Telegram’s end of the year updates brings amazing features, including reactions, message translation, themed QR codes, hidden text (spoilers), and more

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Telegram’s just brought whole new features to its app before the new year starts. Telegram already introduces all new things in the December 2021 update, including the ability to prevent others from saving content in groups and channel features called ‘Protected Content,’ and the ability to delete messages from specific dates, new device management that manage your Telegram on all connected devices at the same time, and one of the brand new login features via call and much more.

But before the new year starts, Telegram just surprises everyone with its new feature which Telegram has the update on December 30th, 2021, where they call Telegram’s 12th update of the year. The December 30th, 2021 update includes reactions, message translation, themed QR codes, hidden text (spoilers), new context menus for macOS, and new interactive emoji.

Telegram was the first messaging app to provide animated and interactive emoji, giving users unrivaled options for expressing themselves in conversations. Some of these emoji are now available as reactions, allowing users to express their sentiments and feedback without having to submit texts.

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Double-tap a message to send a quick 👍 reaction. For more reactions like 😁 🎉 😱 🔥 👎, tap once on the message (or press and hold, if on iOS). Each reaction appears with its own unique animation.

You can change your default reaction to another emoji in Settings. Android: Chat Settings > Quick Reaction. iOS: Stickers and Emoji > Quick Reaction.

Reactions are always on in private chats. In groups and channels, the admins decide whether to turn on reactions and choose which reaction emoji are available in the chat. This enables many different ways to collect feedback – from simple likes ❤️ to upvote 👍 and downvote 👎 systems, and beyond.

Admins can control reactions via their group or channel’s Info Page > Edit > Reactions.

To discuss the fates of Ciri or Peter Parker without spoiling the fun for others, select any part of your text when typing and choose the new ‘Spoiler’ formatting. This will hide the selected part of the message in the chat, as well as in the chat list and notifications. When you’re ready to see what’s hidden, tap the spoiler to reveal its text.

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Over half a billion people around the world use Telegram not only to stay in touch with friends but also to chat in public groups and view content from channels – in every language imaginable. Now you can translate any message into another language, right in the app.

Enabling Translation in Settings > Language adds a dedicated Translate button to the context menu when selecting a message. You can also exclude any languages you speak fluently – which will hide the translate button for those messages.

The translation is available on all Android devices that support Telegram but requires iOS 15+ on Apple devices. The list of available languages depends on your phone’s operating system.

Now, you can generate QR codes for any users that have a public username. This also works for groups, channels, and bots, making it easy to show someone your favorite blog or fan club.

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Tap the new QR code icon next to the username of a person (or from a chat’s info page), choose the colors and pattern that fit best, then print, post or share your QR code to other apps.

A QR code for your own username can be obtained in Settings.

Telegram redesigned all the context menus in Telegram for macOS and added some new shortcut hints and introduced beautifully animated icons for every single menu item in the app.

Telegram’s animators also added new interactive versions of 🔥 😁 🤩 😢 😭 😱 ❄️. Send any of them in 1-on-1 chats, then tap to unleash a full-screen effect for you and your partner.

Shubham Sawarkar

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