Telegram groups can have up to 200,000 members each and are extremely powerful communication tools. Here are a few key features that make them stand out in the messaging world:
Edit your messages after posting, delete them so that they disappear for everyone.
Access your messages anytime, from any number of your mobile or desktop devices.
Find the message you’re looking for, even among millions. Filter by sender to make searching easier.
Replies, mentions, hashtags
Easily trace a conversation and keep communication efficient, no matter the group size.
Mute the group to get notifications only when people mention you or reply to your messages.
You can pin any message to be displayed at the top of the chat screen. All members will get a notification — even if they muted ordinary messages from your group.
Appoint administrators that can mass-delete messages, control membership, and pin important messages. Define their admin privileges with granular precision.
Set default permissions to restrict all members from posting specific kinds of content. Or even restrict members from sending messages altogether – and let the admins chat amongst themselves while everybody else is watching.
Send and receive files of any type, up to 1,5 GB in size each, access them instantly on your other devices.
Q: What’s the difference between groups and channels?
Buy Telegram group members are ideal for sharing stuff with friends and family or collaboration in small teams. But groups can also grow very large and support communities of up to 200,000 members. You can make any group public, toggle persistent history to control whether or not new members have access to earlier messages and appoint administrators with granular privileges. You can also pin important messages to the top of the screen so that all members can see them, including those who have just joined.
Channels are a tool for broadcasting messages to large audiences. In fact, a channel can have an unlimited number of subscribers. When you post in a channel, the message is signed with the channel’s name and photo and not your own. Each message in a channel has a view counter that gets updated when the message is viewed, including its forwarded copies.
Q: How do I create a group?
iOS: Start a new message (tap the icon in the top right corner in Chats) > ‘New Group’.
Android: Tap the circular pencil icon in the chat list > ‘New Group’.
Telegram Desktop: Click the menu button in the top left corner > ‘New Group’.
Q: Can I assign administrators?
Telegram groups are democratic by design. Everyone can invite new members and change the group‘s name and photo, which is ideal for small bands of friends or coworkers. For larger communities that need more administration, we’ve introduced a special restricted mode.
In the restricted mode, only administrators can add new people and change the name and photo of the group. You can define their admin privileges with granular precision – from deleting messages to appointing new administrators.
iOS: Go to Group Info (tap the photo in the top right corner on the group‘s chat screen) — Edit — Add Admins. Disable ‘All Members Are Admins’ and appoint admins from the list.
Android: Go to Group Info (tap the name in the header) — … (in the top right corner) — Set Admins. Disable ‘All Members Are Admins’ and appoint admins from the list.
Telegram Desktop: When in the group, click ‘…’ in the top right corner > ‘Manage group’ > ‘Manage administrators’. Disable ‘All Members Are Admins’ and appoint people from the list.
Q: How do I add more members? What’s an invite link?
You can add your contacts, or using search by username.
It is easy to migrate existing groups to Telegram by sending people an invite link. To create an invite link, go to Group Info > Add Member > Invite to Group via Link.
Anyone who has Telegram installed will be able to join your group by following this link. If you choose to revoke the link, it will stop working immediately.
Usernames and t.me
Q: What are usernames? How do I get one?
You can set up a public username on Telegram. It then becomes possible for other users to find you by that username — you will appear in contacts search under ‘global results’. Please note that people who find you will be able to send you messages, even if they don’t know your number. If you are not comfortable with this, we advise against setting up a username in Telegram.
You can set up a username in Settings and use the universal search box in the chat list to search for chats, messages, and usernames.
Q: How does t.me work?
Once you’ve set up a username, you can give people a t.me/username link. Opening that link on their phone will automatically fire up their Telegram app and open a chat with you. You can share username links with friends, write them on business cards or put them up on your website.
This way people can contact you on Telegram without knowing your phone number.