Updated Telegram from APK - why after the installation, it asks for phone number?



  • I face IMO strange issue with Telegram. The notification says Google Play Services need Phone permission to work, but it has that permission when I go there, however the update of Telegram via Google Play does not work (endless progress animation). So I've downloaded APK from the Telegram site. Asks if I want to update existing, I answer ok, it installs but then asks for phone number. Why?

    I updated it, I don't want to confirm the phone number. And the phone keeps showing new messages notifications from Telegram. If I enter the phone number, I have no idea if it installs a new instance or the old one. Now when I click the old icon, it still complains update is needed, but the install went through from apt.

    I don't like such app behavior. Any way to update Telegram from APK w/out going through phone number confirmation? Android 9. This question is about Telegram from APK, I do not ask how to fix Google Play. I hypothesize an update is possible w/out Google Play.



  • Telegram has 2 versions of the app with different package name:

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger (org.telegram.messenger)
    • https://telegram.org/android (org.telegram.messenger.web)

    While both have the same name, each app is considered as a different app, and thus (some of) its data, settings, and states are also not shared.


    What was probably happening in this case:

    • The Play Store version was asking for an update but failed to update.
    • Downloaded an APK from the Web version and installed it. It's unclear if it's trying to update the existing app or not.
    • Opened the Web version, was asked for the phone number confirmation but did not continue the process.
    • Still receiving new messages from the existing Play Store version.
    • Open the old (Play Store version) icon which was still not updated.
    • Ended with 2 Telegram apps; one is the non-updated Play Store version, and another is the latest-and-freshly-installed Web version.

    To manually update the Play Store version, there are alternative markets or mirror sites (e.g. https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/telegram-fz-llc/telegram/ ) that provide the APK from Play Store.




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