Telegram adds a new download manager and attachment menu

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Telegram Messenger (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • Telegram has announced changes to its apps in terms of file attachments and downloads.
  • A new download manager makes it easier for people to manage their downloads.
  • People can now preview how attached images will appear in a gallery when received.

Popular instant messaging app Telegram has added a couple of new features that make it easier for people to manage files, whether they're sending or receiving them.

Telegram, one of the best iPhone apps for having private conversations, has added a new download manager that makes it easier for people to access the files that they have downloaded via chats. Telegram users can send and receive any file type so long as it's smaller than 2GB and now there's a new icon to tap when downloads are in progress.

Tap the icon or go to the 'Downloads' tab in Search to view and manage them – pause and resume all downloads or individual items, and select one to increase its priority or view it in chat.

When sending image files as attachments, Telegram users now also have the option to see how things will look when they are received. The new option will show how an album will appear, allowing images to be moved and removed as needed.

When sending multiple photos or videos, tap '… selected' at the top of the panel to preview how the album will look in the chat when it's sent – and rearrange or remove selected media.

Other improvements include a redesigned login flow on the Mac, for people using Telegram at their desk.

The updated Telegram is now available for download in the App Store.

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.