The error is probably on your end and we’ll help you fix it in a moment. Note that this could be a network problem. In addition, there are other ways to receive the verification code. It should be noted that you will need to enter the verification code every time you end a session, log out or reinstall the Telegram app. So keep that in mind.
1. Signal error
Telegram registration codes are sent by SMS. So if you are in a poor network area your phone might be hard for me to get. We depend on a strong internet connection for just about everything these days, but not everything.
Move to a different area to check if there are enough signal bars. You can also use an app like OpenSignal to find a better signal at your location and map nearby mobile towers, among other things.
2. Use a valid mobile number
There are two problems. The first is whether you entered the correct mobile number. Rechecking never hurts anyone. The second is whether you are trying to use a wrong number or burner number to sign up for Telegram. Some users try to do this, but we don’t recommend it, and neither does Telegram. Maybe, this is why Telegram doesn’t send verification code or send it to the wrong number?
3. Receive the code in the app or by SMS
Are you signed in to the same Telegram account that you are trying to sign in to from another device? If so, you must have received a code there. In fact, this is the first option Telegram goes for sending a code. It is only when you do not receive the code on the other device that you have the option to receive a Telegram verification code via SMS or even phone call.
You can use Telegram on a Windows desktop and receive the code to complete the login process.
If this is not the case with you, tap on the option “ Send code as SMS ” below to receive an SMS instead. This may be why Telegram is not sending the code because it thinks you are signed in on another device and instead of texting it sends the code in the app.
Telegram will text the code now and read it automatically, provided you have given the necessary permissions when entering your phone number in the app. Have you interacted with a pop-up like this?
Otherwise, open your favorite text messaging app or the default one preinstalled with your phone and check the code.
4. Receive the code by call
Telegram also has the option of receiving the code via a call. Useful as another way to receive the Telegram code and verify your account if the above two options are not working for some reason.
You should see the “I did not receive the code” button below after requesting the code via SMS. So Telegram will send a code in the app if it detects your Telegram on another device. Then it will send an SMS, and finally, you can get it through a phone call. Tap on the link and you should receive a phone call within a few moments quoting the code.
5. Don’t ask to resend too much
Sometimes it just takes a while to receive the code by SMS or even by call. Be patient. You can view and choose to “resend code” after a few seconds. What happens is that users press the button a few times, thinking that it will send the code to their phone faster, but that’s not how it works. In fact, the exact opposite can happen and you can display a notification that says “Too Fast”.
If there is a delay in receiving the code, do not press the “Resend Code” button too often too quickly. Press once if necessary, then wait.
We were trying to check our number several times while testing Telegram for this guide, and I got another message saying, “Too many attempts, please try again later”. This is another thing you should keep in mind.
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Last updated Feb 3, 2021
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