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iMessage Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to iMessage for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 15 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to iMessage are Skype, Pidgin, Wire and Trillian.

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
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    • 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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  3. Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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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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    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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  7. Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableAdium is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Status

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • F-Droid
    • APK Downloader

    Chat, browse and transact securely in an open source community committed to bringing the power of Ethereum and a more distributed internet to your pocket.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStatus has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedStatus is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStatus is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Messenger for Desktop

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    Messenger for Desktop is a wrapper for the official client messenger.com. Therefore it works like a regular browser which can only navigate to the messenger.com web app. MFD doesn't touch your messages, account or personal data. All that is handled securely by Facebook.

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    Quaternion

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Quaternion is a cross-platform Qt5-based desktop IM client for Matrix, a reference desktop application using libQMatrixClient. Source code, issue tracker, roadmap etc. can be found at GitHub.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedQuaternion is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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