Telegram vs WhatsApp – Which is Better?

There are tons of instant messaging services out there, WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, WeChat, Messenger and many more. Which instant messaging app is the best? Well, we have narrowed it down to Telegram and WhatsApp, the 2 most popular and reliable apps on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Ever since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook, the Telegram app saw a huge increase in download. However, is Telegram truly better than WhatsApp, or did these users switch over just to show their dissatisfaction?

WhatsApp vs Telegram Infographic



Both Telegram and WhatsApp are IM services that rely on internet connection (WiFi or Data). They require you to have an active phone number which acts as your account and through these IM services, you can text, send photos, videos and even audio clips to your friends.

They might look the same on the surface, but these 2 apps actually do have some differences in both security and functionality.

More Important Differences

Security (Telegram Wins)


WhatsApp is prone to hacking whereas Telegram, is a lot more secure. Telegram has MTProto as the backbone for its programme and the makers of Telegram claims that it is unbreakable, offering $200,000 to anyone who can crack it. So if you are afraid of having your intimate chat messages hacked by an anonymous webster, Telegram would be your safer bet.

Speed (Telegram Wins)



WhatsApp is a slow clogged-up ancient machine compared to Telegram, that’s well-oiled and ready to roll. Messages are sent quickly and efficiently with little delay on Telegram whereas WhatsApp messages take slightly longer to be sent and received. The difference may be a mere 100ms, but I could most certainly feel the difference when I tried Telegram for the first time.

Document Transfer (Telegram Wins)


Telegram allows you to transfer documents in the form of PDF files whereas WhatsApp restricts your file transfer to only photos, videos  and audio recordings

Popularity (WhatsApp Wins)


With 800 million users on WhatsApp and only 50 million users on Telegram, WhatsApp is obviously more popular amongst your friends.Some of your friends may not use Telegram, so that may be a major bummer for you to continue using WhatsApp. I personally use both.

Calling (WhatsApp Wins)


I wouldn’t really call it a win for WhatsApp. I honestly dislike how WhatsApp calls work. They have bad quality and connection. Furthermore, they burn up data worse than a monster truck drinks fuel. However, Telegram doesn’t offer calling features at all for now.

So here’s the round-up of the key differences between the two services in a table format. Which one are you going to be using from now on?

  WhatsApp Telegram
Speed Slower Faster
Security Less Secure More Secure

(Claimed to be uncrackable)

Price $0.99 Free Forever
Attachments Photos, Videos, Audio, Location Any document
Secret Chat No Option available
Read/Delivered Receipts Sent, Read & Delivered Receipts Available Only Sent & Delivered Receipts
Number of Devices You Can Install on Simultaneously 1 Unlimited (>1)
Stickers & Emojis Less More
Number of Users (Popularity) 800 million 50 million
Calling Yes No
Mute Specific Users Yes No

5 thoughts on “Telegram vs WhatsApp – Which is Better?

  1. It ‘s possible to mute specific users in Telegram…
    What is not discussed here is that for some Whatsapp installations, the chat data are not transferred over to your new device.

    The greatest strength of Telegram is that it syncs across all devices logged into the same account in real time. Also allows transfer of documents and media and links across devices easily just by sending to yourself. 😀

    1. Really great point there Wex! It is a real hassle to transfer phones with WhatsApp. Now they have some Google drive backup. Not sure if that will help?

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