General QuestionsQ: What is Telegram? What do I do here?
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 200 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs.Q: Who is Telegram for?
Telegram is for everyone who wants fast and reliable messaging. Business users and small teams may like the large groups, desktop apps and powerful file sharing options. Since Telegram groups can have up to 200 members, we support replies, mentions and hashtags that help maintain order and keep communication in large communities efficient. In case you're more into pictures, Telegram has animated gif search, a state of the art photo editor and an open sticker platform. Those looking for extra privacy should check out our advanced settings and rather revolutionary policy. And if you want secrecy, try our device-specific Secret Chats with self-destructing messages, photos and videos — and lock your app with an additional passcode. We keep evolving — check out the blog and follow us on twitter to stay in touch.Q: How is Telegram different from WhatsApp?
Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is a cloud-based messenger with seamless sync. As a result, you can access your messages from several devices at once, including tablets and computers, and share an unlimited number of photos, videos and files (doc, zip, mp3, etc) of up to 1,5 GB each. Thanks to our multi-data center infrastructure and encryption, Telegram is also faster and way more secure. On top of that, Telegram is free and will stay free — no ads, no subscription fees, forever. Our API is open, and we welcome developers to create their own Telegram apps. We also have a Bot API, a platform for developers that allows anyone to easily build specialized tools for Telegram. And that‘s just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t forget to check out this paragraph for even more exclusive stuff.Q: How old is Telegram?
Telegram for iPhone was launched on August 14, 2013. The alpha version of Telegram for Android was officially launched on October 20, 2013. More and more Telegram clients appear, built by independent developers using Telegram's open platform.Q: Which devices are supported?
You can use Telegram on smartphones, tablets and even computers. We have apps for iOS (6 and above), Android (2.2 and up) and Windows Phone. You can also use Telegram's web version or install one of our desktop apps for Windows, OSX and Linux. You can log in to Telegram from as many of your devices as you like — all at the same time. Just use your main mobile phone number to log in everywhere. Our API is open for developers, should you want to build your own applications for other platforms.Q: Who are the people behind Telegram?
Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai's input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network. While the Durov brothers were born in Russia, as were some of the key developers, Telegram is not connected to Russia – legally or physically. Telegram's HQ is in Berlin. See also: articles about TelegramQ: Will you have ads? Or sell my data? Or steal my wife and enslave my children?
No.Q: How are you going to make money out of this?
We believe in fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free. Pavel Durov, who shares our vision, supplied Telegram with a generous donation through his Digital Fortress fund, so we have quite enough money for the time being. If Telegram runs out, we'll invite our users to donate and add nonessential paid options to break even. But making profits will never be a goal for Telegram.Q: What are your thoughts on internet privacy?
Big internet companies like Facebook or Google have effectively hijacked the privacy discourse in the recent years. Their marketers managed to convince the public that the most important things about privacy are superficial tools that allow hiding your online status, your public posts or your profile pictures from the people around you. Adding these superficial tools allows companies to calm down the public and change nothing in how they are turning over private data to marketers and other third parties. At Telegram we think that the two most important components of internet privacy should be instead: Protecting your private conversations from snooping third parties, such as officials, employers, etc. Protecting your personal data from third parties, such as marketers, advertisers, etc. This is what everybody should care about, and these are some of our top priorities. Telegram is a non-commercial project with an aim to create a truly free messenger, without the usual caveats. This means that instead of diverting attention with low-impact settings, we can afford to focus on the real privacy issues that exist in the modern world.Q: There's illegal content on Telegram. How do I take it down?
All Telegram chats and group chats are private territory of their respective participants and we do not process any requests related to them. But sticker sets and bots on Telegram are publicly available. If you find sticker sets or bots on Telegram that you think are illegal please ping us at firstname.lastname@example.orgQ: Wait! 0_o Do you process take-down requests from third parties?
Our mission is to provide a secure means of communications everywhere on the planet. In order to be able to do that in places where it is most needed (and also to continue distributing Telegram via App Store and Google Play), we have to process legitimate requests to take down illegal public content in Telegram (sticker sets, bots). For example, we can take down sticker sets that violate intellectual property rights or porn bots in the countries where pornography is illegal. User-uploaded stickers sets and bots by third-party developers are not part of core Telegram UI. So whenever we receive a complaint from third parties regarding the legality of this public content at email@example.com, we typically perform necessary legal checks and take it down. Please note that this won't work with local restrictions on freedom of speech. For example, if criticizing the government is illegal in some country, Telegram won‘t be a part of such politically motivated censorship. This goes against our founders’ principles. While we do block terrorist (e.g. ISIS-related) bots, we will not block bots that peacefully express alternative opinions.Q: My bot or sticker set was banned unfairly, what do I do?
If you think your bot or sticker set was banned for no obvious reasons, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Telegram BasicsQ: Who can I write to?