Hangouts Alternatives

    Hangouts is described as 'messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one to one or with a group!' and is one of the leading apps in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Hangouts for a variety of platforms, including Android, the Web, iPhone, Windows and iPad. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like Hangouts are Signal (Free, Open Source), Discord (Freemium), Element (Freemium, Open Source) and Skype (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 16, 2021

    • Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple, and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. View 245 alternatives to Telegram
      Almost everyone thinks Telegram is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreeProprietary
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      Telegram vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Smooth, clear, and encrypted messaging and voice calling.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      Support audio and video conversation, fast and secure.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      assistantphilrichards Supports large audio files, does not compress photos when sending
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      telegram is text messaging app only, and doesn't support audio and video conversation .
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    • Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments... View 177 alternatives to Signal
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Ubuntu Touch
      Signal vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Easy security for beginners, multi-platform, current development, doesn't restrict communications to insecure recipients, obvious visual indicators that you are communicating secure or non-secure.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      No web interface (Otherwise, the service is great.)
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      JohnFastman Unlike Google products, Signal offers end-to-end encryption, meaning that your messages cannot be intercepted or read by anyone except the intended recipient, if they have Signal too. Google's emails and messages are intercepted by mass surveillance and used to profile users as part of Google's business model. Signal is also open source, which means you can inspect the code yourself.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago



    • Discord is about giving people the power to create belonging in their lives. We want to make it easier for you to talk regularly with the people you care about. View 132 alternatives to Discord
      Almost everyone thinks Discord is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Electron / Atom Shell
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      Discord vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Discord is aimed at gaming. Gamers prefer this over alternatives like Hangouts and Skype.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Because it is the best way to chat, you can make all kinds of fancy edits and also the call quality is much better than hangouts in my opinion
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      Doesn`t Have Video Chat Otherwise Great
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      AlanLeiken A lot more feature-packed and fun to use, though I may be biased as a gamer.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Although it's complex, Discord has way more features than Hangouts and is more reliable than Google's half-hearted messaging efforts.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    • Element is a 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. View 239 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Element vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Supports all Hangouts features, as well as encrypted conversations. Respects your privacy, and you don't need an email address to sign up.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      its deep architecture makes it better than Hangouts and the other security-focused alternatives too.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

    • An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. View 305 alternatives to Skype
      Most users think Skype is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • PortableApps.com
      Skype vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      They offer the same thing, but Hangouts offers better service
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      5247009 No web interface, numerous privacy concerns, and advertising.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago



    • 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! View 204 alternatives to Jitsi
      Most users think Jitsi is a great alternative to Hangouts.
    • Real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams to stay focused and productive. View 207 alternatives to Slack
      Almost everyone thinks Slack is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      • Electron / Atom Shell
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Slack vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      stephenbarrow895 Slack works great as a chat tool but it's much more than that, it's like a centralized notification hub for all other tools.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      michaelchung89 Everything Hangouts has + integrations, seems to be their main competitive advantage.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      allisoncorrigan Surprised not to see it at the top of the list - best alternative to Hangouts! Fun to use, simple, and integrates with just about any tool.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    • Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing. View 103 alternatives to Jitsi Meet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Apple Watch
      Jitsi Meet vs Hangouts
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      JohnFastman Fully functioning, free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted, browser-based (install nothing) Skype- or Google Hangouts alternative. Stable video and sound, screen share, password protection for rooms and a few other handy features. Highly recommended. No more reason to accept Skype and Google's surveillance of your conversations.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      gitbreaker222 Open source, works without account, easy access, good design, stable connection
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. View 171 alternatives to Tox
      Most users think Tox is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Tox vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      + Encrypted text, voice and video chat + File and Desktop sharing + Emoji and markdown (basic support on qTox) support + Group chat + Open source (Protocol: https://github.com/irungentoo/toxcore) + Multiple cross-platform clients (mainly qTox, uTox) - No true offline messaging (decentralized by design) - Still in development (but fully usable; contribute bug reports by trying out)
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    • Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure... View 251 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Hangouts.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
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      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs Hangouts
      pros, cons and recent comments
      My replacement for Hangouts needed to have integrated video/voice/text chat but also keep the text chat server side so any device could jump back into the conversation. Wire has all of these and is also available on any platform AND is open source!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Privacy focused alternative with end-to-end encryption.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      End to end encryption, high audio quality, clear financial model (based on pay pro version) and Swiss based
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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