Started as a secure WhatsApp alternative, Telegram has come a long way as a full-fledged messaging app. With its unique features and focus on privacy & security, Telegram has made its place with other messaging apps. Among all its features, Telegram is known for its Group feature. In a Telegram Group, you can add up to 200,000 members and chat with all of them simultaneously. So if you are wondering how to find and join Telegram groups, then you’ve landed in the right place. But before that, let us see what a Telegram group is and how it is different from a Telegram Channel.
What is a Telegram Group?
Have you ever heard of Group chat in messaging apps? Well, a Telegram Group is exactly that, but on steroids. Generally, messaging apps let you add a few hundred members in a group chat, while in a Telegram Group, you can add up to 200,000 members.
Not just that, admins have the absolute power to decide what a member can post, and how often, and even limit older chat visibility. A Telegram Group can be public, where anyone can join with a group link, while a private Telegram Group is where you will need a special invite link from the admin (or members, if allowed).
Difference between a Telegram Group and Telegram Channel!
When we talk about Telegram Groups, there is another feature called Telegram Channels. And people usually confuse both of them.
While Telegram Group is a place where group members can send messages and have a conversation in that group, Telegram Channel is more like WhatsApp’s broadcast list. It is a one-way communication, where only admin (s) can send messages, while the other members (known as Subscribers) can only view it.
Contrary to that, Telegram gives you an option to link your broadcast channel with a public group. This will allow subscribers to discuss the messages sent on that channel over to the linked group.
The main goal of a Telegram Channel is content delivery, where you can share your messages with a large audience. On the other hand, a Telegram Group is a hub where members can interact and have discussions.
Now let’s see how you can find interesting Telegram groups and join them.
How to find and join a Telegram Group?
Before moving ahead, let’s be clear that you can’t find a private group on public directories or repositories. You’ll need a special invitation link to join that group, either from its admins (or members, if allowed).
On the other hand, a public group is already in the public domain with a unique group link so that anyone can find and join that public Telegram group using that link.
With that cleared, now we will see how you can find and join a Telegram Group.
Joining a Telegram Group using the invite link is downright easy.
- Whenever you receive a group invite link, simply click on it. A private group invite link will look like this,
But if it is a public group, the link should look like this;
- Clicking on the link will open your Telegram app on your smartphone or Telegram web if you are using it on the web. Now you have to tap on ‘Join Group‘ at the bottom to join that group.
Congratulations, you have successfully joined a Telegram Group using an invite link.
Now you must be wondering how you can find and join a Telegram Group without an invitation link. In this case, if it is a public group, you can search for the group name directly within the app.
Telegram search will show you search results under the ‘Global Search‘ title, where it will show all the public Telegram Groups and Channels around the search keyword.
You have to open the one you want to join and then tap on ‘Join Group‘ to become a member of that group.
However, suppose you are looking for interesting groups around your interests, websites, and online directories curate links to such public Telegram groups. In that case, you can easily find Telegram groups from different categories and join them.
These are a few such websites that you can follow to find such Telegram Groups:
Do note that these are third-party directories and are nowhere associated with Telegram officially.
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So this is our guide on how to find and join Telegram Groups. You can join as many groups as you can. However, don’t forget to mute such groups to avoid getting notification pings every minute. Meanwhile, if you don’t want someone to add you to a random group, you can follow our guide on preventing random people from adding you to Telegram Groups.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, Joining interesting Telegram Groups can be fun, but sometimes it can also be overwhelming when you get bombarded with all the notification pings from such groups. This is quite the case with Telegram groups with a larger audience.
Thankfully, Telegram lets you mute such conversations to avoid unwanted pings. To mute a Telegram Group, head over to the groups and tap on its name to access Group info. From there, if you are on iOS, click on the ‘bell‘ icon to mute the group notifications.
And on Android, turn off the toggle that says ‘Notification.’ You’ll no longer receive pings for the messages inside a muted group and will have to open your Telegram app every time you wish to check such groups.
So you no longer wanted to be a part of a Telegram group, or some added you to some random group you wanted to leave. Telegram lets you do that in a few simple steps.
- Open the Telegram group you want to leave inside Telegram App. Now tap on the group name to access group info, and then tap on the ‘Leave‘ button right below the group name.
- You’ll now see a pop-up message, choose ‘Leave Group‘, and you are good to go.
- On Android, open the Telegram app and then head over to the group that you want to leave. Inside the group, tap on the group name to access group info.
- From there, tap on the three-dot menu and then choose the ‘Leave Group‘ option.
- A confirmation message will pop up; choose ‘Leave Group‘ again to leave that Telegram group.