So you can easily organize your Telegram chats


So you can easily organize your Telegram chats

Telegram is one of the most used instant messaging applications. Although today it does not have as many active users as WhatsApp, the application is one of the most complete and offers options that its rivals have not yet incorporated. One of these functions is the possibility of organizing chats in personalized folders, a very useful function if you use Telegram to work or to communicate with your contacts regularly.

Folders allow you the option to categorize chats for easier access. This means that you can include the conversations in each of the folders and thus be able to access them automatically without having to search for them in the main chat list. What are the folders in Telegram for? You can organize all the chats by theme, for example. Or if you have several Telegram channels that you follow and you don't want to have an infinite list of chats. You can go grouping them, organizing them. For example, if you have groups with your university subjects that you want to have in one folder and family groups in another. Or if you have channels of offers that you want to group, news channels ...

Telegram currently offers you this function in the mobile applications for Android and iOS and also in the desktop clients for Mac and Windows from version 1.9.22. All the changes you make to the folders (create, modify, delete ...) on any of these platforms will be automatically reflected in the rest. At the moment, the web version of the messaging application is the only one that does not allow adding or viewing folders.

Create folders on Android

The first thing you have to do is activate the folder option in the application. If your phone is Android, access the main menu by clicking on the icon with the three horizontal stripes (☰).

  • A drop-down will open on the left side of the application
  • Choose "Settings" in this drop-down menu
  • You will see a number of options
  • Find "Folders"

Here you will see that Telegram offers you the possibility of creating default folders with the name "Unread" or "Personal". If you want to use them, click "Add". If you want to create your own, click on "Create a new folder" next to the "+" sign. And you can create the one you want and need.

We will have to fill in the following information

  • Folder name
  • Chats included in the folder: the chats that will appear
  • Chats excluded in the folder: the chats you don't want to be inside

Add chat

Click on " Add chats ". We will see, first, a section on "Types of chats" where we will find:

  • Contacts: all chats with your Telegram contacts are added
  • No contacts: includes all chats with users who are not in your contact list
  • Groups: all your Telegram groups are added
  • Channels: includes all Telegram channels
  • Bots: bot conversations apply

This will allow us, for example, to create folders for groups, for non-contacts, for channels or for bots. But we can also create them with chats individually, which we have. You just have to select the chats you want on the screen. You can include up to a maximum of 100 chats.

What don't you want to appear

Once you have selected the chats you want to include, the next step is precisely the opposite: decide which chats you don't want inside. This function is very useful if you have included massive options such as Contacts or Groups in any of your folders and you want some specific ones not to fit into the smart folder.

  • To do this, click on the " Exclude chats" option and select one by one the ones you don't want to be included
  • Press  Save and the folder will be active

View folders

When you have finished creating folders in Telegram you will see them in the upper tabs of Telegram. Keep in mind that in "All" you will see all the chats together but other tabs will appear where you can go and where only the groups, channels or conversations that you have decided to organize will be.

Delete the one you don't want

To delete a folder that you have previously created, go back to the settings and click on "Folders". Here you will see a menu in which all the ones you have created now appear. Click on its name and you will enter its own menu. From here you can edit the settings you want or delete it by clicking on the "Delete folder" option. The application will ask you to confirm that you really want to delete before doing so, so press "Delete" again to make it disappear completely.

Create folders on iOS

If your phone is an iPhone, the procedure is similar to the one we have just seen in Android, although with some variations. First, open the Telegram app and instead of entering the settings menu, press for a long time on the “Chats” section located in the lower margin of the application. Keep pressing until the dedicated “Add Folder” menu appears.

As in Android, you can create default folders suggested by the application or create a custom one. In this case, select "Create a new folder" to access the menu where you can create and customize it.

Name it whatever you want, but keep in mind that the characters are limited to twelve. Then select the chats you want to include in this folder.

  • Press "Add chats"
  • Choose from the list of available chats or from the quick options offered by Telegram
  • When you have selected what you want, click on "Done" in the upper right corner to save the changes.

The next part is to choose which chats you do not want to include in case you have chosen a multiple selection such as "Contacts", "Groups" or "Channels". Within the option "Excluded chats" click "Add chats" and select from the list the ones you want to delete manually.

Edit or delete

Once you have created folders, you can edit or delete them directly by long-pressing on the “Chats” icon. When you do, you will see how a menu opens with all the folders and you can edit them whenever you want by clicking on the three dots icon and choosing the one you want to edit or delete.

Desktop app

To use this feature on a desktop client for Windows or Mac first make sure it is up to date. Keep in mind that then open the application and click on the icon of the three horizontal stripes on the left side menu (☰). Here you access the settings on the cogwheel icon and within the menu select "Folders".

The operation is exactly the same as in the applications for mobile devices and from this menu you can create a new folder, edit the name, add the chats that you want to include and also those that you want to be excluded. One of the differences that the desktop client includes is that you can customize the folder icon. Here there is a difference with the mobile version because they are not shown in tabs at the top but in a bar on the left with the different folders that you can click on. You can choose the icon you want and so they will be easily recognizable in the menu on the left.

If you click on the folder icon, the application shows you several options (a cat, flowers, a console remote….) And you can put the one you want. Of course, this icon will only be displayed in the desktop client and not in mobile applications. You can see the entire list of folders in the left side menu.

You can change the icon whenever you want. Just right click on the folder on the left side of the application. To delete or edit them, just click on the "Edit" option and then choose the one you want. You can change the icon to another or change the name. You can also delete them when you don't need them. To permanently delete them, you just have to click on the trash can icon that appears next to their name.

Telegram Web

You must bear in mind that the Telegram folders will not appear if you use the Telegram web version. That is, if you create Telegram folders on your mobile or in the desktop app, they will not be seen when you open the web version of the messaging application. In the web version, all the chats, groups, channels or bots will appear in the same chat window as happens in WhatsApp or as you can see in Telegram before creating the folders. There will be no distinction. In the desktop version, yes, as we have explained in the previous section.

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