Alternatives to Telegram for all platforms with any license

  • Skype icon

    Skype

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear PortableApps.com

  • Hangouts icon

    Hangouts

    Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group! "Hangouts" are places used to facilitate group video chat (with...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Android Wear

  • Tox icon

    Tox

    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet BSD

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    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone Blackberry 10 Android Wear Kindle Fire

    • it is not hosted virtually... you cannot access data once it got downloaded on other devices later... plus very limited on sizes and what can be uploaded... tons of limits on so much... for true user of telegram, whatsapp fail to compete.... imagine having group, in telegram, the new members can see the old messages... man way not same level even if same category
      Guest • Yesterday Disagree   Agree
  • Discord icon

    Discord

    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • Signal icon

    Signal

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome

    • Signal uses open source, end-to-end encryption to keep your messages to another Signal user secure and private. It installs on your Android and replaces your default messaging app. (On iPhone it's a separate app.) It's super easy to use. You can still send messages to people who don't have it, but I'd encourage everyone to use it. Plain SMS messages are routinely recorded and stored forever without your persmission. Signal combats that in a very user friendly way.
      JohnFastmanNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Viber icon

    Viber

    Viber is a mobile application that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application installed. .

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch

  • Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more. Top Features: • Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Wire icon

    Wire

    Wire is a secure and private messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private group chats, file sharing, audio and video messages - everything is end-to-end encrypted. Wire works on Android, iOS...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Microsoft Edge Chrome Opera Firefox

  • LINE icon

    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences.

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • Ring icon

    Ring

    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power of privacy in the hands of the user.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

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    Riot.im

    Riot (formerly Vector) is an opensource interoperable app running on Web, iOS and Android. It is built around chat rooms, both public and private and provides messaging, filesharing, voice and video conferencing (beta on Android and...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad Self-Hosted Chrome Safari Firefox

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    ICQ

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks). ICQ has...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

  • Imo icon

    Imo

    Message and video chat with your friends and family for free. Features - Make high-quality video and voice calls on Android and iPhone - Send unlimited messages and make free video and voice calls over your 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    ChatSecure

    [ChatSecure by Chris Ballinger and Gibberbot by The Guardian Project have combined efforts!] ChatSecure (formerly “Gibberbot”) is an open-source encrypted messaging application that uses Cypherpunks' Off-the-Record protocol to...

    Open Source Android iPhone iPad

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    IM+

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms. The widest selection of unique features...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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    Off-the-Record Messaging

    Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over any instant messaging (MSN,Gtalk, Facebook and so on) by providing encryption, authentication, deniability, perfect forward secrecy

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java Mobile

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    WeChat

    WeChat is a complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the best way to keep in touch with everyone you care about. Features WECHAT OUT CALLS: Make calls to...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • Yahoo! Messenger icon

    Yahoo! Messenger

    Stay in touch with your friends and family while sharing favorite photos using one of the most popular instant messaging applications.

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry

  • Kik icon

    Kik

    Kik helps you stay connected and keep in the loop with friends, all through chat. Kik offers free, unlimited texting to Kik users worldwide, no matter what type of smartphone they use. FEATURES • Choose who to chat with...

    Free Android iPhone S60 Windows Phone Kindle Fire

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    Threema

    Threema is a new mobile messaging app that puts security first. With true end-to-end encryption, you can rest assured that only you and the intended recipient can read your messages. Unlike other popular messaging apps (including...

    Commercial Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Android Wear

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    Conversations

    Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG]. [Note] You can download it from F-Droid: ...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Self-Hosted

  • Psi icon

    Psi

    Psi is an instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that connects to the free, open Jabber IM network (also known as XMPP). Localized versions of Psi are available in almost twenty different languages. Built-in...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Nimbuzz

    Nimbuzz offers limited availablility free calls and limited availability free text messaging for users via 3G and WiFi. Calls to other Nimbuzz users are free. PAY to call mobile or landline phones for as little as $0.02/minute in...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Chrome Kindle Fire

  • Torchat icon

    Torchat

    TorChat is a peer to peer instant messenger with a completely decentralized design, built on top of Tor's location hidden services, giving you extremely strong anonymity while being very easy to use without the need to install or...

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last commit in 2014: https://github.com/prof7bit/TorChat
  • Path icon

    Path

    Path is a personal social network designed to help you be closer with family and friends. Now with Path 3, we’ve added private messaging and stickers so you can chat instantly with the ones you love. By focusing on beautiful design...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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    Rambox

    Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Warning The installer contains a trojan and possibly other malware according to Baidu, Quihoo-360, and Windows Defender: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/16f58286c4760fd44896d3dd7a39276a769d301d3193083a130b7a6cd2e03a8d/analysis/1482115813/ | https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a32e5006f0e227d88a8c8446c0e288bdc4c2a1fb4e9af5ea24a1819131a21ca5/analysis/1482115816/
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    Kontalk

    Kontalk is an open source replacement for WhatsApp. Server and client software are open and hosting your own server is possible but not required. All communication is encrypted.

    Open Source Android Self-Hosted

  • Bit Chat icon

    Bit Chat

    Technitium Bit Chat is a secure, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. It can be used over Internet and private LAN networks for instant messaging and file transfer.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Google Allo icon

    Google Allo

    Google Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, Smart Reply, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant. Smart Reply Respond to messages...

    Free Android iPhone

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    Otr.to

    Open source anonymous, registration free P2P chat. You communicate directly and no logs are saved on the server. Otr.to is browser based, which means that you don't need to install or ask somebody to install software.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Instantbird icon

    Instantbird

    Instantbird is an instant messaging client based on Mozilla XULRunner and the open source library libpurple created by the software developers of Pidgin . Over 250 add-ons allow user customization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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    Silence.im

    Protect your communication in transit and on your phone. Silence (formerly SMSSecure) is a full replacement for the default text messaging application: all messages are encrypted locally and messages to other Silence users are...

    Open Source Android Kindle Fire

  • Actor icon

    Actor

    Actor Messenger is an encrypted messaging created by a former developer of telegram.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

Telegram Comments

Positive 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by nintendogo
about Telegram Apr 2016

Excellent messenger for those who always want to be in touch .

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Finally a secure alternative 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by twentysecondssj
about Telegram and WhatsApp Messenger Mar 2016

Great app, although a little confusing to start using at first. Was looking for a replacement to another messaging app that wasn't private enough (don't trust anything owned by Facebook anymore) and this one seemed quite popular and safe. End-to-end encryption, self-destruct timers and most importantly, their secret chats that cannot be accessed on the cloud are great.

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Open Source kind of confusing 2 Helpful

Negative Comment by Johannski
about Telegram May 2015

While the client itself is open source, there are a lot of parts of telegram that aren't. It is not possible to look through the whole process of one client writing another. I think to make that problem more clear telegram should actually be put in the category Free and not open source.

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This software is free software (as in freedom)

Comment by Raposo
about Telegram Jun 2014
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