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.