Why do I get contacts in a Telegram that I don’t have?

Find out why do I get contacts in a Telegram that I don’t have. Are you seeing contacts in Telegram that you have not added to your address book? We tell you the cause.

If your Telegram address book shows the phone numbers of strangers you may have wondered: Why in Telegram I get contacts that I do not have? We tell you the reason below.

Telegram is one of the messaging applications that have more tools and features in addition to allowing chat communications and sending images, files or videos.

If you have entered your contact list in Telegram and there are many that you don’t know, you may wonder: Why do I see contacts in Telegram that I don’t have? The reason is that you have activated the “People Nearby” feature.

This “People nearby” tool allows you to connect with people who are geographically close to you. Thus, Telegram shows you contacts who also use the application and who are within a radius of about 15 km.

This “People nearby” option can be disabled without any problem so that the application does not include more unknown contacts in your address book. The good thing about it is that you can reactivate it whenever you want.

To disable the “People Nearby” tool you must open Telegram 

If you have an iOS device

  • Click on “Contacts”, the icon you have at the bottom left of the screen. 
  • Then click on “Find people nearby” 
  • Finally, click on “Make me invisible”.

In case you have an Android device 

  • Open Telegram and click on the three little lines at the top left of the screen. 
  • Then click on “People Nearby” and then select “Make me invisible”.

You will be able to revert the action at any time. The fact that you are invisible does not prevent you from seeing the contacts you are close to and how far away they are.

Telegram notifies your contacts


When you join the platform, Telegram alerts your contacts through a notification in case they want to start a conversation with you.

This function a priori is useful above all to let contacts know of your arrival to this app. For many users, the fact that Telegram automatically notifies contacts is somewhat annoying because they do not want these contacts to know that you use the platform.

Whether you agree with Telegram to notify your contacts and especially if you are not, you should know that there is a way to configure Telegram so that it does not make this notification to contacts.

It’s very easy you just have to open the app and click on the icon of your profile picture on iOS devices or on the three dashes on Android devices. Then in Settings click on “Privacy and Security” and then on “Phone Number”. Finally, under “Who can see my number” choose “no one”.

How to know if someone has added me on Telegram

Now that you know the answer to the question of why Telegram shows me contacts that I do not have, you may also be interested in knowing if someone has added you as a contact in the application.

The truth is that there is no way to know if someone has added you to their contact list in the application. If someone adds you to their Telegram contact list, you don’t get any notification.

why I don’t see any contacts in the Telegram

If you have noticed that there are certain contacts that do not appear to you in Telegram it may be for several reasons.

One of these reasons is that they do not have the Telegram application installed or they have deactivated and uninstalled it because they no longer use it. So maybe at the time if they appeared to you, but then they are no longer users on the platform.

It may also be the case that they have activated the option that no one can find them in the application, which is why they will not appear in your address book.