The newest Telegram Messenger update for Android and iOS has arrived just yesterday. Version 5.4 brings lots of practical options for better data management, including something that not everyone is going to be a fan of. So without wasting any time, let's get down to the meat and potatoes of what's new in this stable release.
Smaller videos on Telegram will start playing automatically when they reach your screen. By default they are muted, so to unmute a video, you have press one of your device's volume keys. Neat, huh!
If you are worried about your data plan getting sucked up by those autoplaying videos we mentioned, you can easily disable this feature from the Data and Storage section in the settings, or either set limits for video quality, size and more. Plus, you can quickly switch between the standard 'Low', 'Medium' and 'High' presets to be used when you are on mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming. Also, you have the ability to manually set up automatic downloads by chat type, media type and file size. Note that Telegram will remember your choices for auto-downloads as a custom preset in case you need to temporarily switch back and forth between this and the default ones.
Default settings for data usage
Telegram has made the limits for automatic downloads more generous in some countries where data costs are lower. Though, this does not mean that they are set in stone because they may get changed remotely as the time goes and depending on the user feedback that shall come. For example, those more conservative limits will apply in countries such as Ethiopia where mobile data prices are insanely high.
Some new users have the habit of logging in and out often, so their profiles do not get accessed by others. This procedure is not necessary for Telegram because they have other built-in measures to keep things safe and secure. The new logout page suggests alternatives like setting a passcode for the app, clearing the cache, changing your account's phone number and an option to add another account right from the same page.
It is good to see Telegram taking data consumption so seriously compared to other companies. Let's wait and see what great features will come next in version 5.5 of the app, or whatever they call it.
Source: Telegram Blog