Difference Between Snapchat and iMessage

When we talk about mediums of sending texts, videos, photos, and calls that are serving this generation and saving their time of wait, they namely are- Whatsapp, Snapchat, Messenger, iMessage, Instagram, Gmail, Yahoo, and so on.

Talk of the town and most preferred medium by the teens is Snapchat and iMessage.

Snapchat vs iMessage

The main difference between Snapchat and iMessage is that Snapchat has feature of deleting texts and sending photos as a snap and deleting them afterward (which can be opened only twice) whereas iMessage has a unique feature of sensing emotions in the message sent and presenting it with visual effects such as animation when messages are sent via iPhone to iPhone.

Snapchat vs iMessage

For example:

If we want to send a photo and want it to be there only for few minutes and later then it should be deleted completely from chat, Snapchat gives you this facility and also notifies you if your snap or story is screenshotted by someone.

If you have wished someone congratulations or happy birthday via iPhone and that person also has an iPhone then, your birthday wish will be seen with the animation of Balloons in the chat room and your text of congratulations will be accompanied with confetti.

Comparison Table Between Snapchat and iMessage

Parameters of ComparisonSnapchatiMessage
Animation in TextsSnapchat lacks the feature of Animation within the texts.iMessage has the facility of sending animated messages via iPhone to iPhone.
Feature of disappearing or Automatic DeletionSnapchat has the facility of disappearing or auto-deletion of texts and snaps.iMessage lacks the feature of auto-deletion or sending temporary texts.
PC AvailabilitySnapchat is not available on PCs.iMessage is available on PCs.
Interruption of AdvertisementSnapchat is not an ad-free application.iMessage is an ad-free application hence there is no interruption of ads.
Documents SharingYou cant share documents on Snapchat.iMessage has the facility of sharing documents.
Audio ClipsYou cant independently send only audio clips on Snapchat.iMessage has the option of sending audio clips independently.
Feature of InvisibilitySnapchat lacks the feature of Invisibility.iMessage can make you invisible on seen.
Andriod CompatibilitySnapchat is compatible with Andriod.iMessage is incompatible with Android.
Web SearchSnapchat doesn’t have an option such as a web search.iMessage has the option of web-search.
WidgetsSnapchat supports widgets.iMessage doesn’t support widgets.
Facebook sign-inSnapchat allows you to sign-in with Facebook.iMessage doesn’t allow you to sign-in with Facebook.
Targeted AudienceThe targeted audience of Snapchat is Teenagers.The targeted audience of iMessage is iPhone Users and more to be precise working people or people of the age 21+.

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is an online application platform where you can share texts and multimedia with your family and friends in the form of temporary messages as well as permanent messages.

Snapchat was written by Evan Spiegel, Reggie Brown, and Bobby Murphy.  Snapchat was born in the September of the year 2011 approximately 9 years ago.

Snapchat has a strength of 229 million daily users. Snapchat is available in 37 different languages. Snapchat is available in both forms android version as well as the ios version.

Snapchat is mostly used for sending photos and videos daily and maintaining it, as in name of streaks.

The main reason behind Snapchat being Teens favorite is its feature of temporary messages which maintains the privacy level at max and the secondary reason is the feature of adding different filters and caption on the photo.


What is iMessage?

iMessage is an application of the iPhone where you can share documents, audio clips, and text messages to your contacts. iMessage is only available for ios users and not for android users.

The introduction of iMessage was given by Scott Forstall at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the year 2011. iMessage was officially launched on the date 12th of the October of the year 2011.

iMessage is preferred because it is way simple to handle, it is an ad-free application, and is very private at the same time.

The reason behind adults choosing iMessage is it is very simple and yet useful. It allows the person to send documents, contact stamps, audio clips, and texts easily. 


Main Differences Between Snapchat and iMessage

  1. Snapchat has a disappearing feature or temporary feature, iMessage doesn’t have any.
  2. Snapchat uses Facebook sign-in, iMessage doesn’t.
  3. Snapchat allows you to set a status, iMessage doesn’t.
  4. Snapchat has the feature of favorite contacts, iMessage doesn’t.
  5. You can send contact stamp on iMessage, Snapchat lacks this feature.
  6. Snapchat is available on both iPhone and Andriod whereas iMessage is only for iPhone.
Difference Between Snapchat and iMessage


Texting, one word, and a thousand emotions. Before the introduction of technology, people used to write long long letters and postcards to people they love and were interested to talk to and then wait for the reply in return of the letter for consecutive 5 to 6 days depending on the distance.

That was an era where people respected feelings more than any other materialistic things of the world. It was the era of patience, of wait, of love, of respect, etc.

And many times it used to happen like due to lack of transportation some letters remained unanswered and some lost.

Though people used to send letters, according to them, the feelings are more likely to be felt by writing it on paper than on any other medium.

And now, fast-forwarding, we have plenty of mediums that instantly send our message to the person in just a second.

Communication is way easier than it was before,  not just it sends text but also we send videos, photos and also see a person face to face though the distance is more than a thousand miles.

In short, Snapchat is preferred by teenagers more in number, and iMessage is preferred by adults using an iPhone.

Snapchat has many features that may look complicated sometimes and iMessage is way simpler with no complexity.


  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074756322030162X
  2. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1541931213601288
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