5 reasons you might want to switch from WhatsApp to Telegram

It’s probably the best messaging app that nobody has heard of

Nearly a billion people around the world use WhatsApp. For many Singaporeans, it is the messaging application of choice, long replacing SMSes. Just try asking someone to send you an SMS. You’d probably draw a blank stare, followed by: “would you like me to post you a letter instead of an email as well?”

In fact, WhatsApp actually handles more messages than the global SMS network. As of last year, over 30 billion messages were sent a day via the service, and that numbers is expected to skyrocket in the years to come as the internet becomes more widespread.

Recently, however, other messaging apps have risen to challenge WhatsApp's dominance. One of the most popular is Telegram, a two-year-old messaging service that is seeing its user numbers balloon on the promise of increased security and more open-source software.

Wondering whether you should make the switch to Telegram? Here are five reasons to tempt you!

GIFs and stickers

When it comes to aesthetics, there is something very spartan about WhatsApp's presentation. While you can have different backgrounds and use some simple emojis, there isn’t much in the way of striking visual presentation.

Telegram, on the other hand, takes a page out of LINE's handbook and offers users a wide variety of stickers—which are basically more pimped out emoticons—for different moods and occasions. While some sticker packs are free, others are bought from Telegram's storefront.

Another bonus for Telegram is native in-app GIF support, meaning that users can view fully animated GIFs in the app itself. For WhatsApp, GIFs appear as static images, and if you paste a GIF link, you will be redirected to your phone's browser to view it.