Telegram Premium goes live. Official price and features confirmed

Brad Stephenson

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Just a week after being officially confirmed, Telegram Premium has now launched Apple’s iOS devices with other platforms, such as Windows, expected to follow within the coming days (or even hours.)

The App Store listing for the iOS Telegram app confirms that the monthly price for Telegram’s new subscription service is indeed $4.99. This price is in USD so will vary from region-to-region. For example, here in Australia, Telegram Premium costs $7.49 (AUD) a month.

The release notes for the latest iOS app update reveal all of the Telegram Premium features that subscribers can expect to benefit from. The notes also make mention of Telegram having now reached the 700 million user mark. An impressive milestone indeed.

Here’s the release notes with the full list of Telegram Premium features:


Telegram now has over 700 million active users. To celebrate, we’re launching Telegram Premium. This subscription helps support Telegram and gives you access to exclusive additional features. All existing Telegram features remain free for everyone.


Premium: 4 GB Uploads

  • Send media and files each up to 4 GB in size.

Premium: Faster Downloads

  • Download media and files at the fastest possible speed, with no limits.

Premium: Doubled Limits

  • Follow up to 1000 channels.
  • Connect 4 accounts in any app.
  • Organize your chats into 20 folders, holding 200 chats each.
  • Pin 10 chats in your main list.
  • Reserve up to 20 public links.
  • Save 400 favorite GIFs and 10 favorite stickers.
  • Write a longer bio for your profile and include links.
  • Include longer captions for photos and videos.

Premium: Voice-to-Text

  • Get a new button next to any voice message to generate a transcript of its audio.

Premium: Unique Reactions and Stickers

  • React with even more emoji, including :clown: and :hearteyes:
  • Send unique stickers with additional effects, updated monthly.

Premium: Chat Management

  • Set a default chat folder or enable tools to auto-archive and hide new chats.

Premium: Badges and Animated Profile Pictures

  • Subscribers have a badge next to their name, showing they help support Telegram.
  • Show off your profile video that will be animated for everyone in chats and the chat list.

Premium: No Ads

  • Sponsored Messages that are sometimes shown in public channels will no longer appear.

Premium: App Icons

  • Choose from several new Telegram icons for your home screen.
  • To subscribe and get access to these features, go to Settings > Telegram Premium.


This update also includes many changes for all users – just like every future update will.

Join Requests for Public Groups

  • Enable join requests for your public groups – no invite links required.
  • Users who open the group will see an ‘Apply to Join Group’ button.
  • Once approved by an admin, users will be able to participate in the chat.

Improved External Sharing

  • Watch an animated progress bar when sharing large files and media to Telegram from other apps.

Verification Badges in Chats

  • Verified groups and channels now also show their badge at the top of the chat.

Better Bots

  • Include a photo or video in the “What can this bot do?” section of your bot.
  • Bots that are integrated into the attachment menu can be programmed to work in groups and channels.

Improved support for ProMotion displays

  • Smooth 120 FPS animations on all new iPads and iPhones.

Faster and Stronger

  • Over 100 fixes and optimizations to improve speed and reliability.

iOS users can sign up for Telegram Premium via the Settings menu within the app. The option should be available within the Telegram Windows desktop app once it receives an update in the near future.

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