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WhatsApp Alternatives

WhatsApp is described as 'iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS' and is a leading Encrypted Chat app in the social & communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to WhatsApp for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like WhatsApp are Signal, Element, Wire and Tox.

WhatsApp alternatives are mainly Encrypted Chat Apps but may also be Group Chat Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WhatsApp.
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    Telegram

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    262 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.

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    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
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    Telegram vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Telegram is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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    Guest

    Telegram can be used on a desktop PC without the need of a mobile smartphone. Especially useful for older people, who don't use smartphones.

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    mrmbl

    You can have a username that you can change any time, so you don't have to share your phone number with strangers in groups

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    Guest

    If you are looking for a more secure and privacy friendly alternative to WhatsApp, then Telegram is NOT for you. Chats are unencrypted by default, group chats can't be encrypted at all and the business model is not transparent.

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    valenfpolanco

    I prefer Whatsapp :) love it.

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    LinuxDoge

    Better than whatsapp yes, but still bad.

    Chats are still only encrypted if you choose to, Groups are always unencrypted, the Desktop version doesnt support encrypted Chats for years, for no reason.

    Use Signal or Matrix

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    marciowilford

    I really prefer telegram!

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    Guest

    Telegram is better than other messaging apps on both Android and iOS.

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  2. Signal icon

    Signal

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    203 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.

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    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.  Works OfflineSignal can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  No TrackingSignal will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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    lharolds

    Signal is the gold standard for messaging. Hyper-secure, privacy focused and best of breed - funded by Brian Acton after he cashed in from the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook. Likely because he felt bad for selling his product to a company where he knew that they would compromise on privacy and security.

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    zokris

    Inside: E2E encryption everywhere, P2P calls for better video/audio quality, state-of-the-art technologies. Outside: a beautiful modern interface, animations, responsiveness. I ?? it

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    swapnilgnu

    Run by a non-profit org. Respects users' privacy. Doesn't sell users data (metadata). Both, the server and client, apps are opensource.

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    purpelli12

    It's so much better! And they're always improving. Nothing better for security

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    nichtRick

    Has everything you need and cares about privacy

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    Pietrosmus

    Open-source clients, non-profit organization, minimal metadata collection.

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    danielcastelli

    Privacy first. Best one on the market.

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    Element

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    264 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.

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    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 WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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    Guest

    Element is end-to-end encrypted (including groups unlike Telegram) and does not require a phone number (which is personally identifiable information. Signal requires it). Element is very simple to use for the average person yet very useful for the advanced one (a personal server can be deployed). It is also libre/free (as in freedom) and fully open-source, based on a libre/free protocol (matrix.org).

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    Guest

    It is open source, encrypted (end to end), the server is also open source, which means that you or your university could run the server for you. This last point makes it very solid in the long run (like email survived because the protocol was federated).

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    Guest

    It is floss (free/libre and open source) and the developers are friendly and open to the community.

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    resu

    Federated, strong focus on privacy and security.

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    Guest

    This service is an alternative to Slack & MS Teams, but too technical and not designed for individual use.

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    Guest

    Decentralised because of the matrix protocol and open source.

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    UnleavenedEagle

    Best open-source alternative.

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    Wire

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    259 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.

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    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
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    Wire vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    Guest

    More a competition for skype then whatsapp. however there's nothing you can do on whatsapp that you cannot do on wire. its trustworthy, has phone calls, can be used on PC/Mac as well.. registration with phonenumber is optional, which is nice.

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    Guest

    You don't need to give your phone number for use. Still safe, good and nice chat app. On phone and on pc, web too.

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    Guest

    More Privacy oriented, more secure, but best of all OpenSource. Unfortunately it ain't free (as in money but free as in freedom).

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    Guest

    Elegant UI, encrypted communication, on all relevant operating systems, has great VoIP and video call quality and so on.

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    Guest

    Basically Signal on steroids. Also, open source and doesn't ask for your phone number, allows creation of throwaway accounts as well as basic group conversation functionality. Perfect.

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    Guest

    Crossplatform messaging with end-to-end encryption... Just like iMessage

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    Guest

    Cannot check Outlook for common contacts.

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    Tox

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    179 alternatives to Tox 

    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.

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    1.  DecentralizedTox is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedTox is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionTox has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tox without registration.
    5.  Screen SharingYou can use Tox to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    6.  Dark ModeTox supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  LightweightTox consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    8.  No TrackingTox will not track you or use your personal data.
    9.  VoiP CallsTox allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    The Universal Tox Client. A Tox client that runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, FreeBSD & the web. Written in JS using React & React Native / electron.
    qTox. A Tox client developed in C++ with the Qt framework
    uTox. A Tox client written in C using OS primitives to draw it's interface
    Tox vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    Guest

    Works well on desktop but not mobile like Whatsapp. Only mobile apps are experimental and not user friendly.

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    MetaPixel_

    Secure and high quality peer-to-peer communication, audio and video group calls, and unlimited file transfers. The only disadvantage compared to alternatives is that you can only successfully communicate if both peers are online, but that is part of the nature of the protocol and thus safety is prioritized.

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    Guest

    Focused on security messages are encrypted and it is Open Source. Like whatsapp, you can send files, groups chats and video messaging. Skype is more popular with normies, but Tox has all the bells and whistles that whatsapp did.

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    Matrix.org

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    134 alternatives to Matrix.org 

    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.

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    1.  End-to-End EncryptionMatrix.org has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    2.  DecentralizedMatrix.org is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  Multiple Account supportMatrix.org support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    4.  VoiP CallsMatrix.org allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    5.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Matrix.org simultaneously.
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    Matrix.org vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    Guest

    You can choose, which client you like the most and use it

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    Jitsi Meet

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    121 alternatives to Jitsi Meet 

    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.

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

    Jitsi is a conferencing platform not a messenger

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  8. Skype icon

    Skype

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    314 alternatives to Skype 

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  VoiP CallsSkype allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Skype using IFTTT.
    5.  Live Captions TranslationSkype can add captions to a video call, audio messages or multimedia file and translate them in real time.
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    Skype vs WhatsApp opinions
    Some users think Skype is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.
    Guest

    It’s not a good alternative for Skype, it is good for calls but not for messages

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    EchtWahr

    Skype is not a classic instant messenger like whatsapp

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    blarticuspaul

    great video chat services

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    Jami

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    135 alternatives to Jami 

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

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    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.
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    Jami vs WhatsApp opinions
    Most users think Jami is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    Sandro_Linux

    Jami is a great alternative to Whatsapp since it is decentrailsed so no one can read your messages and it is open source so its privacy claims are verifyable unlike Whatsapp

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    Viber

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    170 alternatives to Viber 

    With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 460 million Viber users text, make HD-quality phone and video calls, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G - for free.

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    1.  Desktop SharingViber enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.
    2.  VoiP CallsViber allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
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    Most users think Viber is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    UnleavenedEagle

    Best commercial solution!

    • Active userbase
    • End to end encryption
    • No conference calling
    • Requires phone number
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