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WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
Top 27%1,417 points
Top 27%
Top 31%1,342 points
Top 31%
Top 33%1,302 points
Top 33%
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WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
Key features and highlights

Line vs WhatsApp vs Telegram Messenger: 54 facts in comparison

1. It uses “two-way opt-in”

This means that you have to add or accept contacts before being able to message. It prevents strangers sending you unwanted messages.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
30% have it

2. You do not need a SIM card to log in

The app is not connected to your phone number, so you can use it on devices such as tablets without needing a SIM card.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
66% have it

3. Shows that someone is typing

You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
38% have it

4. Available on PC

These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
64% have it

5. Has end-to-end-encryption

End-to-end encryption protects data between two communicating parties and ensures that only the intended receiver can access the unencrypted information.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
34% have it

6. You can send documents

You can send documents using the app.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
30% have it

7. Has temporary images

You can send an image which is programmed to self destruct after a few seconds. This means you can send something a bit daring, as it will disappear once the person has seen it.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
20% have it

8. Syncs to the cloud

Your data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
88% have it

9. Has search option

If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
32% have it

10. Shows when a user was last active

You can see activity history, eg. “User last active yesterday at 9:30.”
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
12% have it

11. Has temporary text messages

You can send a text message which will self destruct after a short time, so you can say whatever you like, without it being saved on the person’s phone.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
16% have it

12. Higher rating on Google Play

The app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.
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13. Has two-way video chat

You can have a one-on-one conversation with video.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
34% have it

14. Has “message seen” notification

You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
56% have it

15. Free application

You can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
96% have it

16. You can stay invisible

You don’t have to logout in order to appear offline.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
34% have it

17. Send free SMS

You can send text messages to any number for free, not just other people using the same app.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
32% have it

18. Can be personalised

You can personalize the appearance of the app - for example, choosing a different theme or colors.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
62% have it

19. Send audio voice clips

You can send a pre-recorded voice message.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
74% have it

20. You can send your location

Send a stamp to someone showing your current location. This saves a lot of messing around with directions.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
48% have it

21. You can specify your availability

You can show that you are eg. busy or away. This is ideal if you are working but want to stay available for important messages.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
14% have it

22. You can send a contact stamp

You can quickly and conveniently forward a person’s contact details on. This is a lot easier than finding their number and typing it into a message.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
30% have it

23. You can send music files

You can share music files with your friends.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
30% have it

24. Tablet-optimised

There is a tablet-optimised version of the app available. This gives a much better user experience than using an app designed for a phone on a tablet.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
82% have it

25. You can switch off notifications

You can set specific notifications to snooze mode if you don’t want to be disturbed during a specific time frame.
Line
WhatsApp
Telegram Messenger
40% have it

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