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Telegram today rolls out a major update to its platform. The update brings a host of new features to its platform, which includes a download manager, a new attachment menu, a redesign login flow, support for live broadcasts via other apps, and phone number links among other things.

While files are actively downloading, a new icon will appear in the search bar on the app for iOS users. Tapping the icon or going to the ‘Downloads’ tab in Search will allow users to pause, resume and manage the priority of downloads.

New Features coming to Telegram

Download manager

Telegram already enables users to share files of up to 2GB of storage space from any device. The company reveals that now users will see a new icon in the Search bar while the files are downloading. This icon will give users access to a download manager. wherein they will be able to see all the files that are being downloaded at the moment. Here, users will not see the progress of the download of each file but they will also be able to prioritize the file that they want to download among other things.

New attachment menu

Telegram users will also get a new menu that will enable them to select and send multiple files easily. The menu can be accessed by tapping ‘… selected’ at the top of the panel to preview what the album in the chat will look like when it is sent. Here users will also be able to rearrange or remove the selected media.

Telegram reveals that it has completely redesigned the Attachment Menu on iOS so that it resembles the one in the company’s Android app. The company also said that the updated Files tab will show recently sent files and let users search for them by name.

Redesigned login flow

The company has also redesigned the login flow for its Android and macOS-based app. Now, the digits from users’ login codes will slide into place on Android. On macOS, matrix code will fall in the QR Code login screen, which will follow by the white duck, Neo.

Phone number links

Now users will be able to create a unique name for their profiles via the Settings page. This unique username can be use by other people on the platform to contact them via Search or their ‘t.me/username’ without sharing their phone numbers.

“Naturally, the link will only work if your privacy settings let others find you by your phone number,” Telegram wrote in a blog post.

Live streaming with other apps

Telegram’s Live Streaming feature will now allow streaming from broadcast tools like OBS Studio and XSplit Broadcaster. This will allow streamers to add overlays, multi-screen layouts, and other features as they broadcast to their Telegram audience.

New t.me pages

The platform will also now allow users to create a t.me link for their phone numbers that will instantly open a chat with them when clicked on. The app will also allow the creation of t.me links which would allow anyone to view profiles, posts, or public channels in the browser without downloading the Telegram app.

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