Telegram Messenger Beta gets integration with phone contacts in latest update

Telegram Messenger Beta for Windows Phone grabbed an update today, and it brings with it some nifty improvements and features. The update, which clocks in at version, includes integration with phone contacts, the ability to open a chat with a user in Telegram from and username links, and several other fixes and improvements.

The complete list of changes in the update are as follows:

  • links open a chat with the user in Telegram
  • Integration with phone contacts
  • Improved support for chat background
  • Fix self-destruct timer
  • Fix emoji keyboard on Full HD screens
  • Other improvements and fixes

If you're unfamiliar with Telegram, it is a chat app that focuses on speed and security. On the speed front, Telegram allows you to easily send a message off to up to 200 people at once, and broadcasts to up to 100 contacts in a single go.

Feel free to check for the update or give the app a shot at the link below.

Thanks to Zapella for the tip!

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Hope WhatsApp does this integration with contacts in people hub.i meant I want to go to people hub nd use whatsapp
  • I was thinking the same yesterday, but sadly whatsapp team in WP (well in general) are not the best out there
  • Nope.. It would be great though.. They did it on android I saw..
  • I want to chat on the messaging app :|
  • I love this app, it has very nice features, but I hardly know anyone that uses it here in my country
  • It sadly doesnt support landscape mode yet... It's about time!
  • Hey Whatsapp! Your Master is HERE :)
  • My most used messaging app for my special one :)
  • So your Telegram app has only 1 contact? 
    just kidding.. 
  • Haha. Me too dude! Since I really need a privacy. I'm using WhatsApp for friends and others.
  • WhatsApp should really learn from Telegram what support is.
  • Nice! But I don't know how to integrate contacts. The app is listed but thereaee not contacts to link. Edit: There is an option on Telegram, now the integration is working.
  • It's better and faster than WhatsApp... But people resist change... Stuck on WhatsApp like sheep...
  • Yes that's the big hang....actually only 30 outof 660 contacts are on telegram
  • For WP hike is better.
  • \o/
  • Would be nice if they fix the duplicate messages i receive from my friends.
  • Ditto
  • I like telegram
  • I liked telegram
  • And I just uninstalled it.
  • This app is buggy and secret chat does not work.
  • Too bad, the people hub integration doesn't work
  • It works, go to settings on Telegram and turn on people hub integration.
  • How does that work?
  • It shows your telegram contacts on Hub.
  • Works perfectly.
  • Yes, Secret Chat doesn't work, alas. And I can't figure out how to have a message self-destruct. Any ideas?
  • Self Destruct it's for your account, not messages.
  • Telegram is even better than Whatsapp in so many ways. Unfortunatelly, they have a lot of things to fix yet. Like the reliability of the app if you're on a bad internet connection, and the speed of the connection if you're on a 2G zone.
  • This is now the platform for my main chat group.. Works great, fast, stable and the devs are updating regularly.. Well done.
  • I moved my WhatsApp group chat to telegram. That's 20 converts. Some were first time users and they really like how its sync to any device they use.
    One big advantage is I can send Office files, even from OneDrive, which whatsapp or even Skype cant do.
  • Yeah fav app. .
  • landscape mode?? noo???
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  • If only the keyboard gets back to alphabets, after sending a message!
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  • Ahead of whatsapp now
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  • doesnt work with 530
  • hey just updated and in contacts there is no seperate telegram field.  when I swiped left to the "Connect" options there was an option to add telegram messenger and then when I have selected the telegram messenger It has asked me to link the telegram account of that particular contact but there was none! only facebook, skpe and google. Does anybody else facing the problem?
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  • But the contact live tile doens't show notifications! Neither the one from telegram nor the general one from people hub
  • Hi