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How to Fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram

Are you getting a “This channel can’t be displayed” error on Telegram?

Here’s the full error message, “This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread p****graphic content”.

The error message happens when you try to join a Telegram channel that contains sensitive content.

This includes videos and images that are not safe for work.

As a result, the channel will be blocked if the sensitive content filter is enabled.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to disable the filter in the Telegram app.

Instead, you need to use the desktop version of Telegram.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram on iPhone and Android devices.

How to fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram

To fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram, you need to download the desktop version of Telegram.

On the desktop version of Telegram, you need to enable “Disable filtering” to disable the sensitive content filter.

After you’ve disabled the sensitive content filter, you’ll be able to access blocked channels on Telegram!

Unfortunately, you cannot disable the sensitive content filter on the Telegram app.

This is because the Telegram app does not include it.

Hence, to disable the sensitive content filter, you need to use the desktop version of Telegram.

This channel can't be displayed on Telegram

The desktop version of Telegram contains additional settings that you can modify.

This includes the ability to enable “Disable filtering”.

By default, the sensitive content filter on Telegram is enabled.

So, you’ll need to disable the filter to access channels that contain sensitive content.

Here’s how to fix “This channel can’t be displayed” on Telegram:

  1. Download Telegram on your computer
  2. Scan the QR code using the Telegram app
  3. Open the menu
  4. Click on “Settings”
  5. Click on “Privacy and Security”
  6. Enable “Disable filtering”

1. Download Telegram on your computer

Telegram desktop

Download Telegram for Windows: https://desktop.telegram.org/.

The first step is to download Telegram on your computer.

This is because you can only fix the “This channel can’t be displayed” error on the desktop version of Telegram.

Firstly, go to https://desktop.telegram.org/ and click on “Get Telegram for Windows x64”.

If you’re using macOS or Linux, click on “Show all platforms” instead and download Telegram for your operating system.

After you’ve clicked on “Get Telegram for Windows x64”, click on “tsetup.exe” to install it.

2. Scan the QR code using the Telegram app

How to use Telegram desktop

After you’ve downloaded Telegram on your computer, you need to open it.

When you open Telegram on your computer, a QR code will be shown.

Now, you need to log in to Telegram using the QR scanner on the Telegram app.

Firstly, open the Telegram app and tap on “Settings”.

Secondly, tap on “Devices”.

Thirdly, tap on “Scan QR Code” and scan the QR code to log in to Telegram.

3. Open the menu

Telegram desktop menu

After you’ve scanned the QR code, you’ll be automatically logged in to Telegram.

Now, you’ll see all of your messages.

On the top-left corner of Telegram, you’ll see a menu icon.

Click on the menu icon to open the menu.

4. Click on “Settings”

Telegram desktop settings

After you’ve clicked on the menu icon, the menu will be opened.

The menu contains multiple options.

This includes “New Group”, “New Channel”, “Contacts”, and more.

Click on “Settings” under “Contacts” to open your Telegram settings.

5. Click on “Privacy and Security”

Telegram desktop privacy and security

After you’ve clicked on “Settings”, the “Settings” page will open.

On the page, you’ll see multiple options.

This includes “Edit profile”, “Notifications”, “Privacy and Security”, and more.

The sensitive content filter is located in “Privacy and Security”.

Hence, you need to click on “Privacy and Security”.

6. Enable “Disable filtering”

How to join Telegram channel that cannot be displayed

After you’ve clicked on “Privacy and Security”, the “Privacy and Security” settings will open.

There are multiple settings including “Privacy”, “Two-step verification”, “Sensitive content”, and more.

Scroll down until you reach the “Sensitive content” setting.

In the “Sensitive content” setting, you’ll see a “Disable filtering” option.

By default, the “Disable filtering” option is disabled.

To bypass the “This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread p****graphic content” error on Telegram, you need to enable it.

Enable “Disable filtering” to view sensitive content on Telegram.

After you’ve “Enabled filtering”, force-close the Telegram app on your phone and re-open it.

Next, try joining the channel that has the “This channel can’t be displayed” error again.

This time, you should be able to join and view it without getting an error on both iPhone and Android.

This is because after you’ve enabled “Disable filtering”, the sensitive content filter will be disabled!

Conclusion

Telegram has a sensitive content filter that prevents you from joining and viewing channels that have sensitive content.

Hence, you won’t be able to join every channel.

Sensitive content includes photos and videos that are not safe for work.

To join and view the channels that have sensitive content, you need to turn the filter off.

However, this can only be done on the desktop version of Telegram and not the Telegram mobile app.

Remember to force-close the Telegram app on your phone and re-open it after you’ve turned the sensitive filter off.

Otherwise, the “This channel can’t be displayed because it was used to spread p****graphic content” error will still show up.

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