Telegram allows you to secure your account with two-step verification. This allows you to add a second password, which you must use when you log in to your Telegram account. Here’s how to easily enable two-factor authentication in Telegram.
By default, when you sign in to Telegram, you must use a one-time password (OTP) that will be sent via text message or Telegram message to another device that you have previously signed in to. However, to make your Telegram account more secure, you should use the two-step verification feature in the app.
If you have forgotten the second password, you can reset it with your email. This password is synchronized across devices and is linked to your Telegram account.
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Enable two-step verification in Telegram for Android
Enabling two-step verification is quite easy on Telegram for Android. First, tap the three-line menu icon in the top left corner of the app.
This opens a menu with a lot of options. Tap on ‘Settings’.
Now go to “Privacy and Security”.
Select ‘Two-step verification’.
On the next screen, tap on ‘Set Password’.
It’s time to enter your two-factor authentication password. We recommend using a good password manager to generate secure passwords. Tap on ‘Continue’.
Enter your password again and select the “Continue” button.
Set a password hint, then tap Continue.
You will now be asked to enter your email address, which will be used in case you want to reset your Telegram password in the future. Tap ‘Continue’.
Telegram will now send a verification to the email address you just entered. Enter the code to continue.
Congratulations, you just added an extra layer of security to your Telegram account. Select the button “Back to settings” and chat away.
Enable two-step verification in Telegram for iPhone
The process to enable two-step verification is similar to Telegram for iPhone. Here’s what to do.
On Telegram for iPhone, tap “Settings” in the bottom bar, to the right of the “Chats” tab.
Select ‘Privacy and Security’.
Select the option “Two-step verification”.
Now tap on the “Set additional password” button.
It’s time to set an additional password here to secure your Telegram account. Enter your password in both fields and make sure they are identical, then select Create Password.
You can now create a hint for your password. This hint will appear every time Telegram asks for your second password. Tap “Continue” when you’re done.
If you ever want to reset your Telegram password, a recovery code will be sent to your email. In this step, enter your email address and tap ‘Continue’.
Telegram sends a code to your email address. Paste the code into Telegram and you’re done.
Your Telegram account is now a lot more secure than before. Again, the next time you log in to Telegram, you’ll need to enter your second password, so keep it somewhere safe.
Now that you’ve secured your account, you may also want to hide your phone number in Telegram.
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