All You Need To Know About Telegram Premium

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After announcing Telegram Premium earlier this month, the messaging app has finally rolled out the paid tier, which gives users access to extra features for $4.99 / month (via TechCrunch).

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All the features are outlined in a post on Telegram’s blog, with some of its bigger draws, including faster downloads and a larger maximum file upload size of 4GB (rather than the standard 2GB).

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Premium subscribers will also get double the limits imposed on standard users.

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Instead of joining up to 500 channels, subscribers are capped at 1,000 channels.

The same goes for other features on Telegram — subscribers can create 20 chat folders with 200 chats each, save up to 10 stickers, pin up to 10 chats, and add a total of four accounts to Telegram instead of three. Premium users also get to have more extended bios with a link.

Other perks include access to a library of Premium stickers with more obnoxious full-screen animations, exclusive emoji reactions, and animated profile pictures (sort of like the ones you see on Steam).

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There’s also text conversion for voice messages in case you don’t have headphones handy, in addition to chat management tools that allow you to change your default chat folder.

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Oh, and subscribing to Premium removes sponsored messages in public channels.

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Telegram CEO Pavel Durov’s views on the platform’s freemium tier have remained unchanged since he first brought up the possibility in 2020.

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In line with what he said previously, Durov stated last week that free features would remain free, and new features won’t impact the Telegram experience for non-subscribers.

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This means free Telegram users should be able to download larger files uploaded by subscribers, as well as view the premium reactions or emojis they use.