Facebook Messenger Alternatives

    Facebook Messenger is a fast and ubiquitous way to message. With the ability to message cross-platform to anyone using Messenger on the web, iOS, Android, Windows, and any other support operating system, it is understandably a popular way to message everyone at once.

    That said, there are alternatives to Messenger that are also popular and provide additional security in the form of end-to-end encryption. This is especially helpful and important to securing the contents of your messages to friends, family, and other contacts, ensuring peace of mind for everyone involved.

    At the end of the day, though, Facebook is one of the biggest forces on the Internet. It can seem daunting or pointless to try and find ways against using services from a company that seems to be everywhere you look, but AlternativeTo has you covered with a hand-made curated list of apps and services you can use to live without Facebook or any of its services, including Messenger.

    This page was last updated Sep 13, 2021

    1. Rambox gives you the possibility to add common services many times you need, all in one place. It's perfect for people who work with many services for business and private accounts.
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      Some users think Rambox is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger, some don't.
      Rambox doesn't provide any chat services itself, it only wraps other services (including Facebook Messenger) in a nice UI.
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    2. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.
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      With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 460 million Viber users text, make HD-quality phone and video calls, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G - for free.
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      Most users think Viber is a great alternative to Facebook Messenger.
    3. RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and...
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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]. [Note] **You can download the compiled apk for free from F-Droid**: ...
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      Has End-to-End encryption by default. Is decentral/federated so not to block or shutdown.
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    5. 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, Windows & Linux.
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      Franz is a wrapper around multiple chat apps, including Facecbook Messenger. It doesn't provide a chat service itself.
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    6. Delta Chat looks and feels like other popular messenger apps, but does not involve centralized control, tracking or selling you, friends, colleagues or family out to large organizations. "Privacy by Design" has never been more fun.
    7. Nextcloud Talk is a fully self-hosted audio/video and chat communication service. It features web and mobile apps and is designed to offer the highest degree of security while being easy to use.
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      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.
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    8. 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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