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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 Group Chat in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to WhatsApp for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows, iPad and Android Tablet. Most alternatives are Group Chats, Instant Messengers and Video Calling Apps. 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 Apr 11, 2022
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    WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
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    1. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement
      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
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      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.
      Viber vs WhatsApp opinions
      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
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. 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 WhatsApp opinions
      Most users think Threema is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      Its trustworthy and just works well.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Secure, non-US based and you're the Customer, not the product. They really take care of your privacy!
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Threema is a great whatapp alternative. Just as easy to use as whatsapp, but (hopefully) more secure and non US based. However, just like whatsapp, it is an app only and lacks a client for PC.... :(
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      duco It's also end to end encryped but not run by a US company that could force the company to give out data. It has a better data protection then signal as no mobile phone number is required. The address book can be uploaded but doesn't has to. Also you can scan the IDs of others as QR-Code and three dots display very prominent for each contact how secure it is.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    3. 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.
    4. Conversations is a privacy focused, open source XMPP Texting [Jabber] client for Android 4.0+ smart phones with wife-approved easy encryption [OTR, OMEMO, or GPG].
      Conversations vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Conversations is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      It is open source, using the XMPP protocol, you can host your own (XMPP) server, it has a nice layout and much more...
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      3rd Any centralistic program like whatsapp is moot: WHY on earth would you rely on a single company... that on top has the worst reputation? The answer strongly with IQ, I am afraid ;) Conversations is federalistic, it can use any provider, like email. Its encryption is solid and you can check the source yourself. Quite possibly it helps you to get rid of that IQ60 folks that keeps pestering you to use whatsapp :D
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      jugendhacker It is fully decentralized and does not depend on a single provider. And conversations has a very beginner friendly UI/UX.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    5. An open-source decentralized and encrypted messaging app even without internet connection via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud. Connect directly with nearby contacts - no Internet access is required.
      Briar vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Briar is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      Privacy Oriented, Decentralized (not owned by an individual), Open Source.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    6. Session is the world's first open-source, decentralised private messenger to use industry-leading Signal Protocol encryption — without asking for your phone number.
      Session vs WhatsApp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Session is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      JellyBoy Similar feature set but with the best privacy measures on the market
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      BigKahuna Not owned by facebook. All you need to know really
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      no phone number, open source, encrypted
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      No login data required - it auto-generates seed phrase and that's it; developed by non-profit; developers don't run the infrastructure; everythnig is open-source
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Linphone is one of the most famous open source softphones in the world. It is fully SIP-based, for all calling, presence and IM features.
    7. Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.
      Facebook Messenger vs WhatsApp opinions
      Some users think Facebook Messenger is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.
      Gruak It's owned by facebook too
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Encryption is not enabled by default. Everything is kept on Facebook's servers forever unless AES is used. The app is also very bloated so it's a horrible experience on older devices.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    8. Delta Chat looks and feels like other popular messenger apps, but does not involve centralized control, tracking or selling you, friends, colleagues or family out to large organizations. "Privacy by Design" has never been more fun.
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