All individual users of Telegram can now access the Stories feature, which was released in August. The social media platform now includes Telegram Channels in its ability.
Telegram introduced the Stories feature in July, initially for premium users and later extending it to all users in August. Now, the company has rolled out new updates for this feature, enabling users to incorporate music and reaction stickers into their stories. Additionally, users can directly send and share media in view-once mode, with the flexibility to change this setting as needed. Telegram has also expanded the ability to post stories to channels, but this requires a boost from their users.
In August, Telegram made its Stories feature available to all users, functioning in a manner similar to Instagram Stories, allowing users to post stories for durations of 6, 12, 24, or 48 hours. Now, this capability has been extended to Telegram Channels, contingent upon receiving a boost from Premium users. Telegram Premium grants one boost per user, which can be allocated to any channel. Channels will progress through different levels as they accumulate boosts, and with each level attained, channel administrators can post an additional story per day. Users retain the option to choose which Channels they wish to see stories from. Channels can monitor their boost progress by visiting Channel Info > More > Statistics > Boosts.
Another enhancement is the ability to include reaction stickers and music in stories. Both users and channels can incorporate reaction stickers, with viewers having the option to respond with a single tap. To add a reaction sticker, users can click on the icon in the sticker panel and select an emoji from the available choices. While Premium users can include up to 5 reaction stickers per story, other users are limited to one reaction sticker per story. Users can insert music into their stories by navigating to Audio > Select file > Adjust the track. They also have the choice to retain the original audio.
Similar to WhatsApp and Instagram, Telegram users can now send media with a view-once mode. This mode offers the flexibility to switch between view-once and a 30-second display. With view-once mode, the media file is permanently deleted once opened, and viewers are unable to save it or take screenshots.
Finally, Telegram has introduced login alerts, notifying users whenever they log in from a new device. Users can review all the devices they are currently logged in to by accessing Settings > Devices. For added security, users can enable two-step verification by visiting Settings > Privacy and Security > Two-Step Verification.