Telegram Tips
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Telegram stands for freedom and privacy and has many easy to use features.
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Anonymous Forwarding. In your Privacy Settings, you can control who is able to forward your messages by selecting a category like 'My Contacts' or adding exceptions.

When a message is forwarded by someone you allow, it will contain a link to your account – opening your profile when tapped. Messages forwarded by anyone else cannot link back to your account.

When forwarding messages, you are able to hide sender names and media captions.
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Bulk Actions. Multiple chats can be pinned, muted, archived or deleted in one tap.

Press and hold a chat in your list to select it, then tap any others you'd like to include. You can also drag pinned chats to change their order.

On Android, themenu has more options like mark as read or add to folder.

On iOS you can do the same by tapping the Edit button in the top left corner.
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Badge Counter Settings. By default, badges show the number of unread messages.

In Settings > Notifications and Sounds you can configure the counter to exclude channels or show only the number of unread chats.
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Live Location. Share your live location to let contacts or group members follow you on your journey.

When multiple group members share their live location, they all appear on the same map. From the map, you can set an alert that will notify you when your friends are close.

Live location is only shared for as long as you choose, and only in the chats you send it to. You can see in which chats your live location is still active from the chat list and can stop sharing it at any time.
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GIF Panel. Featuring a Trending section and emoji-based tabs, quickly find a GIF to match the moment with a simple search and scroll.

GIFs you’ve recently sent appear in their own tab for easy access, and you can long press on your favorites to save them for future use.
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Search Results as a List. The Search function allows you to easily jump between messages containing a keyword – or sent by a particular person, or even from a certain day. Tap the number in the bottom bar to open list view and see all the results on one page.
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Search Filters. To quickly find specific photos, videos or documents, tap on the tabs in Global Search.

This lets you refine search results by keyword, source, media type and time period.
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Push-to-Talk Shortcuts. Set a preferred key to toggle your microphone in Telegram Desktop or Telegram for macOS.
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Voice Chat Widget. Android users can enable a widget to control their microphone and see who’s talking even when Telegram is in the background.
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Voice Chats. Telegram groups also support persistent voice and video chats, which members can join or leave at any time.

After joining, you’re free to move around the app and browse other chats – the microphone controls stay on screen to quickly mute or unmute yourself.

To also share your camera feed or screen, simply tap the camera icon.
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Video Calls. Start a one-on-one video call with a user from their profile page for a little face-to-face communication.

You can switch your video on or off at any time, and are free to multitask in other chats – video calls support Picture-in-Picture mode.

All voice and video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on screen. If they match with your partner’s, your call is 100% secure.
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Profile Videos. You can upload both photos and videos to your profile, showing off all your good sides.

Select a video from your gallery, edit or decorate it with the built-in tools, then drag across the timeline to select a frame for your static picture in chats.

Profile videos play when someone opens your profile – except for Premium users, whose videos animate throughout the app.
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Profiles. Tapping the chat header opens a user’s profile. There you can see their profile pictures and bio, make a voice or video call – and access shared media.

From a user’s profile, you can modify notification settings and auto-delete, set a unique theme for the chat and more.

Groups and Channels have profiles as well – they’re called info pages.
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People Nearby. If you’re looking to connect with people in your community, head over to Contacts > People Nearby to see adventurous Telegram users in your area.

You can join in by tapping Make Myself Visible, which adds your profile to the list so other users can send you a message.

If you’re no longer in the mood to mingle, tap Stop Showing Me at any time to remove yourself from the list.
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Add people nearby. Quickly exchange contact info with Telegram users who are standing next to you (and also have this section open).
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Timestamps. If you add a timestamp like 0:05 to a video caption or reply, it will be automatically highlighted as a link. Tapping on a timestamp will play the video from the right spot.

Timestamps are supported on Telegram videos and for messages with YouTube links, in case you want to mark your favorite moments.
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Audio Playback Speeds. Tap to enable 2x playback speed for voice messages, podcasts and long audio files. Press and hold the 2x button to choose other speeds such as 0.5x and 1.5x.

Don’t worry if you don’t finish listening – your progress is automatically saved for later.

Multiple playback speeds are also available for videos in the media player and video messages.
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Partial Selection. Any part of a message can be selected specifically and copied – making it easier to search and share.

On Android, press and hold to select a message, then hold again to select text.

Here's how it looks on iOS.
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Media Editor: Custom Emoji. Every user can decorate photos and videos with custom emoji and Premium stickers – even if they don’t have Telegram Premium.

Custom emoji are also free for everyone to use in their Saved Messages, adding extra emotion or unique icons to notes and reminders.
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Language Settings. The interface language of your app can be changed independently of your device’s system language.

More than 25 official languages are supported in Settings > Language – with dozens more available as shareable beta versions from the Translations Platform.
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Hide Your Account. By default, your phone number is hidden to everyone but your contacts.

The only way for a user to see your profile is to know your phone number, username, or if they are in a group chat with you.

In your Privacy Settings, you can make your phone number visible to Nobody, which opens an extra setting: Who Can Find Me By My Number?

By setting Who Can Find Me to My Contacts, if anyone other than your contacts searches for your phone number, it will appear as if your account does not exist.