How to sign in to Telegram on your phone or computer

  • You can log in to Telegram with your phone number or a QR code.
  • When you log into one of Telegram’s mobile apps, you’ll need to enter a code sent to your phone.
  • To log into the Telegram website, you can also scan a QR code with your phone’s camera.

Telegram is a secure messaging app. That means every message you send is encrypted and logging into your account requires more than a standard username and password.

Sign in to the Telegram apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

To create a Telegram account, you must have an active phone number. This is because logging in requires you to enter a code that will be texted to your phone or told over a phone call.

Open Telegram and tap Start messagesand then enter the phone number associated with your account.

Telegram will send you a five digit code. However, if you’re already signed in to Telegram on another mobile device, Telegram will send your code to that device’s app instead.

Type the code into Telegram and you are logged in.

The page in Telegram that asks the user to enter a login code.

You need a five-digit code to log in.

Telegram; William Antonelli/Insider


If you try to sign in to Telegram and have no other verified devices, you will also see a message that Telegram will call you in a few minutes. If you are unable to receive text messages, this is a fallback option to log into your account.

How to login to Telegram Web

The Telegram Web app offers you two ways to login. You can use your phone number like the mobile app, or you can use a QR code. To do either one, visit the Telegram website.

To log in with a QR code, open Telegram on a mobile device and tap Settings in the bottom right corner, and then Devices† Select the Pair Desktop Device option and point your device’s camera at the QR code. The website should log in immediately.

The Link Desktop Device option in Telegram and the QR code to be scanned.

Use the built-in camera of the Telegram app.

Telegram; William Antonelli/Insider


You can also click Log in by phone number† Type the phone number associated with your account, then enter the code they send you, just like with the mobile app.

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