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How to Find Groups on Telegram

How do you find and join a Telegram group? The Telegram messaging app has undoubtedly redefined instant messaging and brought satisfaction to its global users. With over 500 million users, it is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to Meta’s (formerly Facebook) WhatsApp.

Telegram has a host of features that makes it an excellent messaging app. One such feature is its vast networking abilities. Users around the globe can join groups or channels and interact with or without group invitation links.

Here, I’ll show you how to find the best Telegram groups.

What are Telegram groups or channels?

Before we dive into finding groups in Telegram, let’s talk about “Groups” and “Channels.”

Multiple groups and channels exist on Telegram for different purposes. There are groups for educational purposes, entertainment, sports, and even news updates.

Also, anyone can create a group or channel.

How to differentiate Telegram groups from channels

Telegram channels allow an unlimited number of users. There isn’t much communication on channels except when the Admin sends direct messages.

Unlike groups, other users cannot see or interact with themselves on a Telegram channel.

Also, note that members of a Telegram channel are called “Subscribers.” Ultimately, you automatically sign up for consistent content deliveries when you subscribe to a Telegram channel.

Channels can be likened to official pages of celebrity individuals or brands on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Telegram group allows users to communicate freely with each other. This is mostly used by friends and families or like-minded individuals who share similar interests.

This feature permits group conversation as texts, voice notes, stickers, documents, photos, and video files to as many as 200,000 members in a single group.

Pro tip: All Telegram groups and channels display their number of users on their header with the tag “Members” for groups and “Subscribers” for channels.

Telegram groups also tell you the number of members online, unlike channels. This can be a common differentiating factor between the two platforms.

Private groups on Telegram

Some groups are private. You can only join in if you have the “” invite link or if the group’s Admin invites you. You cannot find these groups from search results on the search bar.

Private groups can be made public if an Admin on the group decides to make it such for easy entry by all and sundry.

Public groups on Telegram

A Telegram public group has no restrictions on users. Unlike a private group where joining in is through an invitation link or an Admin, a public group allows users to find and join through the search function on the search bar.

Some really large public groups grow as large as 200,000 members. So joining a new Telegram group like that will never be boring!

Now that we’ve talked about how cool it could be to join a telegram group chat, let’s show you how to find one!

How to join a group in Telegram

The easiest and quickest way to join a telegram group is through invitation links.

If you want to get into a private group and don’t have the invite link, look around for anyone who is a member of such a group and get them to share the link.

  • All the person has to do is click on the group header
A new group on Telegram
  • Click on “Add Member”
  • Select “Invite to Group via Link”
  • Then, copy the group link.

When you get an invite link, you’re already as good as a member of that channel or group. Usually, the link starts with “” and, when clicked, takes you straight to the Telegram app and then automatically displays the group.

All you have to do is paste the link into any browser and follow it. Then click “JOIN GROUP.”

Join a Telegram group with a link on Google Chrome

Remember that a private group can take up to 200,000 members just in case you wish to invite more of your friends.

How to join a Telegram Channel on your PC

Telegram public channels have a large audience, and you do not necessarily need an invite link to join a channel. Use the search function to get the channel and join.

Follow the steps below to search for a channel using the desktop app.

STEP 1: Open Telegram on your desktop

Telegram home page on the Telegram desktop app

STEP 2: Tap on the search button at the top left corner of your screen, and type in the name of the channel you’d like to join. Press the “ENTER” key when you’re done.

Address bar to find new groups on Telegram

STEP 3: Under the “Global search” results, choose the channel you’d like to join.

STEP 4: Click “Join Channel”

Remember that you can only subscribe to a Telegram channel without an option to message other subscribers.

Pro tip: You must have an active Telegram account to access any of these exciting groups or channels. If you do not have an account, download the Telegram app today on your phone or PC and create an account. You can also use the Telegram website version via your internet browser to connect to your account or create one.

How to find Telegram groups on Android and iPhone

Of course, you must have downloaded the Telegram app from the App Store or Google Play Store to perform these outlined steps.

For both Android and iPhones, this process works the same way.

  • Open the Telegram app, and click the magnifying glass icon at the top right corner.
  • Type in the groups or channels you’d like to join.
  • When the search results return, click your desired group and tap “JOIN” at the bottom of the screen.

You can now type a message and maybe introduce yourself to other members.

Remember, you can only introduce yourself on private and public groups in Telegram, not channels.

How to find Nearby Groups in Telegram?

With the “People Nearby” feature on your Telegram app, you can find groups around your location.

  • Launch the app on your smartphone device and tap on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner.
  • Next, select the “People Nearby” option.

All the local Telegram groups within your location would be immediately displayed on your screen.

How to exit a Telegram group.

You can always exit whatever group you join if you no longer want to participate in the group chats.

Here’s how:

  • Launch the app on your smartphone device and click on the group you wish to exit.
Group header on a Telegram group
  • Click on the triple dot in the top right corner.
  • Click “Leave Channel” (to exit a channel) or “Delete and leave group” (to exit a Telegram group).
Delete an Leave group option on Telegram Group

With these highlighted steps, you should be able to find and join new Telegram groups or subscribe to whatever Telegram channel you want.

Here’s a fun fact to wrap things up: when you join a Telegram group or channel, you get access to the previous messages sent before joining the group.

Have fun trying it out!


Telegram allows you to share specific channel messages via a link. Just follow the steps below to do this.

  • Navigate to the message you want to share on the channel and tap it
  • A popup option would come up. Click the “Copy Link” option
  • You can now share the message with a friend on Telegram or a different app.

Toby Grey contributes as a How To expert for BGR. Typing away like a keyboard super hero, he covers just about anything you can think of. If Toby isn't writing, he's probably reading a book or playing video games.