Telegram’s latest update is built to handle messages the way the sender would like them to be delivered. Users can now message friends freely when they know they are sleeping, studying or attending a meeting.
To enable a “silent notification”, a type of message that makes the receiver’s phone light up but does not make a sound, one needs to hold on the send button and select “Send without sound”.
The recipient will get a notification as usual, but their phone won’t make a sound – even if they forgot to enable the Do Not Disturb or Silent mode.
This will also work for groups, should a user get an urgent idea at five in the morning – but not urgent enough to wake up everyone in the work chat.
Slow Mode has also been introduced to reduce the number of notifications received from spammers or double-texters. This enables admins to allow one message to be sent per person on an interval which they choose. A timer will show how group members have to wait before sending their next message.
Telegram says this feature can help group participants be more mindful of the messages which they send to groups, raising the value of each individual message, which can help create order in groups.
Custom admin titles have also been introduced to clarify a member’s role in the group, which may be Editor, Boss, Parent, or Meme Queen. This title will show up on messages sent from this person.
A full list of update features can be found here.
Telegram is available for download on Mac, PC, Android, and iOS.