Slowly and surely, Telegram has become one of the most popular messaging services in the world. Telegram owes this success to not only the extra security that it brings over its rivals like WhatsApp, but also the tons of new features that the service keeps on adding. However, the introduction of new features on a regular basis also means that some of them are pretty hidden and normal users don’t know anything about them. We want to solve that problem. That’s why we are bringing the 15 best Telegram tricks that every user should know:
15 Best Telegram Messenger Tricks
1. Turn Off Notifications for Individual Contacts
We all have that one person that annoys us by sending too many forwarded messages. Well, Telegram makes it really easy to silence such a contact. Just open the chat and tap on the profile photo of the contact.
Now tap on Notifications and mute the contact for either a custom period of time or forever. I generally leave it for forever.
2. Change Phone Numbers
One of the things that I love about Telegram is that the service gives me an easy way to change my phone number attached to my account without making me lose all my previous chats. If you also want to switch your Telegram number, it’s pretty easy to do. First, tap on Settings and then tap on your mobile number.
Here, Telegram will give you some information about what happens when you change your number. Basically, all your messages will be moved to the new number and your new number will be automatically added to all your existing Telegram contacts, barring the blocked contacts. It’s way easier then re-sharing your new number with everyone. To change the number, tap on the “Change Number”, enter the new number and follow the process on your screen.
3. Use Multiple Telegram Accounts
With the latest updates, Telegram also allows users to have multiple accounts. This is great for people like me who like to keep their work and personal accounts separate. To add a new account, tap on the arrow beside your name and tap on Add Account.
After you have done, that all you need to do is enter your new number and then follow the process on your screen. Once you have created your account, you can switch between your accounts by clicking on the down arrow and selecting the account that you want to choose.
4. Custom Theme Telegram
The fact that Telegram allows users to create and install their custom theme makes using the service a joy. Basically, you can customize your Telegram app to look however you want it to. To create your own theme go to Settings->Theme and tap on “Create New Theme”.Here, first add a custom Name of your Theme and then tap OK.
Once you have added your theme, you will see a new paint button has appeared at the top. Tap on it and then you will see the names of different elements that you can edit.
To edit any element’s color, tap on it and then select your desired color. Once you are done editing, tap on Save Theme and your customized theme will be saved and applied.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of customizing your own theme and still want to theme your Telegram, you can do that too. To do that, tap on the search icon and search for the word Themes. In the results, tap on Android Themes Channel. The channel houses the list of all the themes that people create and share. Just scroll to find the one you like. Once you find a theme that you like, tap on the download icon. Once it’s downloaded, tap on it again and then tap on Apply button.
And Now you have your own newly themed Telegram. There are so many themes on the Android Themes channel that you can change them daily and still won’t run out of them in years, so enjoy!!
5. Enable Auto-Night Mode
If you like to use dark themes only in the night so that the app doesn’t blind you, enabling auto-night mode can save you a lot of hassle. Once you turn the auto-night mode on, the app will automatically switch to dark mode at the scheduled time. To enable auto-night mode go to Settings->Themes and tap on Auto-Night Mode. Here you can select between Automatic and Scheduled.
If you select the Scheduled option, the auto-night mode will kick in at a pre-defined time which you can change. If you select the Automatic mode, the auto-night mode will start depending on the ambient light. You can slide the slider to select at what percentage of the ambient lighting do you want the night mode to start at. Personally, I prefer the scheduling option, however you can use the one you like.
6. Customize Chat Backgrounds
Telegram also allows you to customize the chat background image. To do that open Settings and tap on “Chat Background”. Here select that background that you want and tap on the checkmark button at the top right to apply it.
There are tons of backgrounds to choose from so just try it out a couple of times to find the one which not only looks great but also allows the chats to pop making it easier for you to read them.
7. Lock Your Chats
There’s no denying the fact that Telegram became as popular as it is because of its focus on privacy. The service not only provides end-to-end encryption on the server side of the things but also allows users to lock their chats. This is great for safeguarding your personal chats when you are handing out your device to anyone else.
To lock a chat go to Settings->Privacy and Security->Passcode Lock and enable it. Once you create a passcode and enable it, you will be able to lock and unlock your chats by tapping on the lock icon at the top right of the app.
8. Delete Sent Messages for Everyone
Before WhatsApp introduced its new feature which allows users to delete sent messages, Telegram already had this feature. To delete a sent message, tap and hold on a message to select it and tap on the trashcan icon at the top right. In the pop-up window select the option to delete the messages for receiving party and tap on delete. Do remember that this feature is the only available for the first 48 hours of sending the message. Once you pass the threshold, you won’t be able to delete the sent messages.
9. Pin Messages in Channels
As you might now, Telegram allows you to create Channels which is a tool for broadcasting public messages to large audiences. The basic difference between a group and a Channel is the fact that a Channel can have unlimited numbers and the messages you sent inside a Channel are marked with the Channel name and not yours. However, if your channel is very large, it might become difficult to broadcast a message which is ready by everyone before it is lost in other messages. To solve this problem, you can pin messages inside a Channel. To pin a message, just tap on it and tap on Pin. Now the message will always be on top before the reader removes them.
10. Use Hashtags to Organize Your Chats
A great way to organize your chats inside a group or channel is by using hashtags. When you use a hashtag in a message, that word becomes searchable allowing you to see all the messages relating to that topic. For example, if the group is discussing the new Avengers movie, everyone can use the Avengers hashtag. If you want to see all the messages in one location, you can just tap on the hashtag and all the messages with that hashtag will come up.
11. Upload Multiple Profile Photos
Did you know that Telegram allows you to upload multiple profile photos? Well, if you didn’t, I am going to show you how you can do that. All you need to do is open the Settings app and tap on the Camera icon to upload a photo. Do that again and you can upload the second photo without removing the first photo. You can do that as many times as you want to upload as many pictures as you want.
For your viewers, the latest picture will be profile picture but they can swipe to see rest of your photos as shown in the image below.
12. Share Live Location
Just like WhatsApp, Telegram also allows you to share live location with your contacts. This is a very handy feature which I personally use on a regular basis. To share your live location with someone, first open the chat and tap on the attachment button. Now, tap on location.
Here you will get the option to share either your current location or your live location. Select the live location option and then select the time limit for which your location will be shared with the person. Now, all you need to do is hit that share button to share your live location.
13. Stop GIFs from Autoplaying
While GIFs are a good way to share your emotions without words, if you receive a ton of them, their ability to autoplay can cause a lot of problems. To stop GIFs from autoplaying, go to Settings and scroll down to find the Autoplay GIFs options and disable it.
14. Use a Proxy Server
Telegram also allows you to use a proxy server which comes in really handy if you want to either protect your data from state organizations or live in a country where Telegram is banned. To set up a proxy server, go to Settings->Data and Storage, and scroll down to find Proxy Settings. Tap on it, and fill all the required information to use Telegram on a proxy server.
15. Use Telegram X
Recently Telegram launched a new Telegram X app for iOS and Android, which aimed at bringing a more modern user interface which not only looks good but is also user-friendly. The app also brings significant improvements to the app’s speed and animations. I personally prefer the new Telegram X application and highly recommend that you guys check it out.
Bonus: Create Your Own Custom Masks
One obscure feature of Telegram is that the service allows you to create custom mask. Yes, you can create your own custom masks and use them on your selfies to share with your friends. To create a custom masks, first, search for @stickers and tap on it to open the bot.
Now, in the message field type /newmasks, which will intimate the process of creating the new mask. Now all you need to do is follow the instruction from the bot and you will be able to create your new mask. If you have any problem in following the steps, do let us know in the comments section and we will be happy to help you out.
Use These Telegram Messenger App Tricks
Well, those were our favorite Telegram Messenger tricks. Do let us know which is your favorite trick amongst them all. Also, if you have discovered a new trick in Telegram Messenger which is not on the list, don’t forget to share it with us and the community by dropping it down in the comments section below.