of the problems faced by messengers of this genre. People could still connect by number from the start if they wanted to, so there would be no lack of popularity in that regard.