Telegram User Joining a Channel
Khamosh Pathak

As far as messaging apps go, Telegram is quite unique (especially compared to Signal). You get access to third-party clients, bots, drop-in audio chats, and more. Telegram’s public broadcasting channels are one such feature. Here’s how to find and join Telegram channels.

 

What Are Telegram Channels?

Telegram Channels

Telegram channels are different from Telegram groups, though they do appear to be similar. For instance, Telegram groups can have up to 200,000 users, and they can be open to the public.

Channels, on the other hand, are specifically designed for broadcasting messages to a large audience. Unlike groups, they are not designed for conversations.

You can have an unlimited number of subscribers to a public or private channel. Public channels get their own “www.t.me/username” URL.

Only the channel owner or the admin can post to the channel, each message has a view count and details of who shared the message, and channels can include rich media like video, audio, polls, and more.

Find Telegram Channels Online

You’ll find Telegram channels for anything and everything, from news organizations to sports updates, to books and movies.

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While you can search for a keyword directly in Telegram, there’s a better way to find Telegram channels. And that’s by using organized online repositories.

The Telegram Channels website is an online repository of channels that are organized based on topics and interests. You’ll find a list of channels for movies, books, technology, and more.

From the site, you can explore multiple channels, see their latest posts, and view the number of subscribers.

Select Telegram Channel Online

When you’re ready, simply tap the “Subscribe” button to open the channel in the Telegram app.

Tap Subscribe from Website

From the Telegram app, just tap the “Join” button to join the channel.

Tap Join from Telegram Channel on iPhone

Search and Join Telegram Channels

If you know the name of the Telegram channel that you want to join, you can do so directly from the Telegram app. The process is slightly different for the iPhone and Android app.

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On your Android smartphone, open the Telegram app and tap the search button from the top-right corner.

Tap Search in Telegram for Android

Now, type in the name of the Telegram channel that you want to join and select it from the search results.

Select Channel from Search Results

This will open the Telegram channel. You can browse around to see the latest updates.

When you’re ready to join the channel, just tap the “Join” button.

Tap Join to Join Telegram Channel

If you’re using an iPhone, open the Telegram app and go to the “Chats” tab. Here, tap the search bar from the top of the screen. Scroll down if you don’t see it.

Tap Search Bar from Chats Section in Telegram

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Here, type in the name of the Telegram channel that you want to join. Then, select it from the search results.

Select Telegram Channel from Search Results

To join the channel, simply tap the “Join” button.

Tap Join from Telegram Channel

You are now subscribed to the channel. You’ll find the channel in the “Chats” tab, along with all your other conversations. When a channel shares an update, you’ll be notified about it.

Mute Telegram Channels

Telegram channels are a great source of the latest information on any topic. But if you have too many channels, your notifications can go haywire. Muting channels can help. And if it gets to be too much, you can always leave a Telegram channel.

The process of muting and unmuting a channel is the same on both the Android and iPhone apps. From the Telegram app, open the Telegram channel in question, and from the bottom, tap the “Mute” button to mute the channel. You can come back and unmute it from the same place.

Tap Mute to Mute Telegram Channel

Leave Telegram Channels

The steps for leaving a Telegram channel are different depending on your device. On your Android smartphone, open the Telegram channel that you want to leave, then tap the channel’s name from the top.

Tap Profile from Telegram Channel

Here, tap the three-dot menu icon from the top-right corner.

Tap Menu from Channel Profile

Then, choose the “Leave Channel” option.

Tap Leave Channel from Menu in Android

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From the pop-up message, tap the “Leave Channel” option to confirm.

Tap Leave Channel from Popup in Android

On your iPhone, go to the Telegram channel that you want to leave and tap its name, which is found at the top of the screen.

Tap Telegram Channel Profile from Top

Tap the “Leave” button.

Tap Leave from Telegram Channel

From the pop-up message, choose the “Leave Channel” option.

Tap Leave Channel from Telegram

Instantly, the channel will disappear from the Telegram app.


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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on Lifehacker, iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has nearly a decade of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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