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Privacy focused Skype Alternatives

The best alternative to Skype is Telegram, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype and 16 are so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting alternatives to Skype are Tox, Signal, Wire and Element.

Skype alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Video Calling Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Skype.
This page was last updated Jul 1, 2022
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  1. 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.

    Telegram vs Skype opinions
    Most users think Telegram is a great alternative to Skype.
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    alternative1234

    Most communication on Telegram is not encrypted. Still a good platform, but it's not secure by default.

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    Allready telegram have video calls

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    5

    Skype needs ID for login while all these need network numbers

    Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago
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    joprime87

    Use it day by day. Stable, has good connection, high-quality chat features. And good enough to use for video calls.

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    Telegram does not provide video calling.

    Negative comment almost 2 years ago
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    Is free software. Free as freedom

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    It doesn't have video chat.

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  2. 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.

    Tox vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Skype.
    beatrupp

    It is completely decentralized, open source, you can freely choose your client (from terminal, over Windows, to iOS)

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    bumba

    Decentralized, Secure, Open-source, fast to setup, no ads.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    free for most of the feature. But no group chat yet, and difficult to sync between multiple devices.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    You cannot setup your microphone properly on any of the major clients. Useless

    Negative comment almost 5 years ago
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    you cannot down load this program

    Negative comment over 6 years ago
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  3. 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.

    Signal vs Skype opinions
    Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Skype.
    sedeti

    this is like skype without the data log

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    End-to-end encryption and servers do not log data.

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    Strong encryption, high quality sound. Uses both WiFi and Mobile Data to grant the best possible quality. Recommended by Edward Snowden. Enjoy!

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

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    patrykmilhouse

    Secure, encrypted, not owned by Microsoft or Facebook, keeps your data safe.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    Call people without being listened on!

    Positive comment about 6 years ago
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  4. 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.

    Wire vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Skype.
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    svenjost

    Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.

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

    Top positive comment  over 6 years ago
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    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 almost 3 years ago
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    Truly secure and feature reach

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    someonelast

    It's open source, cross-platform, and free!

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    Lura

    Open source, encrypted, stable

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    a better connection and more secure

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  5. 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.

    Element vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
    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 5 years ago
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    FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    Cross platform in terms of Apps and equally good using a browser.

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    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.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    Murz

    Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.

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  6. Jami

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

    Jami vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Skype.

    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 4 years ago
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    Fast, very secure and Open Source.

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    LucaFinizio

    Very fast and open source

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

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    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 3 years ago
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    Open source, decentralized

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    jsonoctopus

    Great p2p voice and text chat.

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  7. Speek! is the first messenger that is anonymous and censorship-resistant by design. Speek! messenger encrypts all messages and is secure, private and decentralized.

  8. FortKnoxster

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    FortKnoxster is a multidevice easy-to-use private and secure messaging, calling, crypto wallet and cloud storage, using advanced end-to-end encryption and leveraging on blockchain technology.

  9. SimpleX Chat

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    SimpleX - the most private and secure chat and applications platform - now with double ratchet E2E encryption!

  10. Confrere

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    Professional video calling, without the hassle. No downloads, just a link.

    Brand your video calls and charge for your services via video.

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