Telegram: 45 tips and tricks to get the most out of an app that is not only used for messaging

Telegram is today one of the great alternatives to WhatsApp, a real Swiss army knife that offers all kinds of options that go beyond those that most apps of this type usually offer.

Today, we will help you get the most out of this application with a compilation of 45 tips and tricks to use with Telegram.

The application allows a thousand and one options in its chats, but it also goes beyond that. It allows you to send files from your mobile to your PC and vice versa; it becomes an audio player, it helps you compress photos, create GIF images and even create your minimalist blog.

In addition, we will also include some settings dedicated to privacy and to better manage your groups and conversations.

Table of content

1. Write to yourself to remind yourself of things.

Telegram is a messaging app capable of competing with Pocket and those other apps meant to help you save links, notes, or even images. It does this thanks to the possibility of sending messages to yourself.

In addition, since Telegram has clients on all devices, you can also use it to send files and photos from one device to another without the need for cables or third-party applications.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap on Saved Messages.
  • A chat called Saved Messages will open, which is the chat with yourself. Write there or send anything you want. There is no space limit.

2. Send photos without compression.

Whether it is to send them to yourself or someone else, one of Telegram’s main flaws is that it compresses the photos too much, and a lot of quality is lost.

However, a little trick is to send the photos as a file instead of as a photograph so that you will send the original image in its full size and without losing quality.

  • In a chat, tap the paperclip icon to open the sharing options.
  • Instead of choosing one of the latest images or clicking Gallery, click the File button.
  • Navigate in the file browser to find and choose the image to share.
  • When you share an image in the PC version, it will let you choose between sharing it as an image or sending it as a file.

3. Resize photos automatically

A disadvantage like compressed photos can also be turned into an advantage. Telegram automatically resizes the images to 720 pixels wide. This is useful, for example, to send screenshots or have reduced-size photos that you later want to send to a website.

4. Advanced photo editor that even has masks

If, when sending photos, you choose to send them from the gallery, before doing so, you can edit them by pressing the edit button below.

And beware, because there are not a few options, you can change the exposure and contrast of the photos, make a radial or linear blur, or even edit the color options of the photo.

But that’s not all because if you click on the brush icon, you can also write by hand, put text, and add masks. These masks are applied through facial recognition technologies and allow you to add glasses, hats, wigs, and all kinds of additions to a face.

5. A photo album as an avatar

More than a trick, this is a tiny observation that many of us overlook. In Telegram, you not only have your profile image, but the application saves all the avatars that you configure in your account and creates a gallery with them that other users can see.

To delete photos from this gallery, enter the edition of your profile and click on the avatar. By doing so, you can go through all the images, and by pressing the three-dot icon on the top right, you can delete each of them.

In this way, you will be able to control your photos so that other users can see and remove that avatar that you are so ashamed of.

6. Pin the most important conversations

Whether it’s the conversation with your partner, with your group of friends, or with yourself to exchange files, there may be some chats that you want to keep on top of so you don’t lose sight of them and get lost among the rest of the conversations. That’s what the pin option is for, to pin chats.

  • Touch and hold a conversation on the home screen until you select it.
  • When it is selected, click on the button of the pin that you have above.
  • In the desktop app, right-click on the conversation and choose Pin to top.

7. Drafts are also saved.

Telegram synchronization between devices is complete and absolute, to such an extent that the drafts with what you started writing to a person and did not finish will also be saved.

This can have several options, such as making a reminder of something you have to write to someone later.

There are no concrete steps for this. Just start typing something, and if, instead of sending it, you leave it unfinished in the typing bar, it will be there if you open the app later from another device, including a PC.

8. Bold, italic, and monospaced

Like WhatsApp, Telegram also allows for some basic editing of the font you use. You can write text in bold, italics, or monospace, and for this, you only need to put a series of symbols before and after each word as if it were Markdown.

Specifically, double asterisk for bold, cursor for italics, and triple quotes for monospace.

  • **bold** writes the text in bold
  • __italics__ writes the text in italics
  • “`monospace“` writes the text inmonospace

9. Send audio and video notes

If you have the famous voice notes on WhatsApp, Telegram doubles the bet and, in addition to voice notes, adds video notes.

It does this with a button to the right of the typing field where you can toggle between voice and video with single taps and then just hold down to record and send as soon as you release it.

If you open the options sidebar and go into Settings, within Chat Settings, you can enable an option called Raise to Speak. With it active, just by raising your mobile to bring it closer, you can start the process of sending voice notes, something useful if you are sending them at all times.

10. There are also free voice calls.

And if a voice or video notes are not enough for what you want to express, Telegram also allows you to make free voice calls.

You will not spend calls on your mobile, but you will use data since they will be made through your connection. Video calls are still missing, Telegram being one of the last social media channels to offer them.

11. Change the size of the chat letters.

If the font that Telegram is using by default seems too large or small, the application has a setting to change its size to your liking. You will find it within the settings, and you will have a preview to see what the change you want to make will look like.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in Settings, click Chat Settings.
  • Move the Text Size slider to change the size. 

12. Use Telegram’s dark mode.

Telegram has also jumped on the trend of creating an official dark mode for the app. You can do it in two ways, either directly by activating a permanent dark theme or by using night mode so that it starts at certain times or has a specific brightness.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in Settings, click Chat Settings.
  • You can also choose Dark to activate the dark theme in the theme section.
  • If you prefer, you can also activate the automatic night mode option.
  • After activating it, tap on the Automatic night mode option.
  • You will access the configuration where you can make it scheduled at certain times, adapt with the brightness you want, and choose between dark or dark blue tones.

13. You can still use other themes.

But don’t worry, the arrival of the dark theme does not mean that Telegram has backed down from its powerful theme system. In fact, in the Themes section of the Chat Settings, you also have other shades, and if that’s not enough, you can also download your themes.

There are many to choose from, and my recommendation is that you join the Android Themes Channel and iOS Themes Channel to view and download them directly from there.

14. You can also create your themes in the app.

And if the default themes do not convince you of the application or all those third-party themes that you can download and install, you always have to roll the blanket in your head and start manually creating your theme.

You have the option in Telegram itself, and you only have to choose the colors of the different elements in the application.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in Settings, click Chat Settings.
  • Now click on the three-dot button at the top right, and choose the Create new theme option.
  • In the preview of how the theme looks, you have a button to change the colors of each element.

15. Protect Telegram from prying eyes

If you are obsessed with privacy and do not want someone with access to your mobile to access your Telegram, you can block it with a PIN so that it asks for it every time the app is opened.

You can also lock it by fingerprint, lock screenshots, or set auto-lock at a specific time period.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, hit Privacy and Security.
  • Inside, in the Security section, click on the Lock code.
  • After setting up a PIN, you will enter the Lock code section, where you can change the PIN, disable the option, or activate fingerprint unlock.
  • You can also choose whether to activate the auto-lock after X time has elapsed or show the app’s content in the mobile multitasking.

16. This Telegram account will self-destruct in…

Another of the peculiarities of Telegram is that you can configure your account so that it is automatically blocked or destroyed when you have not used it for a certain time, from a month to a year. Your account will no longer exist, as will the messages and conversations linked.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, hit Privacy and Security.
  • Inside, in the Advanced section, click on Delete my account if I am out.
  • You can choose to have your account self-destruct after one month, three months, six months, or one year.

17. Some messages self-destruct

Not only your profile can self-destruct, but also your messages. To do this, you have to open a secret chat with someone, and when you press the three-dot button in the top right, you can set the self-destruction period for all the messages you send.

In addition, when you are sending a photo, in the editing options, you can also specify when you want them to self-destruct.

18. Edit and delete the messages you send

If you get confused when writing something and want to edit or delete it, Telegram offers you both options. When you delete a message, you can decide between deleting it only on your mobile or deleting it from the mobile of the person you have a chat with.

  • When you send a message, tap on it until you select it.
  • When you choose it, you can decide whether to edit or delete it at the top.
  • If you edit it, the message will be typed for you to write the correction you want.
  • If you decide to delete it, you can select whether to do it only on your mobile or also on the other person’s.

19. Usernames instead of the phone number to contact

Having to give your phone number so that a user can contact you in an application is a bit of the past decade and not always recommended to maintain your privacy.

Telegram has a solution, and that is to allow you to create a shareable username instead of a phone number. People can find or even search for you within the app using that username.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, click on the Alias ​​option at the top.
  • Here, you can create or change the username by which other people can find you.
  • You can use letters from a to z, numbers, and underscores for the name, with a minimum length of 5 characters.

20. You can know what groups you have in common with someone.

When you click on the name of a person you talk to on Telegram, you will enter their profile. You can see her data in it, including a list of all the images, files, and links you shared with her in a conversation.

But that’s not all because **you’ll also see the parameter **Groups in common***, where you can access the list of groups you’re both in at the same time.

21. Customize notifications for each contact

If you have a lot of conversations on Telegram, you may want to differentiate the notifications of essential people from those of other users. And you can do it with some options in which you can change the sound of notifications from specific people to the way they vibrate.

  • Tap on the contact’s name to go to their profile in a conversation.
  • In the profile, tap on Notifications.
  • In the menu where you can choose whether to turn notifications on or off for the contact, tap Personalize.
  • Now tap on Turn on custom notifications, and make all the changes you want.
  • The personalization will be only for that single contact.

22. Choose who can see your last connection.

Telegram not only allows you to hide the last connection of your account in a similar way to WhatsApp and other apps, but it also allows you to have superior control over who can see it.

For example, you can make it so that everyone, no one, or only your contacts can, and you’ll have the option to configure exceptions so that there are people who can see your status when the rest have it blocked, and vice versa.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, hit Privacy and Security.
  • Inside, click on Last connection, and you can decide if you want everyone to see it, only your contacts or nobody.
  • You can configure the exceptions with the options Share with or Do not share.

23. The dates and devices from which your account is accessed

Another attractive privacy option is that Telegram allows you to see all the devices and the dates from which your account is accessed. Are you not sure that someone has used your Telegram without knowing it?

Well, you can consult this to clear up any doubts. You will also be able to see the IP addresses of each session and close the ones you want.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, hit Privacy and Security.
  • Inside, tap on Active Sessions.
  • You will access a list with the dates and devices from which your account has been accessed.

24. Archive less important conversations

Telegram has also implemented a system for archiving messages, but it’s a bit particular. Instead of being hidden from your main screen as in WhatsApp, they are grouped into a section called Archived chats.

In the group, the names of the people inside will be seen, and they will be blank when they write to you without ever leaving that group.

One peculiar thing is that the archived list can vary between devices, and you can have a chat archived on mobile but not archived on PC. The archive option will appear when you select a chat or group on the main screen.

25. Advanced message searches within each chat

If you have an endless conversation with someone and then you need to find a specific thing that they said to you, Telegram has the option to allow you to search for things in a chat.

You will be able to search both by words and by dates, which will enable you to find what they told you in a chat, whether you only remember one or two words or the day they told you.

When you are in a conversation, click on the three-dot button at the top right, and in the drop-down menu, choose the Search option.

When you are in the search options, above you have the terms to find, and below, you have a button with a calendar icon and a magnifying glass to open the calendar and choose the day on which you want to focus the search.

26. Pin phrases or links in a chat or group

And if you don’t want to go looking for important messages when you’re in a group, you always have the option to pin them so that they are clearly visible.

To do this, it is enough to simply click on the message on the mobile or right-click on the PC app and choose the Pin option. When you go into the group options later, you will be able to see the pinned messages.

27. Reply and forward specific messages.

Two quick little tricks to interact with a message. The first is to answer it. When you are talking a lot with someone and want to be clear when responding to something specific, click on the message you want to reply to and choose the Reply option. When you post your reply, you will also include the message you are replying to.

When you click on a message, you will also see the Forward option in that menu that appears. With it, you can send that same message to someone, including the name of the person who said it. Do you have a gossipy friend? That way, you can know what so-and-so told you.

28. Create your GIFs

Here’s a little trick that not everyone knows, and that is that Telegram gives you the ability to create GIFs automatically. Forget about going through third-party applications to create a GIF from a video you record because you can do everything from the record and send video options.

  • First, open the Telegram camera to record a video and send it.
  • After recording the video, you will arrive at a screen where you can edit it before sending it.
  • On the editing screen, click on the button to remove the sound from the video.
  • And that’s it; when you send it, Telegram will convert it into a GIF, and you can also download it in that format.

29. Telegram includes an automatic emoji search engine.

Another little curiosity, Telegram suggests emojis when you write words in a kind of internal search engine for this type of image. If, for example, you write “heart,” a window will open above the text field with emojis related to the word that you can choose from to replace it.

30. Telegram as a music player

Another of the not-so-well-known utilities that Telegram can have is to become your music player.

Simply send yourself MP3 files with the songs or audios you want to listen to, and when you do, the application will show you control, such as pausing music and going to the next or the previous one.

And the best thing is that if you send several songs, the application will detect them as a list and will allow you to play them in a loop or even activate multimedia playback.

It might be a bit awkward, but if you have a handful of songs on PC, you can send them to yourself and listen to them later on mobile.

31. Control What Gets Automatically Downloaded

If you use Telegram from time to time, it never hurts to control the space you are spending on your mobile or the data of your rate that you are burning with the exchange of files. However, Telegram has an option to help you control data and storage, so you don’t overspend.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap Settings.
  • Once in the Settings, click on Data and storage.
  • In Data usage, you can see all the statistics of the data spent on the mobile rate or WiFi for your files.
  • You can also control when multimedia files are automatically downloaded or what type of content is played automatically.

32. You also have stickers to give and take

And if there is something that gives games on Telegram, it is its stickers. It is a much more comfortable system to use than WhatsApp since you can click directly on the URL of a sticker pack to install it in the application or press and hold your finger to download it automatically. Here you have free sticker packs for Telegram, so you can download them whenever you want.

The app also allows you to create your sticker packs. In this case, the pack is assembled through a bot; no third-party apps are needed, although the images will have to be edited first. Here is a step-by-step on creating your stickers so you can do it relatively easily.

33. Use your built-in browser.

Telegram also has an internal browser to visit any website without leaving the app and entering your mobile browser. When they send you a link, you will see the Instant view option below to open it. When you’re on the web, you’ll also have an option to open it in your mobile browser.

If you are not convinced by this option, by entering the chat settings within the application settings, you will see the option called Use internal browser, which you can deactivate to open the links whenever you have installed and configured them on your mobile.

34. YouTube videos in a floating window

Telegram also has a system where you can watch YouTube videos in a floating window, making it possible to continue doing things and chatting in the application without stopping watching the video.

It is something similar to the Picture in Picture mode that came with Android 8.0 Oreo but did not require this version of Android.

  • When they send you a YouTube link, click on the video box and not on the link.
  • The video will open at the bottom of the app.
  • Below the video, you will have two options; the first has a box icon in the corner of another to open it in a floating window.
  • To its right is the copy icon, which will close the video and copy its link.

35. Send your location in real-time.

Telegram also has options to share your location. You can do it in two ways, the first by simply sharing where you are at that moment, and the second by sending your location in real-time.

This second means that the person you send the link to will be able to see your updated location at all times, perfect for knowing when you arrive at your destination.

  • When you’re in a chat, click on the clip icon to share.
  • In the menu that appears, choose the Location option.
  • The app will geo-position you and give you two options, send your current location or real-time location.
  • If you choose to share your location in real-time, you can choose to share it for 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours.

36. Create your broadcast channel.

Telegram is not just for chatting with other people. You can also create a broadcast channel for other people to join. They will not be able to talk to each other, but everyone will be able to read what you have to say.

  • On the main screen, tap on the menu button at the top right or display it by sliding your finger from the left part of the screen to the center.
  • In the options column, tap New channel.
  • Put a name and a photo to the channel, and hit accept.
  • Decide whether to make the channel public or private so that everyone or only those with an invite link can join.
  • You can also create the permalink for the channel.

37. Turn it into a personal blog.

And if you are not satisfied with sharing plain text posts on Telegram and want to give them a bit of formatting, its managers have created a microblogging platform with which to create posts in Markdown format and be able to share them on Telegram. It’s called Telegraph, and you don’t need to register or create any kind of account to use it.

Technically, Telegraph is designed to create articles and share them directly on Telegram through its instant views. Anyone can read those posts within a conversation without having to open external windows.

To use it, all you have to do is enter the web from your mobile, add a title and the name you want to use, and write the article. As long as your browser session is open, your posts can be edited, and they will all be anonymous.

38. There is a search engine for popular channels.

But the channel system goes far beyond your personal use since, in many media, we use them as a feed to share our news with you.

There are so many that Telegram has made it easy for users to discover them with a channel search engine. To access it, click on the magnifying glass icon on the application’s main screen and write a name.

When you do, in addition to people with matching usernames, you will also be able to find channels. As there are also thematic channels, don’t be afraid to search by the name of a hobby or product, you could be surprised by the results.

39. Groups, supergroups, and URLs to share them.

In Telegram, you can create groups or supergroups, where all new members can see the history and up to 200,000 users can participate.

The creator of the supergroup can appoint administrators with limited privileges and create a reasonably large, engaging, and organized community.

Telegram has hundreds of groups; some are public, but others are private, which you can only access through an invitation URL.

These addresses are customizable if the group is public. If you are thinking of getting many friends together to talk about a topic, Telegram is an option to keep in mind.

40. GIFs everywhere

Telegram also has its own built-in GIF search engine, which plays with Giphy.com ‘s database. To use this search engine, all you have to do is click on the GIF icon to the left of the text field or directly type @gif followed by the search words to preview the results. Once you see the one you want to use, click on it, and that’s it.

41. Automate Telegram with IFTTT

IFTTT is a page with which you can create and program actions between different applications. If you do anything with an application, it automatically interacts with it. And among the applications supported by this portal is Telegram.

You have all kinds of recipes to automate Telegram: from sharing a location if we mark it on Foursquare, sending photos by Telegram if we upload a photo to a social network, or receiving an email when someone posts a new message on a channel to which we are subscribed. The possibilities are huge and easy to implement through the @ifttt bot.

42. A bot system to add interactions

That despite IFTTT, channels, and groups, you do not have enough functions in Telegram? Well, here are the bots to add even more interactions.

All you have to do is search for or mention the bot you want to use, and by clicking on its name, you will open a private conversation with it to use it. You can learn how to create your Telegram bot, and here are a few that may be useful to you.

  • @youtube: Find the video you are looking for on Youtube.
  • @wiki: Search the Wikipedia encyclopedia.
  • @YTaudiobot: Download the audio of the Youtube video.
  • @TweetItBot: Tweet from Telegram.
  • @ytranslatebot: translation via Yandex.
  • @rollembot: dice thrower.
  • @wolframbot : Wolfram Alpha assistant.
  • @dotobot: create a list of notes.
  • @calcubot: quick calculator.
  • @politibot: for lovers of politics.
  • @pollrbot – Create simple polls.
  • @SciHubBot – Search for scientific papers.

43. There are also minigames.

Thanks to the excellent bot platform, Telegram is also an application with a vast number of mini-games, some of them of excellent quality. In part, it reminds us of the mythical MSN Messenger that many took advantage of to play.

Thanks to the @gamebot and @gamee bots, you can find more than 30 mini-games developed in HTML5 of all kinds to kill time.

44. And even use spoilers in conversations.

We will not make a section for each bot, but this one deserves it. It’s SpoilerzBot ‘s, and it allows you to create a spoiler system for any conversation.

The only thing you have to do is write with the structure @spoilerzbot Spoiler topic:: Text you want to send, and after choosing a level of importance, you will share that spoiler in the chat wherever you are.

Also, if you open a conversation with the bot and type the /image command, you will start the process of sending someone an image spoiler, so the photo you add will only be seen if they click a button. Perfect for chats and groups where series are frequently discussed.

45. You can use Telegram on ALL platforms.

And we finish by reminding you that one of the main advantages of Telegram is that you can use it on practically any operating system, and it doesn’t need to be linked directly to your mobile, as it happens with WhatsApp.

If you go to Telegram.org/apps, you will see native applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, macOS, Linux, and even a web client. You can log into more than one client at a time to send things to yourself.

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