Our favorite safe instant messaging app just got a big update. Telegram, known for its secure encryption, has just introduced the latest feature that now enables users to make video calls inside the app. It could just be the tipping point in the game that the company wanted to get on board with other major players. Here’s what you need to know about Telegram ‘s latest video call feature
What is Telegram?
Telegram is basically an instant messaging app providing a variety of functions within it. The software boasts of being able to send messages quicker than all of its rivals, with massive cloud-based servers. Telegram is free to use with no advertisements or transactions made in-app.
The app’s huge selling point lies in its shared media limitations. Unlike other IM apps that limit the size of your shared media, Telegram lets you know that shared media is not limited in size.
For its chat feature Telegram provides safe end-to – end encryption. And if health is your focus, then this is your messaging device. Telegram also provides its cross-platform framework with several logins so that you can continue your chats wherever you are.
What is the new Telegram update?
Instead of turning seven, Telegram has revealed a video call service that it rolls to its base of alpha users. Although the app already provided voice calls (VoIP), video calls were something badly needed by its users.
The new video calling feature is available between users only for single-on-one video calls. Yet on the positive side, end-to – end encryption secures the video calls as well! If it comes to online security this is a big deal. Encrypted video calls are a blessing its users don’t get from other devices.
How to start a video call on Telegram
In addition, the new video call feature is built in with the voice calls. Unlike telegram voice calls , video calls also provide picture-in-picture (PIP) so you can continue to click through your chats when talking to your mate!
To start a new video call, launch the Telegram app, and select a contact. Now tap the three dots in the top right corner of the chat.
Select ‘Video Call’ from the menu. This will launch a video call with the user keeping your video on.
You can switch off the video at any point by tapping the ‘Stop Video’ button in the bottom panel.
How to use PIP on Telegram?
Picture-In-Picture (PIP) lets you continue using your device while minimizing your video call to a small window. This increases productivity while on a call, and even lets you look up information without having to pause or cut the call.
When in a Telegram video call, all you need to do is click the ‘back’ button on your computer to trigger PIP. You will note the video call to the top right corner is minimised. You can move around that window, wherever you like.
Can you group video call on Telegram?
Unfortunately no. Telegram has only launched the video calling function for one-on-one calls. They have, however, mentioned that they will be launching group calls in the coming months. While there is no date attached to the statement, we hope to see the features soon.
How to get the new video call function on Telegram?
Telegram has pushed out its update to all its users for the newly added feature. The update is live and available for download from the app stores. To get Telegram’s video call feature, all you need to do is locate the app on your device’s app store and tap the Install / update button.
Well now you know how to use Telegram’s new video calling app. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us in the comments below.