How To Use Telegram without a Phone Number
Telegram is known throughout the world as an encrypted messaging platform and has millions of active users. The downside is that it uses your phone number to verify that you’re real and that can be troublesome for certain users. This tutorial is going to show you how to use Telegram without using your real phone number.
If you live in a country that doesn’t like Telegram or are trying to hide its presence from someone, or just don’t want to use your own phone number, that’s fine. There is always a way around such restrictions.
It might be useful to know that Telegram doesn’t use your phone number for anything other than account verification. It does not use it to send you messages, does not display it, does not publicize it in any way and doesn’t even reference it after verification is complete. However, for a true full degree of separation, you can use a completely different number to register your Telegram account.
Telegram without a phone number
You cannot circumvent account verification in Telegram. It is a failsafe feature that seeks to prevent bots and automated account creation and to help keep the community relatively safe. To verify your Telegram account without a legit phone number, you have a couple of options, use Google Voice or a temporary phone number.
When you create a Telegram account, you have to enter a phone number in order to receive a verification code. You then enter that code into your account to verify and enable Telegram. If you don’t enter the code, you cannot activate your account. You could use a landline if you want but you have to be physically present to answer the call and collect the code. It is much easier to use text.
Activate Telegram with Google Voice
Google Voice is only available in the US and should really be more popular than it is. It’s a web-based calling app that is easily as good as Skype and works from within your browser. It is part of your Google Account and just works. While it is associated with your Google Account, there is nothing wrong with setting up a fake account, getting a Google Voice number and using that to verify Telegram.
- Go to Google and set up a new account if necessary.
- Navigate to Google Voice and register or select a phone number.
- Register that number with Telegram and wait for the confirmation code.
- Retrieve the code from your Google Voice window and type it into Telegram.
- Confirm your account and begin using it.
If you’re outside the US or don’t want to use Google Voice, there are other services you can use to verify Telegram without using your phone number.
Use a temporary phone number to verify Telegram
The other way to verify Telegram is to use one of the many temporary phone number services to receive the verification message. There are a bunch of them out there with varying qualities. Some are free while others cost a little.
Burner is a very useful app that works as a call forwarder. You rent a temporary phone number and give it out to whomever you want. The call is received by the Burner server and forwarded from them to your real number. The caller has no idea of your real number and Burner doesn’t share it with anyone.
There are two type of account, a short term burner number ideal for listing items on Craigslist or for verifying Telegram. Then there is a longer term subscription number that you keep for however long you like.
FreePhoneNum.com is a free version of Burner that offers a very temporary number for verification or any other purpose. I have used this service to verify membership to a website and it works. Some of the numbers provided fail but if you persevere and keep trying one should work.
Receive SMS is another free service I have used to verify membership without giving out my own number. It can work with Telegram but has the same issue that FreePhoneNum.com has in that not all numbers work all the time. It may take a little trial and error to find one that works. Then it’s just a case of watching incoming messages for the verification and adding that to your Telegram account on your phone.
SMS Listen is my final suggestion for a temporary phone number to verify Telegram. It works in exactly the same way. You select a number, add it to Telegram, watch the incoming message feed for the verification code, enter the code, use Telegram. Not all numbers work but otherwise this is a great way to maintain a degree of separation.
Those are the ways I know of to use Telegram without using your phone number. Know of any others? Tell us about it below if you do!