Telegram tips and tricks

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Telegram, an app launched in 2013 by brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, was seen as the rival of WhatsApp, when it was launched but continuous improvements and innovative cool features addition have made Telegram, as one of the top messenger services. Later we will see also, Telegram tips and tricks.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) listed Telegram on its “Secure Messaging Scorecard” in February 2015. Although competition among messenger services providers is very stiff, the telegram has certainly placed its foot strongly and powerfully. Now, Let’s look at some awesome cool Telegram tips and tricks, and understand why it is slowly taking over its rivals.

Chat: Look and Feel

1.     Increase Text Size

Often, you see, continuous usage of any messenger app with default text size can lead to eye strain. So, Telegram takes care of that and allows you to change message text size.

Go to Settings -> Chat Settings -> Message Text Size

Increase Text Size

You can change text size from 12 to 30 (default – 16).

2.     Auto-Night Mode

Dark mode/Night mode has become Cool and nicest feature to have in an app and Telegram is no behind. So, you can enable Auto-Night mode from Settings and it falls in the most desired Telegram tips and tricks list.

Go to Settings -> Chat Settings -> Auto-Night Mode

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Auto-Night Mode

You can set Auto-Night mode as Scheduled (Set a time which you prefer) or Automatic (Night theme switched on when Ambient light falls below a certain percentage).

3.     Chat Background Color

Enhance chat experience by making user-interface more colorful and interactive and you can do this by changing the background of the chat in 3 ways: Select image from Gallery, or set a Color, or Choose from provided gallery images.

Go to Settings -> Chat Settings -> Chat Background

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Chat Background Color

Last image shows how your chat experience will be, after changing chat background.

4.     Reply from notification itself

You are in the middle of something, may be watching videos or reading something, and suddenly message notification pops up, and then you have to switch to app to reply, isn’t that irritating? So, Telegram solves that issue too by allowing you to reply from the notification itself.

In the 1st image below, see a message (unseen). Now, replying for that message through notification itself.

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Reply from the notification itself

Once message sent, you can see in the last image, the message has been successfully received too.

Channels and Bots

1.     Search Channel Globally

Let’s see some interesting Telegram tips and tricks. One of the most popular and creative features provided by Telegram is to Create Channel. As various businesses, colleges, speakers, etc. have their own Telegram channels which they use to promote their content worldwide. Why it became popular? It’s because of the Search feature where once the channel created, it can be searched globally through Telegram app itself.

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Search Channel Globally

Search for keywords (e.g.: – “crackjobs”) and if the channel exists with that name, then it will appear below. Finally join the channel (e.g.: – CrackjobsInterview) and appreciate this awesome feature.

2.     Bots Installation and Usage

Another awesome, creative invention which is making Telegram more popular than most of its major rivals is the Bots feature, which you can use in one to one user chat also but it is mostly used in case of channels.

For almost every feature, there would be a bot already built, which you can use directly in chats and enhance the chat experience.

For e.g., (In case of channels particularly), there are bots for

  • Creating Polls
  • Dropping Mails
  • Creating Like and Dislike Buttons
  • Dictionary bots etc.

How to use?

  • Search in search engine for the Telegram bot keeping in mind the purpose you want to achieve
  • Once bot name is found, type the same in message box, e.g.: – “@job_bot”
  • Click on that typed message (“@job_bot”) [Bot switched on]
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Bots Installation and Usage
  • Follow the instructions and start using the bot

Even, Telegram has created @stickers bot to provide custom stickers apart from currently trending stickers.

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Bots Installation and Usage

Handling Calls

1.     Responding call with Text

You are in the middle of something important like meeting, and suddenly a call comes. What to do? Well, Telegram gives you an option to Respond with Text, where it gives you 4 blanks with suggestions too.

Go to Settings -> Data and Storage -> Calls -> Respond with Text

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Responding call with Text

2.     Set Proxy for calls

If Telegram is banned in your country or you want to protect your data, then telegram allows you to configure and set Proxy settings and Once Proxy details filled, you can set Proxy for Calls too.

Go to Settings -> Data and Storage -> Proxy Settings -> Use Proxy for Calls

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Set Proxy for calls

Account Related

1.     Change Number without worry

Telegram allows you to change previous telegram number to a new one with all your data, messages and contacts, intact and even your contacts will get your new number added to their address book and to enable:

Go to Settings -> Click on Number -> Change Number

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Change Number without worry

2.     Multiple Accounts can be created

Telegram allows you to create Multiple accounts inside one app only. Therefore, below you can see, two accounts have already been created and Add Account option is still there to add more such accounts.

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Multiple Accounts can be created

Security of Messages and Accounts

1.     Lock the chat with passcode

Data security is very important and One of the ways to achieve the same is through Passcode Lock which is once enabled, then before opening any chat, you have to enter the passcode for entering and viewing the chat.

Go to Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Passcode Lock

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Lock the chat with passcode

Once Passcode Lock in on, Enter the Pin to set the Passcode and you can also unlock with Fingerprint

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Lock the chat with passcode

You can manually Lock/Unlock Telegram Chat through Icon on the top

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Lock the chat with passcode

Once all set, reopen the Telegram and it will ask for Passcode

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Lock the chat with passcode

2.     Two step verification of account

Above security feature (Passcode Lock) was for Telegram chats, but what about Telegram account? Then, What if you want to make your account more secure? So, Telegram allows you to do this by enabling Two-Step Verification where you can set Additional Password for the account, which you will be asked for, at the time of logging in your account.

Go to Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Two-Step Verification

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Two step verification of account

Set the Password which can be changed later. Then, even you have the option to Turn off this feature on a single button click.

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Two step verification of account

After Configuring all things correctly, next time at the time of login to your Telegram account, it will ask you to enter the Password (set in the previous step)

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Two step verification of account

3.     Secret Chat

What if you want to make your chat more secure by encrypting it? You can achieve this in Telegram through Secret Chat feature because Secret Chat provides various features like:

  • Use end-to-end encryption for messages
  • Leave no trace on Telegram servers
  • Set a self-destruct timer for chats
  • Forwarding or Screenshots of chats are not allowed

So, why wait? Select New Secret Chat from left menu and start chatting secretly.

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Secret Chat

Advanced Features

1.     No Restriction of Group Members

Let’s see some advanced Telegram tips and tricks. Telegram allows to create groups and add members. Any limitations on the number of members’ addition? BIG NO and Telegram is miles ahead against its rivals in this field.

For instance, whenever you create a group, WhatsApp, the biggest player in messaging services world, allows you to add a maximum of 255 members while Telegram, on the other hand, allows you to add up to 200,000 members. This functionality has made many people switch from other messaging apps to Telegram.

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No Restriction of Group Members

2.     Notification Settings in details

Detailed notification settings have been provided by Telegram which you can enable/disable as per needs. After that, view settings below in the image, and you can configure this:

Go to Settings -> Notifications and Sounds -> In-app notifications

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Notification Settings in details

3.     Stop content from Auto playing

Often in messaging apps, as soon as we open any chat, videos or GIFs present in the chat will start playing which is quite irritating sometimes and Telegram resolves this issue by allowing you to configure and disable Auto-play media and Streaming options.

Go to Settings -> Notifications and Sounds -> Auto-play media/Streaming

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Stop content from Auto playing

These were some of the cool tips and tricks of telegram messenger, so, please share it with others and comment below and give your feedback.

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