Nanogram Messenger puts Telegram on your watch and doesn't need your iPhone

How to send a message with Siri on Apple Watch
How to send a message with Siri on Apple Watch (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Nanogram Messenger is a new Apple Watch app that puts Telegram onto your wrist.
  • The app doesn't need a connection to your iPhone to work and communicates directly with Telegram's API.

Nanogram Messenger is a new Apple Watch app that puts the popular messaging app Telegram right onto your wrist. What's more, the app doesn't need your iPhone to be nearby for it to work, either.

By using Telegram's API rather than connecting to the Telegram app on your iPhone, Nanogram Messenger can work even when you leave your iPhone at home. That's a huge deal for people who go for runs and whatnot wearing their watch, but like to leave their iPhone at home.

See more

A fast, standalone Telegram app that works without your phone. Send, receive, and see all your messages right from your wrist – even when you don't have your phone around! Experience the freedom of going truly phone-less with just your Apple Watch, while staying connected to your friends & family.Nanogram also supports the FlickType Swipe Keyboard, for faster & more private replies on the go.

Nanogram Messenger also integrates FlickType, a swipe keyboard that's designed to make it easy to enter text on an Apple Watch.

You can download Nanogram Messenger from the App Store right now. It's a free download, but you'll obviously need to have a Telegram account in order to use it. Don't worry, they're free as well.

Don't yet have an Apple Watch to test Nanogram Messenger with? Check out the best Apple Watch deals we could find and fix that right away!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.