Telegram is free and popular because it is fast, simple, secure, and available on several major platforms like Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, Chrome, etc. In addition to messaging, it allows sharing photos, videos, and other files up to 1.5 GB each.
The basic difference between Telegram and WhatsApp is that Telegram is a cloud-based app i.e., you can access the messages of your Telegram account on several devices simultaneously. Telegram also has the advantage of having many more features than WhatsApp. If you want to create a Telegram account, you can read this article to find out how you can do that.
Installing the app
Before creating an account on Telegram, you need to download and install the Telegram app. If you are using an Android device, you must go to the Google Play Store to install the Telegram app. For iOS users, you need to go to the Apple App Store and install the app. If you want to install the Telegram app on Windows, Mac, or Linux, you need to go to the Telegram website at https://desktop.telegram.org/. To download and install the Telegram app on any other platform, go to https://telegram.org/apps. Once you have downloaded and installed the Telegram app, you are ready to create an account on Telegram.
Verifying phone number
First, open the Telegram app you downloaded and installed on your device. When the Telegram app opens, you will be able to see the welcome screen of the Telegram app inviting you to create an account. What you need to do here is tap/click on the ‘Start Messaging’ option. This will open a new page on the app where it will ask you to enter your phone number. To enter it, you will have to choose your country in the first text box. What this will do is it will automatically enter the country code in the next text box. You must now enter your phone number in the last text box. After entering your phone number, tap on the ‘next’ button. Telegram will now send a verification code to the phone number you provided. Get this verification code from the phone message you received from Telegram, and then type this verification code in the text box asking for the code, and tap the ‘next’ option when you are done typing the verification code. You must keep in mind that you should never share this verification code with anyone. This is for security reasons.
You should know that the phone number you have to provide in this step of creating a Telegram account need not be your phone number because you only need this phone number to create the account. So, you can borrow someone else’s phone number for verification (which takes 2 minutes at most) only if that person does not use Telegram and is not likely to use it in the future.
Now that you have verified your phone number on the Telegram app in creating your Telegram account, the final step is straightforward. What remains to be done now is just to enter your first and last name with which you want to use the Telegram app. Enter your full name and tap on the tick-mark icon in the app's top-right corner. You are now done creating the Telegram account.