WhatsApp vs Signal vs Telegram
Starting with the WhatsApp, it has all the necessary chat features including sending media, contact, location, etc. You also get voice call and video call option as well. WhatsApp recently introduced “disapperaing messages” feature and it also has “delete for everyone” feature as well to unsend the message.
Telegram also has all the chat features right from sharing media to location, contacts and voice messages, etc. It also has calling feature. Telegram also has Secret Chat feature which is something like WhatsApp’s disappering messages.
Singal also has all the sharing options in chat including media, GIF, contacts and location as well as calling feature. It also has “disappearing messages” feature and you can set time from 5 seconds to 7 days.
Group Chat Features
WhatsApp groups are very common feature that everyone of us might be using. WhatsApp lets you add 256 members in a group. There is also a group video call feature avaialble apart from the voice calls.
On Telegram, you can add up to 200,000 members in a group which is very huge number. It has group voice all feature but group video calls are in the beta phase as of now.
Signal has a 1000 member group limit and has all the other chat features in group chat as well. It also has voice and video call features.
WhatsApp has a unique Status feature just like Snapchat and Instagram stories where you can put images or 30-second videos. However, the other two Signal and Telegram do not have these features as of now.
On WhatsApp, you can send videos up to 16MB and other files up to 100MB. Telegram lets you send up to 2GB of files. Lastly on Signal, there is 100MB limit on uploading and sending files.
WhatsApp has its Web Version which requires you to use your phone app to login to your account. After that you get all the app’s features on WhatsApp web as well.
Telegram has a web version and it doesn’t require a smartphone to login. Lastly, Signal does not have a web version, however, it has a desktop app which is also available for WhatsApp and Telegram.
WhatsApp offers both online and offline backups and you can select your google account to backup chats and media. Telegram doesn’t offer backup option as it has a cloud platform where all chats are stored. Lastly, Signal offers only local backups and you cannot backup on your drive or cloud service.
Security and Privacy
WhatsApp has End-to-End encryption on all chats so all your messages, calls, photos, and everything else which you share is encrypted and only you and the recipient will be the only persons who can read the messages.
WhatsApp also offers a built-in fingerprint lock feature so you can lock your WhatsApp chats with biometrics. Moreover, you also get support for two-factor authentication (2FA).
While Telegram chats are user-to-server encrypted, instead of user-to-user. However, there is a Secret Chats feature on Telegram which offer End-to-End encrypted chats and messages sent cannot be decrypted anywhere, but then again it’s not available on all chats.
Further, Telegram, just like WhatsApp, also offers a built-in app lock and two-step verification features.
Signal is perhaps the best messenger app when it comes to security and privacy. Where WhatsApp encrypts only messages and calls, Signal encrypts the metadata of the chat as well. Moreover, it has a feature called Sealed Sender to protect user privacy as it stops everyone Signal from knowing who ia chatting.
Moreover, there are some other privacy features on Signal that make messaging experience even more secure. You can lock Signal with a passcode or fingerprint, there is 2FA feature, and it also has options like block screenshots and blur faces automatically before sending.
WhatsApp is overall Closed Source. Telegram and Signal are Open Source-privacy and security is regularly checked by independent experts.
WhatsApp collects most of the user data including Device ID, Advertising Data, Purchase History, Location, Phone Number, Email, Contacts, Payment Info, and other user content.
Telegram collects contact info, phone number and the User ID, while Signal collects none of your personal data except your phone number.
WhatsApp has WhatsApp Pay feature which makes it stand out among all the other messengers. It also has a separate WhatsApp Businesses app and other businesses like Banks are on WhatsApp.
Telegram has bots, channels, hashtags. While Signal has Blur Face feature, block screenshots, Incognito Keyboard, and Relay Calls feature in which calls re-route through Signal servers.
This was a detailed WhatsApp Vs Telegram Vs Signal comparison. Which of these messengers will you use after the privacy updates of WhatsApp? Tell us in the comments below.