A comparison between Signal and Telegram, who is the best alternative to WhatsApp?


After the privacy policy crisis caused by WhatsApp, and the announcement (Elon Musk) support for the Signal application, people began to search for an alternative to messaging applications that respect privacy more, but this raises many questions, what service respects your privacy? How do they handle your data? And how can we say that they will remain transparent about their privacy policies? And in the battle of messaging apps, Signal and Telegram are taking their place and pitting fierce competition with each other, but which one stands out?

Signal application:

It is an end-to-end encrypted application that claims to preserve the privacy of your message, and behind it is a non-profit organization based in the United States of America, which means that it is not associated with any company, so there is no need for it to focus on profits.


End-to-end encrypted application.

Available on multiple platforms.

Open source.

No advertisement appears on the screen.

The data is stored locally in the device itself.

It does not store any of your information, it means that it will not use your metadata or any other information to display relevant ads or sell your information to the highest bidder.

It only stores the time from the account joining the platform and the number of times the online account has entered the platform.

It has a feature where a person can blur faces from the image, which is a built-in feature within the application, and does not require external applications.

Provides a message self-destruct feature.


 Sometimes it cannot display push notifications because it requires Google services, and it does not use any of the Google services.

It lacks some of the basic features available in other apps, such as sending a live website and getting a custom wallpaper.

Cannot sync across devices.

Not a lot of custom stickers if that is your thing.

It requires permission when accessing the gallery through the app or using some other features like sharing location.

Telegram application:

Supported by (Pavel Durov) and his brother (Nikolai), (Pavel) supports him financially and ideologically, while (Nikolai) supports him technically, they originally started in Saint Petersburg, Russia, but they changed their location and went to other places like London and Singapore, but they were not Happy with the laws that regulate information technology in these places.

Since they are a company unlike its other counterpart Signal, they intend to try to monetize the application so that it becomes more sustainable and pays off in return for its infrastructure and the team of developers who work day and night, but they said that profits are not their main motivation, and the company did not show any interest in using ads on their application, And she said, unlike WhatsApp, she will not use the data created by people on her app.


End-to-End Encrypted Application -

Available on multiple platforms -

Open source.

No advertisement appears on the screen.

Provides a self-destruct feature for messages.

It can send files over 2 GB in size

It can sync across multiple devices.

Has his own custom protocol to work -

It contains a lot of different groups created by many people that you can join.


It uses servers to store data, this means it logs all of your metadata, such as the location of your device and how long you have been active on the platform.

It has a lot of shareable group channels making it difficult to track user behavior, which could lead to harmful things like hacking and sharing blocked content.

People can create and publish bots that are not subject to surveillance, and their use could potentially lead to some kind of data breach or privacy breach.


There is no doubt that both systems are well maintained and have a promising future in the future, both of them promise no ads, no changes in usage policy in the future, and both applications are open source, but this does not mean that they respect privacy.

The idea of ​​privacy is a subjective idea, for some it may mean that if the application is open source it is private because the code is always in front of people to monitor it, and for others, privacy may mean that their data is not stored anywhere on anyone's server.

Signal is one of the best solutions because it provides the best of the two applications, it is open source and does not store anything on its server, but this does not mean that the Telegram application is bad, in terms of privacy, it is not present in places with wrong laws for information technology (which try Take or force the company to hand over its user data to the regulator), the only downside to Telegram is that they store chats and other data on their servers.

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