How to use Telegram to transfer files from your phone to your computer

There are those times when you take a photo with your phone camera and wish to transfer it quickly to your computer for whatever reason; editing, sharing or storage. But how can you quickly share a small file from your smartphone to your computer?

A number of options come to mind. You could transfer files using a USB cable directly plugged to your phone. You could also create a wireless hotspot and connect your phone and pc together then use file transfer apps like Airdroid or

Xender to copy files from your phone to your PC. If you want to save some mobile data and are moving large files, then these are good options. But I find all of them cumbersome for transferring very small files.

A faster way though is to simply to install Telegram on both your phone and PC. Chances are that you already have them installed. If you don’t, then you can do so by visiting their official website

Once you have Telegram installed on your phone as well as on the PC, you can now send files to yourself. That’s because Telegram unlike Whatsapp allows you go chat with yourself. How cool is that?

So open the Telegram app on your phone, tag on your username, tap on the clip icon where you will be presented with a number of menu options including camera, gallery, video music, file, contact, location etc. If you want to share a phone, then tap on gallery, but if it’s a document, then select File.

Now open the Telegram desktop app on your computer, select your username, and tap on the file you sent yourself and then click on the download icon. Telegram saves downloaded files in Downloads/Telegram Desktop/.

So that’s it; how to quickly share files between your smartphone and computer using Telegram apps.


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