Alongside WhatsApp, Telegram is the chat app of the moment. Not without controversy, the app has weathered its various storms and is now a very popular application for chatting, sharing videos, stickers and all that kind of stuff. Today I will walk you through how to create, manage and leave a group in Telegram.
Part of what makes Telegram so popular is ease of use. Alongside a significant nod towards privacy, the simplicity of the app ensures the widest possible user base. With over 200 million users, it has a wide enough audience that most of your friends are likely using it even if you’re not, yet.
Ask users why they use Telegram and they will likely say several things. It is fast with messages being delivered almost immediately. It is easy to use with a simple UI and unfussy navigation. It is free, no ads, no subscriptions and no in-app purchases. It is secure with all chats being encrypted and having that self-destruct option.
Telegram and privacy
One significant benefit of using Telegram is privacy. All chats are encrypted and can be configured to self-destruct for a little extra safety. Chat servers use a distributed model so no one government can ban or monitor all chats and the chat API is open source so anyone who codes can see exactly what the app can and cannot do. The server software is closed source and not open to inspection.
Surveillance is a big deal and any application that helps protect us from prying eyes is going to be popular. While Telegram is not perfect in terms of security or encryption, it is one of the best chat apps available in this regard.
So with all that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
How to create a group in Telegram
Groups are a neat feature of Telegram that let you be sociable with more than one person. You can be a member of as many groups as you like and each group can have up to 100,000 members. The potential is awesome for groups. If you need more, you can convert the group into a Supergroup which can handle up to 1 million members.
Creating a group in Telegram is almost as simple as leaving one. Within a few steps you can create a group and have it open to new members from across the world. You will need a contact or two to add to your new group but aside from that there are no prerequisites for creating one.
- Open Telegram and select the Pen icon in the bottom right of the screen.
- Select New Group from the New Message window.
- Select the contacts you want to add to the group.
- Give your group a name in the New Group window.
- Select the checkmark in the top right of the screen once done.
Your group has now been created.
Managing groups in Telegram
Managing groups in Telegram is as simple as creating one. You can manage members, messages and many aspects of group activity. You can also create invite links to share, create channels and all sorts of good stuff. Most of this is better explored rather than taught so let us just cover the basics.
- Open Telegram and select your group.
- Select the group title to open the group information page.
- Select Manage Group to access the main management menu.
From within Manage Group you can see all recent activity, members, Administrators, any restricted users and any banned users if you have them. You can also edit the group name, upgrade it from a group to a Supergroup, make it private or public and show or hide chat history. There are a ton of options here that will likely require some trial and error before you achieve the balance you’re looking for.
How to join a group in Telegram
Joining a group on Telegram is simple. You just need the invite URL from a member or Admin and select it. You can get an invite from forums, friends, contacts or by searching for groups with interests similar to yours. There are even websites that list a bunch of the more popular group names. Just contact the Administrator and request an invite.
How to leave a group in Telegram
If you find you want to leave a group in Telegram, it is easy to do.
- Open the Telegram group you want to leave and check in.
- Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
- Select Leave Group.
Telegram groups are an excellent way to widen your social circle and discuss almost anything with anyone. Got any other Telegram Group tips to share? Tell us about them below if you do!