Alternatives to WhatsApp Messenger for all platforms with any license

  • Telegram icon

    Telegram

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. .

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    • They take security very seriously and all features you see on WhatsApp were introduced like a year before in Telegram. With Telegram you can also have all your conversations sync on any device and you can easily find shared links, files, photos...
      Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's more private and secure. I don't feel like Facebook is spying on me
      cerabeeOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Telegram can be used on a desktop PC without the need of a mobile smartphone. Especially useful for older people, who don't use smartphones.
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

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  • 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

  • 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...

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    • open source, real end to end encryption, no metadata collection
      Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • it is open source and it has one of the best encryption protocols
      Guest • 8 days ago 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. .

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  • 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

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry iPad

  • 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...

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    • More a competition for skype then whatsapp. however there's nothing you can do on whatsapp that you cannot do on wire. its trustworthy, has phone calls, can be used on PC/Mac as well.. registration with phonenumber is optional, which is nice.
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

  • ICQ icon

    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...

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    • Does Not abandon older phones!! Therefore I love it!
      Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Riot.im icon

    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

  • 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

  • FaceTime icon

    FaceTime

    FaceTime is a video calling software feature developed by Apple for the iOS and Mac OS. FaceTime makes it possible to talk, smile, wave, and laugh with anyone on an iDevice or Mac over Wi-Fi. So you can catch up, hang out, joke...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

  • 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

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  • WeChat icon

    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...

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  • Threema icon

    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...

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    • Threema is a great whatapp alternative. Just as easy to use as whatsapp, but (hopefully) more secure and non US based. However, just like whatsapp, it is an app only and lacks a client for PC.... :(
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Secure, non-US based and you're the Customer, not the product. They really take care of your privacy!
      Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Conversations icon

    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

  • Nimbuzz icon

    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...

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  • 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

  • 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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    WhatsApp Web for Chrome

    Simple and light WhatsApp Web client with beautiful icons, native behavior, and customizability options. NATIVE BEHAVIOR WhatsApp Web opens stuck to the bottom right corner of your display, like a native IM app (and like the...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome

  • Kontalk icon

    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

  • BlackBerry Messenger icon

    BlackBerry Messenger

    BlackBerry Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Blackberry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. BBM has unique features to protect your privacy and keep you in control: • Retract – The ability to take back messages and photos...

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  • 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

  • Google Spaces icon

    Google Spaces

    Small group sharing from Google - create a space in one tap and invite people with a quick link.

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dasher Messenger icon

    Dasher Messenger

    Dasher lets you do more than just text message. It's messaging with benefits: · Connect with friends worldwide for free · Start a group chat · Find a place to meet up · Share your location in real time as...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • Google Duo icon

    Google Duo

    Google Duo is the cross-platform, one-to-one video calling app that's simple, reliable and fun. FEATURES Cross-platform - Get closer to everyone you love with simple, high-quality video calling on iOS and Android. Easy to...

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Zulip

    Powerful open source group chat. Features: Threaded group conversations Talk about multiple topics at once without getting lost or overwhelmed. One-on-one and group private conversations Have private conversations with one...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone BSD Self-Hosted

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    KakaoTalk

    KakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for free. (no SMS service) Message arrivals are instantly notified with Push Alert and you can send...

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WhatsApp Messenger Comments

WhatsApp have been caught lying about the privacy of your messages.

Negative Comment by JohnFastman
about WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook 3 days ago

WhatsApp have claimed that they implement secure end-to-end encryption, which is intended to allow only the sender and recipient of a message to be able to read it. It has now been discovered that this is not in fact true. It looks as though WhatsApp intentionally weakened the way they implement the cryptography in order to enable "backdoor" access to transmitted messages.

For more information, see here:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/13/whatsapp-backdoor-allows-snooping-on-encrypted-messages

For altenatives and a longer explanation, click the Reviews tab and see my review there.

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very goog

Positive Comment by charliezo
about WhatsApp Messenger Dec 2016

very good and easy to use app. it gets helpful updates regularly and now also has video calling (even though the quality isn't so impressive).

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Superb

Positive Comment by chandrao
about WhatsApp Messenger and Hangouts, Viber Nov 2016

Best cross-platform mobile messaging app. This is a free app that uses the least data. The new update of WhatsApp gives a video calling feature, too. This app provides end-to-encryption facility for ultimate privacy. Available for all platforms and requires no special permissions.

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best messenger app -1 Helpful

Positive Comment by maurokeita95
about WhatsApp Messenger Sep 2016

i think this one over here its the best messenger app. Have everthing you need and its really friendly. 10 points.

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Yes It's Time To Ditch WhatsApp! 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by Norton
about WhatsApp Messenger Aug 2016

Following today's announcement that WhatsApp plans to "..begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users.", it's high-time to look elsewhere and ditch WhatsApp for good.

There is an opt-out procedure, but can we trust facebook?

Ref:

WhatsApp users to receive adverts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37184651

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?
https://www.whatsapp.com/faq/general/26000016

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The complete commnuication app

Positive Comment by terinoriega
about WhatsApp Messenger Feb 2016

With its simple interface and cross platform compatibility, Whatsapp has become the best communication app for me. I no longer have to use three different apps to do what I want, but rather, stick to one. I have been using many communication apps and Whatsapp was the one that stuck through the years. No need to add users by usernames no one remembers, but rather by phone numbers. Very simple, clean interface that does not lag or slow down your phone, plus, doesn't discriminate over OS. Latest feature, Whatsapp calls, makes it complete.

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are they really going to start charging for this? 1 Helpful

Comment by anikathompson9
about WhatsApp Messenger Jan 2016

i have read that now you have just one year for free and then you have to pay like a dollar, i know it's not much but i wanted to be sure if this is for real... the app works fine i think there wouldn't be a problem in paying but i wanted to know.. if it has been free all this time... should stay like that :D

[Edited by anikathompson9, January 11]

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no privacy anymore -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by robertmu
about WhatsApp Messenger Dec 2015

i liked it before it became so public, now everyone can see if you read it, if you herd the audio and everything, some of that you can set it so that no one sees it but its not the same, i hate the lack of privacy

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No Web Client 1 Helpful

Comment by brinerustle
about WhatsApp Messenger Oct 2015

Whatsapp does not have a web client, do not be mislead by the seeming web utility mentioned at https://web.whatsapp.com/

The app acannot be used by a computer without android or some other phone OS.

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What about Dasher?

Comment by futurismo
about WhatsApp Messenger and Dasher Messenger Jun 2015

I'm hooked on Small Dasher Messenger iconDasher Messenger. It's Whatsapp on crack!

[Edited by Venom88, July 01]

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Facebook partnership sets it apart

Positive Comment by bopperjr346
about WhatsApp Messenger May 2014

There are other apps that do the same thing as WhatsApp and they do not charge a $1/yr subscription fee. What may end up setting WhatsApp apart from the rest is its partnership with facebook.

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Free for one year

Comment by Anael
about WhatsApp Messenger and KakaoTalk, LINE Jan 2014

Then you have to pay ~1$ a year.
It's not much. I'm ok to pay for softwares I like.
But on the other hand KakaoTalk and LINE do the same thing, plus calls, for free...

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Do not use this app; it has a history of security problems.

Negative Comment by Denizen
about WhatsApp Messenger Sep 2012

WhatsApp has had a history of security problems, and the development team has demonstrated repeatedly that they could not care less, so this app might never be secure. Here's more info, if you are interested:

http://www.mathyvanhoef.com/2012/05/whatsapp-considered-insecure.html

http://www.esecurityplanet.com/mobile-security/researchers-warn-of-whatsapp-security-flaws.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/whatsapp-security-flaws-2012-9

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