Telegram is one of the most popular (with more than 500 million users) and the best WhatsApp alternative messaging app out there. Unlike other messaging apps, Telegram has channels and global groups.
And there may come such scenarios where you need to join a Telegram group or channel for some purposes, but you are not comfortable joining such groups from your primary Telegram account.
So if you are searching for how to use “Telegram without Phone number,” your search ends here! I will guide you with the up-to-date working process of using Telegram without phone number in 2023.
Process of creating a Telegram account
To create a new account on Telegram, you need to use a phone number. Telegram will verify this number first by sending an OTP to that number or a call after three minutes if you didn’t enter the OTP from the message to confirm that the number belongs to you.
After the verification, you will be able to add your name and profile picture to use Telegram. Here you need a number to use Telegram. That’s obvious here. But we can use a virtual number to create an account on Telegram.
You can go for any paid platforms to buy or rent virtual numbers. In my opinion, the best app that provides virtual working numbers for free and paid is TextNow. TextNow is an application where you can sign up free of cost and get a virtual USA number.
Using this number, you can create Telegram just like you create Telegram with your physical SIM number. You will get the OTP (One-time password) or Call on the TextNow application.
Let’s learn everything step-by-step next so you don’t get confused.
Step – 1: Download and Install the TextNow Application.
If you are from India or any other country in Asia, you may not be able to download the TextNow application on your phone from Play Store or App Store.
It is because TextNow is unavailable in some countries. You will not get this app if you search for it on App Store or Play Store. If you go to textnow.com and follow the link to download, it will take you to the Play Store, where you will see that this application is unavailable in your country.
You can download it to your phone if available in your country. Else you can use APKPure to download the TextNow app. APKPure is a platform where you can download any blocked applications in your country. And you can trust this platform.
You can download TextNow from APKPure.com and then install it on your phone. But the application will be downloaded in XAPK format. So, you need a third-party app to install this XAPK on your Android phone.
I recommend you download and install the official app of APKPure on your phone. It will work like Play Store on your phone, and you can easily download any app from it, and the app will be automatically installed on your phone after it’s downloaded.
Let’s see how you can configure the APKPure app,
Step – 1: Here’s the link to download the APKPure app: apkpure.com/apkpure-app.html. Download the app and install it.
Step – 2: Next, open the APKPure app and search for TextNow. From the search result, tap on Install next to TextNow app.
Step – 3: (Optional) Note that to install TextNow on your phone, APKPure may ask you to turn off the UI optimization for your Android phone. To do that, enable Developer mode on your phone and then go to the Developer options and find the UI optimization option.
In my case, I’m demonstrating it on a Redmi phone running on MIUI, so I’m turning off the MIUI optimization to let APKPure install TextNow on my phone.
Step – 4: Now go back to the APKPure app. Tap on the top-right triple bar and then tap on Download to find the option to install TextNow. Next, tap on Install. This time TextNow will be installed successfully.
Step – 2: Configure TextNow for a valid virtual number.
Now that you have installed TextNow, it’s time to get the virtual number ready to use Telegram without a phone number.
Step – 1: Complete the sign-up process and keep on setting up the app until you reach the page where it asks you for location. Tap on “Don’t use my location.”
Step – 2: On the next page, TextNow will ask you to enter your area code. The appropriate area code is 919, that Telegram accepts in its sign-up process. Simply type 919 there and tap on continue. (Learn more about area codes on AT&T.)
Step – 3: TextNow will fetch the list of new numbers with area code 919 for you to use. Give it a few seconds to finish. Once the list appears, choose a free number you like and proceed to the next.
Step – 4: The final step is to activate the number you chose. Simply tap on “Activate my number” to do so.
Now you can use this TextNow number to use Telegram without phone number. To see your number, tap on the triple parallel lines on the homepage’s top left corner.
Simply copy that number by tapping on that number.
Step – 3: Sign-up for Telegram using this Virtual Number.
Now it’s time to sign up for Telegram. Follow the steps below to do so,
Step – 1: Open the Telegram app and select the country as the USA or put +1 as the country code. And then, paste the number you have copied from the TextNow app.
Step – 2: Now click on the arrow button down below to proceed. Telegram will send an OTP to TextNow. But here’s a thing. TextNow will not display the verification codes until you upgrade the app.
Just wait for the call. Telegram will call you after 3 minutes. Note down the OTP from the call and put it on the Telegram verification page to finish the verification.
If you cannot accept the call, don’t worry, TextNow will send the audio of the call you just missed as a voicemail. Just tap on the audio to listen to the OTP and verify the number on Telegram.
Now, finally, you are using Telegram without phone number. I mean, without an actual phone number. Here’s how it looks,
Now you can see that this number is my Telegram number, which isn’t real. For privacy purposes, I have blurred it because I’m not permanently keeping this number. Someone might be using it after it gets expires from my end.
Step – 4: Secure your Telegram account, so you don’t lose it.
After that, one more final step is needed, and this is to secure your Telegram account. Your TextNow number (the virtual one) can be expired at any time unless you pay for it or use it to send texts or make calls regularly.
But our purpose in using TextNow is only to sign up for Telegram without phone number. And we did it. Now, if that number gets released and someone takes it, and if they go to sign-up for Telegram, then you will lose your Telegram account.
Therefore, you need to secure your Telegram account so that someone with access to the virtual phone number can fail to sign in to your account. To do that, you need to enable Two-Step verification for your account.
- Go to Settings on your Telegram account from your mobile app.
- Then go to Privacy and Security.
- Scroll down to find Two-Step Verification.
- Click on it.
- Set passwords.
- Add a recovery email. (If you forget your password, you’ll have the option to get your account back. Also, it is vital to secure your Telegram account.)
- Enter the OTP sent to your recovery email.
Now, if someone tries to log in to your account, they need to provide the password to get in there. And this is how you can protect your Telegram account.
I hope the steps mentioned here will help you use Telegram without a phone number. Also, here is a bonus tip: if you have multiple devices, you better log in to your Telegram account from these devices too.
This way, if you somehow lost the Telegram app from your primary device and lost access to that TextNow number, you can still get it back on your primary device again. Cause when you log in, Telegram will send the verification code by default to the account logged in to other devices instead of the number.
Your Telegram accounts on other phones will act as backup sources for you to log in to your Telegram account from any device at any time. So even if someone owns your virtual number in the future, you can keep using your Telegram app for as long as you want.