Your phone number is hidden. By default, it is only visible to your contacts. In groups and chats, you will always appear as your chosen name.
If you create a username, people can find your profile and get in contact with you – without needing to know your phone number.
Global Search. Use the search field at the top of your chat list to find people by their usernames, as well as messages or media from all your chats.
Global Search also shows public channelsand groups that you are welcome to join.
Delete Without a Trace
Messages, chats, call history and groups you created can be completely deleted at any time. Simply make your selection and check the box to delete for all participants – deleted items leave no trace, giving you full control over your digital footprint.
Polls. To create a poll in your groups or channels, open the 📎 attachment menu and choose “Poll”.
Polls can be anonymous or have visible votes, showing who voted for what. You can also create multiple answer and quiz-style polls.
Free space. Telegram requires next to no storage space to run on your device.
Go to Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage to selectively clear your cache – or set Keep Media to regularly remove unused items. Media and files stay available to re-download whenever needed.
On Android, you can also store your Telegram data on your SD Card.
You can use the ‘Saved Messages’ chat to bookmark important messages, set reminders, store media, or send documents of up to 2GB each between your devices.
Whenever you forward a message, ‘Saved Messages’ will be at the top of the list.
To quickly access the chat on Android, swipe right for the Side Menu >Saved Messages. On iOS tap Settings >Saved Messages.
Telegram apps are standalone and synced with the cloud – all your messages and media are available everywhere you go.
Unfinished messages save as Cloud Drafts, so you can finish typing and send from any device. Try desktop.telegram.org or macos.telegram.org on your computer for the best experience.
Delivery status. One check = message delivered. Two checks = message read.
You can use Telegram on any number of devices at once, including computers and tablets. Simply log in using the same phone number to access all your messages – without keeping your phone connected.
Change Colors. You can choose from dozens of color schemes in Chat Settings (Appearance Settings on iOS).
For more artistic freedom, try the full Theme Editor – or find links to themes created by others.
Cloud Themes sync across your devices and have unique, shareable links. Everyone can make them in our Theme Editor.
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, our designers put together this tribute to an app that used to be independent:
Unsend anything. On Telegram you can “unsend” messages you have sent or received for both sides, and there is no time limit.
You can also delete any private chat entirely from both your and the other person's device with just two taps.
Emoji Suggestions. Android users can type any word in the message field to get relevant emoji suggestions.
On all platforms, you can also type : followed by a keyword to search for emoji like :heart
If we’re missing a keyword for an emoji in your language, feel free to suggest it here.
Scheduled messages. Hold the ‘Send’ button in any chat and select ‘Schedule Message’ to automatically send things at a specified time in the future (DeLorean not included).
If you can't guess what time would be good, choose to deliver the message when your recipient comes online.
Send when online. You can schedule messages to be sent when your recipient comes online. Slide your message in with the morning post – or time a duck sticker for the exact moment a meeting gets boring.
Reminders. If you schedule a message in your ‘Saved Messages’ chat, it will turn into a reminder. Be your own time-travelling secretary – whether it's about a dentist appointment next week, or waking up in time for pizza delivery.
Archived Chats. Swipe left on a chat to transfer it to your archived chats folder. When an archived chat gets a notification, it will pop out of the folder and back into your chat list. Muted chats will stay archived forever.
An unlimited number of chats can be pinned in your archive to keep messages there in the order you want.
Chat Folders. With work, studies, friends and family all in one app, a little organization goes a long way. Users can add chat folders to create separate tabs for specific chats so they never miss a message.
There are several preset options (like ‘Unread’), as well as custom folders that include and exclude chats by type and read status. For everything else, you can individually add and remove chats from a folder so they have everything you want and nothing that you don’t.
For even more control, folders support unlimited pins to always keep chats in your preferred order. To get started, go to Settings > Folders on any device. Oh, and they sync across all your devices 👍
Channels are a powerful tool for broadcasting messages to unlimited audiences.
Only admins are allowed to post updates, but you can add comments to engage with users – see @durov for example.
Channels are anonymous: posts show the name and photo of the channel, rather than the individual who posted them. The list of subscribers is also private and only visible to admins.
For dozens of other channel functions that couldn't fit here, check out our full guide.
Channel Comments. Channels with a linked Discussion Group have a comment button under each post, where both subscribers and visitors can share their thoughts on the latest updates.
Comments appear in their own separate threads, but also are posted in the discussion group to give admins and frequent participants a place to see every new comment in one place.
If you are not a member of the channel’s discussion group, notifications for replies to your comments are sent to a special chat called Replies.