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. KakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for free.
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    2. Daily is an audio and video API. Easily build video chats in your web or mobile apps with an API built on top of WebRTC or drop in the Prebuilt UI for fast video conferencing integration. 1,000 person video and audio calls. HIPAA compliant.
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    3. kMeet is a videoconferencing solution that respects your privacy for all your discussions. No e-mail address, no advertising and no registration are required. Your discussions are not analysed and are only transmitted through Infomaniak servers in Switzerland.
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    4. Connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime – without the fuss! FreeConference.com lets you hold free conference calls in HD audio with up to 400 people at a time and download free online meetings with video chat and screen sharing. All FREE, with no hidden contracts or fees.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Fully open source instant messaging server and clients. No proprietary components or non-free dependencies. Backend in pure Go (GPL 3.0), with a command-line administration tool in python + gRPC. Clients for Android, iPhone, and Web - ReactJS (all licensed under Apache 2.0).
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
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      • Windows
      • Online
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      • iPhone
      Pinger lets you text and talk free with the people you care about most, anywhere on the planet. Tap a picture and you'll see all of your communications—texts, pics, calls, voicemails—all in one place.
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    5. Sesame is a messaging app that gives you a self-aware digital assistant to protect messages on your behalf: your own Personal Cognitive Messenger™.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Online
      • Windows Mobile
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Windows Phone
      • Android Wear
      Group messaging platform owned by Microsoft. It's absolutely free, whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it's easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Full-featured XMPP messenger.
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      • FreeProprietary
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      • Windows
      • Android
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      • Android Tablet
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      Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over 856.2 million users. In April 2010, QQ.com ranked 10th overall in Alexas internet rankings.
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