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Privacy focused Signal Alternatives

The best alternative to Signal is Telegram, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Signal and many of them are so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting alternatives to Signal are Element, Tox, Wire and Jami.

Signal alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Signal.
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    Telegram

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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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeTelegram doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesTelegram can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    Not end-to-end encrypted by default, contacts and data stored on servers.

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    Distortion

    Not E2EE by default, using doubtful encryption algorithm.

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    Just as private in practice, far more user friendly, more features, very lightweight.

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    JellyBoy

    Not end-te-end encrypted by default

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    Element

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    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.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingElement will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
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    Decentralization and promotes home-servers

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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.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedTox is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionTox has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tox without registration.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Tox to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeTox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightTox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTox will not track or use your personal data.
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    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.
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    Most users think Tox is a great alternative to Signal.
    iomezk

    Tox is P2P, so you don't need to watch ads or pay for servers with your private data

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    naught101

    Tox is decentralised, so messages don't travel via a single server.

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    Wire

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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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    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

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    jamiegray

    Beautiful user interface, recommended by security researchers, open source

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    Jami

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

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedJami is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJami is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJami doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJami has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Jami to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
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    Jami video conference OS X
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    It's versatile and safer!

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    Session

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    Session is the world's first open-source, decentralised private messenger to use industry-leading Signal Protocol encryption — without asking for your phone number.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedSession is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSession has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSession is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks Session is a great alternative to Signal.
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    Pachem

    Its super secure.. Its easy to use. Its a good alternative.

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    rikich

    Session doesn't require your phone number. Also decentralized - the big advantage.

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    zzu

    It checks all the boxes. it is THE private messaging platform.

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    I like the app because it routes you like what Tor does with its browser.

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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.

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    kylepiira

    It's basically Signal but without phone numbers

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    alexblinton

    Doesn't requite a phone number

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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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionThreema has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedThreema is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Encrypted BackupThreema uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
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    Most users think Threema is a great alternative to Signal.
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    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.

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    Threema's web component is open source.

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    You don’t need to associate your account with a number or email.

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    konsumschaf

    It is secure, the business plan is clear and it respects you privacy

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    RetroShare

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    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 .

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedRetroShare is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedRetroShare is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionRetroShare has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    rikich

    Retroshare has all the advantages of Signal and none of its disadvantages.

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    FluffyChat

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    FluffyChat is an open, nonprofit and cute matrix messenger app for Ubuntu Touch, Android and iOS.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedFluffyChat is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionFluffyChat has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedFluffyChat is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeFluffyChat doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeFluffyChat supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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  10. Dino is a modern open-source chat client for the desktop. It focuses on providing a clean and reliable Jabber/XMPP experience while having your privacy in mind. Using GTK+/Vala.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionDino has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportDino support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedDino is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedDino is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Dino simultaneously.
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