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How To Invite And Add New People To Your Telegram Account [Updated 2021]

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Telegram is your go-to application whether to connect with your friends via its messaging, file sharing,  voice calling, and video calling features with your large group of friends. You can use your telegram account for creating channels, groups, playing games, using different bots, and the like. But did you know you can also invite and add new people to your Telegram account using its various features?

If you don’t want to miss out on connecting with your friends on Telegram, you can always add friends on your contact list to Telegram with its  “Contacts” option. Even though they don’t own a Telegram account, you can invite them with its “Invite Friends” feature. Analogously, you can also add people to Telegram by their phone number, username, inviting and through the “Add People Nearby” feature.

Today we’ll guide you on how to invite and add new people to your Telegram account using different methods. So, stay with us and read the full article.

Let’s take a look at different methods, shall we?

Add People to Telegram by their Phone Number [Method 1]

If you have a phone number of your friends and if they have a Telegram account, you can add them easily to your Telegram account.

You can follow the steps below to add people to your Telegram account by using their phone number:

Step 1: Tap on the ‘Three Horizontal Lines’

On the top-left corner of your Telegram application, press on the “three horizontal lines”.

Step 2: Go to “Contacts”

To the second of the sidebar, you’ll find the option, “Contacts”. Press on that.

You’ll now be taken to the “Contacts” page.

Step 3: Press On the Circular Blue Icon

To the bottom right corner of the “Contacts”, you’ll see a circular blue icon with a sign of a person and a “+” symbol. Tap on it.

Step 4: Fill up the form

You’ll now add the person using his phone number.

Type in the “First Name” of the person which is mandatory.

You can also type in the person’s last name.

Now, go below and choose a country and enter the phone number of the person you want to add.

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully added a new person to your Telegram account by his phone number.

Add People to Telegram by their Username [Method 2]

If people don’t want to share their phone numbers with you, you can still find and contact them if you have their username. Telegram’s search function allows you to add a new contact just by searching for their username.

You can follow the steps below to add people by their username on Telegram:

Step 1: Tap On The ‘Magnifying Glass Icon’

Into the top right corner of the screen, tap on the magnifying glass icon to bring up the search bar.

Step 2: Enter The Username

Now, type in the username of the person you’re looking for.

When you’ve entered a few characters of the username, the global search icon will automatically show all the people with a similar username.

Step 3: Tap On The Username

You can keep on typing or select the person you are searching for from the “Global Search” icon list.

[Note: If you have set your username on your telegram account, everyone can search you by your username .]

You will then be directed to the chatbox of the person you’re searching for.

Step 4: Type In Your Message

Now, you can begin to type your messages to the person and send it instantly.

Invite and Add New People to your Telegram account [Method 3]

You’d like your friends and family members to be on Telegram; but the thing is, they don’t have a Telegram account yet. In such a case, you can always invite them from the“Invite Friends” option(on both iOS and Android).

You can follow the steps below to invite new people to Telegram:

For iPhone Users

If you’re an iPhone user, the process of inviting people is a little different. You can either iMessage or MMS them.

  1. Go to the “Contacts” section, which is right there on the left-hand side at the bottom side menu.
  2. Tap on “Invite Friends” to select a list of friends you want to invite on Telegram.
  3. “Search Contacts” or “Share Telegram”

You can search for your friends and invite them through iMessage, MMS, or other social media applications. So, here are the steps:

  • Tap on the “Search Contacts” bar.
  • Select your friends by checking the radio button that lies on the right side of your contact list.
  • Press on the blue “Invite Contact” menu after selecting your contacts.
  • Now, send the iMessage using an upward arrow.

You can also invite your friends via different social media platforms. The following are the steps:

  • Tap on the “Share Telegram” menu.
  • Select any messaging application(In this case, we’ve used Instagram.)
  • Go to the “Chats” of Instagram.
  • Press on the “Send” menu to send all your followers a Telegram invitation.

For Android Users

If you’re an Android user, you can send an invitation via SMS or social media.

You can go through the following steps to invite your friends on Telegram using your Android  phone:

  1. Press on the “Three-Line Corner” to the top-left corner of the Telegram application to go to the menu bar.
  2. Tap on the “Invite Friends” button.
  3. “Search Contacts” or “Share Telegram”

You can search for your friends by pressing the “Search Contacts” option. So, here are the steps:

  • Type the name of your contact.
  • Press the green “Invite To Telegram” button that lies on the bottom.
  • Tap on the go-button to send an SMS invitation.

If you don’t want to spend your money on SMS, you can simply send the Telegram invitation via other social media sites. For that purpose, you can follow the steps below:

  • Tap on the “Share Telegram” option.
  • Select any messaging application (Here, we’ve used Messenger)
  • Go to the “Chats” of Messenger.
  • Select your friends on Facebook and press on “Send”.

Add people using the “People Nearby” Feature [Method 4]

Step 1: Go to the ‘Three Horizontal Lines’

To the top-left corner of your Telegram application, there is a button with ‘Three Horizontal Lines‘. Go there.

Step 2:  Tap on “People Nearby”

After that, you’ll then get a list of different menus. Select the ‘People Nearby‘ option, which is the fourth on the list.

Step 3: Tap on any Username

You’ll now get a whole bunch of usernames who are near you. [Note: You must have your profile picture first before you add any random people nearby.]

Step 4: Tap on the Circular ‘Chat Icon’

Now that you’ve pressed a username, you’ll have to select a circular white ‘chat icon’ to start messaging.

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully added the people nearby.


Can I add someone on Telegram without a number?

Of course! Telegram has other options such as adding people either by their usernames or simply by pressing on the “People Nearby” option.

How do I find people on Telegram?

You can find people on Telegram in four different ways:

  • Search people by their Phone Number
  • Search people by their Username
  • Invite and add new people to your Telegram account
  • Using the “Add People Nearby” feature within the Telegram app

How can I invite people to join Telegram?

You can always invite people to join Telegram through the“Invite Friends” feature (on both iOS and Android).

Also Read:

Add Multiple Members To The Telegram Group

 Delete Contacts On The Telegram App

 Hide Your Phone Number On Telegram

In Conclusion

Telegram is a messaging application where you can send messages, make video or voice calls, send large files to people in any corner of the world. Even though the people you want to connect with on Telegram don’t have a Telegram account, you can easily invite them. And if they do have an account on Telegram, you can add them to your contacts via their phone number or username.

Thank you for your time in going through this article. If you want to know more about Telegram, then you can go to the Telegram Tips.

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