Element Alternatives

    Element is described as 'secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default' and is a well-known app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Element for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows, Online / Web-based and Mac. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Element are Telegram (Free), Discord (Freemium), Jitsi (Free, Open Source) and Slack (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

    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.
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      Signal vs Element opinions
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Element.
      ruvenssgwilches not a self-hosted solution or an enterprise system
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      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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      Telegram vs Element opinions
      Some users think Telegram is a great alternative to Element, some don't.
      ikimmybee I love the GUI, it's intuitive and user-friendly. Its simplicity is simply the best and the fact that it features a dark theme!
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      ruvenssgwilches Telegram is not a self-hosted solution. Neither an enterprise product is a peer to peer public product
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

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      Centaro Telegram has proprietary up-stream code.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

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      Goondrinker Doesn't provide the same level of privacy as Riot
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Telegram is just a text messaging app, not a collaboration tool!
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often. Create an invite-only place.
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      Discord vs Element opinions
      Some users think Discord is a great alternative to Element, some don't.
      POX I think Discord can be an alternative to Riot since it allows making calls and collaborate, but for me, Riot is more a privacy-focused alternative to Slack and Discord is more aimed at gaming communities.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      lemonjvqentqem Discord has a horrible private policy, whereas element is largely geared towards those who want a secure and private platform for group communication
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      yesnor Easy to use and doesn't lag. Seems to respect user privacy for right now at least. Hopefully that continues.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      ikimmybee I think Discord is the app for gamers. I have tried it once and it was pretty sleek and cool. I love how it's modern and intuitive as well.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    2. Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
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      Jitsi vs Element opinions
      Some users think Jitsi is a great alternative to Element, some don't.
      ruvenssgwilches Jitsi is a video communication platform not a chat enterprise framework
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    3. Slack is a unified communication platform built with an optimized workflow to keep modern teams focused and productive. A familiar chat interface facilitates discussions while advanced features are easily exposed based on context.
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      Slack vs Element opinions
      Most users think Slack is a great alternative to Element.
      ikimmybee Slack is the web chat app for businesses and collaboration. I love the minimalistic design and the fast loading.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      POX Good app to collaborate on projects. Basically, Riot is a privacy-focused alternative to Slack.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed. What else can you do with Jitsi Meet?
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      Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.
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      Matrix.org vs Element opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to Element.
      afacanc38 The matrix is the protocol itself. It is a client for Element Matrix.
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      Ema_Nymton Element wouldn't exist without Matrix, so it's a great alternative in the way that I am a great alternative to my father.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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    5. With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.
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      Tox vs Element opinions
      Some users think Tox is a great alternative to Element, some don't.
      it hasn't a working team audiochat and is very unstable and inactive
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      Remotely similar, but not nearly enough. Too many features missing from Tox to make it a good alternative to Riot.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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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.
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      Skype vs Element opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Skype is still a legitimate alternative to Element, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Security and encryption just don't measure up.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      POX Well, I haven't used Skype in a long time, but from what I remember, it's a software used to make video calls and not to collaborate thanks to channels and chat rooms.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      ikimmybee Skype has been around for years even before most of the apps here were born. With that being said, everyone knows how to basically use it and operate it. Also, a lot of people has an account which makes it handy and useful.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Skype doesn't have similar enough encryption features to Riot.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      • 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. Why Wire?
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      Wire vs Element opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Element.
      Appears to have a fairly complete feature set for this type of application.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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