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WhatsApp vs Telegram (best selling apps / software)

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Winner
Usability
Security
Fun Features
Sync Across Devices
Contact Integration
Stickers and GIFS
Voice/Video Call Quality
Group Chat
International Usage
Cost
FREE / PAID
Telegram is also completely free to use as it is non-profit and funded by Pavel Durov, the founder.
WhatsApp is free to use. It does not charge its users and is monetized via Facebook-owned data analytics.
Conclusion

Telegram is a powerhouse 💪 with nifty privacy features 🔒, self-destruct messages 💥 and multiple device syncing. Lets you make your own stickers.🤩

WhatsApp satisfies with a consistent, simple interface, impressive security 🔒 and direct integration to phone contacts 📱. Needs to catch up on ‘cool’ features! ✨

Telegram Pros & Cons

Top Pros
  • ✔️ Robust Security Features 🔒

  • ✔️ Cool Sticker Creation Feature 🎨

  • ✔️ Multi-Device Use 🔄

  • ✔️ Fun Self-Destruct Messages 💣

  • ✔️ Free to Use !$

WhatsApp Pros & Cons

Top Pros
  • ✔️ Simple and Consistent Interface 😍

  • ✔️ High-Level Security 🔒

  • ✔️ Direct Integration with Phone Contacts 📱

  • ✔️ Free to Use 👛

  • ✔️ Popular Worldwide 🌍

  • ✔️ Excellent for Video Calls 📹

Top Cons
  • ❌ Contact Integration Could Be Better 👥

  • ❌ Interface May Seem Cluttered 🎭

  • ❌ Lesser Known, Smaller User Base 👯

  • ❌ No Video Calls for Groups 📹

  • ❌ Lacks Status Update Feature 😔

  • ❌ Lesser Features in Desktop Version 🖥

Top Cons
  • ❌ Lacks Fancy Stickers 😔

  • ❌ No Self-Destructive Messages 💣

  • ❌ Needs Internet Connection to Make Calls 📞

  • ❌ No Username, Only Phone Number 👥

  • ❌ Limited Features for PC 🖥

Other best selling apps

3

Viber balances voice/video calls 📹, messages and social media aspects ⭐. Stickers and GIFS are cool but multi-device use could be simpler 🔄.

4

Skype brings quality voice/video calls 📞, reasonably priced global calling 🌏 and merging with Microsoft teams suggests a strong future.⏳

5

Line might conquer with its stickers and games 🎮, but better connection quality and an international user base are needed to compete. ⚖️

FAQ

WhatsApp has several unique features that make it a standout. It offers end-to-end encryption for security, the ability to send voice messages, location sharing, a status feature for updating your daily activities, and the option to make voice and video calls. Finally, WhatsApp can be accessed from any device which has the app installed and an internet connection.

Yes, a valid mobile number is required for signing up on Telegram. The app will send a verification code to this number which you will then input to finalize the registration process.

Telegram holds the edge here, as it permits up to 200,000 members in a group chat, far more than WhatsApp‘s limit of 256 members.

Yes, you can use WhatsApp Web without downloading the app. However, you must have the app installed on your phone and an active internet connection to use this feature. You can access it from the WhatsApp Web page.

Yes. WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption, which means that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read the messages being sent. No third party, including WhatsApp, can access this data.

Yes, Telegram allows users to send files and documents of up to 2GB each, which is considerably more than most other messaging apps offer.

Telegram uses a unique encryption protocol, MTProto, for secure messaging. Moreover, it has a ‘Secret Chat’ feature which offers end-to-end encryption and messages in these chats can be self-destruct after a set period if desired.

In WhatsApp, the ‘Status’ feature lets you share text, photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. You can control who sees your Status updates through the privacy settings.

Yes. In addition to the ‘Secret Chats’ feature, Telegram also provides two-step verification for added security, and allows you to control who can see your ‘Last Seen’ status. You can also set messages to self-delete after a certain period in regular chats and groups with the recent update.

Please visit the WhatsApp FAQ page for detailed information on how live location sharing works. Essentially, you can either share your live location in a chat for a specified time period, or send your current location instantly.

Yes, both platforms offer a web-based service as well as desktop applications. You can access them via WhatsApp Web & Telegram Desktop, respectively.

Yes, Telegram supports both voice and video calls. It also enables users to have group voice chats with unlimited participants.

No, both WhatsApp and Telegram are free to use. However, they do require an internet connection which may incur data charges based on your service provider’s plan.

Approximately, a WhatsApp voice call consumes around 0.15 MB to 0.20 MB of data per minute. The actual consumption can vary based on various factors such as the strength of your network and the model of your device.

To add someone on Telegram, simply tap the ‘new message’ icon, then ‘New Contact’. Enter the person’s information and tap ‘Save’. They will then appear in your contacts list.

Yes, WhatsApp allows users to backup chat history to Google Drive for Android or iCloud for iOS. It’s recommended to do this regularly to ensure your data is safely stored.

Yes, Telegram also offers a similar option. Users can delete any message they’ve sent or received from the chat for both parties, with no time limit. Additionally, they can also make messages to self-destruct after a set period.

To create a group in WhatsApp, tap ‘Menu’, then ‘New Group’. Add the desired contacts and set a group subject. After this, you simply tap the check mark and your group will be created.

Yes, in Telegram you have the ability to set custom notifications for specific contacts. This makes it easy to distinguish who a message is from without checking your phone.

When you block a contact on WhatsApp, that person won’t be able to call you or send you messages, see your Last Seen or online statuses, or receive updates to your Status.

The main features of WhatsApp include instant messaging, voice and video calls, group chat, file sharing, status updates, and end-to-end encryption for security. WhatsApp also offers business profiles for companies to interact with customers directly.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram allow the use of their services on multiple devices. However, WhatsApp requires a primary device with an internet connection whereas Telegram uses independent cloud-based encryption, allowing for multi-device access without dependency on a primary device.

Telegram offers a Secret Chats feature with self-destructing messages which is not available in WhatsApp. Both apps utilize end-to-end encryption, but only Telegram provides the user the option to make their chats more private and limit who can add them to groups.

WhatsApp allows users to back up chats to Google Drive or iCloud, while Telegram automatically saves all the data to the cloud, providing uninterrupted access to chat history from any device at any time.

WhatsApp allows up to 256 members in a group, while Telegram groups can have up to 200,000 members. Additionally, Telegram provides more admin controls like granular permissions, deleting specific messages, and ‘slow mode’, which are not present in WhatsApp.

WhatsApp allows sharing files up to 100 MB, whereas Telegram capability reaches up to 2 GB per file, making Telegram a better platform for sharing larger files.

Both WhatsApp and Telegram are multi-platform and can be used on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and can also be accessed from a web browser.

WhatsApp offers both voice and video calls, and as of October 2020, it introduced group video calls. Telegram just recently added video calling feature in 2020 with picture-in-picture mode but group video calls as of now is not supported.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram are entirely free to use. They don’t contain ads and do not require any subscription fees.

WhatsApp allows both users and recipients to delete messages after sending. However, deleted messages can’t be retrieved. As for Telegram, it’s possible to delete messages from both sides in a conversation without any time limit but once deleted, they can’t be retrieved either.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram have read receipts feature. In WhatsApp, it is represented by two blue checkmarks, while Telegram indicates it by a double-checkmark icon.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram employ end-to-end encryption for messaging. This means that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what’s sent, and nobody else, not even WhatsApp or Telegram.

WhatsApp Business is primarily designed for business messaging and offers additional features like a business profile, automated messages, and customer labels which aren’t available in standard WhatsApp.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram support sending and receiving stickers. Telegram, however, offers a more expansive collection of stickers due to its open sticker platform.

WhatsApp’s headquarters are in Mountain View, California, USA, and Telegram’s operational center is currently situated in Dubai, UAE.

Some alternatives to WhatsApp and Telegram include Signal, Viber, Slack and Skype. All of these also offer instant messaging with additional unique features.

Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram has channels, which are used to broadcast messages to large audiences. While WhatsApp does have broadcast lists, they’re only visible to the sender and are limited to 256 recipients, whereas Telegram channels can host an unlimited audience.

To delete your WhatsApp account, go to WhatsApp Settings > Account > Delete My Account, and then follow the prompts. In case of Telegram, visit the deactivation page on their website, enter your number, and follow the prompts to delete your account.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram require a valid phone number to register. The phone number is part of the verification process during account setup.

Yes, both WhatsApp and Telegram support voice messaging, offering a convenient alternative for times when typing out a message might be inconvenient.