Telegram is a chat app just like Whats App. The good thing about telegram is that it has a lot of features missing in Whats App. The Telegram app was created by Pavel Durov founder of VKontakte, the largest European social media site. Pavel founded Telegram with his brother Nikolai Durov.
Since its inception, Telegram has over 100 million downloads on the Google PlayStore. Telegram is free to use and does not contain any form of adverts in it. The app is secure and it’s the fastest messaging app in the market. A trial will convince you.
Telegram App Features
Like I said earlier, Telegram comes with a lot of unique features. Below are some of the features of Telegram app.
Telegram states it crystal clear that your privacy is their priority. They will never share your data with any third party whatsoever.
Apart from the Telegram android app and Telegram iPhone app, there is also a Telegram web app and software for windows or Mac. When you log in from any of the versions, your messages are synced on all devices.
The Gif images are more deliberate. On Whats App, Gif images have to download as videos on a device before you can view them but the case is different here. Gif images play within the platform and there are so many fun Gif images to choose from.
Telegram does not save messages or media files on your device. Everything is saved in the cloud. Even if a device is low on memory storage, that device can still use it. You could also send any kind of file type and file size on this wonderful app.
Telegram groups allow administrators to manage up to 5000 members. Members can share large video files, documents of any type and size. A telegram group is a good tool for hosting teams and online communities.
Bots are like robots that perform specific tasks. They are third party applications that run inside Telegram. The Telegram app supports bots in groups and for other specific functions. For example, there are bots that automatically bans any group member that posts a link to a group, there are bots that welcome new members to a group and there are also telegram bots that can send you the weather forecast. isn’t that cool?
Do you want to get updates on a particular niche or blog? The Telegram channel is just what you need. Telegram channels are tools to broadcast/send messages to a larger audience. The channel can have an unlimited number of followers. New members can also see the entire chat history when they join a channel.
Just like most instant messaging apps, you can make calls on Telegram but there is something unique about this one. Telegram uses Artificial Intelligence to boost the audio quality of the voice calls without exhausting much of users’ mobile data. The voice calls are also secure and encrypted.
A user can also have secret chats with contacts. Telegram secret chats are end-to-end encrypted, leaves no traces on the telegram server, secret chat messages cannot be forwarded and the message disappears after a specific timing.
Download Telegram App
Whatever device you use, there is a telegram app for it. Check the download links below to download Telegram for your device.
Telegram Login: How to create Telegram account and login
After downloading the Telegram app on a mobile device, click on start messaging and select country, enter the mobile phone number. The user will receive a verification SMS from telegram to confirm the phone number. Input the verification code to verify the phone number.
Telegram also has a web-based platform (Telegram web) where you can chat online from any PC with internet connection. A user can log into Telegram web by using the Telegram web login link at web.telegram.org.
Select country and type in the mobile phone number in the space provided. You will receive a verification code from Telegram, enter the code before the timer runs out. All messages on the Telegram web version will sync automatically with your other devices. Though, there are some features that are not available on Telegram web. Features like Voice call and secrete chat are not available.
How to send a Telegram Message
To send a message on Telegram, click on the three stripes at the top-left corner, scroll down to contacts and click on it. Scroll through the list of contacts available on Telegram, select your choice, type your message in the space provided for and click the arrow beside the space for text to send.
Send Secrete Telegram message
One of the features of Telegram is the ability to send secret messages. A secret message is a message that disappears after a moment from when it is sent to the receiver. The messages are not saved on Telegram server.
To send secret telegram message, click on the three stripes at the top-left corner and click “New secret chat”, select the contact you want to secrete chat with and click on the name. Click on the horizontal three stripes at the top-right corner and select “Set Self-destruct timer”, select how long you want the message to display before it disappears and click done. The contact you want to chat with must accept the secret chat invitation before the chat can begin. See Gif Image below for more.
Please note that secrete chat only works on the mobile version, it does not work for Telegram web or desktop/Pc or Mac.
How to Make Telegram Voice call
Recently, Telegram added the voice call feature to its platform. Telegram voice call is available to users in Europe, Africa, North and South America. Users have to upgrade older versions of Telegram to at least version 3.18 to enjoy the voice call feature.
Both users must have an upgraded version of the Telegram app that supports voice call to enjoy the feature.
You can use two different Telegram apps on one Android phone; check out our post on how to use two Whats App on one android phone. The trick also works for Telegram.
Telegram is one of the best messaging apps in the app stores. Don’t wait years for older messengers to catch up, join Telegram today.