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Install Telegram on Linux Mint 20 - A step by step process ?



Telegram Messenger, or simply Telegram, is a fast, simple, and secure cross-platform online messaging application that came into the picture in August 2013. It rivals other popular messaging applications such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Just like other messaging apps, you can send and receive text & voice messages, multimedia files like images & videos, as well as make and receive video calls.

With Telegram, you can sync and access your chats across multiple devices such as your Android smartphone, PC, and even tablet. Your messages are heavily encrypted to protect your privacy and can self-destruct.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Linux system Software Installation queries.

In this context, we shall look into the different ways of installing Telegram on a Linux Mint system which can either be via the APT package manager or turn to snap packages.


1. Install Telegram Desktop using the APT package manager

To begin, launch your terminal and update your system repositories with the below command:

$ sudo apt update

Next, install Telegram as follows using APT:

$ sudo apt install telegram-desktop

This command installs Telegram along with additional packages and libraries required by the messaging application.


2. Install Telegram Desktop from snap packages

Alternatively, you can install Telegram from snap with the below command:

$ sudo snap install telegram-desktop

This installs Telegram along with all the dependencies and libraries.

Once the installation of Telegram is complete, verify that Telegram is installed with the below command:

$ snap list | grep -i Telegram


How to launch Telegram ?

To start using Telegram, use the Application manager to search and launch Telegram.

On the pop-up Telegram GUI that appears, click on the 'Start Messaging' button.

Then, enter phone number and hit the 'Next' button.

An OTP will be sent to your smartphone. Use this code and press ENTER to access the messaging platform.

Thereafter, you can start chatting with your friends, join groups and share your files with them. You can also install Telegram from Google PlayStore to your Android device or from Apple PlayStore for your iOS device and get caught up with all the conversations on the go.


How to Uninstall Telegram from Linux Mint 20 ?

If you want to remove the Telegram Desktop from your Linux Mint 20 system, then all you have to do is to execute the following command on your system:

$ sudo apt-get purge --autoremove telegram-desktop


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Conclusion

This article covers the process of installing Telegram on Linux Mint 20. In fact, Telegram is a free and open-source instant messaging app that values user’s privacy and data encryption, which means as compared to Whatsapp all your messages will be on the company’s secure cloud in an encrypted form rather than on a local device. it is available for every mobile platform, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch. Earlier it was not officially available for Desktop but recently developers have released it for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS desktop.


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