Telegram is the most complete messaging application. In its eternal fight against WhatsApp, it may not have achieved so many users, but it has been offering us many more possibilities for a long time. Today it’s time to make a in-depth review of Telegram, with all the tricks that we have learned over several years of use.
After offering you all kinds of tricks for Google Calendar, GBoard or Pocket, here they go 40 tricks for Telegram. It is an extensive list but it has been easy since Telegram has hundreds of options in almost all sections. Tricks related to chats, with our contacts, with sending files, with GIFs, stickers, cloud storage, calls … without forgetting the best channels and bots.
The application founded by Pavel Durov in 2013 has constantly evolved and we do not doubt that it will continue to do so, so new tricks will have to be added in the future. Your application is used more than one hundred million users worldwide and the satisfaction index is very high. If you still have doubts or want to make the most of it, here are the best tips and tricks for Telegram.
25 TELEGRAM TRICKS TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT
1. Saved messages: chatting with yourself has never been so useful
One of the classic Telegram tricks is to open a chat with yourself. So that? Mainly for send all kinds of files quickly and sync between all devices. Perfect to send files between two mobiles or to pass captures or photos between the mobile and the PC. It also serves to save notes, messages or links that we want to read later. This option has recently been updated and now this personal chat is called “Saved Messages”.
2. Unlimited storage
Telegram is not only a messaging application. It also offers us unlimited storage in the cloud to save thousands of photos and files. All from an extremely simple interface and compatible with all types of files. In fact, Telegram allows the sending files up to 1.5GB.
3. Send voice memos and video messages
If in WhatsApp we have the popular voice notes, in Telegram we can send all kinds of sound and multimedia files. If we keep the microphone button pressed we will send a voice note, but if we also press we will be able to send an associated video. Besides these video messages we can activate from Settings the option of Raise to speak to be able to send voice notes only when lifting the mobile.
4. How to write in bold or italic
It will not be the most complex trick in the world but we are sure that many will want to know something like that. To be able to write in bold, italic or monospace we must simply place a series of symbols before and after each word like it’s Markdown. Specifically double asterisk for bold, cursor for italics and triple quotes for monospace.
- ** bold ** for bold font
- __cursive__ for italics
- “ `monospace“` to
5. Messages in drafts
Sometimes we don’t want to send a message but we do want to keep it in mind. These drafts on Telegram are cross-platform. Namely, If we start writing it on the mobile, it will appear on the computer or on another mobile even if we have not sent it. A way to send messages without leaving a trace since they are not even sent to the chat.
6. Customize the text size
From the Telegram settings we can customize the size of the text, from size 12 where we will see the letters in tiny up to size 30 for those who prefer large print. Simple and useful for example if we want an elderly person to use Telegram.
7. Access code to protect your messages
Since Settings> Privacy and Security> Access Code We can configure it to ask us for a PIN code every time Telegram is opened. Another option is to unlock it using your fingerprint. From this privacy option we can also lock screenshots or set the auto-lock for a specific period of time.
8. Destroy your Telegram account after period of inactivity
Telegram also allows you to self-destruct and lock the account after a period of inactivity that goes from the month to the year. If you do not connect in all that time, the account will be blocked and all the chats and messages associated with your phone number will be deleted.
9. Link a photo album to your avatar
With Telegram we also have the possibility to associate not only a photo, but an entire album to your avatar. When any user accesses your profile, they will be able to see more than one associated image. In fact, from this new option we can view previous photos that were set as avatar. Something similar to what exists in other social networks like the profile photo album.
10. Storage usage
When we send so many files and images from Telegram it is important to clear the cache from time to time and especially to establish when and what kind of files self-download depending on whether we are under mobile or Wi-Fi connections. This will help us spend less data and keep better track of what was spent.
11. Send photos quickly and choose your order
Sending photos from Telegram is very fast. Simply by clicking on the file clip we will get a preview with the latest photos that are on the device. This is very useful to send photos but it is also that when you click on them, some numbers will appear that will indicate the order of shipment.
12. This message will self-destruct in …
Since Telegram 4.2 we not only have secret chats with the possibility of sending messages that self-destruct, we can also send photos with an expiration date as well as GIFs or stickers. And it is that in Telegram fun and privacy are not at odds.
13. Edit and delete messages already sent
WhatsApp added the possibility of deleting messages sent between sender and receiver, but Telegram, as usual, had already had this option active for a long time. You just have to select the message and click delete. Very easy. If what we want is to edit it, also by clicking on the message, the edit option will appear just above the delete option.
14. Free voice calls from Telegram
From Telegram we can also make free voice calls under the internet. They work very well and the audio quality is good, although here we have to emphasize that it is still we are missing video calls, being officially Telegram the last to offer them.
15. Pin messages on favorite channels and chats
In order not to lose any information, there is the option to anchor. We can use it in messages where we are administrators. This message will be marked at the top of the chat regardless of what is written. Equivalently, we can also select a chat to anchor it in the first position of our list. In my case I have my own “Saved Messages” chat.
16. Choose who can see your last connection
Since Settings> Privacy and Security> Last connection we can establish who can see our last connection. Also from this section we will choose the privacy of our calls, who can add us to a group, block users and add exceptions to these rules. So we can show the connection for everyone except whoever we don’t want to.
17. Resize photos automatically
Telegram is my preferred application for automatically resize to 720 pixels wide the captures that I take with the mobile. In fact, these Android screenshots that you see have previously been automatically reduced by Telegram. This serves so that they all have the same size and do not occupy so much. If what we want is to send them with their original size, we will have to send them as a .jpg, .png or the corresponding file.
18. Create your own GIFS
Telegram allows you to send GIFs from the application’s own camera. We simply must send a video and mute it, then we can save it as a GIF. Another much faster and more fun option is to use the @gif bot that allows us to search among hundreds of Giphy GIFs.
19. Add emojis by name
If we do not want to send GIFs and simply with an emoji is enough we must know that Telegram suggests emojis from the name. If we write heart, the related ones will appear and if we press the “:” most of them will appear. In addition, these emojis will have their own associated sticker.
20. Add and send custom stickers
One of the most attractive additions to Telegram are the stickers. We have hundreds of them but we can also incorporate custom stickers. Sticker packs to express all kinds of emotions and ideas. Here we explain how to install them and where to find the best Stickers for Telegram.
21. Use Telegram as your music player
Telegram can also act as a music player. Simply send an mp3 file and you can play it directly, with pause, forward and reverse functions. The idea is that if we have several songs Telegram will detect it as a list and will allow us to play them in a loop or randomly. And this application also has a good creative commons music community.
22. Telegram internal browser
Telegram’s goal is power surf the internet without leaving your application. In the same way that other apps like Twitter have their integrated browser, so does Telegram. Here by sending a link we can open the article to take a look without actually leaving the chat. Also this leads us to the next trick.
23. Create your own anonymous blog
Telegraph, it’s a small platform integrated in Telegram to compete with Medium. We can also create a feed of articles and send them directly through a channel. In addition, the option of Quick View for those items to be uploaded immediately. To use it, all you have to do is enter the web from your mobile, add a title and the name you want to use and you can start writing. As long as your browser session is open, your posts can be edited. Of course, they are anonymous.
24. View Youtube in floating window
Thanks to the Picture in Picture mode that came with Android 8.0 Oreo we can have floating windows and see, for example, three apps at the same time. But with Telegram we don’t need to have the latest version of Android, at least not to have the Youtube videos in floating window. A very useful option to be able to use the mobile in other things and continue watching the video.