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Telegram now supports video calls on iOS

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What you need to know

  • Telegram has a brand new feature for iOS.
  • It now supports "fast and secure" video calls.
  • It also supports picture-in-picture mode.

Telegram has updated its app for iOS to include "fast and secure" video calls.

In an announcement Friday the Telegram team stated:

Today marks seven years of Telegram. In 2013, we began as a small app focused on secure messaging and have since grown into a platform with over 400M users. Telegram is now one of the top 10 most-downloaded apps and is used all over the world to stay in touch with family, collaborate with classmates and coordinate coworkers.

Telegram says that it has added "fast and secure" video calls to the platform, which users have apparently been clamoring for. The post notes how 2020 has highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and that an alpha version of video calls is now live on iOS and Android.

To start a video call, users can simply select the option from a contact's profile page, as with most video services you can turn video on or off at any time. Telegram also says the feature supports picture-in-picture mode. One of Telegram's most lauded features is its encryption, video calls are no different:

All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner – if they match, your call is 100% secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram's Secret Chats and Voice Calls. You can find more details on this page.

Telegram recently filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the EU, claiming Apple should let users download apps outside of the App Store.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.