WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger: deciding on which IM app you should prefer is an uphill struggle. You may be using both apps on your device, but as to which one is your favorite depends on what functionality you give importance to. Chances are you prefer both for separate reasons. But if you’re looking for a reason to choose one over the other—may be because you want to get some space on your smartphone—setting a WhatsApp vs Facebook Messenger one-on-one battle must be your move.
Let’s stack both apps against each other to see what either one has to offer to you and what wins more vote to the winning party.
WhatsApp vs Facebook Messenger
Privacy and Security
Taking “Privacy” settings in our WhatsApp vs Facebook Messenger comparison, WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption option for its users, meaning your messages–including texts, images, audios, videos, and files—are only viewable on yours and the recipient’s device. WhatsApp cannot read your messages. The end-to-end encryption is enabled by default, but you can disable it if you want (which is highly unlikely).
Although this option was added later on Facebook Messenger, you can rest assured as now your conversations with your loved ones are secure on the giant social media app too. However,… (there’s always a ‘however’ when it comes to Facebook security concerns) Facebook has time and again brought forth something to invade its users’ privacy. Talking of that, a recent discovery has made public the fact that the Facebook Lite app and the latest version of Messenger are caught collecting the call and chat history from your Android device. So, be careful while having your conversation on the messenger.
This is where Facebook Messenger wins over WhatsApp on all counts. While the latter allows you to send messages to only a limited number of people (that are added on your phone contact list), Messenger lets you drop your words to even those who you’re not a Facebook friend with (depending on their privacy setting).
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Both messaging apps allow you to send media, like photos and videos to your contacts. You can select your media from your phone’s gallery, by capturing an instant picture, or by choosing from other apps such as Instagram.
But when it comes to the number of media shares, WhatsApp falls behind because you can send only 10 photos at one time, which is not the case with Facebook Messenger. Besides, another field where Messenger has an advantage over WhatsApp is that the former is naturally integrated with Facebook. Therefore, it can easily create a group thread by recognizing your friends in your photos via the facial recognition technology.
Making Audio and Video Calls
When it comes to making calls to your contacts, both platforms provide you free VoIP calling facility. You only need to be connected to the internet, and you can give a quick ring to anyone on your contact list. But if you want to soup up your calling experience while traveling abroad, WhatsApp must be your main pick. The reason being it has the ability to work on almost all kinds of network, 3G, Wi-Fi, and even 2G networks. On the other hand, Messenger needs a strong network to work properly.
So, “network compatibility” is another feature where WhatsApp gets an upper hand in the WhatsApp vs Facebook Messenger battle unless you want to place group calls. That’s where Messenger wins. With its latest update, Facebook Messenger enables you to have a group call with up to 50 people.
It appears both IM apps are neck and neck in the WhatsApp vs Facebook Messenger war. While Facebook is more comprehensive than WhatsApp, the latter is more secure and reliable. To conclude, however, WhatsApp wins more votes owing to its relatively more user-friendly interface, secure message exchanges, and compatibility with almost all kinds of networks. Besides, user ratings on Play Store and App Store show WhatsApp is the most-picked choice for the majority of users.
Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp: which one is your favorite? Or do you prefer some other app, instead? Share your thoughts via the comments section below.
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