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 one of the leading apps in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to WhatsApp for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like WhatsApp are Signal (Free, Open Source), Element (Freemium, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source) and Tox (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 7, 2021

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      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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      Telegram vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Telegram is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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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
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      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.
      Top negative comment  9 months ago

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      Telegram is better than other messaging apps on both Android and iOS.
      Positive comment 16 days ago

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      Ghabi Easier do use, much more features and security, has a cloud where your photos are saved and you can download it if you need it locally. Opensource, cross-plataform, opensource (??) By the way, if you have Telegram, you don't need to give your private phone-number to a person that you need to talk. You just need to give your "username".
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      Telegram is best app for messanging
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      It's everything WhatsApp aspired to be, before the facebook takeover and then all of that died. If you were an early user of pre-fb whatsapp, telegram may just make you poop your pants
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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    1. 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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      Signal vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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      konsumschaf Open Source, secure, almost the same usability than WhatsApp. Business model is known. Respects privacy.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      jamiegray Secure. Open source. Not owned by Facebook
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      I like signal alternative to WhatsApp because it does not depend on Ads. It's free and open source.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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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
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Functionally Signal is very similar to WhatsApp. What I prefer about Signal is its respect for its users and focus and commitment to transparency and privacy. WhatsApp, while E2E encrypted, still collects an enormous amount of metadata about its users for commercial purposes.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      kernelBSoD Signal is more secure than WhatsApp.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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    2. 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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      Element vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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      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).
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

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      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).
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      It is floss (free/libre and open source) and the developers are friendly and open to the community.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      resu Federated, strong focus on privacy and security.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      This service is an alternative to Slack & MS Teams, but too technical and not designed for individual use.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      Decentralised because of the matrix protocol and open source.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      UnleavenedEagle Best open-source alternative.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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. Why Wire?
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      Wire vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      More Privacy oriented, more secure, but best of all OpenSource. Unfortunately it ain't free (as in money but free as in freedom).
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Elegant UI, encrypted communication, on all relevant operating systems, has great VoIP and video call quality and so on.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Crossplatform messaging with end-to-end encryption... Just like iMessage
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Cannot check Outlook for common contacts.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    3. 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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      Tox vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    4. 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!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
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      Jitsi vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      great and easy to use! no account needed.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      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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      Skype vs WhatsApp opinions
      Some users think Skype is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.
      blarticuspaul great video chat services
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      EchtWahr Skype is not a classic instant messenger like whatsapp
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      It’s not a good alternative for Skype, it is good for calls but not for messages
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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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.
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      Matrix.org vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      You can choose, which client you like the most and use it
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. 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. What else can you do with Jitsi Meet?
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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
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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    6. 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!
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      Hangouts vs WhatsApp opinions
      Most users think Hangouts is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      Chat is stored in server. Also can be installed on multiple devices.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It’s not secure it can be easily hacked
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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