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Telegram Messenger vs WhatsApp: 47 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
29% 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
67% have it

3. Shows that someone is typing

You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
35% have it

4. You can send documents

You can send documents using the app.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
27% have it

5. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
63% have it

6. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
33% 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
20% have it

8. 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.

9. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
14% have it

10. Has search option

If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
31% have it

11. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
90% have it

12. Has two-way video chat

You can have a one-on-one conversation with video.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
33% have it

13. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
16% have it

14. You can stay invisible

You don’t have to logout in order to appear offline.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
33% have it

15. Shows when a user was last active

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

16. Free application

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

17. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
82% have it

18. 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.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
29% have it

19. You can send your location

Send a stamp to someone showing your current location. This saves a lot of messing around with directions.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
47% have it

20. Higher rating on the App Store

The app has a higher rating on Apple’s App Store (rating from all versions), showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.

21. You can send music files

You can share music files with your friends.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
31% have it

22. Send audio voice clips

You can send a pre-recorded voice message.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
76% have it

23. Has “message seen” notification

You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
Telegram Messenger
WhatsApp
53% have it

24. more languages supported

You can use a wider range of languages in the application. This allows you to use it in the language you choose and makes it suitable for more users around the world.

25. more estimated monthly users

With more users it is likely that more people you know will use the app too.

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