The best way to hide something is to not have it in the first place. But what if you just want to show your Telegram profile picture to your contacts or hide it from someone in particular? Here̵
Telegram’s privacy feature gives you incredible control over who can and can’t see your profile picture. You can only show your profile picture to your contacts if you want to. You can also specifically choose the contacts, groups or users from whom you want to hide your profile picture.
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The steps on how to hide the profile picture in Telegram are slightly different for iPhone and Android. We’ll talk about both platforms below.
Hide your profile picture in Telegram on iPhone
You can hide your profile picture from the general public or from specific users through the settings menu in the Telegram app. To start, open the Telegram app on your iPhone and go to the “Settings” tab.
Select the option “Privacy and security” here.
Now select the option “Profile picture”.
By default, the profile picture is displayed to ‘Everyone’.
If you want to hide your profile picture from the general public (and anyone who gets their hands on your phone number or username), choose the “My Contacts” option. Now only users who are in your contact book can see your profile picture.
If you want to add certain exceptions, you can do so in the “Exceptions” section.
To hide your profile picture from certain contacts, groups or a user who is bothering you, tap the “Never share with” button.
Select the option “Add users or groups” here.
Find and select the user for which you want to hide your profile picture. Tap the “Done” button to save your choice.
You can go back and choose the “Always share with” option to always share your profile picture with specific users or groups.
Tap the “Add Users or Groups” option.
Search and select contacts to add. Tap “Done” to save your choices.
Telegram will now show your profile picture with the selected users.
Hide your profile picture in Telegram on Android
The steps for hiding your profile picture in Telegram are slightly different for the Android app.
Open the Telegram app and tap the three-line menu icon in the top left corner.
Now choose the option “Settings”.
Go to the “Privacy and Security” section here.
Choose the option “Profile pictures”.
If you only want to share your profile picture with users in your contact book, choose the “My contacts” option. This will immediately hide your photo from everyone else on Telegram.
But you can go one step further. Once you choose the ‘My contacts’ option, Telegram will give you two more detailed options: ‘Always allow’ and ‘Never allow’.
The “Always allow” feature allows you to add users or groups who can see your profile picture (this also works for users who are not in your contact book).
Tap the “Always Allow” button to get started.
Search for and add contacts, users or groups. You can also search for contacts based on their usernames.
Tap the check mark to save your selection.
Likewise, you can choose the “Never allow” feature and add contacts, users or groups from which you want to hide your profile picture.
Find and select the contacts (or users) whose profile picture you want to hide.
Now tap on the check mark to save the selection.
When you are done adjusting the settings, tap the check mark in the top right corner to save the settings.
And that’s it. Telegram now hides the profile picture from the selected users.
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