Telegram Tips
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Free space. Telegram requires next to no storage space to run on your device.

Go to Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage to selectively clear your cache – or set Keep Media to regularly remove unused items. Media and files stay available to re-download whenever needed.

On Android, you can also store your Telegram data on your SD Card.

Here’s what the iOS version looks like, with additional settings like a Maximum Cache Size.
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Polls. To create a poll in your groups or channels, open the 📎 attachment menu and choose “Poll”.

Polls can be anonymous or have visible votes, showing who voted for what. You can also create multiple answer and quiz-style polls.
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Delete Without a Trace

Messages, chats, call history and groups you created can be completely deleted at any time. Simply make your selection and check the box to delete for all participants – deleted items leave no trace, giving you full control over your digital footprint.
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Global Search. Use the search field at the top of your chat list to find people by their usernames, as well as messages or media from all your chats.

Global Search also shows public channels and groups that you are welcome to join.

On iOS, swipe down on your chat list to reveal the search bar.
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Trending Stickers. Tap the (+) button in the sticker panel to see packs that are relevant for the season – or a certain day, like Valentine’s Day.
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Your phone number is hidden. By default, it is only visible to your contacts. In groups and chats, you will appear to people who don't know you as your chosen name.

If you create a username, people can find your profile and get in contact with you – without needing to know your phone number.
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Auto-Delete. Set a timer in any chat to automatically erase messages 1 day, 1 week or 1 month after sending.

The timer only affects the messages sent after it is enabled, and can be modified at any time.
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Home Screen Widgets. Add custom widgets to your home page that show a preview of recent messages, or just a shortcut to your chats.

All widgets display unread message counters and instantly open the chat when tapped.
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Invite Links. Share unique links inside or outside of Telegram to let other users instantly join your group or channel.

In addition to the permanent link, you can create multiple links with custom properties – like a limited duration or number of uses. Any invite link can also be converted into a QR Code.
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Imported Messages. You can move chats from other apps to Telegram and keep all your memories in one place.

When importing chats, if the destination chat on Telegram is new or has less than 1000 messages, everything will be seamlessly sorted by its original date and time.
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Invite by QR Code. Convert an invite link for your group or channel into a scannable QR code to send and share anywhere.
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Send Without Compression. Photos and videos can be sent at their full quality and size – up to 2 GB per file.

On Android, tap 📎 > File > Gallery
On iOS, tap 📎 > File > Photo or Video
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Preview Chats. Press and hold a chat’s profile picture on Android to pull up a preview of its messages – without marking messages as read.

On iOS, press and hold anywhere on the chat. This also opens up a menu with additional actions and lets you scroll inside the preview.
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Limitless Voice Chats. Group and Channel admins can start a voice chat to bring an unlimited number of people together for live talks, podcasts and more.

Specific invite links let users instantly join as a listener or speaker, and listeners can raise their hand if they want to add to the conversation.

Your bio text is visible in the list, which you can use to add info or ask questions. For voice chats in channels, you can join with your personal account or appear as one of your channels for extra privacy.

Voice chats in groups support video – participants can turn on their camera or share their screen from any device.
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Chat List Swipe Gestures. In Settings, Android users can assign a specific action to swiping left in the chat list – like mute, pin, delete, archive or mark as read.

By default, iOS users can swipe right to pin or mark as read, and swipe left to mute, delete or archive.
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Record Live Audio. Admins can tap Start Recording to save audio from Live Streams and Video Chats – even if no one decided to turn on their camera.

The audio file is instantly sent to the admin’s Saved Messages chat, ready to share with their audience. When users are sharing their camera feed or screen, video recording is also available.

You can start recording from any device – simply tap or to open the broadcast menu.
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Groups. Up to 200,000 people can talk, text and share media in group chats.

Groups can be private or public and offer powerful admin tools to manage discussions of any size. In Broadcast Groups, the number of read-only members is unlimited.

To see what your community thinks about hot topics or current events, try creating a poll or starting a video chat.
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Broadcast Groups. Groups that are close to 200k members can convert to a Broadcast Group with no member limit.

After converting the group, only admins can send messages but all members can read along and participate in voice chats.