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Pidgin Alternatives for Android

Pidgin is not available for Android but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. The best Android alternative is Matrix.org, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Pidgin and many of them are available for Android so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android alternatives to Pidgin are Jami, Trillian, Conversations and Facebook Messenger.

Pidgin alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pidgin.
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  1. Matrix.org icon

    Matrix.org

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • WebRTC
    • Python
    • JavaScript
    • Go (Programming Language)
    • Cloudron
    • Java
    • Perl

    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.

    Main Page
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    Jami

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

    Jami video conference OS X
    Jami vs Pidgin opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Jami is still a legitimate alternative to Pidgin, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Pidgin more focused on text and mutiprotocol messaging. While Ring more focused on a distributed non-multiprotocol service.

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  3. Trillian icon

    Trillian

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad

    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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    Trillian vs Pidgin opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Trillian is a great alternative to Pidgin.

    Pidgen supports multiple accounts from multiple services, while this is a single service. So instead of allowing you to use all your existing accounts it requires you to use their account. The beauty of Pidgen is that you can connect with your friends using the service they use instead of trying to sell them on the service you want to use.

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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].

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    Conversations vs Pidgin opinions
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    very good Alternative if you seek a client for android

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  5. Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

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  6. Xabber icon

    Xabber

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2019. Last version, 2.6.6, released in October 2019, can be still downloaded from F-Droid, it's no longer available on Google Play Store

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    Xabber vs Pidgin opinions
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    Only XMPP, while Pidgin works with multiple systems and protocols.

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  7. IM+ icon

    IM+

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Java Mobile
    • Symbian S60
    • HP webOS
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms.

    The widest selection of unique features that you won't find in any other IM client!.

    IM+ Web Messenger
    Most users think IM+ is a great alternative to Pidgin.
  8. ICQ icon

    ICQ

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Java Mobile
    • Symbian S60
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks).

    ICQ for Windows
    Some users think ICQ is a great alternative to Pidgin, some don't.
  9. Dialog Messenger icon

    Dialog Messenger

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Dialog Messenger is a customized self-hosted platform usable across multi operation systems simultaneously. dialog provides SDK tools for client interface as well as for server.

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    Librem Chat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PureOS (Purism)
    • F-Droid

    Librem Chat offers you an end-to-end encrypted chat application including text, voice, and video for one-on-one calls and large group chats. Based on the universal Matrix chat protocol ensuring you can communicate with people inside or outside the librem.

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