How to find and join a Telegram group


Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app with the option for end-to-end encryption.

You can use Telegram to send messages with just a few people, or with groups of up to 200,000 members. 

There are two ways to join a group. One is by clicking on a link. The other is by seeking out and joining a specific group.

How to join a telegram group from an invite link

1. To start, you must already have a Telegram account. You can join a group either from the app or on a desktop program.

2. When somebody sends you a link, click on it. It will start with (for example,

3. The link will open in your Telegram app. Tap on "Join Group" to join it.

You can't find a private Telegram group via the instant messenger's built-in search function. This means you have to be invited directly by one of the members or receive an invitation link such as "".

For a private group, only administrators can generate and share an invitation link. In a public group, any member can access the share link and send it to someone else. It is also possible to join a private (but also public) group via a QR code.

This invitation system also applies to public groups, but is not mandatory. The invitation link is accessible by everyone, all you need to do is to just press the group banner at the top and it will be shown. You do not need to have an administrator's approval to join a public group.


How to find and join a Telegram Group without an invite link

Many websites and entities have public groups and channels. A group is a chat run by one person, or a few people, that allows up to 200,000 members.

1. To find a group, the best place to start is by searching the web for groups that match your interests. is a great resource for finding groups.



Well, I'm not going to insult your intelligence by explaining what a group chat is on a messaging app.

Just  take note that a Telegram group can have up to 200,000 participants and it's impossible to create a secret group exchange, so your group chats are not end-to-end encrypted.

However, a Telegram group is already private by default, which means that only people who are have been invited or who have a "" invitation link are able to join. It is also possible to make a group public, where it will then appear in the group/channel search results and can be joined by anyone.

Above all, Telegram groups should not be confused with channels. Groups were designed for multi-party chat, which means that chats are two-way. Channels are not as interactive, as a Telegram channel was designed to deliver content to a large audience.

How do I find and join a Telegram group?

As explained above, we must distinguish between private and public groups and this distinction will limit the accessibility of new members. In order to find and join a private group, you will always need a direct invitation or a "" invitation link. When it comes to public groups, there are several tools to discover groups that are in line with your interests.

How to find and join a public Telegram group via the search bar

In order to find and join a public group, you don't need an invitation. Of course, the invitation system works, but it is not as essential as for private groups.

To discover a public group, just use the search function of Telegram:

1.     From the app's home screen, tap the magnifying glass icon located at the top right.

2.     Type in the name of a media outlet, organization, personality, brand, or a topic of your choice.

3.     Public groups appear under Global Search.

4.     Select the group of your choice and tap on it.

5.     Once you are in the group, tap on the sidebar at the top of the chat window.

6.     Press Join Channel.

Telegram has received a new update that brings some interesting features, including the receipts for small groups, interactive emoji with fullscreen effects, and more. The update version is 8.0.1 and it is rolling out for Android, iOS, as well as desktop app.

One of the most notable and much-needed changes is the ability to check which group members have seen your message. Telegram says the read receipts in small groups work only for 7 days after the message was sent.

This means you only have 7 days to check the views of the message. Group messages are marked as read (double tick) as soon as one other member sees them.

Telegram has now added new themes for individual chats, which means you can change the backgrounds of each chat the way you like. Currently, Telegram has made available 8 new themes that you can apply to specific private chats. These themes include colorful message bubbles, animated backgrounds, and some patterns.

To set a theme for your chat on Android and iOS, tap the Chat Header then click on the three-dot menu and select Change Colors. Interestingly, your chat partner will also see the theme you’ve chosen. Also, these themes come with a day and night version and follow the app’s night mode settings.

Another change to make your conversation fun is the addition of interactive animated emoji. You can also tap on the animated emoji to unleash a full-screen effect.

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