Getting Started with Telegram

Getting Started with Telegram

Written by  Putri Wibowo
Last update:  Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Follow this step-by-step guide to setting up your Telegram from creating a bot to integrating it to NovoChat.

Creating A Telegram Bot

To create a bot, you need to talk to BotFather. It will help you create new bots and change settings for existing ones.

  1. From your Telegram app, search for BotFather.

  2. Click to open a chat window with BotFather. You will see a description of what BotFather is.

  3. To start a conversation, type in /start and send. You will receive a list of commands to control BotFather.

  4. To create a bot, type /newbot and send.

  5. Give a name to your bot. The name of your bot is displayed in contact details and elsewhere. Make sure it’s recognizable for your team and customers.

  6. Give a username to your bot. The Username is a short name, to be used in mentions and t.me links. Your bot's username must end in 'bot', e.g. 'tetris_bot' or 'TetrisBot'. If the username is already taken, you will be asked to enter a different username.

  7. After bot name and username is set, you will receive a token. This API token is to be keyed in when you connect Telegram to your Inbox.

Your customers can search your bot by Telegram username or via Telegram link just like searching for a usual Telegram account.


Connecting Your Telegram Bot to NovoChat Inbox

In Channels page, click on the Add button below the Telegram icon.

  1. In the Internal Name field, type in the name of integration. This name is for internal use so that you and your team can recognize the integration.

  2. In the Public Name field, type in how you want the channel name appears in your NovoChat widget

  3. In the Telegram Token field, insert the token of the Telegram bot which you received during the bot creation process.

  4. Click Create to save it.

  5. After created, click on the Connect button under the Setup section. If your token is valid, the connection will come out as successful.

  6. Done!

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