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Onboarding Telegram

Getting Started with Telegram: A New User’s Guide to Privacy and Security

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of joining Telegram as a new user while emphasizing privacy and security. Follow these steps to set up your account in a safe, anonymous, and sovereign manner.

Set up your profile

Create a username and add a picture (optional but recommended for recognition, we suggest to avoid personal pictures or selfies).

Adjust Privacy Settings

  1. Access Privacy Settings:
    • Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner to open the menu.
    • Go to “Settings” > “Privacy and Security.”
  2. Phone Number Privacy:
    • Hide your phone number
  3. Last Seen and Online Status:
    • Adjust who can see your “Last Seen” and “Online” status.
  4. Status:
    • Choose who can call you
    • Choose who can see your groups
  5. Check:
    • Check from time to time how many devices are logged in your account
  6. Folders:
    • go to profile
    • Chat folders
    • Create the name of the folders
    • Add the groups into these folders according the topic
    • you will have also a personal tab for DM

You are ready to jump into:


Intro to TON Ecosystem The Open Network (TON) is a global, decentralized blockchain community focused on putting crypto in every pocket. By building a Web3 ecosystem in Telegram, TON’s vision is to empower 500 million users to own their digital identity, data, and assets by 2028. If you’re new here, follow these steps to get started with The Open Network and Telegram’s TON-based Web3 ecosystem:


Create your wallet Join TON by setting up a wallet on the network. You have a variety of choices, such as the @Wallet in Telegram, Tonkeeper, OpenMask, and MyTonWallet, each offering a secure way to manage your assets. For those seeking enhanced security, consider hardware wallets like Ledger, SafePal or Tangem. Discover more wallet options here.


Buy Toncoin (TON) Purchase TON’s native currency, Toncoin, directly in Telegram using @Wallet with a debit or credit card, or via centralized exchanges like OKX, KuCoin, Bybit, and Alternatively, use TON-native platforms such as and, or DEXs like Uniswap, PancakeSwap, and Biswap. Find more options here.


Explore TON Ecosystem Discover a diverse range of over 500 apps on TON App. Experience the unique Telegram Mini Apps platform in the tApps Center, fully integrated within Telegram, providing easy access to innovative applications.


Use your Toncoin (TON) Toncoin goes beyond financial transactions. Use it to buy Telegram Premium, purchase Telegram usernames on Fragment, access TON-based VPN services, buy eSIM plans, decentralized storage, shop for real-world products, stake, and explore DeFi applications. Your journey into the new world of Web3 starts here. Explore, engage, and empower your digital life with TON on Telegram. For a deeper dive, check out this detailed guide.

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Wallet TON: custodial wallet
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Wallet Tonkeeper: Non custodial (Hot wallet)

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