For Facebook’s rivals, Monday was a good day as billions of internet users trooped to download their apps as Facebook fought global outage that lasted seven hours.
According to specialist firm SensorTower, Telegram became fifth most downloaded app from 56th in the United States on Monday.
The encrypted messaging app Signal tweeted that “millions” of new users had joined, and added that it was “Signal and ready to mignal.”
Have you recently installed Telegram or are you still looking for an alternative to WhatsApp? This article explains everything that you need to know about Telegram. We will cover everything from tests to comparisons and tutorials, so do take some time and check out our complete Telegram guide in order to master this powerful instant messaging app.
What is Telegram? Are my messages properly encrypted from end-to-end on Telegram? How does Telegram compare to WhatsApp or Signal? How do Telegram bots work?
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Telegram: What is it?
Telegram is a free messaging app that was launched in 2013 by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, who previously founded VKontakte. VKontakte is best described as the Russian version of Facebook. Currently, the company behind Telegram is based in Dubai.
Telegram currently claims to have 500 million active users each month. According to SEO blog Backlinko, “25 million new users joined Telegram during a 72-hour peak in January 2021. That equates to about 8.33 million new registrations per day. And over 100 million new users started using Telegram in January alone. In fact, Telegram’s user base has grown at a rate of more than 40 percent every year since its launch in 2013.”
In its early days, Telegram played the role of being one of the best alternatives to instant messaging apps to perfection. The app had a rebellious, anti-system spirit that was instilled by its founders, who were themselves politically engaged against the “Russian establishment” which got them into trouble with the authorities.
These days, however, Telegram has toned down a whole lot, preferring to please the majority instead, ranging from the average Internet user to industry professionals. Telegram remains more focused on data protection and privacy, while being an instant messaging application that is more mainstream than Signal as it offers itself as a credible alternative to the giant that everyone knows: WhatsApp.
Telegram: How does it work?
Telegram functions like a classic instant messaging app. You can send messages to other users, create group conversations, make voice and video calls, and send files and stickers.
Finally, Telegram is not dependent on any big tech company or any of the GAFAM, unlike WhatsApp that is owned by Facebook. However, its founder Pavel Durov announced at the end of 2020 that he plans to monetize Telegram by integrating ads as well as in-app purchases.
Is Telegram secure?
All of Telegram messages are always encrypted. Messages in secret chats use end-to-end or client-client encryption, while normal chats use client-server/server-client encryption and are stored encrypted on the Telegram cloud.
But what does this mean in practical terms? Take WhatsApp or Signal for instance: everything is end-to-end encrypted. This means only you and the person you are chatting with can read your conversation. When it comes to Telegram, normal chats are encrypted between the client and the server, and on the server itself, but conversations are technically accessible from the cloud.
Only messages sent in a secret chat are end-to-end encrypted.
How and where do I download and install Telegram?
You can use Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and even computers. Telegram offers apps for iOS (9.0 and above), Android (4.1 and above), a native macOS app, and a universal desktop app, Telegram Desktop, which runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Telegram Web can also access your messages via your browser.
Here are all the links to download the latest version of Telegram:
How do I use Telegram? Tips and tricks
Telegram offers some features that its two competitors sorely lack in addition to plenty of customization options. Do take note that Telegram offers an official Telegram Tips channel with its own tips and tricks.
Telegram vs. Signal vs. WhatsApp: Which is the best messaging app?
Along with Signal, Telegram is one of the most well-known alternatives to WhatsApp. There are elements that help distinguish or compare the three instant messaging applications between them, with many concerned about message encryption, backups and data storage, as well as features such as video calling, group management, etc.