Offering different experiences depending on the target audience, WhatsApp and Telegram have become increasingly popular over the years. Currently, both platforms have an extensive range of features, including integrated stores, robots with various uses and support for large groups of users to interact with each other.
Similarly, the applications have a web version, aimed at those who want to use the platform on desktop and notebook computers. This option brings together the fundamental features present in mobile apps. However, there are some differences that can become decisive for the choice of each user, according to their use and preference.
Check out a comparison between the main differences between WhatsApp and Telegram in their web versions.
To use WhatsApp Web, just have an account registered on a supported Android or iOS device and access the resource through the options tab in the application interface. On this screen, the user will be asked to scan a QR Code to authorize the use of the messenger on the desired platform, which can be found by accessing the service’s web address on a computer or notebook.
After scanning the QR Code, the conversations present in the WhatsApp app for mobile devices will be synchronized with the browser, allowing the user to continue chatting without further hassle. Input information is saved on the PC, so there is no need to redo the process.
Right from the start, you can find one of the biggest differences between the platforms: WhatsApp Web requires that the user’s cell phone is always connected to the internet during use, in addition to the traditional authentication process. The requirement can become a nuisance when, for example, the cell phone is without battery — on the other hand, the measure can be seen as a security boost.
Telegram Web is more practical and only requires an access code sent to the cell phone. Conversations are stored in the cloud, eliminating the need for a simultaneous connection to other devices. It is possible to set a password to access the platform in the browser, which provides an extra security step.
Features and Usability
The experience of using the messengers is very similar in the browser versions. While WhatsApp Web offers all the main basic functions — such as sending messages and media, managing groups and viewing contact status — Telegram goes a step further, with editable messages, integration of automated robots in conversations and sending files with up to 2GB.
The visual layout of the features offered is the same in both messenger interfaces, with the contact list placed on the left of the screen and the chat on the right. Here, there is a small advantage for WhatsApp Web in terms of personalization, as it is possible to change the background color of conversations in up to 30 tones.
Although Telegram has a certain advantage in its mobile app when it comes to security, the opposite seems to happen in its web version. WhatsApp Web ends up standing out for offering end-to-end encryption in all conversations, a feature missing in the competitor’s browser version. This technology allows for more privacy and security by making it difficult for messages to be intercepted while using the platform.
While Telegram Web takes the technical advantage of offering a wider and more diverse range of features, WhatsApp Web stands out in providing a simpler, more basic experience with extra security features.
The best service, in the end, is the one that best suits the user’s needs. WhatsApp Web may be the most suitable if the desired experience is one of simplicity and security, and Telegram Web may be recommended for those seeking independence from their cell phone and access to more resources, such as channels, automated robots and cloud storage.