Do my contacts get notified when I join Telegram?

Answered by Robert Flynn

When you join Telegram, your contacts will indeed receive a notification that you have joined the platform. This is because Telegram has a Contact Sync feature that allows users to find and connect with their friends and acquaintances who are also on Telegram. While this feature can be convenient for quickly finding and adding contacts, it does come with the consequence of notifying your contacts about your presence on the platform.

It is worth noting that when your contacts receive the notification, they will not receive any specific details about your activity on Telegram. They will simply be informed that you have joined the platform, but they will not be able to see your messages or any other personal information unless you specifically share it with them.

If you prefer to keep your identity private and avoid notifying your contacts when you join Telegram, you have the option to disable the Contact Sync feature. By turning off this feature, you can prevent Telegram from accessing your phone’s contacts and therefore avoid sending out notifications to your contacts when you join the platform.

To disable Contact Sync on Telegram, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the Telegram app on your device.
2. Go to the Settings menu. On most devices, you can access the Settings by tapping on the three-lined menu icon in the top left or top right corner of the app.
3. In the Settings menu, look for the option called “Privacy and Security” or simply “Privacy.”
4. Within the Privacy settings, you should find an option related to Contact Sync. The exact wording may vary depending on your device and the version of Telegram you are using.
5. Tap on the Contact Sync option and you will be given the choice to disable or enable it. Simply toggle the switch to turn off Contact Sync.

Once you have disabled Contact Sync, Telegram will no longer have access to your phone’s contacts, and therefore your contacts will not receive notifications when you join the platform. It is important to note that disabling Contact Sync does not affect your ability to use Telegram in any other way. You can still send and receive messages, join groups, and use all other features of the app as usual.

While your contacts will receive a notification when you join Telegram due to the Contact Sync feature, you have the option to disable this feature if you prefer to keep your identity private. Telegram will continue to function normally without the Contact Sync feature, allowing you to use the platform without notifying your contacts.