Telegram group video calls now accept up to 1000 viewers

It’s the era of video conferencing evolution. Yes, Telegram Messenger is the latest to receive a major update to its video capabilities. Telegram group video calls now allow up to 30 users to stream video from both their camera and their screen, and now a maximum of 1,000 people can tune into the broadcast.

Telegram group video calls came into effect in June this year, almost a year after first announcing the feature. In its announcement on the Telegram blog, the social media messaging app says it intends to continue increasing this limit “until all humans on Earth can join one group call.”

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Whats’s new with Telegram group video calls?

In the news, video messages now have a higher resolution, and any audio playing on the user’s device will keep playing when a message is being captured so that it’s included in the recording. In addition, users can now tap on a video message to expand it in the conversation thread. Tapping on an expanded video message initially pauses it.

The option to fast forward or rewind a video message has also been introduced. You can adjust the video and voice playback speed in Telegram as well, with the media player supporting 0.5x, 1.5x, and 2x playback speeds. Telegram for Android gains an additional 0.2x playback speed support. Simply press and hold the 2x button in the media player to change the playback speed.

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Other features coming to Telegram

Other new features coming to Telegram include the ability to auto-delete messages after one month, new passcode animations, password recovery and reminders option for accounts with 2fA enabled, new message sending animations on Android, and some animated new emoji.

Telegram for iOS is getting some additional new features. The in-app camera in Telegram will show the native zoom levels offered by your iPhone, including 0.5x and 2x. You’ll also be able to press and hold the zoom button to bring up the zoom wheel for granular control.

iOS users can now select multiple recipients while forwarding a message. They will also be able to quickly select multiple chats for bulk actions in the chat list by scrolling with two fingers.

The update is already live on the App Store and Google Play Store, so grab it to enjoy the new features.

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Earlier this year, Telegram added the ability for users to move their chats from other platforms to Telegram. All this feature requires is that the owner of the chat from which messages are being imported has a Telegram account too.

To import chats from WhatsApp to Telegram on iOS, open the conversation you are interested in. Tap the contact or group name from the top of the chat to open its info screen. After that, the ‘Export chat’ option opens the iOS share sheet, where you’ll see the option to select Telegram. You can now just pick a Telegram chat to import the messages into.

On Android, Telegram notes that you can use the new Telegram feature by simply tapping the three-dot button on the top right of a chat, and then select “More”. It’s there that one will see the ‘Export chat’ option and then tap. The share sheet will pop up and the option to share to Telegram will appear.

This feature imports chats from groups as well. All imported chats will have a small “imported label” on them showing when they were originally sent and when they were brought into Telegram.

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