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Signal vs. Telegram | The Best Messaging App in 2021

Signal vs Telegram
Signal vs. Telegram

With WhatsApp changing it’s privacy policies, new apps have got a chance to show that they can meet users’ requirements. This blog post puts two apps in the ring and finds the ultimate app in 2021. The blog post is the ultimate Signal vs. Telegram comparison.

Communication options

Signal Self Note
Signal Self Note

Both offer basic chatting features, including messaging, and voice and video calling, but both are different in their own ways. Telegram allows you to create groups of up to 200,000 people. You can message yourself on both the apps.

Telegram offers to remind and schedule messages, but that seems more accurate on iOS as I tried on Android, and I did not work. Furthermore, you get options to create polls, quizzes, hashtags, and bots system for enhanced activity in the group chat. The app also offers to edit messages. You can add multiple accounts in Telegram while offering disappearing messages, group voice, and video calls.

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Security

Security is one of the important aspects. Messages, media, and calls on Telegram are end-to-end encrypted using the MTProto protocol that Telegram uses across all platforms. The company also claims that if anyone can hack into your messages, they will reward $300,000 to that person.

On the other hand, Signal uses their own protocol called Signal protocol to encrypt messages, media, and calls. The same protocol is used by the messaging app Viber. The app can also be your default messaging app on Android.

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Privacy

Signal Chat Settings
Signal Chat Settings

The most important part of Signal vs. Telegram article is privacy. Your data, including messages, photos, and videos, are stored on Telegram servers. According to the app’s FAQs, the data is stored in servers in the Netherlands, and it is heavily encrypted. The company also does not share your data with anyone.

With the Signal app, all your messages history is saved on your device. The only time Signal will save the message in their servers is when it’s in the delivering state. Once a message is delivered, it is deleted from the server.

The app also offers many privacy options in the app settings. You can enable and disable receipts, typing indicators, and link previews. You get to choose a PIN when you install the app. The PIN is used to save your profile photo and app settings.

Here is the list of all the info both apps collect from you. According to NDTC, Signal does not store any user’s data other than the phone number, which is astonishing on its own. Telegram does collect some data, but compared to WhatsApp, its very limited.

SignalTelegram
Phone number
Profile photo (PIN protected)App settings (PIN protected)
Phone number
Profile photo
Username
Bio (if added)
Contact info
User ID
Contacts (if permission granted)

Both delete your data when you request to delete your account.

Platforms

Telegram app is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. As the data is stored on the cloud, it is synced across the platforms. On the contrary, Signal is available on the same platforms, but to use the app on desktop platforms, you must have Signal app on your phone.

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Interface

Telegram Interface
Telegram Interface

The interface of both is fairly simple. You get all the chats, including groups on the main screen. Tapping on a chat or group opens up the chat. Furthermore, tapping on the profile opens more options. In Telegram app, you get:

  1. Name
  2. Last seen
  3. Phone number
  4. Notification

Signal contrarily offer more features. You have:

  1. Whether the person is in your contacts list
  2. Disappearing messages option
  3. Notification
  4. Custom notifications
  5. Chat colour
  6. Any groups in common

Attachments

Telegram Location Options
Telegram Location Options

Both support the photo, videos, voice messages, files, audio, emoji, and location. Telegram can also share the live location of the user. The app also shows venues close by to help share a location without putting in the address.

Which one should you use?

If you want privacy and security, I would suggest going with Signal, but Signal’s problem is that not many people are on that platform. So, if your friends are ready to switch, then Signal is the way to go.

Telegram is also secure, and they don’t sell your data. The app offers more features than Signal. The app saves a few things about you, and they save your data on their server, which might concern some people.

Wrap up

The post Signal vs. Telegram covered the essential features of both. I hope the article helped to find the perfect app. Thanks for reading and let me know your views in the comments down below.

4 thoughts on “Signal vs. Telegram | The Best Messaging App in 2021”

  1. You said Signal has an option to message to yourself, but Telegram has it too.
    You didn’t talk about the fact Telegram doesn’t use End to End encryption for the regular chats. This is a critical detail.
    Signal’s feature of user profiles showing if they’re in the contacts list and have messages that can disappear are also Telegram’s features.

    If you want to educate other people, you should know the argument yourself, instead of listing what’s shown on the home page of the 2 services and write down a brochure.

  2. This is inaccurate. Telegram offers ‘Saved messages’ (alternative to text to yourself with scheduling feature), telegram also has disappearing messages, chat colour and many more features (folders, finding people nearby, scheduling messages, editing, etc). I looked up the article to compare signal vs telegram, but this does not show much credibility unfortunately.

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