Signal vs. Telegram: Which encrypted messaging app wins?

Bill Mount

With a recent exodus from WhatsApp, many users have been turning to other free messaging platforms to communicate with friends and strangers. Signal and Telegram are two of the most popular and reliable alternatives, and both are on our list of best encrypted messaging apps.  But Signal and Telegram are […]

With a recent exodus from WhatsApp, many users have been turning to other free messaging platforms to communicate with friends and strangers. Signal and Telegram are two of the most popular and reliable alternatives, and both are on our list of best encrypted messaging apps. 

But Signal and Telegram are not made equal, and each will likely benefit a different type of user. Let’s see how they stack up. 

Signal vs. Telegram: Features compared

Signal Telegram
Encryption End-to-end by default using the Signal Protocol Some end-to-end options using the MTProto 2.0 protocol
Data collected None except phone number Phone number, contacts, IP address
Messaging types Individual, group, video, voice Individual, group, channels, video, voice
Self-destruct messaging Yes, for all chats Yes. for Secret Chats only
Customization Limited Extensive
Cost Free Free

Signal vs. Telegram: Which is more secure?

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