Today December 2nd I received this message from Telegram service notifications about my outdated Desktop app version:

Please update your app to the latest version. The version you are using is out of date and will stop working soon.

...In Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS the latest released version of Telegram Desktop app is 2.1.7, I ask to you for upgrade soon the repo for LTS with the last version of Telegram, please!

Here is a related question for ARM.

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    Have you tried uninstalling your version and simply downloading the latest version from the Telegram website (click Show all platforms). They offer a Snap, a Flatpak, and a simple tar.xz. For extracting the tar.xz, see this other question. That is probobly the easiest way. Alternately, you could file a bug report against the package, and the maintainer might update it
    – cocomac
    Dec 3, 2021 at 0:07
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    @user535733 telegram-desktop | 2.1.7+ds-2~ubuntu20.04.1 | focal-updates/universe | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, ppc64el, riscv64 I suspect, packages.ubuntu.com/… so possibly packages.ubuntu.com/focal-updates/telegram-desktop (I had a like issue awhile back & switched from deb to snap but didn't explore...)
    – guiverc
    Dec 3, 2021 at 2:34
  • Maybe Ubuntu should either update Telegram like Firefox or Thunderbird, or drop the package. Dec 3, 2021 at 3:57
  • @cocomac Please rewrite your comment into an answer. Dec 3, 2021 at 3:59

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If the source you have isn't updated, you could file an issue and perhaps the maintainer will update it. Of course, make sure your system is up to date first (sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade).

Before trying any of these, remove whatever you already have. If you edit your question to include how you installed it, we can try to help you undo that.

There are a multitude of ways to get the updated version. I've ordered these best-to-worse (in my opinion)

  1. The official download link - Warning: direct download. It produces a tar.xz. See this other question for the ways to extract it. Tl;dr: tar xf archive.tar.xz (credit to @ramslök for that)

  2. The snap package - Snap is a quick and easy way to install packages, and installing Telegram via Snap is very simple

  3. Flatpak - Flatpak is good as well, but I find that Snap is better supported by default in Ubuntu, so I'd suggest Snap over Flatpak

  4. Un-official PPA's - There are some unofficial PPA's like this one, but unless you have a really good reason to not use the three official methods, I don't suggest this. Regardless, here is how you would add that one

    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install telegram
  • For a few more ways you can install it, see this other question
    – cocomac
    Dec 3, 2021 at 4:49
  • I have not used regular Ubuntu (GNOME DE) for a while, but is not right click -> extract here a much simpler choice to extract the .tar.xz? Dec 3, 2021 at 5:18
  • @ArchismanPanigrahi Not for those that like to use the terminal for everything :)
    – cocomac
    Dec 3, 2021 at 5:19

update your telegram desktop to visit the store https://snapcraft.io/store or update via command line

sudo snap install telegram-desktop

sudo apt update


Telegram has self-updater, even if you use portable

telegram update

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