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Online Skype Alternatives

There are many alternatives to Skype as a web app if you are looking for a replacement. The best Online alternative is Discord, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Skype and loads of them are available as a web app so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Online alternatives to Skype are Telegram, Wire, Element and Jitsi Meet.

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.
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    Discord

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    Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeDiscord doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Discord to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechDiscord allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ LightweightDiscord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationDiscord supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeDiscord supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Almost everyone thinks Discord is a great alternative to Skype.
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    At least Discord allows us to choose our username.

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    Better call quality, better group management, better design.

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    Discord is more like a chat version of Reddit, it's intended for large crowds

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    Crashes everytime, full of errors and bugs, serious problems related to security and privacy, bad moderation, and many other reasons.

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    c4334544

    good but i've heard they are corrupted. not sure how true this info is

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    It's topical and server based, not individuals who can connect.

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    Better design, better quality, not by Microsoft

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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.
    ⚫︎ PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ 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
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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

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    Skype needs ID for login while all these need network numbers

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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.

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    Is free software. Free as freedom

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    It doesn't have video chat.

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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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    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.

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    Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.

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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.

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    Truly secure and feature reach

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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

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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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    Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
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    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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    FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.

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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.

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    Murz

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

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  5. Go ahead, video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.

    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Meet without registration.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJitsi Meet has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Jitsi Meet to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJitsi Meet doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ LightweightJitsi Meet consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Jitsi Meet vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great alternative to Skype.

    This is an excellent Skype replacement. It's free, open source, encrypted and you don't need to install anything. You simply go to the website, choose a link and email it to the person you want to speak with. Everything happens in your browser. You can password protect your session, have group conversations, share screen, chat and collaborate on text documents. Easier even than Skype and much more private.

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    Fast, secure and Open Source.

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    Skype for free, with better quality and more secure.

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    Matrix.org

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    Matrix defines a set of open APIs for decentralised communication, suitable for securely publishing, persisting and subscribing to data over a global open federation of servers with no single point of control.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionMatrix.org has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedMatrix.org is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportMatrix.org support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Matrix.org simultaneously.
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    Most users think Matrix.org is a great alternative to Skype.
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    Feature-full modern free opensource instant messaging server with federation.

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    Linphone

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    Linphone is one of the most famous open source softphones in the world. It is fully SIP-based, for all calling, presence and IM features.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionLinphone has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    Linphone vs Skype opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Linphone is a great alternative to Skype.

    Allows voice, video and text converstaions

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  8. Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, events, contact centers, VoIP cloud phones, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and on-site room systems.

    ⚫︎ Screen SharingYou can use Zoom to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Zoom without registration.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeZoom doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Video-conferencing that actually works!

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  9. Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownZulip supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingZulip supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Facebook Messenger

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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