Skype Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Skype for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small Discord iconDiscord, 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 for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Skype are Small Telegram iconTelegram (Free), Small Signal iconSignal (Free, Open Source), Small Tox iconTox (Free, Open Source) and Small Hangouts iconHangouts (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 14, 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. View 133 alternatives to Discord
      Almost everyone thinks Discord is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Discord vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      At least Discord allows us to choose our username.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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

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

      Crashes everytime, full of errors and bugs, serious problems related to security and privacy, bad moderation, and many other reasons.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      c4334544 good but i've heard they are corrupted. not sure how true this info is
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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

      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 245 alternatives to Telegram
      Most users think Telegram is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Telegram vs Skype
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      liqube Super fast, stable, lightweight. Everything Skype is not.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      Allready telegram have video calls
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

      Skype needs ID for login while all these need network numbers
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      joprime87 Use it day by day. Stable, has good connection, high-quality chat features. And good enough to use for video calls.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      Telegram does not provide video calling.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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

      It doesn't have video chat.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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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... View 177 alternatives to Signal
      Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Skype.
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      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

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

      sedeti this is like skype without the data log
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      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

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

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

    • Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely. View 171 alternatives to Tox
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to Skype.
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      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  about 4 years ago

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

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

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

      You cannot setup your microphone properly on any of the major clients. Useless
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    • 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! View 298 alternatives to Hangouts
      Most users think Hangouts is a great alternative to Skype.
      • FreeProprietary
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      • Online
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      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Android Wear
      Hangouts vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Its email systems voice and screen sharing file send it really good. That's why it is better then skype
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      samnordberg 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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Google discontinued vocal and vido calls in Hangouts.
      Top negative comment  5 months ago

      More professional and easy to use than than most of the alternatives, and just like Skype, it has a strong focus on conference calls, via audio/video.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      alexsokol Good audio and video calls.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      camck Good for texting, and video chating
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Katzen_Gott Hangouts do not support Skype protocol
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

    • 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 251 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Skype.
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs Skype
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      svenjost Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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

      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

      Truly secure and feature reach
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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

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

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

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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 239 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Skype.
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      • 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

      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

      FOSS, free, open source, own nodes etc.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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

      Murz Free, opensource and encrypted, with federation support and can be hosted on your servers.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    • Real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams to stay focused and productive. View 208 alternatives to Slack
      Most users think Slack is a great alternative to Skype.
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      Slack vs Skype
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      Ola With the new VOIP it has replaced Skype in our office.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      TNovak Prefer it to Skype in a Commercial environment
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      georgecoem Both great for separate purposes
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms. View 119 alternatives to Jami
      Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Skype.
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      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  about 3 years ago

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

      Very good alternative to Skype, WhatsApp and other mainstream chat software. Decentralised, free and open source!
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      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 almost 2 years ago

      Open source, decentralized
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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

    • Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming. View 41 alternatives to Mumble
      Almost everyone thinks Mumble is a great alternative to Skype.
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      • Self-Hosted
      • PortableApps.com
      Mumble vs Skype
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Completely open source, very high quality
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      Mumble requires a server to run
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

      Lightweight high quality audio chat. Self-hosted and encrypted, so your communications are private.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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