Telegram is sending Wear OS users a goodbye message as the app quietly dies

Wear Os Telegram App
Wear Os Telegram App (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Telegram v8.0 adds a slew of features to the smartphone app, including trending stickers, enhanced live streaming capabilities, Flexible Forwarding, and more.
  • This update removes the Wear OS app from the Play Store.
  • The Telegram Wear OS app will stop working, even if you leave it installed, and you will not be able to reinstall it.

Telegram is saying goodbye to Wear OS owners as the latest Telegram update removes the app from the Google Play Store on Wear OS watches. Telegram is one of the best messaging apps on Android, with the latest update adding a ton of great new features for users to enjoy, but it's removing the ability to do just about everything from the comfort of your wrist.

Whether this is a signal of something greater to come or the end of an era is not yet clear, but 9to5Google confirmed the move with Telegram support, who issued a statement about the move:

Starting with Telegram V8.0, the Wear OS app will not be available to download anymore. Note that if you still have Telegram installed on your Wear OS device, it may stop working soon.Telegram Support

We've reached out to Telegram's PR team to determine why this decision was made and if it's a permanent decision, especially since Wear OS 3 just launched. While it's highly doubtful, there's always a chance that Telegram discontinued the app as the Wear OS community awaits the Wear OS 3 update and could release a new app down the road when the new OS rolls out.

As it stands, neither Wear OS 2-powered watches nor the Wear OS 3-powered Galaxy Watch 4 are able to download the existing Telegram app.

If you're a regular user of Telegram on your smartphone, Telegram v8.0 brings many great new features to the table. That includes an upgrade to the live streaming functionality, which now supports an unlimited number of viewers. Forwarding messages can now be previewed and customized, letting you forward only portions of the message or the message in its entirety. You'll also find a range of new stickers, as well as trending stickers, to spice up your chats.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 is a follow-up to the extremely popular Galaxy Watch Active 2. The fitness-focused Wear OS 3 smartwatch offers great battery life, an attractive design, and a long list of useful health tracking features.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu
  • You know... I just purchased a Watch 4 after not having a WearOS device for the longest time and wanted Telegram for sending voice messages/calls on my Watch :/ I do hope they reconsider given that Tizen is discontinued (and they at least had a Tizen app at some point) and is now replaced with a reinvigorated WearOS...
  • As the article mentioned its highly doubtful they will permanently abandon WearOS, but I'm starting to feel concerned... why abandon it and not issue a statement regarding a new one coming in the future? With all the buzz surround WearOS 3 and Samsung Watch 4... where is all the 3rd party developers? From Uber, Nest, Hue, August, [insert any podcast app], Messenger or any major chatting app.
  • Whats the watch in the picture called?
  • It's not a big loss, I think. Everything improves and that's pretty good! But no matter how many download Telegram faces, I can't say that it's the best variant of messenger. They work on features a lot, but they don't improve their security. Much less known platforms like Utopia p2p provide much more to its users. Decentralization, full anonymity, privacy and security. And here no one cares, if 3rd parties will ask for your data, Telegram devs will pass it on request.