Whatever your reasons for using Telegram, it’s a solid messaging app. It’s a great alternative to WhatsApp and SMS messaging, and Telegram is worth using, especially if you can persuade your friends to join.
However, if you haven’t gotten past the basics, you’re missing out on many of the best Telegram features. Below we describe some lesser-known features of Telegram that you may have overlooked until now.
- Migrate phone numbers or add a second number
Have you ever had to change your phone number but worried about transferring all your contacts and other information to the new number? While this can be a lot of work, Telegram does it all for you. You can easily change the phone number associated with your account without losing your chats or contacts.
To change the number you use with Telegram, open Settings (which is located in the left menu on Android). On the iPhone, tap Edit on the next menu in the top right. This step is not required on Android.
Upload multiple profile pictures to Telegram
Speaking of multiples, Telegram allows you to upload additional profile photos. While the most recent photo is the profile picture your contacts see, they can swipe to see the rest of your pictures.
To upload new profile pictures, open Settings. On Android, tap the camera icon in the top right. On iPhone, tap the “Edit” button and select “Set New Photo or Video”.
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You can take a new photo, upload an existing one, search the web for a new picture, or remove your current photo.
Tap your profile picture here to see everything you’ve uploaded in the past. You can scroll over them; Tap the Set as primary photo option that appears in the top-right menu (as three dots on Android or Edit on iPhone) to set an older picture as your current profile picture.
- Customize the look of the telegram
In Telegram you can customize the color and background. If you want, you can even set up your own custom theme to make Telegram look exactly how you want it.
To customize the theme, go to Settings > Chat Settings on Android or Settings > Appearance on iOS. Here you can change the text size, bubble colors, night mode settings and similar options. Select Chat Background to set a new background for your groups.
To create your own theme, tap the three dots button (Android) or go to Chat Themes (iOS) and select Create New Theme. Here you can create your own look if you don’t like any of the default options.