What is Telegram?
Telegram is a free, cloud-based messaging app known for its security and speed. It allows users to send and receive text messages, multimedia files and even VoIP calls.
Telegram also offers a variety of features, including the ability to create group chats with up to 200,000 members, and offers end-to-end encryption for secret chats.
Why do some users want to delete their Telegram account?
Although Telegram offers many benefits, there are various reasons why users may want to delete their account. Some users may be dissatisfied with the app or have concerns about its privacy practices.
Others may decide to delete their account because they want to switch to another messaging app or reduce their online presence.
It is important to note that deleting a Telegram account is permanent and removes all associated data, including messages, groups and contacts.
Step-by-step instructions for deleting a Telegram account
Delete via the Telegram app
Although it is not directly possible to delete a Telegram account via the app, the app provides a way to start the process. Users can access the settings and select the FAQ section.
There they will find the option "Delete your Telegram account". After selecting this option, they will be redirected to the Telegram website to continue the deletion process.
Delete via the Telegram website
To delete a Telegram account via the website, users must visit the official Telegram website and click on "FAQ". Under the menu item "My account", they select the option "Delete the Telegram account".
After clicking on "Deactivation page", they have to enter their phone number in international format and click on "Next". They will then receive a code from Telegram via SMS, which they must enter on the page in the browser.
Finally, they select "Delete account" and confirm their selection. It is important to note that this process is final and cannot be undone.
What happens after deleting the Telegram account?
What happens to the user's data?
After deleting a Telegram account, all of the user's data is deleted from the Telegram servers. This includes all messages, contacts, pictures, videos and documents associated with the account.
It is important to note that this process is irreversible - once deleted, this data cannot be recovered.
What happens to the groups that the user has created?
When a user deletes their Telegram account, all groups and channels they have created remain. The members of these groups and channels can still communicate with each other and share media files.
However, the user who deleted the account is removed from these groups and channels and can no longer access them.
Can the deletion of a Telegram account be reversed?
The short answer is no. Once a Telegram account has been deleted, this process cannot be reversed.
All data, including messages, contacts and media files associated with the account will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.
However, it is possible to create a new Telegram account with the same phone number after the old account has been deleted.
Note, however, that you cannot access previous data with this new account. It may also take some time before you can create a new account with the same number.
What happens when you delete a contact in Telegram?
If you delete a contact in Telegram, that contact will not be informed. However, the deleted contact might notice that he or she can no longer see your profile picture and phone number.
This information is only visible to your contacts, provided you have selected this in the app settings.
It is important to note that deleting a contact in Telegram does not mean that you delete all messages from that contact.
The messages will remain in your chat history unless you also choose to delete them.
Summary of the steps to delete a Telegram account
Deleting a Telegram account is an irreversible process that should be carefully considered. It requires accessing the Telegram website and entering your phone number in international format.
After you have received and entered a confirmation code, you can confirm the deletion of your account. This process removes all your personal data, including messages, contacts and media files, from the Telegram servers.
Considerations before deleting an account
Before deleting a Telegram account, users should consider a few important points. First, all data associated with the account will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.
Secondly, although the groups and channels you have created will remain, you will be removed from these groups and channels and will no longer be able to access them.
Thirdly, if you delete a contact in Telegram, he or she will not be informed about it, but might notice that he or she can no longer see your profile picture and phone number.
Finally, it is possible to create a new account with the same phone number, but you cannot access your previous data and it may take some time before you can create a new account.