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Six tips and tricks to get the most out of Telegram

Become a Telegram master with these easy tricks.

Despite the great popularity of WhatsApp, Telegram is a much more complete messaging platform, since it has many more functions and you can use it at the same time on all your devices: mobile, tablet, or PC. Precisely the fact that it has so many functionalities can mean that you do not know some of the most useful ones and for this reason, today we bring you the 6 tips and tricks you should know to get the most out of Telegram.The Telegram app on an Android mobile

Customize the notification sound for a conversation

After its last update, Telegram allows you to use any audio file or voice memo less than five seconds and up to 300 KB in size that you have saved on your device as a notification tone of a specific conversation. Thus, to customize chat notification sound You just have to follow these simple steps:

  • Access the conversation whose notification tone you want to customize
  • Click on the top bar of the chat
  • Click on the section Notifications
  • In the drop-down menu that appears below, click on the button Personalize
  • Activate the option Activate custom notifications
  • inside tab, General click on the option Sound
  • Click on the button upload sound that appears at the top of the app
  • Tap the audio file or voice memo you want to set as the notification sound
  • Select it in the section Telegram Tones

Once this is done, you will be configured the sound you just chose as the notification tone of that contact on Telegram.

Change reaction to default messages

When you touch on a Telegram message, you will see a series of emojis with which you can react to the said message but if you double tap on it you react with a default emoji which by default is thumbs up. But the messaging application created by the Durov brothers allows you to change the default reaction simply by performing the following actions:

  • On the Telegram home screen, tap on the menu button located in the upper left corner of the app
  • Enter the section Settings and then click on the option chat
  • once inside chat click on the button quick reaction
  • Select the emoji with which you want to react when double clicking on a message

Use instant translation

If you are chatting on Telegram with a person who speaks a different language than you, you can have Telegram show you a button that is responsible for translating the messages of your interlocutor. To activate this function in Telegram You just have to follow these simple steps:

  • On the Telegram home screen, tap on the menu button located in the upper left corner of the app
  • Enter the section Settings
  • Click on the option Idiom
  • Click on the button Show translate button
  • Click on the option don’t translate and select your native language (in our case Spanish) so that it is not translated

Once this is done, every time you receive a message in another language, you will only have to click on it and select the Translate option to translate the content of the said message into your language.

send secret messages

By default, Telegram chats are not end-to-end encrypted but the messaging platform gives you the option to start a secret chat with any contact so that no one but the two of you has access to the conversation. To open a secret chat with another person on Telegram You simply have to carry out the following actions:

  • On the Telegram home screen, click on the menu button located in the upper left corner of the app
  • Enter the section contacts
  • Tap on the username to open the chat history
  • Click on the top bar to access the profile of said contact and click on the 3 vertical dots icon located at the top right
  • Select the option start secret chat and press the button Start in the window that appears below

Automatically delete old messages

Surely on some occasion, you have wished you could delete old messages from a conversation and leave only the most recent, and thanks to Telegram you will be able to do this in an automated way. Thus, to activate the automatic delete function in a conversation you just have to follow these simple steps:

  • On the Telegram home screen, tap on the menu button located in the upper left corner of the app
  • Enter the section contacts
  • Tap on the user’s name to open the chat history
  • Click on the top bar to access the profile of said contact and click on the icon of the 3 vertical points located in the upper right
  • Select the option self deletion
  • Choose the period of time after which you want the messages to be deleted by choosing one of the predefined options (1 day, 1 week, or 1 month) or by clicking on the button Personalize to create your own

Avoid spoilers

Surely many times you have been revealed the end of a movie or a series in some Telegram group and, for this reason, the messaging application created by the Durov brothers included, in one of its latest updates, a function to avoid spoilers. So, before sending a message that may contain a spoiler you can protect sensitive content simply by carrying out these simple actions:

  • Write a message without sending it
  • Select the text you want to hide
  • Click on the button spoilers

Once this is done, the text you have previously selected will be darkened, and once sent, the people who want to read it will have to click on it to display its content.

Stella Phillip

She works as an editor at Research Snipers.

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