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Telegram comes with a bunch of handy privacy features that let you control what others can see. If you’re a Telegram user, you can easily hide your profile picture to prevent it from being seen by fellow group members or other people you don’t know. Here’s how you can hide your Telegram profile picture on Android and iOS.

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Hide Your Profile Picture in Telegram

Under the privacy controls, you can choose to show your Telegram profile picture only to selected contacts or hide it completely from people you want. Below is how you can do it on Android or iOS.

On Android

  1. Open the Telegram app on your Android phone.
  2. Click the hamburger menu at the top-left corner.
  3. Select Settings from the available options.
  4. Now, click on Privacy and Security and tap Profile Photos.
  5. If you want only your contacts to see your profile picture, set it to My Contacts.
  6. If you want to hide your Telegram profile picture from certain people, tap Never Allow under Add exceptions and select the contacts or groups.
  7. Click the Done button.

On iOS (iPhone / iPad)

  1. Open the Telegram app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on Settings at the bottom right corner.
  3. On the next screen, tap on Privacy and Security.
  4. Tap Profile Photo.
  5. If you want only your saved contacts to see the profile picture, select My Contacts.
  6. If you want to hide your Telegram profile picture from someone, tap Never Share With under Exceptions and pick the contacts you want to hide your profile picture from.
  7. Click on Done.

Extra Privacy Tips for Telegram

a. Hide Your Contact Number from Others

Telegram gives you the freedom to hide your number from others on the platform- you can chat using a username instead. This will prevent your number from being exposed to other people.

  1. Open Telegram on your phone.
  2. Head to Settings > Privacy and Security > Phone Number.
  3. Select My Contacts if you want your number to be displayed only to your contacts.
  4. OR Select Nobody if you want to hide your contact number completely.

When asked, select a username that will appear for your contacts on Telegram instead of the mobile number.

b. Hide Your Online and Last Seen Status

  1. Open Telegram on your phone.
  2. Head to Settings > Privacy and Security > Profile Photos.
  3. Select My Contacts and tap Apply.

c. Prevent Strangers from Adding you to Groups 

Do random strangers keep adding you to spammy groups? You can get rid of it by allowing only your contacts to add you to the groups, as follows.

  1. Open Telegram on your phone.
  2. Head to Settings > Privacy and Security > Groups.
  3. Select My Contacts and tap Apply.

Wrapping Up

This was all about how you can hide your profile picture in Telegram for Android & iOS. Besides, I’ve also mentioned some extra privacy tips like hiding your phone number, online status, and group restrictions. Anyway, what do you think is the most important privacy feature in Telegram? Do let me know in the comments below.

Also, read- How to Move your WhatsApp Chats to Telegram on Android & iOS.

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