The most common way to use a mobile service is to download its app, but with Telegram that’s not essential: you can access your account, exchange messages, and group chat. without downloading your app. The Telegram website works perfectly for this; with the possibility of installing the progressive web application directly from the page.
Telegram has various apps in the Google Play Store, from the official version to many clients developed based on the TDLib library, an open source cross-platform library that Telegram offers to developers. Installing one of these applications opens the door to using the messaging platform, but its installation is not essential to use Telegram, the site can also be used from the browser. And there is another convenient way to use Telegram without going through Google Play: install your progressive web app from the webpage.
The Telegram site is perfectly suited
Telegram as a progressive web application (PWA)
Unlike what happens with the WhatsApp web service, which has to connect to the mobile app, On Telegram, his page works independently and as a client, both on computers and in the mobile browser. Through this, you can access the Telegram page using Google Chrome, Brave, Microsoft Edge or other browser to chat with all your contacts. This way you save space on your phone without losing notifications or most of the telegram functions.
In the browser the platform works fine, but our recommendation is that install your progressive web app. Despite what it may sound like, you don’t have to install an app itself as you just need to anchor Telegram website direct access to your desktop. Nothing else is required to access the messaging platform.
- Open the Telegram web page in your browser (https://web.telegram.org). is must be compatible with progressive web apps or PWAs: Google, Chrome, Brave, Opera, Samsung’s browser, Brave or the latest Microsoft Edge. Most browsers can install PWA applications.
- Go to your browser’s options menu and click “Add a page to get started”.
- Telegram will be installed as a progressive web application, it will not be a simple direct access: you can use it as if it were just another application.
Using Telegram on the web saves a lot of space on the phone (49.55 MB which occupies its official application at 301 KB), it does not lose the application aspect, the notifications are always received in the same way and it allows to send messages one by one and also in groups. It has certain limits, those of the Web.
Limitations of using Telegram as a PWA
We have already seen that the space saving is remarkable since Telegram as a progressive web app does not reach half a busy MB, but the disadvantages also exist. If you use the platform to send and receive messages, you don’t need much more than its web application. On the contrary, if you manage groups or perform advanced telegram functions, the PWA will be too short.
Here you have what you can’t and what you can do with Telegram installed as direct web access.
What you can’t do
What you can do