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Whatsapp vs Telegram


Today, the less feature that’s used in our mobile is SMS. If you’ve 500 SMS/Month, 400 will be unused end of the month.

No more forward messages are sent in SMS these days. Only fwd images & videos, it’s all sent using various apps.

One of the applications that is widely used is Whatsapp.

Though this application is used by 500 Million users, due to frequent updates users started finding an alternate application with similar features.

Here is a comparison between Whatsapp and a next widely used & growing application Telegram.

After using Telegram for a month, I find this difference between these applications.
Whatsapp vs Telegram


Features WhatsApp Telegram
Headquarters California, U.S.A Berlin, Germany
GUI Looks good Looks good
Display Pic Just viewable You can zoom & View the user display picture
Status Message 139 characters NA
Last Seen Time You can choose your privacy Viewable
Contacts Name Your contacts name in memory will reflect here You can rename your contacts name locally for Telegram
Notification Tone Common tone for all (Individual contact), Common tone for all groups. You can assign tones for individual contacts
Mute? Mute is applicable only to group, 8 hours, 1 day or 1 week. You can mute individual contacts as well.
Notifications You can disable notifications only groups You can disable either direct messages, group messages or both.
Message delivery? Single tick when it’s sent from your device, double tick if it’s delivered. Double tick with blue color means message read by recipient. Long press on your message to see who all have read in a group. Single tick if sent, double tick ONLY when if your message is opened!
 Downloads Images/Videos are saved in gallery. Will be available only in chat until you save it to gallery, this way it won’t flood your gallery.
 Share Images, Audio, Video, Location, Contacts. Images, Audio, Video, Documents
Online status? You’ll have to manually check last seen time to know who is online or at least guess who is online Clearly shows how many are online in group chat
Contact Joined You need to manually refresh & it is difficult to find who has joined newly. You’ll get contact joined Telegram notification once your contact installs Telegram.
Who is typing? You’ll never know who is typing in group chat unless you receive a message! Some might start typing and delete text without sending! Shows multiple users name in group chat who is typing. You can catch there if you don’t receive a message from them 😀
Font Size According to mobile settings. You can increase/decrease only to Telegram.
Secret Chat NA Yes. You can initiate a secret chat with a friend who is online. Your messages will not be saved on Telegram’s server. They assure 200% encryption of messages. Messages in secret chat cannot be forwarded (Though there is option to copy the text.) You can also initiate a self-destructive chat for 2 secs, 5 secs, 5 mins etc… the messages sent after choosing the time will be deleted from both sender & receiver’s device after the receiver had read the message
Purchase Need to buy 1 year extension after Facebook had bought WhatsApp. Lifetime free.
Support? NA Online chat support with technical team is available (I’ve tried & used it.)

Author: bhargavkesavan

Blogger, Shutterbug, Software Engineer.

6 thoughts on “Whatsapp vs Telegram

  1. Kudos.
    You have put out the differences very well.
    I myself still use whatsapp
    Reason: unwillingness to swap to any other messenger


  2. Super blog!!! Differences straight to the point.


  3. Very good comparison.. its like difference between answer we read in school or college 😉


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