Online Telegram Alternatives

    There are many alternatives to Telegram as a web app if you are looking for a replacement. The best Online alternative is Element. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Jitsi or Matrix.org. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Telegram and loads of them are available as a web app so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Online alternatives to Telegram are Wire (Free Personal, Open Source), Hangouts (Free), WhatsApp (Free) and Keybase (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jun 18, 2021

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    Features

    • Group chat
    • Chat
    • Encrypted chat
    • Messaging
    • Video calling
    • Voice Call
    • Voice chat
    • Video chat
    • End-to-End Encryption
    • Secure Chat
    • Privacy focused
    • Self destructing messages
    • Decentralized
    • Xmpp
    • Integrated File Sharing
    • Telegram
    • Stickers
    • Multiple languages
    • Voice messages
    • Text messaging

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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 244 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Telegram.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Element vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Cloud base with good features and awful UI!
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      5
      Free software running on the server and the client. Syndicated service lets you run your own server and connect with others.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      4
      rrhyast Better than telegram and discord but need a lot of work to be popular
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      0
      Element is structured more honestly out in the open, compared to Telegram.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      The group features match up to telegrams with a more discordesqe UI.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      Great group functionality
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      It is 100% free as in freedom.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      0
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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... View 256 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Telegram.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      cityroler always End-to-End encrypted; servers in the EU; high quality audio and video calls;
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      10
      Multiplatform, chat, audio and video calling with great quality and: Clientside is already open source and they are currently working on completely opensourcing the serverside too. Great application.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      7
      gnudesign Privacy and security focused, lot of features but way behind Telegram's user experience design.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
      It is fully open source instead Telegram (server and client).
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      0
      Always end-to-end encrypted. Fully open source.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      6


    • Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo! View 210 alternatives to Jitsi
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi is a great alternative to Telegram.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • iPad
      Jitsi vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      gnudesign It's different. Watched this project grow and getting improved. Great solution for conferencing. It's more alternative to Zoom than Telegram.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      2
    • 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... View 121 alternatives to Matrix.org
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to Telegram.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Online
      • Android
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Self-Hosted
      • WebRTC
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • Go (Programming Language)
      • Cloudron
      • Java
      • Perl
    • 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 301 alternatives to Hangouts
      This alternative is disputed. Hangouts is still a legitimate alternative to Telegram, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Google Chrome
      • Android Wear
      Hangouts vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      mozdevcontrib Not encrypted. Owned by Google.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      19
      JohnFastman Hangouts is not end-to-end encrypted. Google, who own it, make money by spying on users (every bit of info they can get) and selling it to advertisers. That's appalling. Telegram is not perfect but it is end-to-end encrypted, which means that only the intended recipient can read your messages - not the case with Hangouts. Google can see everything, and others can force them to give that info up (e.g. by subpoena).
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      11
      Hangouts lacks most of the administrative-type functionality that Telegram has.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      8
      sadlyfatobguh Hangouts does not care about your privacy at all. Telegram is primarily marketed as a private communication service
      Negative comment 6 months ago

      2


    • With WhatsApp, you'll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world. View 251 alternatives to WhatsApp
      This alternative is disputed. WhatsApp is still a legitimate alternative to Telegram, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Wear
      WhatsApp vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      it is not hosted virtually... you cannot access data once it got downloaded on other devices later... plus very limited on sizes and what can be uploaded... tons of limits on so much... for true user of telegram, whatsapp fail to compete.... imagine having group, in telegram, the new members can see the old messages... man way not same level even if same category
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      30
      Centaro Too many limitations and is owned by Facebook.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      15
      Whatsapp is the 386 of instant messaging. Telegram receives fresh new features every month, so their streets are increasingly far away
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      13
      WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted and relies on the Signal protocol to protect the user's privacy while Telegram uses its own custom encryption algorithm, which is a big flaw in cryptography. Telegram only fully encrypts communications when starting a "secret chat", but the default conversations are not secured.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      -7
    • Keybase is a new and free security app for mobile phones and computers. For the geeks among us: it's open source and powered by public-key cryptography. View 53 alternatives to Keybase
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Online
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      • Ruby
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      • Go (Programming Language)
      • Java
      Keybase vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      everything is encrypted and gives cloud drive, git, a stellar wallet other than a chat
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
    • Zulip is a group chat app in which messages are threaded by topic, helping you have long-running, organized conversations. View 230 alternatives to Zulip
    • Proficonf is a lightning fast and powerful video conferencing web app. That allows you to participate in one-click meetings with up to 250 participants, share your screen, apps, tabs, and documents. View 89 alternatives to Proficonf
      Almost everyone thinks Proficonf is a great alternative to Telegram.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      Proficonf vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      I_never_give_up Supports video chat. Telegram doesn't.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      3
      Padaone Proficonf supports video communication. Also, audio quality is much better with Proficonf.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      3
    • A secure, end-to-end encrypted Swiss instant messenger with a focus on privacy. View 89 alternatives to Threema
      Most users think Threema is a great alternative to Telegram.
      No screenshots yet
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Threema vs Telegram
      pros, cons and recent comments
      egami This is in my opinion the absolut number one if you are looking for privacy.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
      JohnFastman Proper end-to-end encryption makes Threema a good private way to communicate. But not as good as open source alternatives like Signal, for which you can check the source code. But Threema is way better than Facebook Messenger or 'Allo, which come from privacy-destroying companies.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
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