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iMessage Alternatives for Android

iMessage is not available for Android but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. The best Android alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to iMessage and many of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to iMessage are Skype, Wire, Conversations and Facebook Messenger.

iMessage alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Group Chat Apps or Encrypted Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of iMessage.
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  1. Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeSignal doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Self destructing messagesSignal supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingSignal will not track or use your personal data.
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    Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to iMessage.

    It is one of the best security and privacy messaging apps available. And has an easy incredible design

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    It works cross platform, is free, open source, and end to end encrypted

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    jamiegray

    it's safe, secure, cross platform

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  2. Skype icon

    Skype

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Android Wear
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    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, premium accounts and subscriptions.

    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Wire

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure end-to-end-encryption.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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  4. 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].

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedConversations is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionConversations has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Self destructing messagesConversations supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
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    Facebook Messenger

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear

    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.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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    QKSMS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid

    QKSMS brings a refreshingly beautiful and responsive Material Design touch to the stale state of text messaging.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeQKSMS supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Discontinued

    Appears to be abandoned; the developer hasn't updated it since October '21. Recent Android updates break this app on some devices.

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    Trillian

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad

    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 as text messages on your phone.

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    FluffyChat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • FLATHUB
    • Ubuntu Touch
    • F-Droid

    FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedFluffyChat is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionFluffyChat has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedFluffyChat is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeFluffyChat doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeFluffyChat supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Xabber

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

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    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2019. Last version, 2.6.6, released in October 2019, can be still downloaded from F-Droid, it's no longer available on Google Play Store

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  10. Molly is an independent Signal fork for Android.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionMolly has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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