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Kerboom. That is the sound of your Telegram account, which automatically deletes itself. In all honesty, I wish this feature had been built into more services. Wouldn’t it be great if an old email account that you never used goes away when you haven’t signed up for two years?

The telegram’s self-destruct sequence usually begins with six months of inactivity. As a telegram describes::

Telegram is not a commercial organization and we value our storage space very much. If you stop using Telegram and are not online for at least six months, your account will be deleted along with all messages, media, contacts and all other data that you store in the Telegram cloud.

However, six months is just a standard. You can change this setting to a shorter or longer period if you want a little more security. As in, do you want your account to be unavailable after a month or you don’t trust yourself and prefer an extra margin before deleting the Telegram all on your behalf.

First start telegram (iOS, Android) and access the settings by tapping in the lower right corner. Then tap on Privacy & Security. You should then see a screen that looks like this:

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Under, tap on “If Away For” Automatically delete my account section and change it to whatever value you prefer:

  • 1 month
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months

Set up a two-step verification for your account during your stay. While you may not have an account if you let it dwell for too long, your inactive account will be safe for at least the short (or long) period that it exists. As part of Telegram’s 2FA setup, you can create a secondary password that you need to use when logging in to a new device and also receive a code via SMS. That’s pretty sure if you ask me.