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How to separate your work and personal chats in Telegram

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How to separate your work and personal chats in Telegram
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

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I use Slack for work and other messenger apps for personal conversations. However, I know a ton of friends who have to use WhatsApp or Telegram as their work communication tool as well.

This could be really annoying and might make you miss important messages from friends too.

Thankfully, Telegram has a feature called Folders that allows you to separate work and personal chats. Here’s how you can use it:

  • Open the Telegram app on your phone.
  • Head to Settings > Chat Folders. By default, you can add Personal (non-group personal chats) and Unread to your folder pane.
  • You can also create new folders and add chats to them, like ‘Food,’ for chatting with friends about cooking stuff.
Telegram's folder menu
Telegram’s Chat Folder menu

Once you’ve created folders, you can see them atop your chat window. You can long-press the chat icon and edit folders easily.

This feature has made it easy for me to organize different kinds of conversations into separate folders and avoid unnecessary chats. I seriously believe other messaging apps should follow the suit and introduce this feature. Off you go to work!

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