WhatsApp and Telegram are two competing apps as far as instant messaging is concerned.
These two are the best when it comes to sending free voice, video, and text and photo messages over the internet.
If you have used these two apps, it can be a very hard task to distinguish between the two as to which app is the better of the two. However, to help in doing so, here is a small piece with highlights of the major differences and similarities between WhatsApp and Telegram.
WhatsApp vs. Telegram: Similarities
WhatsApp and Telegram are very similar apps in what they do. There are some parts of how they do things that are similar. When talking of compatibility, the two can be downloaded and installed on a variety of mobile platforms that include Windows Phone, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and other common mobile operating systems. At the moment, Telegram can be used on mobile devices and PCs as a native app, unlike WhatsApp, which has WhatsApp Web for PCs, which is only but a web client.
Even though both apps can be used on PCs, the experience you get with Telegram is much better than with WhatsApp Web.This is because the former app comes with everything from the phone app, while the latter app comes with limited features to the PC platform. Another similar thing you’ll notice about these apps is that there are no ads on their UIs. WhatsApp does this at a cost of $1 per year. However, Telegram does not ask for anything in return for this clean UI.
In exchanging messages on both platforms, you can do it in an individual chat or a group. WhatsApp allows users to create groups of up to 100 people while Telegram offers twice this number. Both apps also support broadcasting messages.
Finally, setting up these two apps is very similar. In both cases, you will be asked to provide a phone number and a user name that your friends will see. You can set a profile picture, change chat backgrounds, block users as well as do many other tweaks to change their appearances.
WhatsApp vs. Telegram: Differences
The first major difference between these two apps comes with the app’s user base. WhatsApp has more than 800 million followers while Telegram has around 100 million users. Furthermore, these two came into being at different times, with WhatsApp making its debut in 2009 and Telegram doing so in 2013.
Telegram is free to use for life, and it asks for nothing at all apart from internet connections. On the other hand, WhatsApp will require that you pay a fee of $1 per year to keep using it, but this will start applying during the second year. In terms of privacy, Telegram is on another level. The app comes with a secret chat feature that lets users send messages that can destroy themselves after a period. This is a good way of ensuring your message remains private. However, there is nothing like this on WhatsApp. Better still, WhatsApp combined with Open Whisper Systems to introduce end-to-end encryption in their messages, which promises enhanced privacy.
Users of Telegram have more options of sending media files than WhatsApp. For instance, it is possible to send .doc or even zip files on Telegram, something that is not possible on WhatsApp. When it comes to changing account numbers, WhatsApp is very swift. Telegram requires that you, first of all, deactivate the current account and open a new account just in case you want to change your account number.
Last but not the least, Telegram is only used for exchanging messages. On the other hand, WhatsApp recently introduced voice calling services, which take it a step higher than Telegram. Otherwise, these two apps offer almost the same services.