How to use People near Telegram: talk to people in your area

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Telegram is one of the messaging applications most popular in Spain, which has started the year on the right foot, taking advantage of the problems of WhatsApp. It is an application that is regularly updated with all kinds of functions, such as the ability to connect with people close to where you are, thanks to People Nearby.

This function came to Telegram some time ago and it has more and more followers. A way to talk with people who are close to you, either in personal chats or in group chats that have been created and to which you will be able to join.

What is People Near Telegram

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People Nearby is a function that we find in the messaging application, which when activated, will allow us to see what other people who use the app are near us, as well as open groups in the area. We can send messages to those people and they can also write to us at any time, as with your contacts, only in this case they are unknown.

Telegram will show people within a radius of about 10 to 15 kmIn my case, the maximum I have seen is 12 km, although it will depend on each area. When you activate this option, you can start writing messages to these people and they can send you messages. If you don’t like this option, you can always deactivate it, preventing strangers from sending you a message.


Enabling Nearby People in the app will allow anyone in your area with this feature turned on write you a message. It is not the best option if you are looking to use the app in a private way, since this function exposes something to you, although these people will only see your username and never your phone number. You lose privacy by allowing everyone to write to you.

People Nearby is a function that is based on the user’s location to show you other users nearby at that time. Although it can show your precise location, something that hackers could discover, as several media already report. In fact, taking a look at some groups for example shows the precise location of the person who created the group, making it easy to access sensitive data like that.

How to activate People Nearby

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Many users on Telegram want to use Nearby People or at least try it on occasion, to see if it is a feature they are interested in and want to use in their case. If you want to be able to test it in your account in the messaging application, the process to activate it is not complicated. You just have to follow these steps:

  1. Open Telegram.
  2. Click on the three horizontal stripes in the upper left.
  3. Go to People Nearby.
  4. If it is the first time you enter, a notice will appear on the screen. Click on Allow access.
  5. For others to see you, click on Make me visible.

With these steps you are already visible to other users with this function active in the app. If at any time you change your mind, you will only have to enter this section and click on “Stop showing me” to hide your profile again.

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