Telegram groups are a powerful tool for building communities. You can have an unlimited amount of groups and each can support up to 100,000 members. Friends and families use groups to share photos and plans, teams and businesses – to coordinate their work, massive ICOs – to answer questions and keep in touch with their investors.
Telegram has many features that make communication in groups easy no matter their size or purpose.
To reply to a specific message in a group chat, simply swipe left on it, type your text and hit ‘Send’. If you tap on the quote in a message that is a reply, the app scrolls up to the original message – and shows an arrow button to go back to the previous location. This makes navigating conversations in groups easy even if you've been away for a while.
The person you replied to will be notified about your message even if they muted the group chat — their notification settings for you personally apply in this case.
If you want several people within a group chat to get instantly involved in the conversation, you may mention them in a message:
They will be notified about your message, even if they muted the group chat — unless they've muted you personally, of course!
In busy groups, you can get new mentions or replies many times during a day – and it’s important not to miss those messages. So whenever this happens, you’ll notice straight away by the ‘@’ badge in the chats list:
When you have new replies/mentions in a group, you can instantly reach them by tapping the new ‘@’ button when inside the chat. This button will disappear once you’ve read all the relevant messages (you can also use a long tap on the button to quickly mark them as read).
Basic groups are ideal for sharing stuff with friends and family or collaboration in small teams, they can have up to 200 members and by default everyone can add new people and edit the name and group photo.
If your group is meant for very large community, you can upgrade it into a more centralized supergroup. Supergroups can have up to 100,000 members, they are optimized to host large online communities and will load quickly, even if you‘ve missed many messages while away. They also offer more advanced admin tools.
Hint: If you're doing something massively popular, consider creating a channel. Channels are a tool for broadcasting public messages to large audiences, and can have an unlimited number of subscribers.
Supergroup admins can inform all members about important news using pinned messages that are displayed at the top of the chat screen. All members will get a notification — even if they muted ordinary messages from the group.
It's easy to move your existing group chats to Telegram without any hassle. Simply send your friends an invite link. As soon as they get Telegram, they can instantly join your Telegram group just by following that link.
To get the link, first create a group on Telegram, then head to the ‘Add participant…’ section and tap ‘Invite to Group via Link’.
If you want a friendlier-looking link, supergroups can become public and get a short link, like t.me/publictestgroup. This way, anybody can view the group's entire chat history and join to post messages.
You can copy links to individual messages inside a public group. Anyone will be able to see them by opening their
t.me link – no Telegram account required. Tweet with confidence!
To help maintain order in your community, you can add admins with specific sets of privileges. Choose who among your trusted admins will be able to add new users, manage messages, block members, edit group info, or even add new admins.
Admins who don’t want to completely ban members from their supergroups can partially restrict their rights in order to stop behavior that's causing problems. You can put nasty users into read-only mode or maybe stop them from sending stickers or media for a certain period of time. You can do all of this with absolute precision:
Even robots can get in on the fun. With Bot API version 3.1, you can use admin bots to automatically impose temporary or permanent bans based on member actions. Check out the docs here to start building your robotic police force today.
When multiple admins are working with one group, it’s easy to get confused about which admin did what and when (or which admin bot has gone Skynet on your members). That’s why we've added a “Recent Actions” section to the admins page. This section stores a log of all service actions taken in the group in the last 48 hours and is visible to admins only.
Recent actions in supergroups also show messages that were deleted in the last 48 hours and the original versions of edited messages for the same period, so nasty behavior like self-deleted spam will no longer help anyone escape the admins’ wrath.
Large groups with 100 members and more can choose an official sticker set for all the members of the group to see and use while they're chatting in the group — without the need of adding it to their panels.