Is there a way to sign up to Telegram with the web version and a phone number just by receiving an SMS, without the need to install a native mobile app?

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    It is about computer software within the scope defined in the help centre. – user947706 Sep 25 '18 at 13:50

I do not think you can run telegram without using one of the apps.

You can run the app on a virtual android device running on your computer if you wish to not use the app on a real phone, but you will probably want to keep the virtual device available, to make sure you can login on new devices.

You will need to verify a number, but this can be done with any number that can accept SMSs, or even some landlines.

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  • I only want to run it on my laptop and log in to it from there. I don't have any other devices that are ever online. Are you saying that can be done without a smartphone being involved at any point? If so, how? – user947706 Sep 25 '18 at 13:51

Yes, you can. No need to any apps so far on any platform. Just a working mobile number capable of receiving SMS is enough. But telegram works better experienced using one of the apps.

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    If you can sign in without an app, explain how. – Winter Dragoness Aug 30 '18 at 19:31
  • Am I right that "app" means "terminal program run on a smartphone or smartphone emulator"? – user947706 Sep 25 '18 at 13:52
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    think of a browser and web version of telegram – MTG Oct 2 '18 at 7:40

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