Social Networks

WhatsApp vs Telegram- Which is better?

Today, smartphones have become an integral part of or daily routine and messaging is one of the most popular ways to connect. WhatsApp is today the most popular instant messaging platform and ever since its launch back in 2009, it has had tremendous success. WhatsApp is an instant messaging app for smartphones that operates under a subscription business model. The proprietary, cross-platform app uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages.

Back in 2013, another instant messaging app called Telegram came to existence claiming it to be more secure than WhatsApp which always had privacy issues. To prove Telegram is secure, the company ran a contest challenging people to break their cryptography and disclose confidential information. Both these services have lots of similarities. So which is better instant messaging service.

Whatsapp vs telegram

Lets have a look at the features being offered.

 telegram-logo whatsapp logo

Users (Approx)

50 millions800 millions

IM Style Chat


Group Chat

Yes max 200 usersYes max 100 users

Make video calls


Group calls




Make phone calls


Free phone calls


Subscription cost

Free0.99 USD/year


Background/ Font/ SoundBackground/ Font/ Sound

Share photo


Share video


Share voice message



With Phone numberWith Phone number

Platforms Supported

YesVia Chrome





Mac OS


Windows Phone



Based on the number of users, you can see WhatsApp is way more popular and Telegram and also offers voice calls between contacts which are free. But Telegram offers more security for your messages with an encrypted messaging. It also offers self destructible secret messages which can be sent between your contacts. Telegram is also free unlike WhatsApp where you need to pay 0.99 every year although the cost is very low. Telegram also supports proper desktop app for Windows which is missing for WhatsApp (WhatsApp can be accessed using Google Chrome on desktops).

The major issue with Telegram is that the number of users is low compared to WhatsApp you you might have difficulties in finding all of your friends on Telegram.

Telegram Pros:

  • Highly Secure
  • File Transfer
  • Free
  • Desktop App
  • Secret Messages

WhatsApp Pros:

  • More users
  • Voice Calls

The biggest advantage for WhatsApp is the voice calling facility which was rolled out recently.

Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. Blogging has been his passion for more than a decade now, he started with this blog in 2007. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .

You may also like

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.