If you got drunk over the holiday and sent out a few messages you wish you could have retracted, you wouldn't be alone. Today, Telegram pushed out an update (3.16) that allows you to delete messages that you might have sent by accident, within 48 hours of sending them.
While retracting messages is the headlining feature in the update, the developers also added some other nifty features, including:
- The 'Data and Storage' menu – this menu allows you to select which types of media download over mobile data, Wi-Fi, and when roaming. These settings were already present but the update allows you to see storage usage, mobile data usage, Wi-Fi data usage and roaming data usage.
- T.me links – Telegram has, for a while, allowed you to send a URL to contacts to start speaking to you over the messenger without the need for you to give them a phone number. Now instead of having to send a URL that looks like this: telegram.me/username, you can send one that looks like this: t.me/username.
The new T.me links will work with any platform, its launch just coincides with the 3.16 launch. Commenting on the change, Natasa Djukanovic, CMO of .ME, said:
“We're pleased to play an integral role in making it easier for millions of Telegram users to connect and communicate. Even more so, we're thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Telegram. Their continued support of .ME not only better serves their users, but also elevates the .ME domain extension overall.”
Smaller but noteworthy changes in the new release include:
- Messages from one sender are now neatly grouped together, and scrolling up shows the date right away, making the chats easier to navigate.
- The app now restores your previous scroll position when you switch back to a chat. Very useful when somebody sends you a saga in 1,000 messages, and you want to patiently read them in the right order.
- Sharing files has become easier because you see a list of recently downloaded files right on the sharing screen.
- Send GIFs directly from Gboard.
- Android 7.1 users can leverage a fast action menu with frequent chat from the home screen.
The update is already available for Android users from the Play Store and App Store. As for updates on other platforms, desktop users should keep an eye out for a new update in the near future which introduces pinned chats and themes.