Telegram channels allow you to host a large audience and share information with them. An unlimited number of subscribers can join a Telegram channel. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to create Telegram channels on mobile and web.
We’ll also walk you through the difference between Telegram groups and channels, how to add people to your channel, and some admin controls you’ll need.
The difference between a Telegram channel and a Telegram group
A Telegram channel is like an admin-only WhatsApp group, where members can’t post anything. You can think of Telegram channels as message boards – you are allowed to get the latest updates from your favorite news portal, your company or a personality you want to follow.
When you follow these accounts on social media portals, sometimes random algorithms can prevent you from seeing their posts. A Telegram channel allows you to bypass this limitation. You also get individual links for each post in a Telegram channel, and you can view detailed stats to see how many people viewed each post.
Unlike channels, a telegram group by default allows all members to post messages. It also has a limit of 10,000 people per group. Groups are designed for member-to-member discussions, and channels are more like streaming platforms.
How to Create a Telegram Channel on the Web
To create a channel on the web, go to Web Telegram and log in with your account. Once logged in, click on the pencil icon located at the bottom of the left sidebar. Select New channel. Enter a channel name and optional description, then click the right arrow icon in the lower half of the left sidebar.
This will create your channel and it will have a subscriber, which is your own Telegram account. You will also see all your contacts in the left sidebar initially. You can check the box next to each contact you want to add and click the right arrow icon to continue.
To add new members to your Telegram channel, you can click on the channel name on Telegram web and copy the channel link. Share this link with those you want to add or post it on social media to attract new subscribers to your channel.
Telegram’s web app does not allow you to delete subscribers, but you can do so using its desktop or mobile apps.
Private Telegram Channels vs Public Telegram Channels
By default, all Telegram channels created using its web app are private. This means that you will have to keep sharing the invite link with Telegram users to bring them to your channel. If someone doesn’t have this invite link, they won’t be able to join your channel. On Telegram’s mobile and desktop apps, you can choose the type of channel you want to create during the setup process.
Public Telegram channels can be joined by anyone and are indexed by search engines such as Google. You can easily use Telegram search or other search engines to find and join these channels, and you don’t need invitation links to join these channels. This way you can add followers even faster than before.
You can change your private channel to public channel and vice-versa at any time.
Open your Telegram channel in the web app and click on its name at the top. Now click on the pencil icon in the upper right corner and then click on Channel type. Click on Public channel to change your channel to public. You can select Private channel also in case you want to go back to private.
On the same page, you can click Revoke link to invalidate channel invite links at any time. This will prevent people from joining using an old invite link and will allow you to keep your Telegram channel private.
Useful admin controls for telegram channels
As a Telegram channel owner, you have several useful admin privileges that you should use wisely. Let’s look at basic customization first, such as changing the channel name and image.
Click on the Telegram channel name at the top of the page, then click on the pencil icon in the upper right corner. You will see the forms for the channel name and description. You can change them here and click on the camera icon to change the picture.
You also have the option to block people from using reactions emoji entirely, or restrict a few specific reaction emoji. On the same page, click reactions and individually deselect some emoji or disable Activate reactions.
Return to the previous page and select Channel type. Below Content protectionyou can click Restrict content recording to prevent people from copying, forwarding or saving messages or media that you have shared on the Telegram channel. However, this doesn’t stop people from taking screenshots or saving anything you share, so be aware of ways to circumvent these permissions.
If you don’t want to send notifications for new posts in your channel, you can click on the channel name in Telegram Web and disable Notice.
How to create Telegram channels on its desktop applications
You can also create Telegram channels using its Windows and Mac apps. To do this, open the Telegram desktop and select the three line menu in the upper left corner of the window. Click now New channelchoose a name and description, then click Create.
You can choose whether you want to create a private or public channel, then click Next to create a channel on the messaging app. To manage your channel, navigate to the channel and click the three points the icon and select the icon Manage Channel option.
How to Create Telegram Channels on Android, iPhone and iPad
On the Telegram app on your iOS or Android device, you can tap the New message icon and select New channel. Faucet Create a channelenter a name and description, then tap Next. You can now select the channel type and click on Next twice to make the channel.
You can manage your channel by tapping on its name and selecting the Edit option.
Continue the broadcasts
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