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Telegram apps feature comparison for Telegram and Telegram X

I did a short survey on my new Telegram channel @tgtester related to the Telegram Beta Apps for Android. It was inspired by two lists created by two different Telegram Beta testers which I found recently. The survey was about “Which Telegram client do you use?”.

Those are our results:

  • Telegram X Stable - 10
  • Telegram X Beta - 27
  • Telegram Stable - 4
  • Telegram Beta - 3
  • Unofficial Client - 0

Does it mean that Telegram X is better than normal Telegram? I believe that it depends on your own needs. And here is the next question - how to choose the better one and what is the difference?

Here is a list of features missing in either Telegram app or in Telegram X app for Android.

I am not the original author of these lists, I just combined them into one file. Original lists were taken from

This file has a diff format between 1. Telegram and 2. Telegram X sorted by feature groups.

  • ⭕️ Exists in "Telegram App", not in X
  • ❌ Exists in "Telegram X App", not in Normal

Telegram apps feature comparison for Telegram and Telegram X | image one

Video 4/1

  • ⭕️ Video streaming
  • ⭕️ Video compression module/editor
  • ⭕️ Play/pause visible button on in-app video player
  • ⭕️ Video sharing from the external app not letting to mute or put a timer
  • ❌ Rotate videos before sending (even after capturing them with in-app camera)

Notifications 2/0

  • ⭕️ Smart notifications/rich notifications settings (for groups & channels)
  • ⭕️ Custom sound for notifications

Stickers 4/5

  • ⭕️ Group stickers
  • ⭕️ Sticker panel expansion
  • ⭕️ Username in sticker packs are not clickable
  • ⭕️ Search for stickers
  • ❌ Share, archive or copy stickers pack link by tapping on a sticker in chat
  • ❌ Icon for trending stickers is always shown at the start in stickers menu (in chat). The legacy client shows it at starts only when new trending packs are available.
  • ❌ Sticker preview shows all the emojis associated with the sticker (like TDesktop)
  • ❌ "copy link", "archive pack" and "delete pack" options with a long press on a sticker in the stickers bar
  • ❌ When receiving a sticker or photo, peek system notification to see it without opening

Warnings 3/0

  • ⭕️ Restriction warning on message input field (when the user is restricted to send messages)
  • ⭕️ Discard warning for voice/video recording
  • ⭕️ Show the list of owned username when the limit is reached

Search 2/0

  • ⭕️ Search messages from a specific member of groups
  • ⭕️ Search images on web from Attach > Gallery

Recent Actions 3/1

  • ⭕️ Ban from recent actions
  • ⭕️ Copy from recent actions
  • ⭕️ Recent files not shown in Attach > Files
  • ❌ Double timestamps (action timestamp and message timestamp) in recent actions

Chat 1/15

  • ⭕️ Floating avatars
  • ❌ Show previews for text sizes options
  • ❌ "select" option by tapping a message
  • ❌ "share" button when long click an URL
  • ❌ "view message" button in a preview for t.me links containing a picture
  • ❌ Camera button in chat to quickly shot and send a picture
  • ❌ Swipe on camera/attachment button to open an in-app camera
  • ❌ In private chats (and basic groups) the option for deleting the message for the other is selected by default
  • ❌ Full-screen pictures in channels (without bubble mode)
  • ❌ Hold or tap chat picture to open without the need to open profile
  • ❌ "select in between" button to select all messages between two posts
  • ❌ See the preview for a public/group even clicking on the group/channel private link (like TDesktop)
  • ❌ Phone numbers highlighted in texts
  • ❌ Animated typing, upload, and other actions
  • ❌ Swipe up an emoji to apply Skin Tone to all other emojis
  • ❌ URL markdown [text](URL)

Chat List 1/3

  • ⭕️ Dynamic unread counter
  • ❌ Hold-to-preview for chats
  • ❌ Mute/unmute a chat without opening it
  • ❌ Hold pinned chat & swipe up to change its position

Profile 2/7

  • ⭕️ Profile picture crop
  • ⭕️ Account reset link
  • ❌ Set old profile pictures as current
  • ❌ "copy", "copy link" and "share" options for the username in every profile
  • ❌ Hold accounts to preview chats list, without triggering online status
  • ❌ Hold accounts to quickly sign out, without triggering online status
  • ❌ Hold & swipe up to change account position in the list
  • ❌ Clickable links/usernames in bio
  • ❌ See unread messages for the other accounts in the preview

Themes 1/4

  • ⭕️ Custom themes
  • ❌ More built-in themes
  • ❌ Night theme for a map with Auto-Night mode support
  • ❌ Quick toggle in the main menu to switch to Night mode
  • ❌ Choose separate themes for different accounts

Sharing 2/4

  • ⭕️ Share (External share)
  • ⭕️ Multi-shot sending
  • ❌ Forward as a copy
  • ❌ Different forwarding behavior
  • ❌ Hold inline buttons with links for fast copy/share
  • ❌ When you share some types of files from other apps (like PDFs), Telegram X sends the title as the caption, while legacy client sends two separate messages

Settings 2/6

  • ⭕️ Languages (Localisations)
  • ⭕️ Fingerprint unlock fallback (unlock the app with pin/passcode on fingerprint scanner failure)
  • ❌ Customize unread messages count badge
  • ❌ Custom vibrations option
  • ❌ Customize markdown settings
  • ❌ Every chat (sort by cache dimension) shown in storage settings
  • ❌ Options to choose "None", "All chats", "Non-muted only" at Settings > Notifications > Unread messages count badge
  • ❌ Clear cache (delete from internal memory) for singular media

Settings - Switches 0/7

  • ❌ Enable/disable Bubbles mode (and the ability to set bubbles mode only for chats or channels)
  • ❌ Enable/disable swipe to reply/share
  • ❌ Enable/disable hiding keyboard on chat scroll
  • ❌ Enable/disable incognito keyboard in secret chats
  • ❌ Enable/disable prompt before calling
  • ❌ Enable/disable HQ Round Videos
  • ❌ Enable/disable start Round Videos with rear-facing camera

Settings - Unlocking 0/3

  • ❌ More options for passcode locks (Pattern, gesture)
  • ❌ Ability to directly set every lock method without starting with PIN or password
  • ❌ Enable/disable passcode invisibility

Login 1/1

  • ⭕️ Automatic authentication call at login (2 Minutes after SMS code request)
  • ❌ Log in with more than 3 accounts

Bots 2/1

  • ⭕️ Can't delete inline bot suggestion
  • ⭕️ Bot payments
  • ❌ Preview images and GIFs before sending in the inline bot results

Instant View 1/1

  • ⭕️ Instant view -> copy/font/theme/channel header/IV links inside IV
  • ❌ Open all supported link in Instant View (with customization)

GIFs 0/2

  • ❌ "save to gallery", "save GIF" and "show in chat" options in full-screen GIFs
  • ❌ Scrolling right and left in a full-screen GIF will make you navigate through all GIFs in chat
  • ❌ Full-screen preview (with a long tap) for GIFs (saved and inline)

Administration 0/2

  • ❌ Chat Admins can dismiss pinned message only for themselves
  • ❌ Undo pinned message dismiss via Three-dot menu > Pinned Message

Calling 0/2

  • ❌ Option to call by phone or Telegram when choosing "call" after tapping on a shared contact
  • ❌ People suggestions on calls tab

Telegram apps feature comparison for Telegram and Telegram X | image two

Other

  • ⭕️ Raise to speak/raise to listen
  • ⭕️ Masks in the photo editor
  • ⭕️ PiP outside the app
  • ⭕️ Save to the gallery (to automatically save all pictures/videos to the gallery)
  • ⭕️ Chat shortcuts (on the home screen)
  • ⭕️ Google Assistant support for sending messages
  • ⭕️ Tablet UI
  • ⭕️ Invite friends ('X number' of contacts on Telegram)
  • ⭕️ Focus on in-app camera

  • ❌ Automatic data saver
  • ❌ Opening a media from the media tab, you can see at the bottom the preview for the other media, like albums.
  • ❌ Faster in downloading messages and some other cases
  • ❌ "copy link" option in public supergroups for all members
  • ❌ Debug: read all unread chats
  • ❌ Button to avoid sending pictures/videos as albums without opening the gallery from attachment menu
  • ❌ Option to destroy group without entering in group info
  • ❌ Foursquare button in the message menu
  • ❌ A real-time distance between you and another party when sharing live location to each other
  • ❌ If last seen doesn't fit, you will be able to see most important part anyway
  • ❌ An exact number of contacts
  • ❌ Reduce motion option (not clear whether "enable animations" does the same in Telegram for Android)

Telegram apps feature comparison for Telegram and Telegram X | image three

IMPORTANT: These lists are not complete and they could become outdated very quickly.

Where is normal Telegram App better?

  • Additional Video player features
  • Tablet UI
  • Google Assistant support
  • Better Notifications
  • Custom themes

Where is Telegram X App better?

  • More default themes
  • More Chat features
  • More Chat list features
  • Unlimited concurrent accounts
  • Better Performance

I have both but most of the time I use Telegram X. The main reason for me was the Better Performance and the fact that Telegram X Beta uses standard beta releases channel in Google Play. Which client do you use?