WhatsApp vs Telegram: 13 functions and features

WhatsApp is featured when it comes to copying features, so Canaltech has listed 13 non-original functions that were cloned from Telegram. The competitor, even with a presence in only 45% of the devices, is well ahead of the rival in terms of features, with exclusive features, more freedom, and dozens of improvements that only reached the "Zap" years later or have not even been adapted.

If at the beginning WhatsApp was waging a battle against Viber, WeChat, and Skype, today the main rivalry of the Messenger of Meta is with Telegram. The two apps dispute the preference of the public in almost all parts of the world, including Brazil, although the advantage of "Zap" is undeniable by these bands. Because of this, it is natural for one to try to copy resources from the other to deliver the best experience to your user.

But do you know what were the additions of WhatsApp subtracted from Telegram? Check out the following listing to see if you know them all:

WhatsApp vs Telegram

13th GIFs

The GIFs were a very welcome addition to WhatsApp to add a touch of humor to the platform's non-verbal communication. With direct integration to the Tenor site, in addition, to support for file sharing in this format, the Meta app-only started to support the animated format after Telegram did this before, which even had a wider library and marked favorite GIFs.

GIFs on WhatsApp have emerged inspired by Telegram (Image: Playback/WhatsApp)

12. Answers

Do you know when you select a specific message and respond directly to it? This is one of the most useful features for organizing conversations, as it avoids confusion when someone asks more than one question and helps you rescue topics, for example. This addition was first implemented on Telegram and only after many requests were ported to WhatsApp.

11. Mentions

As well as responses, mentions are extremely useful in organizing conversations, especially in groups. Just type @ and the sender's name/number so that the markup is made and the person notified, and you can tag someone to direct a question, comment, or answer, a great help to avoid communication failures and speed up conversations.

10. Group invitation link

Telegram is practically the king of group-facing resources and the incoming links in them were one of the resources that helped in this popularization. WhatsApp until then only allowed administrators to invite people to participate in collective chats, but the possibility of creating direct links to enter the rooms gave new life to the app.


9. Delete message

In the old day, WhatsApp functioned as an email: it sent the message, it's gone. Telegram, in turn, had a feature that made it possible to delete messages sent by mistake or if the person had repented. Sometime later, Zap developers took the feature to their app and today you can delete texts, photos, and even audios after sending them if you do it quickly.

8. Self-destructive messages

This was one of the most recent additions of WhatsApp, arising from the second half of 2021, and also originating from the copy of a Telegram feature. Self-destructive (or temporary) messages are automatically deleted after a user's predetermined time —24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days on WhatsApp. In the competitor, you don't need to do this setting before (just choose the message you want to delete) and also have more time options to auto-delete the submission.

Messages that disappear after a while were also inspired by Telegram (Image: Disclosure/WhatsApp)

7. Two-step verification

As a privacy-focused messenger, Telegram has always had security features ahead of rivals, such as two-step verification. It requires the person to enter a code received by SMS to log in to the account, which prevents criminals from accessing your profile without authorization. This was partially copied by WhatsApp, as Telegram still has another password layer to be exceeded.


6. Stickers

The use of the stickers won over Brazilian WhatsApp users as few in the world, but this addition initially appeared on Telegram. There, too, there were already the animated stickers and larger, to make the conversations even more fun.

5. Chat fixed

Work, studies, family, friends... With so many segmented groups it's very easy to get lost in the middle of so many messages, but it always has one or another group more relevant than the other, one that you can't miss any details. Telegram has been able to set the most important chats for many years, but WhatsApp only started releasing this in October last year.


Nowadays, virtually everyone has sent or received PDF files through WhatsApp: virtual cards, documents, books, handouts, and so on. But this feature did not exist in WhatsApp, was only implemented in 2016 in the Web version and came directly from Telegram, which already made it possible to send virtually any file extension.


3. Photo editing

Photoshop is one of the wonders of technology, but it is paid and too complex for most users. Telegram, including the browser version, has a built-in basic image editor to perform simple tasks like cropping, resizing, inserting stickers, or using the brush, but WhatsApp Web didn't start receiving this news until August 2021.

2. WhatsApp Web

The Web version of WhatsApp was created to meet the demand of those who needed to work with the service on the computer, something that has always existed on Telegram. At the moment, developers struggle to enter a desktop experience similar to mobile phones, but this will still require a lot of work, but that exists in the rival from the beginning.

1. Multi-device login

Having a mobile phone number and a device connected to the internet has always been a basic WhatsApp requirement for use of the app. The web version functioned only as a mirror of what was happening on the official mobile device, but this began to change in November 2021, when the company released the multi-device login for everyone. Today it is possible to register up to five simultaneous devices to receive and send messages in real-time, something that was already possible on Telegram more than five years ago.

Log in to multiple simultaneous devices was the last addition copied from Telegram (Image: Douglas Ciriaco/Caltech)

And competition between the two major apps in the market remains fierce, with telegram growing and some mistrust of WhatsApp, especially after the controversial Privacy Policy that allowed data sharing with Facebook. With the arrival of the 2022 elections, telegram is expected to grow even more, after all the platform supports larger groups and ensures anonymity more effectively than the rival.

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