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Briar is described as 'An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud. Connect directly with nearby contacts - no Internet access is required' and is a popular Encrypted Chat app in the social & communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Briar for a variety of platforms, including Android, Linux, Windows, iPhone and Mac. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Briar are Telegram, Wire, Threema and Telegram X.

Briar alternatives are mainly Encrypted Chat Apps but may also be Instant Messengers or Group Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Briar.
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  1. Signal icon

    Signal

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    203 alternatives to Signal 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Ad-freeSignal doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Self Destructing MessagesSignal supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    5.  VoiP CallsSignal allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    6.  Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  No TrackingSignal will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Some users think Signal is a great alternative to Briar, some don't.
    Guest

    Signal is not decentralized. Required internet connection and phone number.

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    Telegram

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    • Online
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    262 alternatives to Telegram 

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

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    1.  LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeTelegram doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  VoiP CallsTelegram allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    7.  PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    9.  Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Telegram vs Briar opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Telegram is still a legitimate alternative to Briar, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    mplserin

    . Briar can send & receive messages and by mesh LAN P2P - does NOT require Internet, Telegram needs Internet to send/receive msgs.! Briar is open source & decentralized (e.g. not owned by 1 private entity); Telegram is centralized on commercial servers (proprietary). Briar does NOT require a phone number to use; Telegram verifies users with phone (many VoIP numbers don't work).

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    mskf1383

    centeralized and non-Free (as in Freedom)

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    Guest

    Centralized and needs internet.

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    Guest

    Centralized servers, unverified encryption, requires phone number to use.

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    Guest

    Commercial project. Need Internet, Briar works without it.

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    Wire

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    • Online
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    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    259 alternatives to Wire 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  VoiP CallsWire allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Threema

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    • Android
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    • Android Tablet
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    96 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionThreema has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedThreema is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Encrypted BackupThreema uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
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    Telegram X

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Telegram
    208 alternatives to Telegram X 

    An alternative Telegram client based on TDLib, with higher speed, slicker animations and experimental features.

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    1.  Ad-freeTelegram X doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Telegram X.
    4.  VoiP CallsTelegram X allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
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    FluffyChat

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    174 alternatives to FluffyChat 

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

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

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    • F-Droid
    178 alternatives to Molly 

    Molly is an independent Signal fork for Android.

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    Status

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    • APK Downloader
    173 alternatives to Status 

    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.

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

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    160 alternatives to Olvid 

    The most secure messaging app in the world.

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    1.  Privacy focusedOlvid is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionOlvid has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  No TrackingOlvid will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Olvid without registration.
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    Session

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    45 alternatives to Session 

    Session is the world's first open-source, decentralised private messenger to use industry-leading Signal Protocol encryption — without asking for your phone number.

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    1.  DecentralizedSession is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionSession has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Privacy focusedSession is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    rauldipeas

    Session works flawlessly on all my devices, it's great to keep your privacy.

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    Guest

    Anonimous, no need of email or phone number. E2EE, open source etc.

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