There were a couple of issues revolving this year about Telegram, since the public found out that the app uses end-to-end encryption only for secret chats by default, but not for regular chats.
Since this news came to the surface, users have been constantly leaving Telegram since secure messaging isn’t what the app is offering.
The Telegram account can be deleted in a few short steps, so keep reading to find out how you can do this through your iPhone, Android or from a Desktop computer.
Telegram’s default deletion setting works like this:
you set your account to be automatically deleted after some time, could be 1, 3, 6 months. But, Telegram has created a shortcut to the process.
Follow these steps to delete your account from the web browser to go through with the deactivation process:
This is the final step, after doing this, your account will no longer exist.
When using a mobile version of the app, you won’t be able to delete your account permanently in quick steps as when using the web browser. The app however, offers self-destruction settings.
Here’s what you can do:
Same as with iOS users, deleting your account from your phone will not be as fast as when doing it from the web, you won’t be offered the option to delete your account right away.
Follow these steps to delete your account:
After the time you’ve selected has passed, your account will be permanently deleted.
Yes, there are several. Since Telegram turned out to be not as safe as the public thought it was, there are apps offering end-to-end encryption as a default setting, several of those being: Signal, Viber, WhatsApp, Threema ($3.99), Silent Phone ($9.95), Wire, Wickr Me, Silence, Pryvate Now.
Most of the above-mentioned apps are free, Signal, Viber and WhatsApp are some of the more popular ones and widely used, meaning the chances of your contacts having and using these apps are bigger.
Try some of them out and see which one works best for you. Most of these have good reviews and are available on the App Store, as well as on Google Play.
If you are in the process of social media cleanse and looking to take a break from other apps and social media, check out how to delete your Twitter account, temporarily deactivate your Instagram account or permanently delete your TikTok account.