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How to Fix Telegram Stuck on Updating

Telegram is an instant messaging app with a simple, fast, secure, and synchronized experience.

You can send media and files without size limits, with data securely stored in the Telegram cloud.

In some cases, you might encounter an error where Telegram keeps saying that it’s updating.

When you try to send a message, there is a never-ending timer on the chat message.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix Telegram stuck on updating on iPhone or Android devices and what to do.

Why is my Telegram app stuck on updating?

Telegram stuck on updating

Your Telegram is stuck on updating because your internet connection is slow or inactive.

In some cases, Telegram might be down, and you need to wait for the servers to be back up to use the app again.

You can go to downdetector.com and search for “Telegram” to check if the app is down.

Alternatively, you can go to Twitter/𝕏 and search for “Telegram down” to see if others are facing the same issue as you.

How to Fix Telegram stuck on updating

To fix Telegram Stuck on updating, you must first check if the app is down by heading to Down Detector or Twitter/𝕏.

If the app is down, you need to wait for a few minutes to hours for the servers to be back up.

Fix 1: Check if Telegram is down

  1. Go to downdetector.com/status/telegram.
  2. Check if there’s a spike in the number of reports.
  3. If there is a lot of reports, it means that Telegram is down.
  4. If Telegram is down, you need to wait for it to be back up (this can take a few minutes to hours).

Fix 2: Clear Telegram’s cache

  • For Android: Open the Settings app > Apps > Manage apps > Telegram > Storage > Clear data > Clear cache > OK > Clear data > Clear all data > OK > Reopen Telegram.
  • For iOS: Open the Settings app > General > iPhone Storage > Telegram > Offload App > Reinstall App > Reopen Telegram.

Fix 3: Switch your network

  • If you’re connected to mobile data, try connecting to a Wi-Fi network instead.
  • If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, try switching to mobile data.
  • You can also try connected to a different Wi-Fi network from the one that you’re currently connected to.

Fix 4: Force stop and reopen Telegram

  • For Android: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen > Hold and release > Swipe to the Telegram card > Swipe up on Telegram to close it > Reopen Telegram.
  • For iOS: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen > Release in the middle > Swipe to the Telegram card > Swipe up on Telegram to close it > Reopen Telegram.

Further reading

How to Send a Disappearing Photo on Telegram

How to Fix Slow Download Speed on Telegram

How to Get Telegram Premium


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Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with 8+ years of experience in Social Media Marketing and 4+ years of experience as an active investor in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written thousands of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.

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