How to Talk to Strangers nearby in Telegram

Telegram has an interesting option: talk to strangers who are close to you. We tell you how you can do it.

Telegram is a very versatile messaging app, very easy to use, and with a lot of added features. Thanks to its cloud-based operation, it can be used on several devices at the same time, is compatible with most operating systems, and allows unlimited file storage. But, undoubtedly, one of its most curious functions is the possibility of contacting people nearby, that is, users who are literally at a short distance from you. Do you want to know this function? Stick around to find out how to use it.

I get contacts on Telegram that I don’t have in my phonebook

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This is how you can see nearby users on Telegram.

Yes, you may see contacts you don’t have in your address book on Telegram. This is due to its people nearby feature. Thanks to it, you can talk to people who are within walking distance of you. And, of course, we mean to establish a conversation with all the usual functions of this application, such as sending voice notes, images, and other types of formats.

To access the people nearby function, all you have to do is the following:

  • Open the Telegram contact list.
  • At the top, locate the Find people nearby option.
  • Select a contact who is close to you and start talking to him.

You should know that this option is disabled by default. This means that no one will be able to find you unless you click on the Make me visible option. In that case, any user near you will be able to contact you. However, it is not a requirement to be visible to others to view people nearby in Telegram.

Also, note that the maximum radius of this feature is 10 kilometers, according to our tests. Users outside that radius will not be visible. It is also important that you configure the privacy options correctly so that others do not access sensitive personal information in case you select the Make me visible option.

Oh, and by the way. It also works with groups. If the people participating in a group are close users, you will be able to access them without too much hassle. Obviously, this feature must be enabled in the group settings.

How to block contacts in Telegram

Blocking a contact in Telegram can be done quickly and easily.

Maybe the option to make yourself visible is causing you problems. Perhaps some users are using it to send advertising messages, inappropriate content, or are simply bothering you. In this case, we recommend that you immediately block the user in question.

  • In the conversation, tap at the top, where the user’s name is located.
  • Tap on the More button to reveal the options that are not visible.
  • Then select Block.

Additionally, you can report the user to the Telegram team so that they can assess the severity of the issue and decide whether or not to suspend their account. If you think the Make You Visible feature is not for you, deactivate it by accessing the same place where you activated it.