Privacy focused Skype Alternatives

    Skype is described as 'An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services' and is one of the leading apps in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Skype for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Online / Web-based, Windows and iPad. The best alternative is Discord, which is free. Other great apps like Skype are Telegram (Free), Signal (Free, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source) and Hangouts (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jun 18, 2021

    Platforms

    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Online
    • Windows
    • iPad
    • Mac
    • Android Tablet
    • Linux
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Self-Hosted
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows Phone
    • Apple Watch
    • Google Chrome
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Windows Mobile
    • Firefox
    • Cloudron

    Features

    × Clear
    • Video chat
    • Group chat
    • Video Conferencing
    • Video calling
    • Share your screen
    • Voice chat
    • Voice Call
    • Chat
    • Encrypted chat
    • Messaging
    • Real time collaboration
    • Team Collaboration
    • WebRTC
    • Integrated File Sharing
    • End-to-End Encryption
    • Call recording
    • Text messaging
    • Ad-free
    • File sharing
    • Privacy focused

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • 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. View 136 alternatives to Discord
      Almost everyone thinks Discord is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • BSD
      • iPad
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      • FreeBSD
      Discord vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      At least Discord allows us to choose our username.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      18
      Better design, better quality, not by Microsoft
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      9
      Discord is more like a chat version of Reddit, it's intended for large crowds
      Top negative comment  about 1 year ago

      -2
      Crashes everytime, full of errors and bugs, serious problems related to security and privacy, bad moderation, and many other reasons.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      -4
      c4334544 good but i've heard they are corrupted. not sure how true this info is
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      It's topical and server based, not individuals who can connect.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      -7
      daynabarber38 Discord ismore convenient and less buggy
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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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. View 250 alternatives to Telegram
      Most users think Telegram is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Apple Watch
      • Linux Mobile
      • Android Wear
      • PortableApps.com
      • FreeBSD
      Telegram vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      liqube Super fast, stable, lightweight. Everything Skype is not.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      3
      Clear voice calls, OTR encrypted. Lightest on resources. Multiplatform native client app, not like others.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      0
      Skype needs ID for login while all these need network numbers
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      14
      joprime87 Use it day by day. Stable, has good connection, high-quality chat features. And good enough to use for video calls.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      Allready telegram have video calls
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      5
      Telegram does not provide video calling.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      -8
      Is free software. Free as freedom
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      -2
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    • Signal is a 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. View 180 alternatives to Signal
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Ubuntu Touch
      Signal vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      10
      Free as in free beer, and fully open source !
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      7
      sedeti this is like skype without the data log
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      1
      Strong encryption, high quality sound. Uses both WiFi and Mobile Data to grant the best possible quality. Recommended by Edward Snowden. Enjoy!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      patrykmilhouse Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      8
      Call people without being listened on!
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      6
    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. View 175 alternatives to Tox
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      Tox vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      beatrupp It is completely decentralized, open source, you can freely choose your client (from terminal, over Windows, to iOS)
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      12
      bumba Decentralized, Secure, Open-source, fast to setup, no ads.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      12
      you cannot down load this program
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      -12
      free for most of the feature. But no group chat yet, and difficult to sync between multiple devices.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      5
      You cannot setup your microphone properly on any of the major clients. Useless
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      -21
    • Wire is the most secure collaboration platform featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by the most secure... View 255 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      svenjost Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      10
      Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      9
      Wire is free, open source and easy to use and, most importantly, PRIVATE. It transmits data only in an encrypted way that even the creators of Wire cannot see, so you can be sure your content is YOURS, and not something the likes of Microsoft (who own Skype) can read, analyze, hand on to authorities or lose to hackers.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      Truly secure and feature reach
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
      someonelast It's open source, cross-platform, and free!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -3
      Lura Open source, encrypted, stable
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
      a better connection and more secure
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
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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. View 243 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Element vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MasteLrugarius 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.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      6
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      4
      FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      0
      Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Murz Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      2
    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms. View 122 alternatives to Jami
      Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Jami vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      3
      Fast, very secure and Open Source.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      4
      Very good alternative to Skype, WhatsApp and other mainstream chat software. Decentralised, free and open source!
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      0
      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).
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      2
      Open source, decentralized
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      jsonoctopus Great p2p voice and text chat.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
    • An alternative to Telegram with 50 pins, favorites, sortable chat categories, and a cryptocurrency price bar inside the app. View 205 alternatives to Bettergram Messenger

      Discontinued

      no longer updated since april 2020

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
    • FortKnoxster is an easy-to-use private and secure messaging, calling and file storage app, using advanced end-to-end encryption and leveraging on blockchain technology – all within one web and mobile platform. View 39 alternatives to FortKnoxster
      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Opera
      • Brave
      • Chromium
      • Firefox
    • SafeSwiss The world’s most effective end to end encryption security solution including P2P Voice, encrypted email, encrypted storage, ephemeral text chat, docs share & group chat for mobile phone devices and PC's. View 201 alternatives to SafeSwiss
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