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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, which is both free and Open Source. 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, Matrix.org, Hangouts and Keybase.

Telegram alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Encrypted Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Telegram.
This page was last updated Jun 28, 2022
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  1. 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 Telegram opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to Telegram.
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    Element is structured more honestly out in the open, compared to Telegram.

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    Great group functionality

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    calkesh

    Element is severely lacking in uptake. It could be the best messenger in the world (and may well be) but ultimately, if I can't talk to my friends on there, there's no incentive for me to use it.

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    FiTekno

    I like this because of fact its purpose is to be decentralized. however time shows as knowledge is needed to bridges be made from other platforms.

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    LeSnake

    Great encryption, uses matrix protocol, so it's decentralized, while offering similar and even more functions.

    But the UI isn't as intuitive as the telegram one, and the encryption sometimes can't decrypt a message.

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    rrhyast

    Better than telegram and discord but need a lot of work to be popular

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    The group features match up to telegrams with a more discordesqe UI.

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  2. 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 Telegram opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Telegram.
    cityroler

    always End-to-End encrypted; servers in the EU; high quality audio and video calls;

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    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.

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    gnudesign

    Privacy and security focused, lot of features but way behind Telegram's user experience design.

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    It is fully open source instead Telegram (server and client).

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    Always end-to-end encrypted. Fully open source.

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  3. 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.

    Matrix.org vs Telegram opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to Telegram.
    LeSnake

    Matrix is a protocol used by i.e. Element, not a messenger iself

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  4. 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!

    Hangouts vs Telegram opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Hangouts is still a legitimate alternative to Telegram, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    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).

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    Hangouts lacks most of the administrative-type functionality that Telegram has.

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    sadlyfatobguh

    Hangouts does not care about your privacy at all. Telegram is primarily marketed as a private communication service

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    mozdevcontrib

    Not encrypted. Owned by Google.

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  5. 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.

    Keybase vs Telegram opinions
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    everything is encrypted and gives cloud drive, git, a stellar wallet other than a chat

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  6. WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.

    WhatsApp vs Telegram opinions
    This alternative is disputed. WhatsApp is still a legitimate alternative to Telegram, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    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

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    Planetjunkie

    absolutely unsecure, E2EE is questionable, and Facebook are planning on implementing a feature to decrypt messages for advertisers (as if that was not a thing since they acquired whatsapp...)

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    Centaro

    Too many limitations and is owned by Facebook.

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    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.

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    Whatsapp is the 386 of instant messaging. Telegram receives fresh new features every month, so their streets are increasingly far away

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

  8. Threema is a new mobile messaging app that puts security first. With true end-to-end encryption, you can rest assured that only you and the intended recipient can read your messages.

    Threema vs Telegram opinions
    Most users think Threema is a great alternative to Telegram.
    egami

    This is in my opinion the absolut number one if you are looking for privacy.

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    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.

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  9. Proficonf is a professional video conferencing platform that allows host meetings with up to 250 participants without any downloads or installations.

    Proficonf vs Telegram opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Proficonf is a great alternative to Telegram.
    Padaone

    Proficonf supports video communication. Also, audio quality is much better with Proficonf.

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    I_never_give_up

    Supports video chat. Telegram doesn't.

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  10. Revolt is a brand new chat platform designed around you.

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