Top 2 Ways to Watch Videos Downloaded from Telegram on iPhone

Top 2 Ways to Watch Videos Downloaded from Telegram on iPhone


Play videos downloaded from telegram on i Phone

If you upload a video file to Telegram, you will only see a thumbnail suggesting a video file. You will not be able to view its extension or save such files on iPhone. However, there is a way to watch any video file downloaded from Telegram on iPhone.

1. Play videos in the Photos app

When you receive a video file in the supported format on iPhone, you will see a video thumbnail in the Telegram conversation. Follow the steps below to download and watch it on your phone.

Step 1: Open the Telegram app and go to the conversation.

2nd step: Download the video and tap on it.

Step 3: It is a supported format on iPhone. Thus, you will see a video thumbnail as well as a video preview while playing.

Step 4: Tap on the video and select the Next button in the lower left corner.

Select video


Select video

Save video to camera roll


Save video to camera roll

Step 5: You can either transfer to other contacts on Telegram or select Save to Camera Roll to download the video to iPhone.

Step 6: Open the Photos app on the iPhone and you will see the recorded video from the Telegram app.

Video playback in the photos application


Video playback in the photos application

Step 7: Open the video and continue enjoying the media downloaded from the Telegram app.

As we mentioned above, you cannot play any kind of video file using the above method.

With unsupported file types like .mkv or others, you won’t even see the video preview on iPhone, let alone play it.

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2. Use VLC Media Player

VLC media player is the best option to play any video file on iPhone. Using VLC media player app, you can play videos downloaded from Telegram on iPhone. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Telegram app on your iPhone.

2nd step: Download any video you want to watch on the phone.

Step 3: When you try to open the video, you won’t see an option to save it. Instead, the video will open the standard iOS share menu.

Step 4: Select the Save to files option.

Open video in telegram


Open video in telegram

Save videos in the files app


Save videos in the files app

Step 5: Choose the location where you want to save the video in the Files app.

Step 6: Tap the Save button at the top.

Select the Save button


Select the Save button

You have successfully uploaded video from Telegram app to Apple Files app. Now you need a compatible video player app to play the video on iPhone. For this we will take a helping hand from the VLC media player app.

Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the App Store on the iPhone.

2nd step: Tap the search bar at the top and search for VLC media player app.

Search for vlc


Search for vlc

VLC installed


VLC installed

Step 3: Download and install the VLC app on the iPhone.

If you try to open the VLC app directly on the iPhone, you won’t see any video in the app. For this you will need to open the downloaded video from the Apple Files app. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Open the Files app on the iPhone.

2nd step: Locate the location of the video where you saved the video using the Telegram app before.

Step 3: Open the video and you will see the size and name of the video file.

Select a video in the Files app


Select a video in the Files app

Select the share button


Select the share button

Step 4: Tap the Share button in the lower left corner.

Step 5: If you don’t see VLC in the sharing suggestions, scroll right and select More.

Step 6: Select VLC from the next menu.

Select more


Select more

Select VLC from the Share menu


Select VLC from the Share menu

That’s it. Files app will switch to VLC player app on iPhone and start playing the video. With this, you also get the benefits of VLC like playback speed, subtitle support, ability to change audio track, multiple video filters, built-in AirPlay support, etc.

Video playback in VLC Media Player


Video playback in VLC Media Player

The good news is that the VLC player is free.

Enjoy Telegram Videos on iPhone

With fun Telegram stickers, bots, native cross-platform support and more, Telegram continues to eat the lunch of its competitors in the instant messaging market. Use VLC player app and you will be able to enjoy any video file downloaded from Telegram app.

Then:

Signal is another privacy-focused Telegram rival in the market. Read the comparison post below to know all the differences between the two.

Last updated June 19, 2021

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