6 Telegram Features That WhatsApp is Missing (#1’s Amazing)

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 01/22/21 •  7 min read

Telegram recently surpassed 500 MILLION downloads in the Google Play store. And in this post, we’ll show six awesome Telegram features that make it better than WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the biggest IM app in the world. It has over five billion downloads to date, meaning almost two-thirds of the global population are actively using the app right now. Given this huge number, you’d think most companies would just give up and let WhatsApp rule the roost, right?

Wrong! There are plenty of alternatives to WhatsApp available, and one of the best ones is Telegram, an IM app that recently surpassed half a billion downloads inside the Google Play Store, or Signal which is the most secure IM on the planet. And in this post, I’ll detail a bunch of Telegram features that not only make it extremely useful as an IM but also better than WhatsApp in some cases.

Telegram Features (That WhatsApp Doesn’t Have)

Also: Telegram Isn’t Owned By Facebook

This is a big one. If you care about the internet, you should care than more and more internet is being sucked into fewer and fewer pockets. Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp. Alongside its actual social network, Facebook controls way too much internet activity. And the company isn’t exactly trust-worthy at the best of times.

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For this reason, I think it is good for the general health of the internet to have and use viable alternatives to things like WhatsApp and Instagram; this is why TikTok and Telegram are great – they pull some of the power away from Facebook.

I use WhatsApp, so I’m not saying DO NOT use it, but I do think it is great that viable alternatives to it are now readily available. The less power Facebook accumulates in the coming years, the better. Telegram is a relatively new upstart, but its growth is impressive – zero to half a billion in a few short years is no joke.

Let’s just hope that Facebook doesn’t try and snap it up as it does with everything else!

Who Owns Telegram Then?

Telegram is owned by the same people – Nikolai and Pavel Durov – that founded Russia’s #1 social network, VK. Telegram was first launched in 2013 but is not based in Russia anymore, apparently this was done to evade “problematic regulations”, and the company now has headquarters in Dubai, following brief residencies in London, Berlin, and Singapore.

On the subject of whether Telegram is safe, the company claims its platform is more secure than WhatsApp – both in terms of encryption and from a data-perspective. Here’s the official line via Telegram on the security measures it uses on its platform:

 All Telegram messages are always securely encrypted. Messages in Secret Chats use client-client encryption, while Cloud Chats use client-server/server-client encryption and are stored encrypted in the Telegram Cloud (more here). This enables your cloud messages to be both secure and immediately accessible from any of your devices – even if you lose your device altogether.

Is it safer and more secure than Signal? No, but that’s not exactly a deal-breaker. Both platforms, given WhatsApp’s recent changes, are infinitely preferable to Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Things To Keep In Mind…

Here’s the thing, Telegram is arguably better than WhatsApp; it has more features, is more secure, and is generally more useful as an IM – both for individual chats and group chats.

But the one area where it CANNOT beat WhatsApp is the numbers. Everybody uses WhatsApp, so when you use WhatsApp, you know you’ll be able to connect with all your contacts and friends. Conversely, Telegram is newer and no way near as popular.

Key Telegram Stats – Users, Market Share & Future Plans

This means that if you download Telegram today, most of your contacts will not have it or use it. This means you’ll have to send an invite to them and hope they accept it. If they don’t, you’ll have to continue using WhatsApp alongside Telegram to speak to certain contacts.

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Even with 500 million installs, Telegram is still EONS behind WhatsApp in terms of users. This will change with time, of course, as Telegram continues to grow but the gap between Telegram and WhatsApp, at least right now, appears to be insurmountable – we’re talking about 4.5 BILLION additional users.

And even with the best features in the world, as well as market-leading security and privacy, that gap just looks too big for Telegram to cause any issues for the facebook-owned WhatsApp.

You never know though, maybe things will change – maybe by 2025, it’ll be Telegram that is number one? WhatsApp came out of nowhere, after all, and look where it is now?

Who’s to say that can’t happen again?

Telegram Download

Telegram is available for iPhone and Android – you can download Telegram for iPhone here and Telegram for Android here.

And check out How To End-To-End Encrypt WhatsApp Backups! And take a look at How To Make Your Sent WhatsApp Messages Disappear!

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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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