Telegram is one of the most feature-packed online messaging apps. Moreover, it focuses on user privacy and has several features to keep user’s data private and safe. You can enable a passcode lock on Telegram to hide your chats. Therefore, even if you leave your phone unlocked, no one will be able to access your Telegram chats. Passcode lock on Telegram is not enabled by default. Therefore, you will have to set up a pin to unlock your chats.
Of course, there are a few other features around cryptographic keys on Telegram. So, in this guide, we will show you how to set up security on Telegram. And we’ll also provide a brief guide on how to use other security features.
How to enable Passcode Lock on Telegram
Activating the passcode lock on Telegram is quite easy and requires only a few steps. You can even change the length of time after which you’ll have to enter your passcode to see chats.
- Launch Telegram on your smartphone.
- Swipe in from the left or tap the menu icon located at the top left of the screen.
- Touch Setting and then tap Privacy and Security .
- In the section Security, touch lock up Code.
- Now click on the label Password lock or toggle switch to enable this feature.
- Enter a 4-digit pin that you won’t forget and then re-enter it to confirm the pin.
That’s it. You have successfully activated the passcode key on Telegram. By default, the option Auto-lock will also be enabled. Therefore, it will automatically lock your chats after a certain amount of time has passed. In addition, you can choose from 4 different time period options to automatically lock Telegram. The four options are – 1 minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours. Therefore, if you choose 5 minutes, Telegram will automatically be locked 5 minutes after you exit or switch out of the application.
In case you want to lock it manually or leave the app unlocked, then you can do so by disabling the auto-lock feature. You can turn off auto-lock by tapping Auto-lock in the Passcode Lock settings. Instead of choosing a time period, choose Turn off. Remember that after turning off auto-lock, you’ll have to remember to manually lock the app each time you want it to ask for a passcode to unlock chats.
For your safety, we recommend turning on the auto-lock feature. You can tap the icon lock up appears in the top bar on the main page on Telegram. This will lock chats as soon as you exit the app. The passcode lock on Telegram also supports unlocking through the fingerprint scanner. Therefore, you can unlock Telegram with your fingerprint.