How to Turn “Sync Contacts” On or Off in Telegram

Telegram sync contacts on or off

The post guides the reader on how to activate or deactivate the “Sync Contacts” feature in the Telegram app. The feature allows synchronization of the device’s contact list with the Telegram account, aiding users to locate and message their contacts via the app. Some users opt to disable this for privacy or organizational reasons, and the article provides step-by-step insights on how to do so.

This article explains how to turn the “Sync Contacts” feature on or off in the Telegram app on mobile devices.

Telegram is a cross-platform instant messaging app that focuses on speed and security. It allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos and videos with end-to-end encryption to help ensure user privacy and security.

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When you use the Telegram app, it prompts you to sync your contacts on the device. Turning it off will keep your Telegram contacts separate from your device.

The “Sync Contacts” feature in Telegram allows the app to access and sync your device’s contacts with your Telegram account. This can be useful for finding and messaging your contacts using Telegram.

However, some users may prefer to keep their Telegram contacts separate from their device contacts for privacy or organizational reasons. In such cases, turning off the “Sync Contacts” feature is recommended.

Turn “Sync Contacts” on or off in Telegram

As mentioned above, users can sync their contacts on the local device to Telegram. Those who want to keep their contacts separate from Telegram can turn it off.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Telegram app on your mobile device.

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When the app opens, click the Menu button at the top left, then select Settings on the context menu.

Telegram menu button

Next, select the “Privacy and Security” tile on the Settings page to expand it.

Telegram privacy and security tile

On the Settings -> Privacy and Security settings page, under “Contacts,” select the “Sync Contacts” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable syncing your contact to Telegram.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

If you previously synced your contacts and want to stop, click “Delete Synced Contacts.” Then, turn off syncing contacts to ensure your device’s contacts are not synced to Telegram.

That should do it.


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