If you use Telegram on your phone, you may have received a notification informing you that the Telegram Desktop app version 1.0 has been released. I already use Telegram Web when I’m on my computer and don’t want to switch between the two devices, so I was curious to see what this application offers over that interface.
The Windows application weighs about 16 MB, whereas the macOS version is about 24. Oddly enough, there are two different versions for MacOS. At first, I really didn’t have any idea why this is, but after downloading and installing both, it became apparent that both apps are very similar. The 1.0 version features a slightly different interface and way to start new chats. In all honesty, it’s a bit confusing and I believe the Telegram team should work on simplifying their desktop app offerings.
At any rate, this article will focus on Telegram Desktop 1.0 rather than Telegram for macOS and I’ll try to cover both the Windows and macOS version.
Windows users can choose between an installable version of the app and a portable one. The difference between the two is that Telegram Desktop portable does not require installation to be used. You should be aware that the other version installs by default inside the AppData folder, meaning that you’ll have to install it manually for each user if you share your computer. macOS doesn’t need a portable version because of how that operating system installs apps.
A very nice feature of this new app that I really like is the ability to set a local passcode to lock it when you don’t want other people snooping around your messages. Unfortunately, the option to do so is hidden in the Settings menu, but it’s not a big deal. By comparison, the web interface only allows you to set up a secondary password, but not to set a passphrase. You can also select to Auto-Lock the app after 1 minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, or 5 hours.
Additionally, you may choose to start up the program whenever you turn on your computer. I’m not that big of a fan of applications that start up automatically like that, but it’s an option if you want.
Bottom line, I’m quite happy with the Telegram Desktop app and I can see myself switching from the web interface. Give it a try: you will like it.