Telegram’s latest update lets you hide photos and videos behind a spoiler filter

What you need to know

  • Telegram’s latest update introduces new privacy features and emoji packs.
  • The messaging app also adds new ways to make your profile photo visible only to your contacts while setting a separate public profile photo.
  • You can also auto-delete media and documents from your phone’s storage and re-download them when necessary.
  • Additionally, Telegram introduces new drawing and text tools along with other minor features.

Telegram wrapped up 2022 with a bang by introducing a ton of new features (opens in new tab) that enhance your privacy and overall experience in the app, along with minor updates like fun new emojis as well as improved drawing and text tools.

One of the most notable new additions to Telegram’s ever-expanding feature pack is hidden media, which is something you won’t find in many of the best messaging apps like WhatsApp. The new feature allows you to hide a photo or video behind a spoiler filter if you wish to drum up excitement as family members open a picture of your wrapped presents for them. A single tap will let recipients uncover the mystery photo.

Telegram first introduced this spoiler formatting late last year, just in time for the 2022 New Year celebration, as a way to hide text in messages. The most recent feature comes in handy when you want to obscure sensitive media with a blur filter.

Blurred photo in Telegram

(Image credit: Telegram)

There’s also a new way to make Telegram’s cached files virtually vanish from your phone’s storage. The latest update allows you to auto-remove cached media from private chats, groups, and channels. That said, you can make an exception for certain conversations that matter to you.

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