Use this method when you need to tell the user that something is happening on the bot's side. The status is set for 5 seconds or less (when a message arrives from your bot, Telegram clients clear its typing status).
Example: The ImageBot needs some time to process a request and upload the image. Instead of sending a text message along the lines of “Retrieving image, please wait…”, the bot may use sendChatAction with action = upload_photo. The user will see a “sending photo” status for the bot.
Telegram only recommends using this method when a response from the bot will take a noticeable amount of time to arrive.
See sendChatAction official docs for a list of supported actions and other info.
The SDK also has a helper method for supplying the chat action. This is especially useful with code completion with your IDE.
use Telegram\Bot\Api; use Telegram\Bot\Actions; $telegram = new Api('BOT TOKEN'); $telegram->sendChatAction([ 'chat_id' => 'CHAT_ID', 'action' => Actions::RECORD_VIDEO ]);
use Telegram\Bot\Actions; Telegram::sendChatAction([ 'chat_id' => 'CHAT_ID', 'action' => Actions::RECORD_VIDEO ]);