It is human nature to assume that these both types of reality as equally similar, and do provide comparable applications for users to enjoy, but it is important to know where they differ. While they hold the ability to allow users to co-exist with a virtual world, they differ based on the immersive experience offered and our sense of perception.
To summarize, the main use of virtual reality is to completely transpose the user into a different world and focus our presence on a fully immersive computer-generated reality.
Augmented reality, however, applies virtual elements to the world already existing and augments our state of presence, digitally manipulating a given environment.
AR does provide more freedom to users without using a head-mounted display as virtual reality users do.