When Telegram first appeared, few took it seriously, except for enthusiasts and geeks. Now he has grown very much and has become one of the best messengers in the world. Of course, WhatsApp is still far from him, but he went beyond the simple way of messaging. I’m not even talking about some complicated encryption systems and the behavior of Pavel Durov, who periodically says that he will not give anyone access, but then the time comes and he gives this access to other countries.
Now we are not talking about this, but about the fact that Telegram has convenient but somewhat unevident things that you can and should use to make your life easier and make the experience of using the service more enjoyable.
Telegram control gestures
It is gestures that have now become the main governing body for many applications and the operating system as a whole. This is very logical and native. In some ways, this can be compared with swipes for scrolling, when we, as it were, send the interface to the side. With gestures, everything is about the same. It is necessary to close it – threw it away from you, it is necessary to go back – captured by swipe from the edge and returned.
And swipes are convenient in that they work on the entire screen area and do not have to get into the small buttons.
A striking example of the convenience of swipes is Telegram. With such a rich feature set included in Telegram, it’s easy to skip some of them or forget that they exist. So, let’s look at some of the most useful gestures that are hidden in Telegram and understand why we should use them.
How to read a message so that the interlocutor does not know about it
Sometimes I want to read a message, but I don’t have time to reply to it right away. At these moments, I want to read the message, but so that no one knows that I did it. There are people who are offended if you read his message, do not answer within 12 seconds after that. Desirable deployed.
Telegram shows when you read the message, and potentially this can lead to an unpleasant situation. There is one life hack for this. A long press on the image next to the chat name causes a preview, allowing you to read the last few messages completely, without marking them as read. If you still want to answer right away, just swipe up. This will open a full conversation.
Quick close chat in Telegram
To quickly close the chat and return to the list of those that you conducted before, there is one simple gesture that is often used in the system, whether it be Android or iOS. To do this, just drag your finger across the screen from left to right. So the chat will collapse and you will get access to the general list of chats. Everything is very simple.
How to quickly reply to a message in Telegram
This gesture is probably one of the most convenient and it allows you to quickly reply to a message. No need to click on it, hold it, then choose “answer” and spend precious seconds of life on it.
Just swipe left from the message and you can reply to it. The original message appears at the bottom of the typing line. In general, everything is as usual, only with a new control gesture. So you can quickly and conveniently answer in large chat rooms, where there is a constant discussion of various topics. For example, in our Telegram chat, where there is always someone and what to discuss.
How to see Telegram sticker before sending
It has always been a problem for me to understand which sticker I am sending now. Sometimes it happens that you choose the right emoji and they throw you options for stickers, you choose a good one, but when it leaves, it becomes big and animated, it turns out that it has a hidden meaning and becomes somehow uncomfortable.
To solve this problem, there is also a gesture. You just need to click on one of the proposed stickers and hold your finger on it. It will open in a larger format and will be animated. So it will be possible to understand whether it is worth sending. If, without releasing your finger, move it around the screen, you can see other stickers, those that are open in thumbnails for preview. This is very convenient, given the huge number of stickers in Telegram.
How to record long voice messages in Telegram
Telegram, like other messengers, has the ability to send voice messages. In general, I condemn this and do not understand why, talking to a person with voice messages, you can’t just make a call (especially since you can make calls through Telegram itself). Such communication takes twice as much time and then you cannot find in the correspondence what you discussed.
I see only two situations where you can and should use voice messaging. In the first case, it will be a large message that will be printed for a long time and you will send it at night, so that the interlocutor can listen to it in the morning. In the second case, this is again a long chat message, when it is impossible to explain the idea with text, but you won’t be able to call each chat participant. For example, we sometimes put voice drafts in editorial chats like this.
In order to record a message, you need to click on the microphone icon and talk, like in a walkie-talkie. However, if you need to record a long message, then keeping the microphone “pressed” does not make sense. Just swipe up and the recording will go on until you stop it.
I believe that using Telegram is really convenient and useful. Even due to the fact that he supposedly encrypts something there and no one has access to it. All this is nonsense and no one needs correspondence 99.99999 percent of users who simply flatter themselves, exaggerating their importance.
Telegram needs to be used only because it is convenient, and everything else is already an addition. The most pleasant amenities for me personally are the ability to work on multiple devices at the same time and the ability to send files without compression. And also those control gestures that I wrote about in this article.