Signal vs Whatsapp App: Features, Comparison, and their Privacy Policy

Recently, the social media cyberspace has been filled in with convos about the Signal vs Whatsapp messenger battle. In case you’re not yet aware or just curious about what the Signal vs Whatsapp fuss is all about, this article is a detailed compilation of what makes the two apps similar, their differences, and the bone of contention.

Signal vs Whatsapp

How It all Started.

Ever since Whatsapp told its 2 + billion users and over a billion daily active users recently that they must agree to share their data with Facebook to continue using the app, a lot of Whatsapp users had been considering moving to Signal.

In this article, we are going to take a quick look at Signal vs Whatsapp Features, Comparison, and Privacy Policy.

Signal vs Whatsapp Features

Whatsapp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum before being acquired by Facebook Ic. The social messenger app allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share images, documents, user locations, and other media.(History of Whatsapp Messenger)

Signal Messenger on the other hand was incorporated as an LLC by Moxie Marlinspike and Brian Acton In 2018 and then rolled under the non-profit Signal Foundation. It allows you to send text, video, audio, and picture messages protected by end-to-end encryption and you can also use it to make voice and video calls, either one-to-one or with a group. (History of Signal Messenger).

Here are some of Signal and Whatsapp messenger features

FeaturesWhatsapp MessengerSignal Messenger
Chat FeaturesText, Voice, and Video CallText, Voice and Video Call
Group Chat256 members 1000 member group limit
File size limit100MB100MB
Web versionYesNo
Fingerprint lock and 2FAYesYes
Signal vs Whatsapp Features

Signal vs Whatsapp Comparison (Differences)

From the above table, some of the features of both Signal and Whatsapp were mentioned but what about their differences? In the below table, you’ll get to know Signal vs Whatsapp comparison and how they differ.

CompareWhatsapp MessengerSignal Messenger
Disappearing MessagesYes – for 7 daysSet time from 5 seconds to 7 days
Delete for EveryoneYesYes
Status Feature/StoriesImages and 30 seconds videoNo
BackupsLocal and Online backupsLocal backups
SecurityEnd-to-End encryptionEncrypt messages, calls, and chat metadata
Signal vs Whatsapp Comparison

READ ALSO: Signal won’t replace Whatsapp, says the Cofounder of both Apps

Signal vs Whatsapp Messenger Privacy Policy

Although both Signal and Whatsapp have their privacy policy which explains how they protect user’s privacy, However, Signal seems to have an edge over Whatsapp when it comes to privacy as it provides additional options like blocking screenshots, blurring faces before sending, and etc.

You can find more information Whatsapp Privacy Policy here and Signal Privacy Policy here.

Should you be Worried about Whatsapp Privacy Policy changes?

When Whatsapp made the announcement about the new changes to their Privacy policy, a lot of the social app users were concerned about the changes and vow to leave the app for Signal. However, Whatsapp had created an additional FAQ page to educate users about the data which is being collected.

Whatsapp New Privacy Policy

On this page, Whatsapp mentioned the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. You can find more details about the Information Whatsapp is collecting

Whatsapp FAQ – Answering your Question about Whatsapp’s Privacy Policy


Whatsapp has been quite around for a while and it has really make messaging more simpler and faster for everyone. From what I’ve heard so far, While some people argue it’s a misunderstanding of information on the user part, some argue it was a fault from Mark Zuckerberg part for taking such a step on privacy policy.

To us, we think everything will be fine at the end 🙂

About Tunde Sanusi

Tunde Sanusi (Tuham) is a Creative, Web Designer, WordPress Consultant, and Autodidact from the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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