AlternativeTo Logo

Tox Alternatives

Tox is described as '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' and is a leading Encrypted Chat app in the social & communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Tox for a variety of platforms, including Android, Mac, Windows, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Signal, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Tox are Telegram, Element, Discord and Jami.

Tox alternatives are mainly Encrypted Chat Apps but may also be Instant Messengers or Group Chat Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Tox.
This page was last updated
Tox iconTox
  505
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Android Tablet
  • BSD

With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect...

Learn more about Tox

  1. Signal icon

    Signal

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    199 alternatives to Signal 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  End-to-End EncryptionSignal has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  Privacy focusedSignal is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Ad-freeSignal doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  Self Destructing MessagesSignal supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    5.  VoiP CallsSignal allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    6.  Dark ModeSignal supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  No TrackingSignal will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Signal vs Tox opinions
    Most users think Signal is a great alternative to Tox.
    WestFlame

    Currently is intended mainly for mobile devices.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    13
    chopin2712

    I love signal but Signal cannot be used without phone and I don't like this idea. I use Signal only for my phone. not my computer but it's good!

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    10
  2. Telegram icon

    Telegram

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Linux Mobile
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    258 alternatives to Telegram 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  LightweightTelegram consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeTelegram doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionTelegram has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedTelegram is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Dark ModeTelegram supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    6.  VoiP CallsTelegram allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    7.  PortableTelegram can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    8.  Works OfflineTelegram can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    9.  Multiple Account supportTelegram support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    Telegram Desktop
    Telegram iOS #1
    Telegram iOS #2
    Telegram vs Tox opinions
    Most users think Telegram is a great alternative to Tox.
    Guest

    It's not open source and they've made some questionable decisions lately such as banning anything vaguely defined as "adult content" from appearing in searches.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    11
    alpeg

    Tox is fully P2P and always end-to-end encrypted. Telegram is not open source (published source differs from play store app), uses it's own server, requires a phone number and non-desktop app to register, most chats are not e2e-encrypted, secret chats are not available on desktop and web.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    6
    knoeien_met_strooi

    Telegram is not peer to peer and uses is not even federated aka uses centralized servers.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    0
    Guest

    Telegram is not open source

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    1


  3. Element icon

    Element

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Matrix.org
    • Cloudron
    • F-Droid
    • FLATHUB
    261 alternatives to Element 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  DecentralizedElement is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionElement has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Privacy focusedElement is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  VoiP CallsElement allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    5.  Support for MarkDownElement supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    6.  File VersioningElement has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    7.  No TrackingElement will not track you or use your personal data.
    8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Element simultaneously.
    9.  DRM FreeNo Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. no copy protection.
    Video calls for desktop and mobile
    Collaboration widgets
    Collaboration and screen sharing
    Element vs Tox opinions
    Most users think Element is a great alternative to Tox.
    joshuahumbert

    Decentralized messenger which supports audio and video calling as well as group chats and offline messaging.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    5
    Darthagnon

    Federated, though not completely P2P, and a pain to set up.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    0
    Guest

    Riot.im uses Jitsi for conference video calls, which are not end-to-end encrypted, they can be registered by the Jitsi Videobridge.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    6
    Guest

    Riot runs on every platform including web browser, is end to end encrypted, federated, open source, supports media file sending, voice and video chat, and all features in group chats. It also does not require a phone number or email address to use.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    4
  4. Discord icon

    Discord

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Epic Games Store
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • FreeBSD
    • Playstation
    • Xbox
    149 alternatives to Discord 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  VoiP CallsDiscord allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    2.  Ad-freeDiscord doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Discord to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Text to SpeechDiscord allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  LightweightDiscord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Two-factor AuthenticationDiscord supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    7.  Dark ModeDiscord supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Discord Desktop Client Dark Mode
    Discord Desktop Client Light Mode
    Discord Desktop Client Screenshare
    Discord vs Tox opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Discord is still a legitimate alternative to Tox, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    Guest

    It's a consistent platform.

    Top positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    0
    Guest

    Discord doesn't care about anonymity or the security minded

    Top negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    56
    Guest

    Discord is not encrypted or privacy oriented

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    27
    crazypens30

    Discord isn't anonymity or privacy-oriented, whereas Tox is.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    48
    Guest

    very good customer support, GUI and very little CPU effect while running other applications

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    -14
  5. Jami icon

    Jami

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    138 alternatives to Jami 

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

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  DecentralizedJami is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedJami is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Ad-freeJami doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  End-to-End EncryptionJami has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    5.  Screen SharingYou can use Jami to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    Jami video conference OS X
    Jami conference call Linux
    Jami screensharing Linux
    Jami vs Tox opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jami is a great alternative to Tox.
    UsernameUn

    Decentralized and encrypted. Available on all major devices. There is video conferencing and the ability to show a desktop.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    1
    Guest

    Its more decentralized than Tox is, and that is a great thing that it has over it. The only issue is that this is alpha software.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    2


  6. Utopia icon

    Utopia

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    43 alternatives to Utopia 

    Utopia P2P Ecosystem. Utopia is a feature-rich platform that is specifically designed to protect privacy of communication, confidentiality, and security of personal data. Utopia is a decentralized network, with no central server involved in data transmission or storage.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  No TrackingUtopia will not track you or use your personal data.
    2.  DecentralizedUtopia is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  AES-256 EncryptionUtopia has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    4.  VoiP CallsUtopia allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    Take advantage of uMail - a secure alternative to classic email.
    File transfer of any type is supported and is fully secure.
  7. Wire icon

    Wire

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    256 alternatives to Wire 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  End-to-End EncryptionWire has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  VoiP CallsWire allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Wire to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Privacy focusedWire is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Multiple Account supportWire support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Wire vs Tox opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to Tox.
  8. Mumble icon

    Mumble

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • PortableApps.com
    45 alternatives to Mumble 

    Mumble was the first and is the most successful and wide spread free and open source software for VoIP. It was the first VoIP software to provide low-latency audio suitable for gaming, and at the same time was a pioneer in high audio quality at the same time.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  LightweightMumble consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeMumble doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableMumble can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Mumble 1.2.3 Release Candidate – some users in different channels
    User-Comment and Avatar – Comments can be set for users and channels
    Descriptive wizards guiding users through setup and configuration
    Mumble vs Tox opinions
    Most users think Mumble is a great alternative to Tox.
    Darthagnon

    P2P messenger, very similar to Tox. Tox has a better UI, is less hassle to set up, and scales to the WWW more easily.

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    0
  9. Keybase icon

    Keybase

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Ruby
    • JavaScript
    • Go (Programming Language)
    • Java
    • Tor
    • iPad
    61 alternatives to Keybase 

    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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  End-to-End EncryptionKeybase has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  PGP EncryptionKeybase supports PGP, an encryption system used for sending encrypted emails and files.
    3.  Git SupportKeybase supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
    4.  Self Destructing MessagesKeybase supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    5.  Encrypted BackupKeybase uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    6.  GPG EncryptionKeybase supports GPG (aka GnuPG) for encryption of things like emails, messages, files, etc.
    7.  Ad-freeKeybase doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Keybase vs Tox opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    Guest

    keybase is a great option like Tox, the design is perfect and the crew is awesome, simple and secure :) sorry my bad english im learning*

    Positive comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    0
  10. Zoom icon

    Zoom

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    213 alternatives to Zoom 

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

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Zoom to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Zoom without registration.
    3.  Ad-freeZoom doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
Showing 10 of 178 alternatives
AlternativeTo