When comparing WhatsApp vs Ryver, the Slant community recommends Ryver for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Ryver is ranked 16th while WhatsApp is ranked 18th.
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Pro Straightforward interface
The interface is very simple, fast and easy to use. You can start using it as soon as the app has been downloaded - it does not require setting anything up or registering. You can communicate with anyone in your contacts list that also uses WhatsApp. Includes useful features like seeing when a contact is currently available or typing.
Pro Effortlessly builds your contacts by using your phone number as identification
WhatsApp will automatically find all of your contacts currently using Whatsapp and add them to your contacts. This makes it really easy to setup and given that it's the most popular messaging app it's likely that a lot of your contacts are already using it.
Pro Widely used
WhatsApp reported 1.5 billion users in 2018. Your friends are most likely already using WhatsApp, so it's easy to get setup.
Pro Message mirroring on web app
WhatsApp can be used from the desktop via Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers. Accessing it requires using the Android app to scan the QR code that's presented on web.whatsapp.com.
Pro One-on-one texts can be encrypted
WhatsApp has implemented end to end encryption for messages sent on it's service. Even WhatsApp has no way to read a users messages.
Pro Threaded conversations
Ryver has Facebook like "Posts" that allow for threaded conversations to occur among teams.
Pro Unlimited users
There is no limit to the amount of users you can invite to join your instance/account of Ryver.
Pro Upvote and Downvote
"Do you like this?" questions can easily be answered with up or down votes.
Pro Drag and drop file sharing
Start a new post, drag your file (photo, doc, pdf, etc. 100MB limit), and starting discussing.
The app loads fast on start-up. Any new chats, comments, and posts show up instantly. Overall, the app just feels rather speedy.
Pro @mentions for users and teams
Get someone's attention with @mentions.
Pro Desktop and mobile apps
Apps work great on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.
Pro I like this
Pro Free conference calling
Pro Can hide topics until new comment is received
You can remove a topic from your nav bar and have it reappear when new messages are sent in that topic.
Pro Hosted on Amazon
Hosted on Amazon cloud. Service has been very reliable. Ryver has been unavailable maybe once or twice in the last 6 months. (We used to use HipChat and in early 2016, HipChat was crashing once or twice a week for a month or so.)
Pro You can edit a chat message
Ever make a mistake in a conversation? Of course! With Ryver, you can edit chats that you've sent. (Wish iOS Messages would do this some day!)
Con Hard to migrate history cross platform
Migrating your chat history from Android to iOS or the other way around is not so simple. In some cases it requires a 3rd party app and in some the only way is to migrate specific chats one by one.
Con Shares meta data with Facebook
WhatsApp shares your messaging meta data with Facebook if you do not opt-out in the settings. If you use the same phone number for WhatsApp and Facebook, the profiles can easily be linked.
Con Single device
You cannot use the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices (e.g. a tablet, a PC and a cellphone). The account is tied to the device with the specific cellphone number. Chat history is deleted when you sign in to a new account, unless you have created a backup.
Con No cloud sync
Messages are not stored on WhatsApp server for privacy and security reasons.
Con Tied to carrier phone number
WhatsApp cannot be used by people without a smart phone with an active cell plan. If your phone is lost or damaged, or if your phone number changes, you cannot get messages sent by friends without them updating your phone number. You cannot send message to them until you are able to get SMS messages at your phone number.
Con Limitation on shareable file sizes
WhatsApp now allows users to share files of any type, but there is still a 16 MB size limit.
Not open source.
Con Web interface uses message mirroring
To use your computer to send messages your phone must be on with a consistent data connection.
Con Having Chat and Posts for Teams is confusing to some users
It takes some time to get accustomed to all the features of the program, like a separate chat and a feed for team posts.