Updated: 30.03.2018 - Added Telegram Channel link

Join Telegram Beta Channel tgtester in Telegram 📲 to stay in touch with latest news and changelogs 🔥🔥🔥 for Telegram and Telegram X Android apps.

This is the second version of my original guide. I decided to make it simpler and a bit better. I would also like to add a bit more context about what is Telegram app in general.

Currently, there are two official Telegram clients for Android - Telegram and Telegram X. Both of them have a beta program but they are distributed in different ways.

Telegram Beta

This is an original app.

App description

Pure instant messaging — simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 100 million active users in two and a half years.

FAST Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe.

SYNCED You can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again.

UNLIMITED You can send media and files, without any limits on their type and size. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device, and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it.

SECURE We made it our mission to provide the best security combined with ease of use. Everything on Telegram, including chats, groups, media, etc. is encrypted using a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.

POWERFUL You can create group chats for up to 5,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOC, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.), and even set up bots for specific tasks. It's the perfect tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork.

RELIABLE Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It works even on the weakest mobile connections.

FUN Telegram has powerful photo and video editing tools and an open sticker/GIF platform to cater to all your expressive needs.

SIMPLE While providing an unprecedented array of features, we are taking great care to keep the interface clean. With its minimalist design, Telegram is lean and easy to use.

100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We are not going to sell ads or introduce subscription fees.

PRIVATE We take your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data.

So, how to become a beta tester for Telegram beta?

Unlike other Android apps, telegram distributes its beta updates through their app itself. It means that if you installed the beta app once, you will start receiving in-app messages as soon as a new beta update will become available.

Step One

Download a standalone *.APK file from the hockeyapp website.

It can be used as an alternative way to distribute Android apps. You will get an *.APK file which you will need to install manually. Telegram beta is a standalone app and you can install it separately.

Step Two

Just use it, you are already in!

As soon as new update will arrive you will see an in-app message with a new application update.

A new *.APK file will be downloaded and you will receive an installation prompt.

If you want to track app changelogs, you can also join unofficial Telegram Beta testing channel

Live release changelogs are also published in the TestingCatalog updates tab

Telegram X Beta

Apart from the normal release, Telegram has an alternative official client - Telegram X which also has a Beta Release Channel.

The goal of Telegram X is to reinvent Telegram and explore new frontiers in speed, ease of use, quality of animations and all other aspects. Today we are glad to present two new official apps – Telegram X for Android and iOS.

Both these apps are experimental and may or may not eventually replace the existing official apps. But even if they don't, they will speed up the development of Telegram by allowing us to quickly test new approaches and technologies.

You can find more information in the official blog post about Telegram X release.

This beta uses Open Beta distribution via Google Play and can be accessed by the normal OPT-IN. This OPT-IN link can be found here.

Telegram X beta program became unavailable after 3 days but was enabled once again a week after, which is a good news!

Happy Testing!

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