Are you trying to join a blocked or banned Telegram channel? But you do not find it possible? A Telegram channel/group is typically blocked or banned because it shares adult content. You know what that means? That is contents against Telegram policy. If you’re using an iPhone, you might not be able to join these channels. This is because there is a filter that prevents you from joining them. However, the filter cannot be disabled on the Telegram app. You will rather have to disable it using the desktop version of Telegram.
Therefore, in this post guide, you’ll learn how to access, bypass, join, or open blocked or banned Telegram channels on iPhone and Android. That said you should continue reading and take note.
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What is Telegram?
According to Wikipedia, Telegram Messenger is a globally accessible freemium, cross-platform, encrypted, cloud-based and centralized instant messaging (IM) service. The application also provides optional end-to-end encrypted chats, popularly known as secret chat and video calling,VoIP, file sharing and several other features. It was launched for iOS on 14 August 2013 and Android on 20 October 2013. The servers of Telegram are distributed worldwide with five data centers in different parts of the world, while the operational center is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Various client apps are available for desktop and mobile platforms including official apps for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux (although registration requires an iOS or Android device and a working phone number).There are also two official Telegram web twin apps, WebK and WebZ, and numerous unofficial clients that make use of Telegram's protocol. Telegram's official components are open source, with the exception of the server which is closed-sourced and proprietary.
Telegram provides optional end-to-end encrypted chats. Cloud chats and groups are encrypted between the client and the server, so that ISPs and other third-parties on the network can't access data. Users can send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share an unlimited number of images, documents (2 GB per file), user locations, animated stickers, contacts, and audio files. Users can also follow channels.
How to open blocked Telegram channels
To open blocked Telegram channels, you need to download Telegram for Windows (or for your operating system). After you’ve downloaded it, log in to your account by scanning the QR code using the Telegram app.
Lastly, navigate to your privacy and security settings and enable “Disable filtering”. By doing so, you’ll be able to access blocked Telegram channels. However, you need to force close the Telegram app first.
This will apply the changes that you’ve made on the desktop version of Telegram to the Telegram mobile app.
Here is the complete guide on how to open blocked Telegram channels:
1. Download Telegram for Windows
Firstly, you need to download Telegram for Windows (or for your operating system). This is because you can only disable the sensitive content filter on the desktop version of Telegram just as I mentioned above. Click on this link to download the desktop version of Telegram: https://desktop.telegram.org/. After you’ve clicked on the link, you’ll land on the “Telegram Desktop” page. On the page, click on “Get Telegram for Windows x64” to download Telegram. And lastly, click on “tsetup.exe” so as to install it.
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2. Scan the QR code using the Telegram app
After you must have installed Telegram, you will have to open it. When you open Telegram, you’ll see a QR code. Now, you need to log in to Telegram by scanning the QR code. To do so, open the Telegram mobile app on your phone and tap on “Settings”. Secondly, tap on “Devices” followed by “Scan QR Code”. Lastly, use the QR code scanner to scan the QR code.
3. Click on the menu
After you’ve scanned the QR code using the Telegram mobile app, you’ll be logged in to the Telegram.
Now, you’ll see all of your chats.
On the top-left corner, you’ll see a menu icon.
Click on the menu icon to open the menu.
4. Open your settings
After you’ve clicked on the menu icon, the menu will open. On the menu, you’ll see multiple alternative or options if I should say rather.
This includes “Contacts”, “Settings”, “Night Mode”, and more. Click on “Settings” to go to your settings.
5. Click on “Privacy and Security”
After you must have clicked on “Settings”, you’ll land on your settings. There are multiple settings including “Edit profile”, “Notifications”, “Privacy and Security”, and more others.
The option to disable filtering is located in the privacy and security settings. Click on “Privacy and Security” to go to your privacy and security settings.
6. Enable “Disable filtering”
After you’ve clicked on “Privacy and Security”, you’ll land on your privacy and security settings. However, there are lot of settings that you can change including “Privacy”, “Two-step verification”, “Sensitive content”, and more.
To unblock Telegram channels, you need to disable filtering. Under “Sensitive content”, enable “Disable filtering”.
After you’ve enabled “Disable filtering”, force close the Telegram mobile app on your phone and re-open it. This is to apply the changes that you’ve made to the Telegram mobile app.
Lastly, try joining the blocked channel/group on the Telegram mobile app again. This time, you should be able to join it without getting an error!
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How to open banned Telegram channels
Here’s the guide on how to open banned Telegram channels:
- Download Telegram on your computer.
- Open Telegram after you’ve installed it.
- Open the Telegram mobile app and tap on “Settings”.
- Tap on “Devices” followed by “Scan QR Code”.
- Scan the QR code to log in to Telegram.
- Click on the menu icon and click on “Settings”.
- Click on “Privacy and Security”.
- Scroll down until you find the “Sensitive content” setting.
- Enable “Disable filtering”.
After you’ve “Disable filtering”, you’ll be able to open banned Telegram channels. Before you do so, force close the Telegram mobile app on your phone and re-open it again.
Lastly, try joining the banned Telegram channel/group again. This time, you should be able to join it without getting any error.
Why is a Telegram channel blocked?
A Telegram channel is blocked because it contains adult content and that is just it. However, it can also be blocked because the channel shares pirated movies, TV shows, or music.
In the year 2021, the Ministry Of Communication And Information (Jakarta) has stepped in to block Telegram groups and channels from sharing free movies. If you doubt me you can do your findings
However, this is due to multiple reports from the public.
Conclusion on How to Open Blocked or Banned Telegram Channels
A Telegram channel/group can be blocked or banned if it contains adult content just as previously said above. However, you can easily unblock the block or unban the ban by following the guide above.
Have in mind that you need to force close the Telegram mobile app on your phone after you’ve made changes in the desktop version of Telegram. Otherwise, the changes that you’ve made will not be applied and the blame will be on you.