As logging in requires you to send the phone code and possibly also your 2FA password, make sure to run the commands in a management room (i.e. a room with no other users than you and the appservice bot).
If you have 2-factor auth enabled or if you are logging in with a bot token, you should use the web login, as otherwise the homeserver database will likely contain your password/token in plaintext form.
- Start a chat with the bridge bot (
- If the bot doesn't accept the invite, see the troubleshooting page
- Initiate the login process with
- The bot should tell you to use the web interface or login in-Matrix. If you have enabled both login modes in the config, the bot will give you both options.
- Choose the login method you want and follow the instructions under that heading, then go to the "Finally" section.
N.B. While the bridge uses the official client API, Telegram is known to ban suspicious users, and a brand new account using a 3rd party client is considered suspicious. Using a well-established account is perfectly safe. If you do get banned, Telegram usually reverts incorrect bans fairly quickly after emailing email@example.com.
- Send your phone number to the room.
- The bot should prompt you to send your auth code to the room: send it once it does.
- If you have two-factor authentication enabled, again wait for the prompt and then send your password to the room.
New in version 0.2.0
- Click the link sent by the bot, enter your phone number and click "Request code".
- Enter your code and click "Sign in".
- If you have two-factor authentication enabled, enter your password and click "Sign in" again.
New in version 0.3.0
You can also log in with your own relay bot. This is more limited than real accounts, but it means you can appear as yourself on Telegram without giving the bridge access to your real account.
- Send your bot token to the room.
- Click the link sent by the bot and click "Use bot token".
- Enter your bot token and click "Sign in".
Finally: If all went well, the bot should inform you of a successful login, and the bridge should start creating portal rooms for all your Telegram groups and invite you to them. The bridge won't automatically create rooms for private chats: see "Private messages" at the bottom of Creating and managing chats
Telegram officially discontinued registration from 3rd party clients as of 2023-02-18, so support for it was removed in v0.13.0 of the bridge. You should sign up using a mobile client and then log into the bridge.
You can safely uninstall the mobile client after the bridge is logged in. Telegram is not encrypted, so they don't have a concept of a primary device like WhatsApp and Signal do.
Simply run the
logout management command.