Signal Alternatives

    Signal is described as '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' and is one of the leading apps in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Signal for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows, Android Tablet and iPad. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like Signal are Element (Freemium, Open Source), Jitsi (Free, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source) and Tox (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 6, 2021

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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 Signal opinions
      Some users think Telegram is a great alternative to Signal, some don't.
      Not end-to-end encrypted by default, contacts and data stored on servers.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      JellyBoy Not end-te-end encrypted by default
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Just as private in practice, far more user friendly, more features, very lightweight.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Distortion Not E2EE by default, using doubtful encryption algorithm.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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    1. 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.
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      Element vs Signal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Signal.
      CatarinaTeles Decentralization and promotes home-servers
      Positive comment 11 months 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 Signal opinions
      Most users think Jitsi is a great alternative to Signal.
      jujujoly Good software but not the same purpose of Signal. Signal is more like a Whatsapp alternative, Jitsi is more an alternative to Zoom.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      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 Signal opinions
      Most users think Wire is a great alternative to Signal.
      Works fairly similarly, easy to use, very smooth for the most part, seems actually a little less buggy than signal at times.. I still prefer signal because of the fact that it's from openwhisper systems and I believe it to be the most secure of all the secure private messengers
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      jamiegray Beautiful user interface, recommended by security researchers, open source
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    3. 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 Signal opinions
      Most users think Tox is a great alternative to Signal.
      naught101 Tox is decentralised, so messages don't travel via a single server.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      iomezk Tox is P2P, so you don't need to watch ads or pay for servers with your private data
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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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.
      Matrix.org vs Signal opinions
      Most users think Matrix.org is a great alternative to Signal.
      cadetdc1t8x Matrix is a protocol that Element uses. Matrix does not replace the functionality that element offers
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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    4. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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      It's versatile and safer!
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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    5. Keybase is a new and free security app for mobile phones and computers. For the geeks among us: it's open source and powered by public-key cryptography.
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      Keybase vs Signal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Keybase is a great alternative to Signal.
      It doesn't need telephone number
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    6. Session is the world's first open-source, decentralised private messenger to use industry-leading Signal Protocol encryption — without asking for your phone number.
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      Session vs Signal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Session is a great alternative to Signal.
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      JellyBoy It is forked from the signal code, so it offers similar great features while adding extra privacy measures such as decentralization and doesn't require a phone number
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      HellaBella Fully open source and decentralized
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      rikich Session doesn't require your phone number. Also decentralized - the big advantage.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      I like the app because it routes you like what Tor does with its browser.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      It's more secure and it's decentralised. Also you don't need a mobile phone to register, which is great.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      kylepiira It's basically Signal but without phone numbers
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      alexblinton Doesn't requite a phone number
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    7. Threema is a new mobile messaging app that puts security first. With true end-to-end encryption, you can rest assured that only you and the intended recipient can read your messages.
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      Threema vs Signal opinions
      Most users think Threema is a great alternative to Signal.
      aljasser User keys are not generated by an algorithm, but by the user. You don't need to register a phone number or an email. A pin will be given to you and that will be enough to connect.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      konsumschaf It is secure, the business plan is clear and it respects you privacy
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      You don’t need to associate your account with a number or email.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      Threema's web component is open source.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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