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What is Telegram Premium? Pricing and features explained

Telegram joins almost every other app in battling for your monthly subscription

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Telegram is one of the most popular messaging apps available for mobile, consistently in the top 50 free apps (on the App Store, not our list). Privacy features make the app so popular, especially when this is a concern on WhatsApp. And what do most popular apps have in common? Why, a premium tier, of course!

Telegram offers a premium tier for its messaging platform. So much for “Telegram is free forever. No Ads, No subscription fees.”, eh? The service offers extra features from the app’s free plan. Most importantly of all, the company confirmed none of the free features are being stuck behind a paywall.

If you’re a fan of Telegram and looking for some extra features to boost your experience, this new plan might be just what you need. Here’s all the info you need to know about the premium service.

Telegram Premium is a paid-for subscription for the popular messaging app Telegram. With the subscription, you’ll be able to unlock some extra features in the app that free users can’t access.

What is Telegram Premium?

What does it do?

With Telegram Premium, you’ll get access to multiple extra features. These include:

  • A larger file upload limit of 4GB
  • Faster downloads
  • Doubled limits on channels, links, pinned chats, GIFs, and more
  • Voice message transcriptions
  • Additional stickers, reactions, and custom emojis
  • New chat management tools, such as changing the default chat folder
  • Animated profile pictures
  • Premium badges
  • Additional app icon options
  • No ads
  • Real-time chat translation
  • Additional privacy settings for voice messages
  • Voice-to-text for video messages

As you can see, all of the benefits with Telegram Premium are additional or improved features. Telegram confirmed it would not restrict any existing free features to the paid-for subscription. The messaging app also confirmed that new features and improvements will be made to Telegram Premium over time. The real-time translation is a more recent addition, so the messaging platform is continuing to improve the premium service.

How to sign up to Telegram Premium

Convinced to sign up by these extra features? Here’s how to subscribe to Telegram Premium:

  • Head into the Telegram app.
  • Tap on the Settings tab.
  • Hit Telegram Premium, and then find the Subscribe button.
  • Select your payment method, and get messaging.

Telegram Premium does require a subscription cost. Once you’re subscribed, it will automatically renew each month. You can cancel your subscription by heading back to the Telegram Premium section of Settings.

How much does it cost?

Telegram Premium costs £4.99, $4.99, €5.49, depending on your location. As with all other mobile app subscriptions, it’ll be processed through either the Play Store or App Store, depending on your device.

You’ll need to pay for the subscription on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, there aren’t any options for an annual subscription to keep the cost down. Of course, you can still use Telegram without the premium subscription, you just can’t get your hands on these extra goodies.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around seven years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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