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Despite its convenience and a long list of features, is WhatsApp really that great? If you've been thinking about making the switch for a while but can't make up your mind, here are 8 reasons to leave WhatsApp and look for an alternative.

Without fear of being wrong, we can say that WhatsApp will never, ever shut down, especially in certain countries where WhatsApp usage is the de facto instant messaging app. Having the lion's share of a local market is one of the main reasons why so many people are reluctant to migrate to other alternatives. After all, it is easier for users to find their friends on WhatsApp than on other instant messaging platforms.

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Despite the complicated task of switching apps, Telegram offers a variety of discussion groups, doesn't care about your personal data, and has a cool feature to create polls. Other apps even allow you to edit messages you've already sent. With that in mind, we've listed 8 reasons to help you quit WhatsApp.

In a nutshell: Main arguments against WhatsApp

  1. Not enough data protection
  2. Can only be used on one device
  3. WhatsApp Web is (still) a joke
  4. Lacks some features found in rival apps
  5. Complicated backup process
  6. Despite encryption, Facebook knows a lot about you
  7. Lacks the option to edit sent messages
  8. Group management still leaves a lot to be desired

1. Data protection is a disaster

It's no use complaining or resisting: WhatsApp's data protection is terrible and this became clear in early 2021. An announcement of its new terms of use triggered a series of queries, especially concerning the forced sharing of personal data with Facebook and its associated companies.

Although this clause was pushed back from the original deadline in February to May, this move by Facebook definitely drew a lot of attention to data protection policies. To make matters worse, the discussion came amid changes in iOS  14.5 that championed greater personal data control.

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App Store lists all the information about you that is stored by WhatsApp / Screenshot: NextPit

The changes highlighted the amount of information that millions (or is it billions?) of WhatsApp users share with Facebook. And it is not limited to just cookies or anonymous data, but also your phone number, location, contacts, etc.

Alternatives: Signal or Telegram

A far more data-friendly alternative is messenger Signal (Android | iOS), which only asks for your phone number and...well, it doesn't belong to Facebook. If you look for user data linked to the AppStore, you'll see a lot of empty space with only your phone number being the only data used.

Telegram (Android | iOS ), on the other hand, collects more data than Signal, but such data is largely related to additional features offered by the app.

2. You can only use WhatsApp on one device at a time

Do you want to run WhatsApp on a tablet? Or log into a PC only once and then not have to repeat the process? This tends to happen when you are split between a desktop at work and on a laptop at home; where you remain logged in once throughout the day? If so, WhatsApp is not for you.

WhatsApp is only active on exactly one device at any one time. And it should be a smartphone. A second smartphone, tablet or multiple PCs will not work at all. And WhatsApp Web is the biggest joke among messaging apps, but I will talk more about this later...

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Telegram can be used on the PC independently of a mobile device / © NextPit

Alternative: Telegram, or even Messenger!

Telegram, Facebook, and Hangouts are perfect examples of executing such an idea. These messaging apps can be used independently of the smartphone on other devices. They can also be used on multiple devices simultaneously, now how about that for seamless productivity?

In the case of Telegram, you must also enter your mobile number when logging in. However, you will not confirm the login by SMS or QR code, but with a code that is sent via Telegram to all of the other connected devices for a better security verification process. Once connected, all chats and even the draft of your next message will be perfectly synchronized everywhere.

3. WhatsApp Web is a bad joke

While other messengers offer a one-time QR code confirmation followed by enabling you to chat without a smartphone, WhatsApp Web annoys the heck out of you whenever possible. The Web service is not an app itself, but basically, functions as a remote WhatsApp version with your smartphone being the primary device. If your smartphone is connected to mobile data, it will continue to work. Otherwise, forget about it!

If your smartphone is out of battery, or even turned off, WhatsApp Web is disabled. The same happens when power saving features end up sending the WhatsApp Web service to sleep. If you are going home from work and want to use WhatsApp Web, you will need to completely re-authenticate yourself and sever the connection on your PC at work.

4. Rivals lack many features

If only loyal WhatsApp users knew what they are missing out on in terms of features on a mobile platform. From polls to communities or even the option to correct spelling mistakes in messages that have already been sent, the list is endless. These features can be found in apps like Signal, Telegram, and Threema, and almost no one talks about them.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp continues with its slow updates of features. The company can even justify that it doesn't want to overload the millions of people who already use the service, but it wouldn't hurt to include some additional features that are helpful. Especially when the other messengers are equally practical and easy to use.

5. The backup system is a mess and prohibits platform switching

Did you come from an iPhone to Android, or are you planning to switch from Android to iOS? Then you can kiss goodbye to your chat histories. They cannot be transferred from one platform to another. WhatsApp uses iCloud on iPhones and Google Drive for Android.

Google's service can theoretically be used on the iPhone, but the app does not take advantage of it: the WhatsApp backup that has been saved in Google Drive will not be available on iPhone. And let us not venture into the territory for those who were (and are..?) still on Windows Phone and use WhatsApp...

This is another area where WhatsApp's rivals show how one can offer cross-platform backups and ports in a far friendlier fashion. In Telegram, messages are not stored on the smartphone itself but encrypted on a server, which is somewhat similar to iMessage. 

6. WhatsApp knows enough about you, despite having end-to-end encryption

WhatsApp may not even snoop your conversation histories, see your photos or listen to your audio recordings. But it knows when you've talked to whom. WhatsApp (and Facebook) has access to your address book and can sync various personal data with the social network, resulting in a profile for each app user.

Sharing your phone contacts even carries legal risk for you: this is because the terms of service for WhatsApp authorize Facebook to connect to different numbers. This creates a huge risk for those who would want to keep some of their contacts private and confidential, away from the prying eyes of the world. And you cannot simply deny access to the app by limiting it to only parts of your contact list, it's all or nothing.

Alternatives: anonymous accounts and metadata encryption

For actual anonymity, an app cannot request data that can be attributed or related to you. However, WhatsApp has your mobile number and does not protect it from being accessed by other people.

WhatsApp should not have the knowledge about whom you chat with and when. This metadata alone can be used to extrapolate unpleasant assumptions about you should one of your contacts is connected to a crime investigation commission, for example.

7. You cannot edit your sent messages

While WhatsApp allows you to delete your sent messages, but if you just want to fix a typo - or worse, the spellchecker screws up, sorry! You will then need to copy the whole message, delete, paste, rewrite or make edits, and send it again.

This is not only a hassle, but also really absurd. Some competitors like Telegram or even Skype, allow messages to be edited easily after sending.

8. Poor group administration options

Groups on WhatsApp are created without much discretion, and the feature in the app is one of the worst in the market. If you look at the tools found in other apps in the same category, WhatsApp loses by a wide margin, even to rivals without the backing of Facebook's vast bank account.

  • There are no channels to subscribe to. Telegram offers a way to subscribe to public news channels, like RSS feeds
  • Instead, there are only groups where all members can see each other's mobile number
  • There is only one administrator level. That is, administrators can override the rights of other administrators
  • Groups cannot be closed until all members (up to 256) leave or are manually removed one by one by the administrators
  • You cannot easily see which groups you participate in because there is no specific overview of your groups
  • By default, anyone can add you to a group, which displays your mobile phone number without your consent
  • If you change your mobile number on WhatsApp, members of the groups will be notified of your new number

All the drawbacks and shortcomings of WhatsApp culminate in the group chat feature. Despite its popularity, the tool is still very poor in execution. To make matters worse, the group chat features are not only deficient, but some features are also an affront to your privacy.

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Slack manages groups adequately / © NextPit

Alternative: Slack

A reasonable solution for group chats with complex requirements is Slack. Several chat channels, an efficient messaging system, and professional administration options provide a far more streamlined usage than WhatsApp or many other messaging apps.


There is only one aspect in which WhatsApp is clearly superior to other apps - the sheer number of active users. Once a product is so popular and achieves critical mass, its makers don't have to worry anymore. Even if a perfect rival comes along, it will hardly be able to surpass WhatsApp, unless Facebook makes a disastrous decision.

This dependency is WhatsApp's biggest advantage and unfortunately, is also the reason why Facebook paid so much for the app in the first place. If you don't like this level of control over your information, share this article with others and show other WhatsApp users how inferior the service is compared to its rivals.

This article was updated by our editor, Benjamin Lucks, in May 2021 based on new usage and privacy rules. Previous comments have been retained.

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Eric Ferrari-Herrmann

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Eric has been with AndroidPIT since 2014. He’s writing articles and reviews for the German website. Topics are mostly privacy and new technology but there's also the occasional piece on environmental sustainability.

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  • 2
    TORKOM INV Jan 31, 2022 Link to comment


    Zois Bekios Zannikos

  • Bavani Srinu 1
    Bavani Srinu Oct 27, 2021 Link to comment

    Hey Benjamin, brilliant article. Love how you articulated the downside of Whatsapp. Slack is a good alternative for business communication. And there is Onne for Business app too! A productivity and chat app combined into one, to help users have clutter-free communication.

  • FreddieMann 2
    FreddieMann May 24, 2021 Link to comment

    That's great, thanks for sharing! i am interested in whatsapp and where i get updated new versions at and i like 3rd version

  • 8
    Vijay May 15, 2021 Link to comment

    I use both Signal & Telegram now. Signal is the only one I use on both my phone & desktop. The only issue I have with it is that if I delete unwanted messages from my phone/desktop, it doesn't get deleted from the other device.

    Still not a big issue for me to switch back to WhatsApp.

  • 27
    Sorin Jan 25, 2019 Link to comment

    I returned with a clarification:
    WhatsApp can also be used on your phone / tablet and PC simultaneously. This can be done using the Opera browser, which directly integrates a WhatsApp module. And then the text also appears on the PC and on the phone / tablet.
    I use WhatsApp from convenience, has a nice interface and is very easy to use, but not necessarily because it would have other advantages. I'm serious about going to another app ...

  • Nep de Neppert 2
    Nep de Neppert Jun 30, 2018 Link to comment

    Telegram beats WhatsApp by a long shot. Only if people weren't so fucking ignorant then whatsapp would die.


  • 27
    Sorin Apr 3, 2018 Link to comment

    Wow, I thought WhatsApp is trustworthy, but now I realize that it's just his fame. I have nothing to hide but I do not like when I know the application that uses it for messaging is susceptible to being broken, and I do not like anyone to read my messages. I basically do not trust WhatsApp and I will have to look for another alternative. Strange, however, is that many people use this application without realizing or completely ignoring the security of the data transmitted.

  • 4
    Deactivated Account Jan 11, 2018 Link to comment

    You can look for the program ''Signal"

    Ben Dobson

  • 5
    Isaac Muyiwa-Ojo Jan 11, 2018 Link to comment

    Thanks for this article and for opening our eyes to other alternatives. Albeit, we must give credence to WhatsApp for spearheading such a revolution for interpersonal communication from one end of the world to the other, at no cost. Incidentally I am a paid user of WhatsApp, all because I did not wish to lose the advantages it offered me in making contacts with my far flung relations, for which I was spending so much with some other USA based greedy agencies. Let us admit that no system is perfect; but it remains for individuals to follow personal instincts. I do not fancy the encryption policy of WhatsApp as most people are not given adequate information on how to retrieve them when they need to access their old messages for record purposes. Nonetheless, I still score WhatsApp 70%.

    SorinEric Ferrari-Herrmann

    • Eric Ferrari-Herrmann 44
      Eric Ferrari-Herrmann Jan 23, 2018 Link to comment

      Thanks for your comment. Do you think that today you could replace WhatsApp with an alternative?


  • legoman EightEightSevenSeven 2
    legoman EightEightSevenSeven Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

    Uninstalled WhatsApp about two thirds through the article as I realised that I don't even use it and concerns were raised about privacy. I mainly use Facebook Messenger or SMS for ease of use and convenience.

  • 5
    Hubert S. Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

    Thank you, for this article. I have been telling that for a long time to my friends, but IDKW, they are still stuck with Whatsapp

    Bastian Siewers

  • Simon Mouer 8
    Simon Mouer Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

    One of the dumbest, most biased articles I have ever read. WhatsApp is one of the best, if not THE best alternative to txt messaging -- and so easy to use.

    SorinJerry's W.

    • Bastian Siewers 66
      Bastian Siewers Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

      And still there are messengers are simply way better than WhatsApp and still easy to use, as pointed out in this article ;) We don't hate WhatsApp, it is technically not a great messenger, simply put.

      SorinFrançoise DeighanHubert S.

      • Jerry's W. 20
        Jerry's W. Jan 11, 2018 Link to comment

        boohoo booooooooo

    • 2
      Stiller Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

      Let's just say WhatsApp works. However, considering your privacy, it is definitely the one of the worst messengers on the market. It has survived so many privacy scandals, it is a wonder it still exists. I suggest you start informing yourself about what WhatsApp actually does with your data. There are enough similarly (if not better) working apps on the market that actually keep your data private. You should try Signal or even better Threema sometime.
      Great article btw. It's good to see WhatsApp doesn't only get positive media presence.

      Françoise Deighan

    • Jerry's W. 20
      Jerry's W. Jan 11, 2018 Link to comment

      and I agree with Simon.
      if you concern about privacy than do not use a phone or Internet.
      WhatsApp is great
      but the article smells bad bad bad.

      SorinSimon Mouer

      • Will M. 1
        Will M. Jul 10, 2021 Link to comment

        "if you concern about privacy than do not use a phone or Internet." It's what Facebook is doing with my personal data that concerns me. It is presumptuous for Facebook to assume entitlement to monetize my personal information. While it's my decision to grant the keys to my private world to Facebook, I have no right to subject everyone in my Contacts to that same intrusion and possibly risk. What really has a bad odor is presenting as the only option for protecting ones personal data is to give up ones phone and stay off the internet. It's a bit like blaming grandma for being burglarized because she didn't lock the back door.

  • 3
    Paul Macklin Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

    WhatsApp is popular because it is simple and does what most people want most of the time. I could almost guarantee that most people don't give a crap about the points you've made and will continue to use it anyway, me included.

    Jerry's W.Simon Mouer

  • 7
    Jon Crawford Jan 10, 2018 Link to comment

    "After all, as of 2017 SIM cards may only be activated after a personal ID is shown" ??? Huh? Is that a US thing? If so, why isn't that mentioned in that sentence?

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