Telegram groups are a powerful tool for building communities and can support up to 200,000 members each.
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 chat 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).
Groups are ideal for sharing stuff with friends and family or collaboration in small teams. But they can also host very large communities – in fact, up to to 200,000 members can join any group. We have plenty of admin tools to help admins keep the peace in these virtual cities.
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.
Group 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.
Groups admins can always edit pinned messages. This means your pinned message can contain an up to date list of links to important messages or other channels and groups.
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, groups 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 public groups. Anyone will be able to see them by opening their
t.me link – no Telegram account required. Tweet with confidence!
Bots further extend the potential power of groups, making anything possible – from automated moderation to games, payments and beyond.
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 groups 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 groups 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.