How to pin and manage messages in Telegram

One interesting feature that seems to be quite underrated in the world’s favorite chat app, Telegram, is the ability to pin a message. Pinning messages keeps it at the top of your chat list, so you can access it quickly and easily. You can pin your private or group chats, and it’s really convenient. People pin posts frequently. Usually, these are conversation threads to the


One cool feature that seems to be pretty underrated in the world’s favorite chat app, Telegram, is the ability to pin a message. Pinning messages keeps it at the top of your chat list, so you can get to it quickly and easily. You can pin your private or group chats, and it’s really convenient.

People pin posts frequently. These are usually threads that they want to return to, or when people post links that they don’t have time to review right away. Users pin the chat, quickly access it, and then bleed it out when they’ve done what they want. Groups also often post important messages to ensure all members have a chance to read them.

How to pin a message on Telegram

It is relatively simple to pin a message on Telegram, so it is often used. You can pin chats between individuals or groups, and the process is the same.

  • Open the chat you want to pin in Telegram.
  • Tap the chat until a popup appears.
  • Select ‘Pin’, then choose if you want to let all parties know you’ve pinned it.
  • Confirm your action by pressing “PIN”.
  • Your chat stays at the top of the message screen, ready for you to do whatever you need to with it. When you no longer need it, just tap on the “x” icon and select “Detach”.

That’s not all you can do with Telegram chats. Here are some additional Telegram tips and tricks that will enhance your experience.

Edit sent messages on Telegram

An unusual but welcome feature in Telegram is the ability to edit messages, even after sending them. If you’re sending a group message or conversation with someone essential and spot an obvious typo, you can access that message and edit it after the fact.

  • Open the chat you want to edit in Telegram.
  • Long press chat.
  • Select “edit” (pencil icon) in the dialog box.
  • Make your change and press the “Save” icon (checkmark icon).

The message is edited for everyone, and a pencil icon indicates that the message has also been edited.

Reply to messages from your home screen on Telegram

Since you can reply to SMS notifications from your phone’s “Home” screen, you can do the same on Telegram. You need to turn the feature on first, but if you’re usually quick to respond, it can save you valuable seconds.

  • Open Telegram and select “Settings”.
  • Select “Notifications and sounds”.
  • Enable notifications for chats.

This setting displays a notification on your “Home” screen when you receive a message. You can then tap on that message and reply directly.

Read telegram messages without informing the sender

If curiosity gets the better of you and you can’t wait to read a message but don’t have time for a long conversation, you can read Telegram messages secretly. The process is the same as for other chat apps: use airplane mode.

  • Allow Telegram to download the message as usual.
  • Activate “airplane mode” on your phone.
  • Open and read your Telegram message.
  • Stop Telegram until you want the read receipt to be sent.

Using “airplane mode” is an old trick but still useful.

How to hide the last time you were on Telegram

There are times when you sneak into Telegram, but you don’t want some friends to know about it. The reasons are many and probably all valid, so it’s nice that you can hide the “Last Seen” setting.

  • Open Telegram and select “Settings”.
  • Select “Privacy and security”.
  • Change “Last seen and online”.

In the “Last Seen” settings, you can choose who sees what, and you can even add exceptions to any rules you set. It’s a neat little feature that sometimes comes in handy.

Sort your chats with hashtags on Telegram

If you have a massive group on Telegram, it can be useful to sort all your chats with hashtags. These work the same way as on Twitter. You can quickly search for particular hashtags. The process is ideal for busier groups.

  • Open a message in Telegram.
  • Tap the “vertical ellipses” (three dots icon) in the top right section to access the search option.
  • Type the “hashtag” character (#) followed by a meaningful term.

You can now search using this hashtag, just like other people in the group.

Prevent GIF autoplay on Telegram

A lot of people don’t like GIFs. They find them incredibly boring and not so much fun most of the time. The ability to stop them from autoplaying and flickering or moving around your phone is invaluable. Here’s how to enable the setting.

  • Open Telegram and select “Settings”.
  • Tap “Data & Storage.”
  • Disable “Multimedia GIF Autoplay”.

Now you can enjoy a GIF-free Telegram experience. You can still play GIFs when you select them, but they won’t flicker annoyingly until you manually turn them on.

In conclusion, pinning messages on Telegram is relatively easy and makes selected chats stand out from the rest to keep things organized. Also, managing your chat messages isn’t complex if you know what you can do, like sort them using hashtags, edit your messages, control animated GIFs in chats, and more. Shortcuts also speed things up, like replying to others right from the “Start” screen.

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