How To Use Telegram Without a Phone Number

While the app is typically known for its privacy features, there is one rather glaring security hole in Telegram — when you register for an account with the service, you have to provide your phone number in order to verify your account. You can’t just give it a fake number, either, as you have to receive a message on that number in order to verify your account and start using the service.

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It is true that Telegram doesn’t use that number for anything after you register, but for privacy-minded users seeking to preserve their anonymity, having to provide a phone number at all is a bad start.

Fortunately, it is simple to bypass this requirement. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of getting a Telegram account without having to give the service your actual phone number.

Can You Use Telegram Without a Phone Number?

Unfortunately, you cannot make a Telegram account without providing a phone number. This requirement is designed to prevent bots and automated account creation.

After giving the app your phone number, you’ll either receive a voice call or an SMS text message with a verification code which you will use to verify your Telegram account.

Once that call or text has been received, however, you do not need further access to the number you provided. So while you do need a phone number, you don’t need your phone number to use Telegram.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to get a phone number for a minute or two, or for even longer. Here are several options to get a temporary number, quickly and for free.

Google Voice

Google Voice is the web-based telephone service from Google that provides users with a new phone number that can be used for voice calls and messaging.

The only downside to using a Google Voice number is that it is associated with your Google account. If your main concern is just preventing Telegram from knowing who you are, then that won’t matter, but if you’re after ultimate privacy, this may not be the option for you.

Assuming Google Voice works for your security needs, here’s how to use Google Voice to get a Telegram account set up.

  1. Go to Google and set up a new account if necessary.
  2. Navigate to Google Voice and register or select a phone number.
  3. Register that number with Telegram and wait for the confirmation code to be delivered.
  4. Retrieve the code from your Google Voice window and type it into Telegram.
  5. Confirm your account and begin using it.

Burner

Burner is a very useful call forwarding app. You rent a temporary phone number and give it out to whoever you want. The call is received by the Burner server and forwarded from them to your real number. The caller has no idea of your real number and Burner doesn’t share it with anyone.

There are two types of accounts: a short-term burner number ideal for listing items on Craigslist or for verifying Telegram, and a long-term subscription number that you keep for however long you like. The short-term numbers are free, while the long-term numbers have a modest cost. For users who want to make sure their identity isn’t tied to their Telegram account, Burner is a great option.

FreePhoneNum.com

FreePhoneNum.com is a completely free platform that offers burner phone numbers. The service offers a very temporary number for verification or any other purpose.

I have used this service to verify membership to a website and it works. Some of the numbers provided fail but if you persevere and keep trying, one should work.

Receive SMS

Receive SMS is another free service I have used to verify membership without giving out my own number. It can work with Telegram but has the same issue that FreePhoneNum.com has in that not all numbers work all the time.

It may take a little trial and error to find one that works. Then it’s just a case of watching incoming messages for the verification and adding that to your Telegram account on your phone.

More Privacy Tips

The reality is your phone number isn’t the only thing that ties you to your Telegram account.

Another potential weakness in your anonymity is the fact that your device’s unique MAC address is also stored in at least a couple of places along the network backbone. In theory, a sufficiently motivated government or law enforcement agency will have the resources to defeat your attempt at ultimate anonymity. As it happens, there are programs to change your MAC address, as well as the ever-popular VNC offerings.

Two-Factor Authentication

Lastly, you should be sure to enable two-factor authentication on your Telegram account after creating your account with a burner number.

Without this extra security measure, someone can log into your Telegram account with the spoofed number and access your conversations or even delete your account. Of course, this will mean you’ll probably need to keep that number active to sign in to your account.

FAQs

Can I use someone else’s phone number?

You certainly can. Just be mindful that they may not be able to create a Telegram account and it may be difficult to log in with 2FA turned on.

Can I use a landline phone?

Telegram requires users to verify via text. If you have the phone call verification option this will work, but if not, you need a cell phone.

Can I use Telegram for International calling?

If you are using Telegram to call other people overseas you can use Telegram as an internet program avoiding any international charges from your cell phone carrier. If you’re traveling internationally you can use this feature on wifi only to avoid charges. However, if you use mobile data you will be hit with charges so be careful.

14 thoughts on “How To Use Telegram Without a Phone Number”

Avatar Shiva sai nath says:
// expecting more
Avatar Casual person says:
Do you mean after you give Telegram your full phone number? I mean, the first step to joining this system is handing over that private info.

The first step for me to join Telegram involves me handing my full phone number over. If they won’t want to use it, why am I handing it over????

Avatar Anne says:
You forgot to say that one of the best features of Telegram is that you can simply hide your phone number, real or not, creating an username.
Avatar Andrew says:
How ? I dont want to provide my phone number at all (dont trust it) so how do you just provide a username. First screen I get asks for phone number to verfify.
Avatar Nuria Q says:
Could someone please suggest and explain a couple of good (secure, cheap or free, easy) ways to use a VPN on an Android phone and more specifically to use Telegram through it.
Avatar Arsh says:
use WARP or 1.1.1.1 app
Avatar Brixt says:
You forgot to mention one very important thing: make absolutely sure you enable two-step verification on Telegram ASAP if you’re using a dummy number. If you don’t do this, someone can access your account from the number on the “burn” site.
Avatar John doe says:
Also, if someone get access to the number, he can request the deletion of the account in 7 days. Already hapenned to me on an account with 2FA.
Avatar David says:
Can I use Google Voice for WhatsApp? If yes, would you kindly give step by step direction as you have done about telegram. Many thanks
Avatar Ben Zemm says:
Here in Australia you can get a SIM for $2 or less – though the 2G network the featurephones used is long gone you need a 3G or 4G phone. I tried to use my landline but it said that was an “invalid mobile number” so I guess it’s limiting what can be used
Avatar Mehran says:
At freephonenum I need the password of thr acount I use itself’s number and I do not know how?
How can I find the fake acount password?
Avatar Kabeer Sayeed says:
What exactly was your solution to the issues that I have raised in my posts pertaining the necessity of a phone number for telegram? I could not find your comments anywhere? Where are they?
Avatar Mlondi says:
I want to get a security code
Avatar علاوي الثكيل says:
Mm
Avatar Kabeer Sayeed says:
1. Can Telegram be used without a mobile phone to call any number in the world and not just Telegram users?

2. If so, how does one go about doing this?

Avatar Kabeer Sayeed says:
I will clarify my question further as follows: Can Telegram be used to connect to any phone in the world that is connected to the PSTN without me having to use or even own a MOBILE PHONE to do it. Instead of a Mobile Phone Number, can I use the number of my stationary phone for the initial identification? Also, once set up,can Telegram send both voice and video to any Mobile Phone or any voice and video capable phone that is connected to the world wide PSTN?
Avatar Deborah Cannon says:
I’m trying to get a telegram app but with my finances can’t afford phone now, hope you can help me with my email address
Avatar Guillaume says:
Just buy any old sim for cash ($5). Slap that in an old feature phone. Do the necessary. Swap the original back in the feature phone . Useful to keep the temporary sim in case you need to get an SMS back on that number one day. Or just burn it.
Avatar Syed Abdul Mueed Shah says:
There is no other way to create and verify an account without using phone number
Avatar Kabeer Sayeed says:
When you say “phone number” are you talking about a mobile phone number or a stationary phone number?

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