Seven Telegram tricks you may not know about (but should)

Telegram is a popular instant messaging app, which helps people stay connected at all times. Millions of users from different corners of the world actively use it on a daily basis. The application comes with a variety of amazing features, including group chats and Telegram channels, but you probably already know them anyways. Instead, we are going to break down some tips and tricks that are not so obvious.

Create secret chats

If you are worried about security, you can use secret chats that ensure maximum privacy for your conversations. Since this feature uses end-to-end encryption, you can be absolutely certain that only you and the recipient will be able to see your conversation. To create a secret chat, just tap on “New message” and choose the “New secret chat” option.

Send self-destructing messages

Speaking of secret chats, they come with a really cool self-destruct timer feature. Once enabled, the feature allows you to send messages that will disappear after the specified period of time. You can set any time limit you want. The timer will start as soon as your message is displayed on the recipient’s screen. The message will be removed from both of your screens once the timer ends.

For iOS devices:

  1. Press the timer icon in the input bar.
  2. Select the “Set the timer” option.

For Android devices:

  1. Press the three-dot button.
  2. Choose “Set self-destruct timer”.

No more auto-playing GIFs

In case ever wonder if you can stop GIFs from auto-playing, the answer is: yes, you can. Follow these simple steps to earn how you can do this:

  1. Access the “Settings” tab.
  2. Search for “Auto-play GIFs” (for iOS), or “Automatic Media Download” (for Android), and disable the option.

Use hashtags to manage conversations

If you are having multiple conversations in different channels or groups, looking for the information that has been mentioned even a few days ago can be a real struggle. Thus, using hashtags is a great way to keep your chats organized, which allows you to sort your messages by different topics. When in a chat, just click on the hashtag to see all the messages related to a specific topic.

Get creative with custom masks

Yes, you’ve read that right! The application enables you to customize own masks and apply them to your selfies. How cool is that?! To access this feature, you will need to open the @stickers bot first. Then, type “/newmasks” into the message field, and the bot will provide you with detailed instructions as to how you can create a new custom mask. Don’t forget to take selfies and share your pieces with friends!

Customize your theme

You can personalize your app in no time by creating a custom theme. Simply, go to “Settings”, choose “Create new theme”, give your new theme a name, and press “OK”.

Next, tap on the paint button that will appear at the top-right corner of your screen. The app will then display all the customizable elements, which you can modify to your liking. After you are finished editing, press the “Save theme” button and all the changes will be automatically saved and applied.

Alternatively, you may apply pre-made themes if you don’t want to create one from scratch. There are thousands of custom themes available on Telegram. Just type in the word “Themes” into the search bar, choose the one you like, download the theme, and press “Apply”.

Share your location

Using the Telegram app, you can easily share your current or live location in just a few taps. First, open the conversation between you and the person you want to share your location with, and press the attachment icon. Then, tap on the “Location” button and select which location you are going to share. Finally, specify the time limit for which your shared location will be available, and press “Share”.