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, because 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 a 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 your phone number, 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.

You can create a Google Account without a phone number too. Although the email service asks for it, there are some workarounds and we have the article on how to do that here.

TextNow

TextNow is another messaging service that we like because you can use a temporary email address to sign-up for the service and as long as you continue to use the phone number given to you; you can keep the number and receive authentication codes later on.

Download the app on your smartphone and allow all permissions at first. Sign up for Telegram using the phone number that TextNow provides you. If you don’t first receive the code via text, wait for the time to expire and select the option to get the code via a phone call. You’ll only have a couple of minutes to get the phone call and it may go to TextNow’s voicemail system. Input the code and move forward with setting up your Telegram account.

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 code 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.

Be Sure to Delete Your Account

As one of our commenters pointed out, if you use a burner phone number it will eventually get recycled back into the pool of eligible numbers where another person can use it. Assuming they also use Telegram they may gain access to your messages and account long after you’ve moved on.

If you decide you no longer wish to use that particular Telegram account be sure to delete it completely. That way, the next person who has that number can start their own Telegram account fresh and never have access to yours.

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.

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

Sharon says:
Telegram is no longer allowing registering users to use landlines or VPN numbers. So, this article is worthless, honestly.
Indigone says:
It was already worthless, eg. the part about MAC addresses is a prime demonstration of the “a little bit of knowledge” proverb.
Ashleigh Reinheardt says:
The latest Telegram desktop now restrict users to register in the mobile app instead.
You cannot register on desktop. When you click the “Send code via SMS”, The instruction for desktop reads:

“Please enter the code that was sent to you via Telegram or log in via QR code.

If you haven’t signed up for Telegram yet, please register from your phone or tablet first.”

Now, the QR code can be read by your camera. But it’ll only work within the Telegram mobile app. So yeah, the desktop app is bulls**t on your first registration.

Muhammad Fadhli Bin Bahaman says:
Forgot two step verification telegram
Frree willy says:
It is a mobile phone! Not land line, the gov wants everyone with mobile phones so the nanotechnology they are putting into you (or vacine as you think) will be able to mate with the new 5g phones and to the 5g network they are rushing to install so all humans will be connected to the global system and monitored
Big Mother is Watching says:
Oh, honey. The nanobots are distributed through the water supply. Just submit.
Jake says:
Is there any way to access telegram without a phone number?
C says:
I am using telegram on desktop. I’ve already encountered a possible situation for anyone wanting to get a fake number just to create an account (meaning you are going to dispose the number afterwards): if you sign out, when you sign back in, you will need to go through the verification via text message again to sign back in – you need to keep the number that you used to create your account.
maria says:
is a virtual phone number meaning previous owner left and this is a new owner?
Anonymous says:
Problem with using a burner phone number is that at some point in time that burner phone number is going to become available in the pool of available numbers. And it will mean that all someone needs to do with your telegram account is provide the same number and automatically they have access to your account :(
Shiva sai nath says:
// expecting more
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????

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.
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.
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.
Arsh says:
use WARP or 1.1.1.1 app
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.
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.
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
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
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?
Not a hajji says:
Someone already signed up with that number and password-protected it. You don’t have to know a secret password to sign up, you dumb sonofabitch.
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?
Mlondi says:
I want to get a security code
علاوي الثكيل says:
Mm
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?

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?
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
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.
Syed Abdul Mueed Shah says:
There is no other way to create and verify an account without using phone number
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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