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Signal Alternatives for Android Wear

Signal is not available for Android Wear but there are some alternatives with similar functionality. The best Android Wear alternative is Telegram, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Signal and seven of them are available for Android Wear so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Android Wear alternatives to Signal are Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and KakaoTalk.

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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  1. Telegram icon

    Telegram

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    262 alternatives to Telegram 

    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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    1.  LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeTelegram doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  VoiP CallsTelegram allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    7.  PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    9.  Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Telegram vs Signal opinions
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    Guest

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

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    lucianton

    I like the stickers function

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    Guest

    Not end-to-end encrypted by default, contacts and data stored on servers.

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    evilmicrowizard

    Lacking default E2E encryption. Also heavily favored by various kinds of financial spammers.

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    Distortion

    Not E2EE by default, using doubtful encryption algorithm.

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    JellyBoy

    Not end-te-end encrypted by default

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  2. Skype icon

    Skype

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    314 alternatives to Skype 

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  VoiP CallsSkype allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Skype using IFTTT.
    5.  Live Captions TranslationSkype can add captions to a video call, audio messages or multimedia file and translate them in real time.
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    Skype vs Signal opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Skype is still a legitimate alternative to Signal, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    Skype has no focus on privacy or being open.

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    Guest

    Not encrypted, data stored on Microsoft servers

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    Anipe

    Made by mycrosoft and isnt encrypted OR private

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    arndtadler

    Not end-to-end encrypted by default, contacts and data stored on servers.

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    WhatsApp

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    249 alternatives to WhatsApp 

    WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionWhatsApp has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Dark ModeWhatsApp supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Two-factor AuthenticationWhatsApp supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    4.  Support for @mentionsWhatsApp supports the use of mentions through @ to a particular user, who will be notified personally.
    5.  VoiP CallsWhatsApp allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    6.  Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in WhatsApp.
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    WhatsApp vs Signal opinions
    This alternative is disputed. WhatsApp is still a legitimate alternative to Signal, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    arndtadler

    WhatsApp is not Free Software and is not focused on privacy. Difficult to use in Usecases which demand high control of the Software and a verifiable Data-protection

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    Guest

    WhatsApp is owned by facebook. Google "Facebook Privacy" and you'll see why this is one of the worst alternatives.

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    Guest

    Also end-to-end encrypted by default.

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    Facebook Messenger

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    195 alternatives to Facebook Messenger 

    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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    1.  VoiP CallsFacebook Messenger allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    2.  Face FilterFacebook Messenger uses augmented reality to overlay visual effects/elements on a live video or image.
    3.  Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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    Facebook Messenger vs Signal opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Facebook Messenger is still a legitimate alternative to Signal, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    crazypens30

    When I think of Signal, it's more of an encrypted messaging app. Facebook messenger is not privacy-oriented in any way (though it is also a messaging app.)

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    JohnFastman

    Facebook Messenger is a privacy-disrespecting app. I gathers as much data about users as possible so that Facebook can sell it to advertisers. That's a disgrace. The whole point of Signal is that it's not based on a business model that violates user privacy. Signal is end-to-end encrypted and gathers as little info about users as possible. Signal is hugely preferable. It's also open source (more trustworthy; you can check what it's designed to do).

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    KakaoTalk

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    97 alternatives to KakaoTalk 

    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. (no SMS service)

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    1.  VoiP CallsKakaoTalk allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
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    Pulse SMS

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    22 alternatives to Pulse SMS 

    Access messages everywhere Whether you are working at your computer, reading on your tablet, or watching the game on your TV. Pulse is with you everywhere, so you never miss a message.

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    1.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Pulse SMS.
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  7. c0nnect icon

    c0nnect

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    18 alternatives to c0nnect 

    c0nnect messenger - the easy to use xmpp/jabber client with a bunch of unique features!

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    1.  End-to-End Encryptionc0nnect has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Decentralizedc0nnect is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    c0nnect

    Decentralized Messenger Systems must win! Secure End-to-End encryption, Auto destruct, and more!

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