Empowering Ways To Hide Your Profile Picture In Telegram

Since WhatsApp declared its new privacy policy which said to have come into effect in May 2021, there has been a rise in the number of Telegram users. People have left WhatsApp for all the right reasons and resorted to other applications like Viber, Telegram and Signal. It was reported that around 500 million active users of WhatsApp left it after hearing the privacy policy of WhatsApp this January. In this article we elaborate how to hide your profile picture in telegram.

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Alternatives of WhatsApp like Telegram work as effectively as WhatsApp and have features that respect your privacy. Not only can you hide your profile in Telegram but also your online status and contact number, too like in WhatsApp. Moreover, it is better than WhatsApp as you can hide your profile picture in Telegram to selected users only. So it works in the favour of your privacy as you don’t show your profile picture to those whom you don’t want. 

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Here is how to hide your profile picture in Telegram from selected users

Let us look at the steps to hide your profile pictures in Telegram from selected users.

  1. Launch the app on your phone and click on the three horizontal lines on the top-left corner.
  2. Click on the ‘Settings’ option.
  3. Under the ‘settings option, you will find the ‘Privacy and Security’ option. Click on that.
  4. Under the ‘Privacy and Security’ option, you will find the ‘Profile Photos’ option. Click on that.
  5. Then you will see a message pop up on your screen asking, ‘Who can see my profile photos and videos?’. Under it, there are two options: ‘Everybody’, which is set by default and the other one is ‘My contacts’.
  6. Click on the ‘My contacts’ option if you want to hide your profile picture in Telegram from selected users.
  7. You will again see two options pop up under the ‘Add Exceptions’ on your screen asking you to select between: ‘Always Allow’ and ‘Never Allow’. So, if you put your contacts under the ‘Always Allow’ option, it means they can always view your profile picture. But if you put some of your selected contacts under the ‘Never Allow’ option, it means they can never see your profile picture.
  8. Click on the ‘Never Allow’ option and select those contacts with whom you don’t want to share the profile picture. 

This is how you hide your profile in Telegram. To hide your status on Telegram, you use a similar procedure. 

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Importing chats to Telegram 

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New users often find it difficult to copy their data and chats from WhatsApp, especially those who run a business via WhatsApp. Click on the link below to know the procedure of importing chats from WhatsApp to Telegram: Import WhatsApp chat history into Telegram.

How to hide your online status in Telegram?

This is as easy as hiding your profile picture on Telegram. Let us have a look at the procedure because when you install Telegram in your phone, by default, all your contacts can see your online status. So if you feel the need to hide it, here is how you do it. 

  1. Open the Telegram and click on the three horizontal lines far-right corner. 
  2. Go to the settings option under it.
  3. Click on the ‘Privacy and Security’ option under the settings menu.
  4. Click on the ‘Last seen and Online’ option.
  5. Then will come three options for you to choose: Everyone [the default option]; My Contacts and Nobody. Select ‘Nobody’ and confirm by clicking on the check sign on the top-right corner. 
  6. A message will pop up regarding the activity status, click yes, and you are done. 

If you want only selected contacts to see your online activity status, then click on ‘My Contacts’ and select the users you wish to share your online activity status with. This procedure is quite similar to hiding the profile picture procedure. 

How to hide online status on PC?

If you work on a PC and you need to hide your online status or need to hide a profile picture in Telegram from your PC, then follow the above procedure in both cases. The functions and procedures are both the same irrespective of the device you use Telegram on.

This was the quick guide to hide your profile picture in Telegram, but if one thing that you should always keep in mind is not to share too much personal information or sensitive information online. Data is sensitive and privacy is becoming a myth. Try to be on the safe side!

Also, read: What Is The Confusion Related To New WhatsApp policy 2021

All this information is a sheer manifestation of how online privacy is a complete sham, and web users are fooled by the technical jargon. So, the best is to encrypt the data you find sensitive and share and talk about matters that you don’t fear leaking.

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