A lot of similarities
Before beginning to discuss the unique aspects of each of these apps, we must talk about their similar features first to get that out of the way. First, web versions are available for both apps which makes it more comfortable for you to carry a conversation from whatever design you want. Same basic features are provided by both apps such as sending photos, text, and video. A delivery confirmation and read receipts are delivered by both apps. However, telegram does not allow you to turn off the read receipts, but WhatsApp does.
Group conversations are allowed by both apps, but on WhatsApp, you can only invite 256 people while Telegram allows 10,000 people in one group. You can send files to contacts on both these apps, but Telegram has a bigger limit than WhatsApp (16 MB), 1.5 GB.
Voice calling is offered by either service. Your calls will be top-quality on both these apps, but WhatsApp has a low data usage mode if you have limited data.
How is Telegram unique
Thanks to its possibility to offer end-to-end encryption to users, Telegram has become extremely popular. Messaging platform today offer this as well, but if you are serious about privacy, Telegram would be a better choice because you can also make secret message and chose not to allow screenshots of conversations. WhatsApp does not offer these features.
Its huge userbase makes WhatsApp stronger because a messaging service is not worth using if you do not have people to talk to. 1.3 billion users are active monthly on WhatsApp exceeding Telegram’s 100 million users.
The winner title goes to WhatsApp due to its vast user base which makes everything more convenient for users and when you are away from Wi-Fi you will be delighted to use the low data mode.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.