How to Call in Telegram on Android, iOS and On a Computer in 2020

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Telegram Calls
Telegram Calls

As studies show, modern instant messengers have taken a significant fraction of the total number of telephone calls from conventional telephony. One of the most popular means of communication in this area is Telegram.

A big advantage of calls to Telegram is the ability to use both a WiFi connection and mobile Internet. Calls through Telegram are a great way to get free calls, and the call quality is noticeably superior to that of mobile operators. 

Today we will tell you how to use the call feature on the mobile and desktop versions of Telegram, how to set up calls to Telegram correctly, what to do if calls to Telegram do not work, as well as many other interesting and useful things.

How to Call Telegram

What you need to call Telegram:

  1. Choose an interlocutor.
  2. Call and establish a connection.
  3. Make sure the signal is good and the call is encrypted.

Below in this section you will find detailed instructions for the two most common platforms: Android and iOS.

Android Calls

There are several ways to reach the other person from the device on which the Android operating system is installed.

Firstly, you can select a contact in the list, and then open the subscriber’s tab by clicking on his profile picture. In the window that opens, click on three points in the upper right corner. After you click on them, a list of functions will open. Select the “Call” function.

This is the first way to call in Telegram
This is the first way to call in Telegram

Secondly, you can first click on the person’s profile picture, and only then on the handset icon at the top when it appears.

Click on the avatar, and then on the tube icon
Click on the avatar, and then on the tube icon

The third method is almost similar to the second. The third method is almost similar to the second. Click on the subscriber’s profile picture, then click on the phone number, and then select “Call via Telegram”.

Calls on iOS

Calling someone on iOS is also very easy! To do this, go to the appropriate Telegram dialogue. After that, click on the profile picture of the person you want to call, and then select the option “Call via Telegram”. Thus, calls via Telegram on iOS are completely identical to one of the methods for making the same calls on Android.

How to call Telegram on iOS
How to call Telegram on iOS

Computer Calls

Telegram calls via PC
Telegram calls via PC

The computer is also suitable for making calls via Telegram. The call algorithm in the desktop version of Telegram on a PC is the same for both Windows and macOS. 

  • Select an interlocutor from your contact list;
  • Press the button with the image of the handset.

Another way to find the telephone receiver is to select a chat with the person you are talking to, and then quickly click on its nickname. In the tab that appears, the handset will also be displayed. We click on it and communicate with pleasure.

Ways to call Telegram via computer
Ways to call Telegram via computer

Below you can see more clearly how to call Telegram:

How to make a Call with Telegram?

Telegram Calls: Setup and Chips

In general, Telegram is able to truly please its users with flexible configuration of the call function. As soon as you start using calls, Telegram on iOS will offer you to add a special tab for calls on the main screen.

In addition, you can use the “Calls” tab in the “Recent Calls” section of the “Settings” menu. In the case of Android, the call tab is available in the main menu. And now let's look at all the functions and capabilities of calls to Telegram.

Tabs where you can view all calls or set up notification and sound
Tabs where you can view all calls or set up notification and sound

How to Turn it On

In order to activate the function of calls via Telegram, you need to ask one of your subscribers to dial you in the messenger. For example, you can do this in one of the chats. When they call you and answer the call, you will receive a special button in the form of a handset, and the function of calls via Telegram will be activated.

Activation Example
Activation Example

How to Disable

To disconnect calls to Telegram you need to do the following: open your Telegram, click on the button in the form of three bars in the upper left corner, then go to “Settings”, select “Privacy” and go to the “Calls” tab. In calls, you need to select “Nobody”.

Congratulations, you have successfully disabled the ability to call you.

Call tab way
Call tab way

In the same tab, just a little lower you can disable the Peer-to-Peer call feature. This function has a number of positive properties, providing high quality sound and data transmission, but at the same time, when it is turned on, this feature may allow unscrupulous people to find out your IP address without your permission. 

Therefore, if you do not use calls regularly, and if you want to hide your IP address, then we recommend disabling the function.

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If you do not understand the meaning of Peer-to-Peer, then do not change the settings for this function, leave everything as default.

Who Can Call Me

Who can Call Me on Telegram
Who can Call Me on Telegram

The selection of the circle of those who can call you in the Telegram is carried out in the same tab as the call barring. Your way will be the same as in the previous paragraph: Telegram - “three stripes” - “Settings” - “Confidentiality” - “Calls”.

However, in this case, you have to make a choice: to allow receiving calls only to your contacts or to all users of the Telegram messenger in general.

Go to the “Calls” tab (as described above) and check the box on one of the options offered by the messenger.

Setting Call Permissions
Setting Call Permissions

Telegram Answerphone

Telegram Answerphone
Telegram Answerphone

Download any automatic response application, such as the IM Auto Reply application. The application has the functionality of an answering machine for a number of instant messengers, including Telegram. At the same time, access to your account is not required, just provide the right to read your notifications.

Which is very valuable, IM Auto Reply functions can be activated separately, only for some contacts in Telegram.

Telegram Answering Machine
Telegram Answering Machine

Also, you can select the second-by-second timing through which your message will be automatically sent in response and determine the number of times: or it will be a one-time sending of an auto-message or a repetition after each attempt of a subscriber to contact you. 

In addition, it is possible to customize the response of the answering machine depending on the message sent to you. So, for example, a short “Hello” can be set to a mirror response, if the message is longer, the application sends another phrase that you previously agreed on.

In addition, in Telegram using the special bot designer “Livegram Bot” it is possible to create and configure your own autoresponder bot.

Missed and Canceled Calls to Telegram

If you got a call, but you didn’t have time, could not or didn’t want to pick up the phone, “Missed call” will appear in your chat. A notification about this with the Telegram icon (in the form of an airplane) will be displayed at your top, on the main screen of the mobile device.

Missed call in chat
Missed call in chat

In addition to missed calls, there are also “canceled calls”. Unlike the unaccepted one, this notification appears when someone tried to dial you, and then changed their mind about making a call and dropped it.

Telegram Calls Do Not Work

Problems with calls to Telegram can occur for a number of reasons, but there are four main ones: 

  1. You have problems with the Internet;
  2. Telegram blocking in the territory of the host country;
  3. Your subscriber has disabled the ability to call him;
  4. When calling from the desktop version of Telegram, the call is automatically reset if the user does not have a microphone.

The first problem is solved by rebooting the device and the Internet router, with the subsequent identification and elimination of the causes of the problems. If you do not have Internet access (disconnected for non-payment, a router is invalid or any other reason), then, naturally, calls to Telegram will not work for you, as well as Telegram itself. 

The second problem is also solvable. Due to blocking in Russia and some other countries, the messenger may work somewhat unstable. A flashing Telegram signal or a constantly interrupted conversation may be a sign of problems caused by blocking, however, it may indicate problems with Internet coverage. In order to solve the problem with blocking, you need to configure Proxy for Telegram or enable the VPN service. We talked about how to do this in our articles on proxies for Telegrams and bypass blocking.

To solve the third problem outlined, you just need to contact your interlocutor and ask him to enable the telegram-ringtone function in your account.

The fourth problem is solved by simply connecting headphones with a built-in microphone to your device.

Group Calls in Telegram

Telegram group calls
Telegram group calls

Unfortunately, at the moment in Telegram there is no group call function. However, recently Pavel Durov promised to launch group calls to Telegram. And not simple calls, but safe video calls! The developer promises to introduce this chip so important at the present time already in 2020. Durov separately emphasized the need to develop secure software for this function.

At the moment, there are unofficial third-party projects partially integrated with Telegram, which allow you to use the function of group voice communication. Here, of course, you need to clearly understand that the use of third-party developments contradicts the principle of software security voiced by Pavel Durov. Thus, if you use such developments, then only at your own peril and risk.

Take advantage of group calls will help you a special “ConfoBot”. To do this, find this bot through the “Search” option in Telegram or follow the link above, and then activate it by clicking the “Start” button (in the mobile version) or “Run” in the desktop version.

Telegram ConfoBot - Group Communication Tool
Telegram ConfoBot - Group Communication Tool

Create a group chat in Telegram, in the composition that should take part in a group call. Add ConfoBot everyone to this chat as participants.

When the ConfoBot add-on appears in the chat, type the command / conf in the dialog box and send it to this general chat. Having received this command, ConfoBot will generate a special external one-time link in the chat, according to which the participants of the conference will need to go to get to an external site, where the voice communication between the group members will take place.

Are Telegram Сalls Tapped

Are calls tapped?
Are calls tapped?

Telegram calls are well protected and are based on time-tested end-to-end MTProto encryption of telegram secret chat rooms using end-to-end technology.

For added security, Peer-to-Peer can be disabled.
For added security, Peer-to-Peer can be disabled.

Before a voice call is accepted, the application takes preliminary steps. The caller must contact the party receiving the call and check their availability. In addition, both parties agree on the protocols used, in advance find out the IP addresses of each other or Telegram servers, which will be used for conversation (so-called reflectors), and also generate a one-time encryption key for this voice call.

All this is done in parallel, using several Telegram API tools. Both sides of the conversation independently convert the speech information into a sequence of small fragments or packets, not more than 1 kilobyte each. This information is then encrypted using the shared key generated during the initial exchange. 

This document describes the encryption process for each block, excluding subsequent voice encoding, which is encrypted separately, using a completely different key. Thanks to all measures taken, Telegram boasts an extremely high degree of security of negotiations.

This is how emojis look to protect the conversation
This is how emojis look to protect the conversation

To make sure that the connection was not hacked, subscribers need to compare the four emojis located in the upper right corner of the screen during a call. The combination of these emojis is different for each new conversation.

If the emojis are the same for both parties, then everything works as intended by the developers and external interference in the conversation is excluded.

For greater security, you can voice emoji in turn: the first person calls two emoji and the second person speaks the next two. 

Telegram Replaced the Phone

Telegram Creator, Pavel Durov
Telegram Creator, Pavel Durov

The ongoing development of instant messengers is increasingly contributing to the transition of calls to the field of Internet telephony. Better quality, cheaper, more reliable and safer communications are Telegram's important advantages over almost any mobile network operator. The efficiency and safety that Pavel Durov's team made its priorities in the development of the Telegram messenger and related projects, are, as time has shown, demanded goods in the market of modern virtual telephony.

Ease of use, simplicity, consistency, convenience and intuitive functionality of the Telegram functionality – will provide it with advantages over competitors in the chosen niche, and a wonderful development team is a guarantee that Telegram will not stop in its development.

After each conversation, rate the quality of the conversation
After each conversation, rate the quality of the conversation

Each time you end a voice conversation in Telegram, the messenger asks you to evaluate the quality of the call. After each conversation, the neural network analyzes the parameters based on your feedback and signals from your device (naturally, it does not have access to the content of the conversation, but receives only technical information about network speed, ping time, percentage of lost packets, etc.). Accounting for this data, thanks to built-in machine learning, subsequently allows developers to optimize dozens of parameters, improving the quality of future calls to Telegram. 

Obviously, even those functions that the messenger has not yet managed to acquire will soon be worked out and successfully implemented. Particularly encouraging in this matter is the prospect of the emergence of secure group audio and video conversations. Particularly encouraging in this matter is the prospect of the emergence of secure group audio and video conversations. Undoubtedly, such an update could potentially bring Telegram to a completely new level for him. We are waiting and hope for it!

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