Offering different experiences according to its 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 also have a “Web” version, aimed at users who want to use the platform on desktop and notebook computers.
The web version of the messengers gathers the fundamental features present in the applications for mobile devices. However, there are some differences that can become decisive for the choice of each user, according to their use and preference.
Check below for a comparison between the main differences between WhatsApp and Telegram in their Web versions.
To use WhatsApp Web, simply have a castrated account on a supported Android or iOS device and access the feature 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 application for mobile devices will be synchronized with the browser, allowing the user to continue the chats without further inconvenience. The input information will be saved on the PC, so there is no need to redo the process. However, there is an important observation.
Step by step on how to access WhatsApp Web on Android and iOS phones. (Source: WhatsApp / Reproduction)Source: WhatsApp
Right from the start, it is possible to find one of the biggest differences between platforms: WhatsApp Web requires that the user’s mobile phone is always connected to the internet during its use, in addition to the traditional authentication process. The requirement can become a nuisance when, for example, the user encounters the cell phone without a battery – on the other hand, the measure can be seen as a reinforcement in security.
Telegram Web, on the other hand, is more practical and requires only 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, providing an extra security step.
Telegram Web entry screen. (Source: Telegram Web / Reproduction)Source: Telegram Web
Features and usability
The experience of using messengers is quite similar in their browser versions, with few differences between them. In this sense, while WhatsApp Web offers all its main basic functions – such as sending messages and media, managing groups and viewing the Status of contacts – Telegram goes a step further, with editable messages, integration of automated robots in conversations and sending files up to 2 GB in size.
The visual layout of the features offered is the same on both messenger interfaces, with the contact list on the left side of the screen and chat on the right. Here, there is a small advantage for WhatsApp Web when it comes to personalization, as it is possible to switch the background color of conversations in up to 30 different tones.
In addition to different tones for the background of conversations, WhatsApp Web also has a night mode. (Source: WhatsApp Web / Reproduction)Source: WhatsApp Web
Although Telegram has a certain advantage in its mobile application in terms of security, the opposite seems to happen in its Web version. WhatsApp Web ends up standing out for having end-to-end encryption in all its conversations, a feature missing in the browser version of your competitor. This encryption technology allows more privacy and security by making it difficult for messages to be intercepted while using the platform.
While Telegram Web takes advantage of technical issues by offering a more extensive and diverse range of features, WhatsApp Web stands out by providing a simpler and 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 best option if the desired experience is one of simplicity and security, while Telegram Web can be recommended for those looking for mobile independence and access to more resources, such as channels, automated robots and media cloud storage. .