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How To Use Telegram Without a Phone Number

How To Use Telegram Without a Phone Number

While Telegram is typically known for its privacy features, there is one glaring security hole in the app—you must provide your phone number to verify your account and use the service. You can’t just give it a fake number, either, because you have to receive a verification code on that number.

Although Telegram doesn’t use your number for anything after you register, having to provide a phone number could be a hurdle for privacy-minded users. Fortunately, you can bypass this requirement. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of using Telegram without your phone number.

Can You Use Telegram Without a Phone Number?

Unfortunately, you cannot make a Telegram account without providing a phone number. Doing so helps Telegram prevent bots and automated account creation.

After giving the app your phone number, you can receive a voice call or an SMS text message with a verification code to verify your Telegram account.

Telegram login page

Once you successfully verify your account, Telegram won’t ask or require access to your phone number. 

Fortunately, there are several ways to get a phone number for a minute or two or for even longer. Telegram only needs a phone number during the registration process. And there’s no rule that you must use your own number. 

How to Get a Temporary Number for Telegram

Plenty of services offer a burner or a temporary number that you can use for signing up for Telegram. Check out some of the options below.

1. Fragment

Fragment is a blockchain platform that allows you to buy and sell anonymous phone numbers using Toncoin. You’ll have to download the Tonkeeper app on your device and set up a TON wallet. Connect the Tonkeeper app with Fragment using the Connect TON button and scan the QR code on your phone. 

On Fragment, go to the Numbers section to buy an anonymous phone number instantly or place a bid for any phone number being auctioned. You can check the value of the number in TON with its equivalent dollar value. Fragment UI

Once you acquire an anonymous phone number from Fragment, go to Telegram, tap on Country, and select the Anonymous Numbers option. Use your Fragment phone number to verify your Telegram account.

2. Google Voice

Google Voice is a web-based telephone service from Google that provides users with a new phone number that they can use for voice calls and messaging.

The only downside to using a Google Voice number is that it is associated with your Google account. If your main concern is just preventing Telegram from knowing your phone number, then that won’t matter, but if you’re after ultimate privacy, this may not be your option.

Assuming Google Voice works for your security needs, here’s how to use Google Voice to get a Telegram account set up.

  1. Create a new Google account, if necessary.
  2. Navigate to Google Voice and register or select a phone number.
  3. It will ask you to input your phone number. Enter your number to complete the process. 
    Select a Google Vocie number Select a Google Vocie number Selected Google Voice number
  4. Register that number with Telegram and wait for the confirmation code to be delivered.
  5. Retrieve the code from your Google Voice window and type it into Telegram.
  6. Confirm your account and begin using it.

You can create a Google Account without a phone number too. Although the email service asks for it, there are some workarounds to bypass this.

3. TextNow

TextNow is another messaging service that allows you to use a temporary email address to sign-up for the service. You can use it to get a phone number to receive authentication codes without using your contact number.

TextNow UI

Once you installed and set up the app on your smartphone, you can sign up for Telegram using the phone number that TextNow provides you. You get two options to get the verification code: text or call. TextNow also offers paid alias phone numbers. That number is yours as long as you’re subscribed.

4. Burner

Burner is a useful call-forwarding app that gives you a secondary phone number. Using Burner, you can reroute phone calls from an alias phone number to your personal phone number. When someone calls you, they will only see the alias Burner number.

Burner UI

The best thing about Burner is you get a free one-week trial. You can use the free trial to set up your Telegram account. Burner won’t share your actual contact number with anyone even after the free trial ends.

You can also subscribe to Burner’s yearly/monthly plan if your wish to continue using the alias phone number. However, if you don’t want to subscribe to Burner after registering for a Telegram account, you should cancel your trial to avoid the subscription fees. Cancellation won’t impact your Telegram account.

5. CoverMe 

CoverMe is more than just an app that offers alias phone numbers. You can use the dummy number to verify your Telegram account without worrying about your real phone number. 

It also provides security features like encryption for calls and texting, self-destructing texts, and a private vault to store photos, videos, passwords, and documents with cloud backup. You can also add your friends to the CoverMe circle feature to send a broadcast message or start a group chat. CoverMe UI

The only catch is encryption for calls and texting requires both parties to use CoverMe. Moreover, calls placed and received using CoverMe don’t appear on the phone bill. When others call you, they will only see the alias number. 

6. Line2 

Line2 offers the benefits of having a cloud phone number in addition to your regular phone number and using the cloud phone number to get the verification code for your Telegram account.  

It provides both commercial and personal options that include a United States or Canada cloud phone number, unlimited SMS and voice minutes, and the ability to use the number on a mobile and a desktop computer.Line2 UI

While it doesn’t provide any security options like those in CoverMe, Line2 offers additional features such as call blocking, call forwarding, voicemail recording, caller ID, and more.

7. is a free-to-use website that gives you access to a list of temporary phone numbers. You can simply select a phone number from that list and use it to receive the Telegram verification text. UI

If your verification code doesn’t appear on the website, simply refresh the webpage, and it should appear on the page. Do note that everyone will be able to see your code if they click on the same number. We advise you not to use these numbers for any private purposes besides receiving verification codes.

In our testing, there were times when the alias number didn’t work. You will likely have to try multiple numbers until Telegram accepts one.

8. Receive SMS

Receive SMS is another free-to-use website like that gives you a temporary phone number. It gives you options to choose numbers from the U.K., U.S., and Canada, among other countries. 

Receive SMS UI

There is no limit to how many times you can use any number. You can use them for as long as you wish. Once you select a number listed on the website, you will be able to see all the text messages sent to that number by clicking on the Read SMS button.

Do note that everyone can see those messages if they select the same number. In our testing, we faced the same issue with Receive SMS that we witnessed with not all numbers will always work. Finding a number that works may take a little trial and error. 

More Privacy Tips

The reality is your phone number isn’t the only thing that ties you to your Telegram account. Another potential weakness in your anonymity is that your device’s unique MAC address is stored in at least a couple of places along the network backbone.

In theory, a sufficiently motivated government or law enforcement agency will have the resources to defeat your attempt at ultimate anonymity. As it happens, there are programs to change the MAC address of your phone or PC.

Two-Factor Authentication

Lastly, you should enable two-factor authentication on your Telegram account after creating your account with a burner number.

Without this extra security measure, someone can log into your Telegram account with the spoofed number, access your conversations, or even delete your account. Of course, this will mean you’ll probably need to keep that number active to sign in to your account.

Be Sure to Delete Your Account

As one of our commenters pointed out, if you use a burner phone number, it will eventually get recycled back into the pool of eligible numbers that another person can use it. Assuming they also use Telegram, they may gain access to your messages and account long after you’ve moved on.

If you decide you no longer wish to use that particular Telegram account, be sure to delete it completely. That way, the next person with that number can start their own Telegram account fresh and never have access to yours.


Can I use someone else’s phone number to sign up for Telegram?

You certainly can. Just be mindful that they may be unable to create a Telegram account, and it may be difficult to log in with 2FA turned on.

Can I use a landline phone to sign up for Telegram?

Telegram requires users to verify via text. If you have the phone call verification option, this will work; if not, you need a cell phone.

Can I use Telegram for International calling?

Yes, you can use Telegram to make international VoIP calls for free. But this only works when the other person you are calling is also on Telegram. When traveling internationally, you can use this feature on WiFi to avoid data charges.

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28 thoughts on “How To Use Telegram Without a Phone Number”

Jonathan Trainor says:
For two years — I have a cell phone,but never receive the code — have always assumed it’s because I have a flip phone, not a smart phone. You would think when you check under Help or Support at the Telegram website these issues would be clearly address, NOT.
thanmeyei says:
I need help ! if i don’t have telegram i can’t study and don’t have phone number and i need you help
NADIAH says:
Anon says:
Just use a live OS on a DVD like PureOS this is an android for PC OS. Others exist, and you can use any live OS & it will not give out your Mac or your host IP. Use with a VPN. There are other things you can do using add-ons from chrome or Firefox store. Use your brains a little and see how easy it can be.
Sharon says:
Telegram won’t accept my cell phone number.
name says:
tech junkies are the problem: super gullible and no concept of privacy. Only a fool would believe the excuse offered for insisting on a phone number. I Uninstalled IMMEDIATELY upon launch. I hate tech types! None of this crap works properly!
Sharon says:
Telegram is no longer allowing registering users to use landlines or VPN numbers. So, this article is worthless, honestly.
Indigone says:
It was already worthless, eg. the part about MAC addresses is a prime demonstration of the “a little bit of knowledge” proverb.
Ashleigh Reinheardt says:
The latest Telegram desktop now restrict users to register in the mobile app instead.
You cannot register on desktop. When you click the “Send code via SMS”, The instruction for desktop reads:

“Please enter the code that was sent to you via Telegram or log in via QR code.

If you haven’t signed up for Telegram yet, please register from your phone or tablet first.”

Now, the QR code can be read by your camera. But it’ll only work within the Telegram mobile app. So yeah, the desktop app is bulls**t on your first registration.

Muhammad Fadhli Bin Bahaman says:
Forgot two step verification telegram
Frree willy says:
It is a mobile phone! Not land line, the gov wants everyone with mobile phones so the nanotechnology they are putting into you (or vacine as you think) will be able to mate with the new 5g phones and to the 5g network they are rushing to install so all humans will be connected to the global system and monitored
Big Mother is Watching says:
Oh, honey. The nanobots are distributed through the water supply. Just submit.
jojo says:
we already know they’re distributed through the mass chicken industry complex, and probably also through pork.
Jake says:
Is there any way to access telegram without a phone number?
C says:
I am using telegram on desktop. I’ve already encountered a possible situation for anyone wanting to get a fake number just to create an account (meaning you are going to dispose the number afterwards): if you sign out, when you sign back in, you will need to go through the verification via text message again to sign back in – you need to keep the number that you used to create your account.
maria says:
is a virtual phone number meaning previous owner left and this is a new owner?
Anonymous says:
Problem with using a burner phone number is that at some point in time that burner phone number is going to become available in the pool of available numbers. And it will mean that all someone needs to do with your telegram account is provide the same number and automatically they have access to your account :(
Shiva sai nath says:
// expecting more
Casual person says:
Do you mean after you give Telegram your full phone number? I mean, the first step to joining this system is handing over that private info.

The first step for me to join Telegram involves me handing my full phone number over. If they won’t want to use it, why am I handing it over????

Anne says:
You forgot to say that one of the best features of Telegram is that you can simply hide your phone number, real or not, creating an username.
Andrew says:
How ? I dont want to provide my phone number at all (dont trust it) so how do you just provide a username. First screen I get asks for phone number to verfify.
Nuria Q says:
Could someone please suggest and explain a couple of good (secure, cheap or free, easy) ways to use a VPN on an Android phone and more specifically to use Telegram through it.
Arsh says:
use WARP or app
Brixt says:
You forgot to mention one very important thing: make absolutely sure you enable two-step verification on Telegram ASAP if you’re using a dummy number. If you don’t do this, someone can access your account from the number on the “burn” site.
John doe says:
Also, if someone get access to the number, he can request the deletion of the account in 7 days. Already hapenned to me on an account with 2FA.
David says:
Can I use Google Voice for WhatsApp? If yes, would you kindly give step by step direction as you have done about telegram. Many thanks
Ben Zemm says:
Here in Australia you can get a SIM for $2 or less – though the 2G network the featurephones used is long gone you need a 3G or 4G phone. I tried to use my landline but it said that was an “invalid mobile number” so I guess it’s limiting what can be used
Mehran says:
At freephonenum I need the password of thr acount I use itself’s number and I do not know how?
How can I find the fake acount password?
Not a hajji says:
Someone already signed up with that number and password-protected it. You don’t have to know a secret password to sign up, you dumb sonofabitch.
Kabeer Sayeed says:
What exactly was your solution to the issues that I have raised in my posts pertaining the necessity of a phone number for telegram? I could not find your comments anywhere? Where are they?
Mlondi says:
I want to get a security code
علاوي الثكيل says:
Kabeer Sayeed says:
1. Can Telegram be used without a mobile phone to call any number in the world and not just Telegram users?

2. If so, how does one go about doing this?

Kabeer Sayeed says:
I will clarify my question further as follows: Can Telegram be used to connect to any phone in the world that is connected to the PSTN without me having to use or even own a MOBILE PHONE to do it. Instead of a Mobile Phone Number, can I use the number of my stationary phone for the initial identification? Also, once set up,can Telegram send both voice and video to any Mobile Phone or any voice and video capable phone that is connected to the world wide PSTN?
Fuck you bitxh says:
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Deborah Cannon says:
I’m trying to get a telegram app but with my finances can’t afford phone now, hope you can help me with my email address
Guillaume says:
Just buy any old sim for cash ($5). Slap that in an old feature phone. Do the necessary. Swap the original back in the feature phone . Useful to keep the temporary sim in case you need to get an SMS back on that number one day. Or just burn it.
Syed Abdul Mueed Shah says:
There is no other way to create and verify an account without using phone number
Kabeer Sayeed says:
When you say “phone number” are you talking about a mobile phone number or a stationary phone number?

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Robert Hayes

May 21, 2023

Robert is a freelance editor and writer living in Colorado.

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