Skype Alternatives

    The most popular alternative is Discord, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Skype alternatives are Telegram (Free), Signal (Free, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source) and Hangouts (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 25, 2021

    • 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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Freemium
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      • Online
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      • Chrome OS
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      • Electron / Atom Shell
      • FreeBSD
      Gu
      At least Discord allows us to choose our username.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 24 users agree and 6 don't

      Gu
      Better design, better quality, not by Microsoft
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 14 users agree and 5 don't

      Gu
      Better call quality, better group management, better design.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 21 users agree and 8 don't

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    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free
      • Mac
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      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Apple Watch
      • Android Wear
      • PortableApps.com
      • FreeBSD
      Gu
      Skype needs ID for login while all these need network numbers
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 26 users agree and 12 don't

      li
      Super fast, stable, lightweight. Everything Skype is not.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 2 don't

      Gu
      Allready telegram have video calls
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      Positive comment • 5 months ago • 4 users agree

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    • 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...
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free • Open Source
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Google Chrome
      • Ubuntu Touch
      Gu
      End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 14 users agree and 5 don't

      Gu
      Free as in free beer, and fully open source !
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 7 users agree

      pa
      Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 11 users agree and 3 don't

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    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free • Open Source
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      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      be
      It is completely decentralized, open source, you can freely choose your client (from terminal, over Windows, to iOS)
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 16 users agree and 4 don't

      bu
      Decentralized, Secure, Open-source, fast to setup, no ads.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 17 users agree and 5 don't

      Gu
      free for most of the feature. But no group chat yet, and difficult to sync between multiple devices.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • Hangouts is a 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!
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Android Wear
      Gu
      Its email systems voice and screen sharing file send it really good. That's why it is better then skype
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 1 doesn't

      sa
      Only needs a Google account. Great integration with Gmail/Inbox. Android and iOS apps, plus stand-alone web version. Easy integration with Google Voice, can send SMS or make phone calls for free (even from abroad). Best communications app in my opinion.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree and 3 don't

      Gu
      Google discontinued vocal and vido calls in Hangouts.
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      Negative comment • about 2 months ago • 2 users agree

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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...
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free Personal • Open Source
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      sv
      Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 10 users agree

      Gu
      Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 12 users agree and 3 don't

      na
      Good interface, available everywhere, feature rich and in active development
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

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    • Real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams to stay focused and productive.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Freemium
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      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Ola288632
      With the new VOIP it has replaced Skype in our office.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree

      TNovak345399
      Prefer it to Skype in a Commercial environment
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 3 don't

      georgecoem265512
      Both great for separate purposes
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 0 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • A free instant messaging and collaboration software based on the Matrix protocol.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Freemium • Open Source
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Ma
      It's like Skype but has open groups like Teamspeak and it has unlimited fileupload. Thanks to a server to server structure, everyone can text everyone.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree

      Gu
      It's arguably the premier Matrix client, which is free software that is decentralized. Riot.im gives you the option to host a Matrix server yourself and connect to it. It also offers end-to-end encryption and high quality video and audio chat. Not to mention the modern UI.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

      Gu
      Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.
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      Positive comment • 10 months ago

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    • Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
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      • iPhone
      • BSD
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • PortableApps.com
      Gu
      Completely open source, very high quality
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

      Gu
      Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

      Gu
      Lightweight high quality audio chat. Self-hosted and encrypted, so your communications are private.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free • Open Source
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      • Android Tablet
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      Gu
      Not only is it free and open, they also do not record all your private conversations and use it against you. As a trial in New Zealand has shown, it also does not spy on your computer like Skype does and does not insert itself into everything.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree

      Gu
      Fast, very secure and Open Source.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

      Gu
      Jami seems to be really providing the service it declares and not interested in tracking its users in a confused way as other Skype alternatives do (ie Google Hangouts).
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree

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