Telegram Desktop explained: use, video and download



Telegram is an instant messenger that can be synced across multiple supported devices (smartphones, tablets, computers). It supports Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, it emphasizes security and can be used to exchange text messages, photos, videos and any other type of files with your friends.

Telegram Desktop, the desktop version, has fewer features than its mobile counterpart. For example, it is not possible to create groups and broadcast messages, nor to secure conversations by creating self-destructing messages which are not stored in the cloud and cannot be traced.

We’ll break it down in the next article to show you exactly how accessible and clear it is.

To start

At startup, click Start messaging to go to the next panel, where your country and country code should be automatically identified by Telegram. Click inside the box and type in your phone number. You will receive an SMS on your smartphone with a code that you will need to enter in the desktop version for authentication. It is mandatory to enter your First name, but the Last name is optional.

An empty list of chat conversions appears in the column on the left side of the window. The left part is reserved for reading and writing messages.


Click on Settings at the top left of the main application window to open a page where you can Set a profile picture by locating and selecting an image with the extension .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif (GIF animations are not supported), as well as selecting a square area to crop and to safeguard.

Click on Choose Username type and to safeguard a unique name that other people can use to find you on Telegram, even if they don’t know your phone number. The app creates a unique URL:

Desktop notifications are turned on automatically, so you can view pop-up alerts in the lower right corner of the desktop (above the system clock) whenever someone sends you a message. By default, Telegram displays the sender’s name and a preview of the message, uses Windows notifications to alert you, and plays a sound. Each of these options can be disabled by unchecking the box next to Show sender’s name, Show message preview, Desktop notifications, Use Windows notifications, and Play sound.

Scroll down to view and configure additional settings. For example, you can prevent Telegram from updating automatically (clear Automatically update checkbox), hide its icon in the taskbar and in the system tray (clear the Show system tray icon and Show taskbar icon boxes). In addition, you can ask it to run automatically every time you turn on your computer (check Start telegram when starting the system) and get a better overview of all interface elements by zooming in (click and drag the cursor in Interface scale, this requires a restart).

In addition, you can Replace emoji, Manage and rearrange sticker packs, Click on default folder in Download path to define another download location, Clear local storage, customize it Discussion background and Choose from gallery or file (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif).

In Advanced, you can Activate the local access code button to display a lock icon in the upper right corner of the main window (next to the minimize button) and click on it whenever you want to lock the application to leave the PC unattended. If you forget it, you need to log back into Telegram with your phone number.

In addition, you can ask the tool to Show all sessions with details of the devices from which your Telegram account was accessed (IP address, device type, such as PC or smartphone, operating system, such as Windows or Android) as well as End all other sessions in addition to the one you are currently using.

Click on the arrow at the top left of the Settings panel to return to the main menu.

Contacts and conversation options

Click on Contacts to get a list of all the friends in your phone’s address book who have already installed Telegram, be it mobile or desktop. You can view their full names and the time of last visit, as well as click a person to start a conversation.

All conversations started are listed in the left column. Move the mouse pointer over a person and right click to view their profile (phone number, last seen, photo), transfer their name to other people (Share Contact and choose a recipient), or deactivate only the alerts associated with a person (delete Notifications box). Then watch Shared media, Search for messages using the To look for box at the top of the left column, Clear story Where Delete the conversation to ensure confidentiality (this action cannot be undone), and Block a user (can be unlocked with one click).

To write a message, click on the text box at the bottom of the main window and press Enter or click Send to transfer it. By clicking on the paperclip icon to the left of To write a message, you can send a photo or any other type of file. Click the smiley face icon to the right of To write a message to view a full list of emojis as well as stickers.

Watch our video guide to find out how and how instant messaging works on Windows. You can also download Telegram Desktop.

Telegram Desktop explained: use, video and download

Telegram is a powerful and secure instant messenger that can sync conversations across all supported devices (smartphones, tablets, desktops) using your phone number. Find out more in this video and article:



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