The 5 Best Telegram Desktop Client Apps

MakeUseOf | 10/18/2019 | Gavin Phillips
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Telegram is well known for its privacy features, bots, and community building. However, its user interface leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, there are plenty of Telegram desktop client apps you can use instead.

In this article we list the best Telegram desktop client apps for Windows, macOS, and Linux. All of which are solid Telegram alternatives.

Bettergram - Telegram - Desktop - Clients - First

Bettergram is one of the most popular third-party Telegram desktop clients. It is easy to see why, too. First up, you can use Bettergram on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

The cross-platform option is handy when so many Telegram desktop client alternatives focus on a single platform. Telegram’s cross-platform compatability is just one of the reasons Telegram is the only messaging app you need.

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Bettergram addresses some of the major issues holding the official Telegram app back. Namely:

Pin - Chats - Telegram

Pin up to 50 chats, rather than Telegram’s five.

Sort your messages by category.

Favorite - Conversations - Track

Favorite your important conversations to keep track of them more easily.

Bettergram is open source and available on GitHub, meaning you can check out the code to make sure it is secure. However, this leads to the major downside of Bettergram: development stopped in 2018.

Message - Bettergram - Telegram - Channel - States

The pinned message on the official Bettergram Telegram channel states, “We have paused the development for all platforms at the moment. We will write here when we resume it.” Hopefully development will resume soon, including the now-defunct Android and iOS apps.

Next up is the Windows 10-only Telegram desktop client alternative, Unigram.

Unigram - Quality-of-life - Options - Telegram - Users

Unigram introduces a few quality-of-life options that make it easier for Telegram users. For instance, you can use the F1 to F5 keys to display different chat groups. Selecting F1 switches to All Chats, F2 switches to User Chats, F3...
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