WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: what is the best messenger to use on the PC?

WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: what is the best messenger to use on the PC?

WhatsApp and Telegram are two of the main messaging apps. While WhatsApp stands out for being widely used across the country, Telegram seeks to win users by offering features that are not present in the competitor. There is a common factor between the two: the presence of a web version, accessed by the browser.

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In the browser version, the two apps have their main features and advantages. However, which is better? See, below, a comparison between the two messengers in main aspects such as access, messages and layout. It is important to note that the comparison involves Web versions, not those available for desktop or mobile phones.

WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: forms of access

WhatsApp uses QR code to enter the Web version (Image: André Magalhães / Screenshot)

To access WhatsApp features through the browser, it is necessary to use the cell phone to scan a QR Code. The active session is stored on the computer, and there is no need to repeat the scanning process. However, to use WhatsApp Web, it is necessary that the computer and the cell phone are connected to the internet.

Telegram uses a more simplified form for access (Image: André Magalhães / Screenshot)

Telegram, in turn, allows you to use the Web version even with the phone disconnected. Access is done through a code sent to the app. After login, conversations are not affected if the mobile device does not have an internet connection. For added protection, it is possible to create a password.

In addition, all content is stored in the cloud: this way, it is possible to access the app by another device and have access to media and messages.

WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: layout

Telegram has a simple look in browsers (Image: André Magalhães / Screenshot)

Both platforms have a similar view: the list of contacts and conversations is located in a menu in the left corner, while messages are displayed in a larger space. The Telegram layout is simple and does not offer customization options in the Web version.

WhatsApp Web lets you change the wallpaper (Image: André Magalhães / Screenshot)

WhatsApp Web makes it possible to choose between light and dark themes, just like in the mobile version. It also offers the option to change the background color of conversations, with more than 30 different tones.

WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: messages and resources

WhatsApp brings many features present in the application. In addition to exchanging messages, you can send and receive media files, send voice messages, manage groups and contacts and even view the "Status" tab. The sending of stickers is a major absence of the version for browsers.

Stickers are present on Telegram Web (Image: André Magalhães / Screenshot)

Telegram Web incorporates application features in greater depth. The stickers are synchronized, messages can be edited and the message bots are also present. The platform also allows sending files up to 2GB in size, against 100MB on WhatsApp. The files are stored in the cloud and can be accessed later by the cell phone – this functionality is not available in the competitor.

WhatsApp Web vs. Telegram Web: which is the best?

Both services have their own outstanding reasons. Telegram Web presents a larger list of resources than the competitor. Login is simplified, there is no need for the cell phone to be connected to the internet and all content is stored in the cloud. WhatsApp Web, in turn, is very functional and has a larger user base: there are two billion users against 400 million on Telegram, according to the most recent disclosures by each of the companies.

Therefore, although Telegram Web has a more complete service, it is important to take advantage of both platforms to reach a larger number of people. It is up to each user to analyze what the main app should be according to their own needs.