Creating a Petition for Telegram to be made fully accessible to VoiceOver users

Accessibility Advocacy

Hi my friends:
AM thinking of creating a petition for making telegram more accessible on IOS, they made some small progress from a long time, but they stopped, and this app became so. important because it has some features that even Whatsapp does not have it.
but my Language may not help me, also to find a good accessible site for making a petition, so, if anyone here can create a petition for making Telegram accessible, and i can spread it out, and let's see what we can do to convince the Telegram company to help us more.
Thanks in advance for your help



Submitted by Dennis Long on Friday, December 25, 2020

I agree this is needed. Maybe those that use Voice over should message their Support and ask them to implament support for Voice over and tell them what it is.

Submitted by Ramy on Friday, December 25, 2020

I do not know where to go now, Hope someone can take this into second LVL and try to do sommething

Submitted by WellF on Friday, December 25, 2020

See this. They aren't willing to make telegram accessible at all, as it seems.

Submitted by Jenna Pepper on Friday, December 25, 2020

Club AppleVis Member

Frankly, you're better off learning the Telegram API and building something yourself. I'd pay money for an accessible client.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Friday, December 25, 2020

In reply to by Dennis Long

I already tried to do this, and have been trying since 2016. their support has never once ansered any of my emails. In fact I get no convormation they even make it but a "thank. We'll get back to you" deal.

Submitted by Ramy on Saturday, December 26, 2020

I bought a cheap phone just to use Telegram on it, and Telegram is somewhat accessible on Android 10, so strange really

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Sunday, December 27, 2020

In reply to by Dennis Long

Hi. I've already contacted the support team and still haven't gotten a response. This was about a month or so ago.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Sunday, December 27, 2020

In reply to by Matthew Whitaker

good luck. you will never hear from them. I've never gotten emails even after 3 years or so. It's beter making an app via their API.

Submitted by Ramy on Sunday, December 27, 2020

I tried the Bright guide and NiceGram, nice gram is better, but also not so accessible, if you will try Telegram on android you will know that this app is really great

Submitted by Darren Hartland on Tuesday, December 29, 2020


I actually don't find the iOS app too bad.

It has some quirks but like some websites, once you get used to the quirks, it's pretty good.

Now, if you want to get into administering groups and such, then it gets much more fiddly.

but, using the iOS app in combination with Unigram for windows 10, it does pretty much what I want it to do.

Does accessibility need improving, yes of course, but to say it's unuseable is an exhageration.

I took it off my phone as I access links etc. That part is 100 percent inaccessible. Also the way it reads out time displays. I don't need to know I've ben talking for 600 seconds. also, it used to crash when I would delete a message. Btw, all of this has already been sent to the telegram team since about 2017-2019 .

Submitted by Dennis Long on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How is bright guide? if there are problems has anyone reached out to the Bright guide developer?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Yes, we have tried. The app just over all is not good, hardly works,is too basic for my needs, etc. give me unigram any day.

Submitted by Vsevolod Popov on Sunday, January 17, 2021

Yeah, as others have already said, it is useless. You will never get any response. And also others said that unigram is acessible. Yeah, of course it is, but we also have lots of mac users, for me it is not convinient to switch from mac to windows only to use the telegram app. The accessibility issues are also that you cannot switch the language of the telegram app when you switched the language of the phone. So I believe the petition is needed.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, January 18, 2021

There is a github thread and I might have some good news. Basically someone is taking accessibility over and you might se a change.

Submitted by Ramy on Monday, January 18, 2021

please give us details if possible, and when it will be true?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021

it will be when it is. Let's give the guy some time to work through all of the issues we have so far posted.