So you’ve entered the world of Telegram and learned about bots in Telegram. Perhaps you’re curious how to use Bots on Telegram or how to create a Telegram Bot of your very own. In the post, we’ve got a list of the best Telegram Bots.
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What are Telegram Bots?
Introduced in 2015, Telegram Bots are third-party chat apps made with the Telegram Bot API. Telegram bots are essentially automated Telegram accounts you can chat with or add as friends to your chats, groups or channels.
While other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Kakao place strict limits on what users can create, Telegram allows their users to create Telegram Bots for pretty much anything. Today, you can easily create tonnes of useful Telegram bots.
Users can create bots that act to play music, send emails, organize tasks, schedule reminders, or even as a digital storefront. There are plenty of bots out there to fulfil almost every need you can think of. One common question is, are Telegram Bots safe?
Are Telegram Bots safe?
While Telegram is known for its end-to-end encryption using MTProto, researchers found that Telegram Bots rely on a less secure protocol called Transport Layer Security. Adding a Telegram Bot weakens the encryption, making it more susceptible to hackers.
However, Telegram has refuted claims over its security issue stating that it’s another instance of If I had your keys, I could get into your home story. Considering both sides of the argument, are Telegram Bots truly safe? It’s best to use them at your own discretion.
How to Use Bots on Telegram
While creating Telegram Bots require some coding skills, using a Telegram Bot is simple enough and anybody can do it. Simply follow the steps below to start using your first Telegram Bot.
1. Find the bot’s username using the in-app search bar and select the bot from the list.
Take note that you should be searching the bot’s username and not its display name. There can be multiple accounts with similar display names, but usernames cannot be duplicated. Make sure you’re adding the right bot by checking its username first.
2. Start a conversation with the Bot and follow the commands.
And you’re done! That’s pretty much it, although different bots have their own unique prompts and commands. If you’d like to have an idea of how these Telegram Bots work, don’t hesitate to check out our list of Telegram bots below.
5 Best Telegram Bots
It’s hard to define what best Telegram Bots mean. It really depends on the kind of functionality you are looking for. To create our Best Telegram Bot list we picked out the best bots for Telegram with functionality that goes above and beyond most bots.
1. Trello Bot (Username: @trello_bot)
Trello is a kanban board for task and project management. If you get tired of using the interface to manage your project, try the Trello Bot. Using the Telegram Trello Bot enables you to create cards and receive update notifications from your Trello board.
Before using the Trello Bot, you will need to let the bot know which board you would like to connect. Once connected you can add the bot to groups, create new Trello cards, and receive card notification as well as user replies.
1. Search for @trello_bot in the search bar and start a chat with the bot.
2. Connect Start a Chat with Trello Bot, an Bot to your Trello account and select the board you wish to integrate.
3. Choose where you’d like to receive your Trello notifications. You can either receive them in a group or as a private message within Trello Bot.
Once you’ve done that, you can now use Trello within Telegram. Similarly, any updates done on Trello’s native platform will be reflected on your chatroom with Trello Bot. Here is an example of what you can do with Trello Bot.
4. Type /new to create a new card and choose the list for your card.
5. Done. You’ll see the card reflected on the Trello board under your selected list.
While you’re allowed to switch your Trello account by reauthorizing Trello Bot, it’s not possible to connect two accounts at the same time. And if you stop the bot, you’ll have to authorize it again.
2. Gmail Bot (Username: @gmailbot)
Want to use Gmail without leaving Telegram? Look no further, this is where the official Gmail Bot comes in. With the Gmail Bot, you can receive, send, and reply to emails within Telegram as instant messages.
To start using Gmail Bot, simply search for @gmailbot in the search bar and click Start to chat. Follow the commands on the screen and authorize your account. After authorization, you’ll start receiving emails in your Telegram chat.
Replying using the Gmail Bot is as simple as sending a text message. At first glance, you’ll not see a reply button but if you’re familiar with messaging on Telegram it works the same way.
On the desktop, you can reply by double-clicking or if you’re on mobile, simply swipe left on the message. Any action performed with the Gmail Bot will automatically sync to your Gmail account.
This makes managing your emails a breeze, except you can only link one Google account to the Gmail Bot at a time. While you cannot link a second account simultaneously, you can switch accounts by reauthorizing the Gmail Bot.
3. Spotify Bot (@spotify_to_mp3_bot)
Didn’t think there were music bots on Telegram? Think Again. With Spotify Bot you’ll never have to leave Telegram play music. Linking your Spotify account to Spotify Bot allows you to search, listen to and download tracks from Spotify’s database.
Once you’re connected, there’s a menu list for you to choose from. To start listening to your favorite tracks on Telegram, download a playlist or album. For our experiment, we downloaded an entire album within seconds.
The use case for the Spotify Bot is pretty dubious though. Although Spotify Bot has a music player at the top of the chat with play, backward and next buttons. There is no way to switch to another album quickly. You’d need to download another album to do that.
4. ManyBot (@manybot)
Creating a Telegram bot from scratch may seem like a daunting task to many, but now there’s ManyBot to fix that. With ManyBot, you can create bots in Telegram without coding. As its name suggests, there are many things you can do with this bot.
To start, follow the command on ManyBot by going to the BotFather for a new bot name and an API token. Then, link your API token back to ManyBot and give it a short description. Now, follow the rest of the instructions on ManyBot and you’re done!
Your new bot allows you to broadcast messages to your subscribers, create custom commands and menus, auto post from RSS, Twitter or Youtube and add more admins to help you manage your groups.
While Telegram Bots can schedule and broadcast messages, bot owners will notice there’s nowhere to answer 1:1 messages sent to the bot. To do so, you can create a free respond.io account and connect your Telegram Bot to the platform.
5. IFTTT Bot (@IFTTT)
We’ve kept what we thought was the most interesting Telegram Bot for last, the IFTTT Bot. IFTTT, also known as If This Then That is a software platform that connects and syncs your favourite apps and devices using chains of conditional statements.
Need to upload files to Google Drive from Telegram? Or turn on your TV by messaging on Telegram? IFTTT’s got you. The IFTTT Bot links Telegram to 360 other services, enabling you to use it in groups, channels or as a personal assistant in various ways.
1. Sign up for an account with IFTTT and start a chat with the IFTTT Bot. Then connect it to a group or channel.
2. Select Telegram Applets on your group, and you’ll be directed to IFTTT’s platform.
3. Choose an applet you wish to link with IFTTT’s platform and click connect.
3. Select a Google account you wish to connect with IFTTT.
4. Authorize IFTTT to connect to your Telegram account.
5. Upload a file on the IFTTT Bot, and it’ll automatically sync to your Google Drive.
6. View the uploaded file on Google Drive. And done.
For the more adventurous, signing up with IFTTT also allows you to create and customise your own chain of conditional statements or applets. While uploading applets on IFTTT is a paid service, using the platform and integrating it with Telegram is free.
Interested to know more about Telegram Bots and Telegram?
We’ll continue updating our Telegram bots list with new top Telegram Bots in the future. In the meantime, check out the other articles on Telegram.