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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 instant messenger in the social & communications category. There are more than 100 alternatives to WhatsApp for a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows, Android Tablet and iPad. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like WhatsApp are Signal, Element, Wire and Tox.

WhatsApp alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Instant Messengers or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WhatsApp.
This page was last updated Jul 2, 2022
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Online
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Wear

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. Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat and many more. You can download Franz for Mac, Windows & Linux.

    Franz vs WhatsApp opinions
    Some users think Franz is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.

    Franz is not a messaging application, it just allows you to group up multiple messaging apps like messenger, whatsapp, slack etc

    Negative comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. Xabber

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    Open source Jabber (XMPP) client with multi-account support, clean and simple interface. Being both free (as in freedom!) and ad-free, Xabber is designed to be the best Jabber client for Android .

    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed since 2019. Last version, 2.6.6, released in October 2019, can be still downloaded from F-Droid, it's no longer available on Google Play Store

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

    Free communication protocol

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. LINE

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Google Chrome

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, and hold free audio or video conferences.

    LINE vs WhatsApp opinions
    Most users think LINE is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
    woma12321

    great stickers! QR code available.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  4. WeChat

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch

    WeChat is a complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the best way to keep in touch with everyone you care about.

    Most users think WeChat is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
  5. Trillian

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them! We think conversation should be easily shared between all of your devices, not trapped as text messages on your phone.

    Trillian vs WhatsApp opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    yee42069

    just a messaging service consolidator

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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  6. Telegram X

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Telegram

    An alternative Telegram client based on TDLib, with higher speed, slicker animations and experimental features.

  7. ChatSecure

    • FreeOpen Source
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    ChatSecure is a free and open source messaging app that features OTR encryption over XMPP. You can connect to your existing accounts on Facebook or Google, create new accounts on public XMPP servers(including via Tor), or even connect to your own server for extra security.

  8. Imo

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • iPad

    Imo offline badge imo rewad win.

    Most users think Imo is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
  9. Wickr is a free end-to-end encrypted text, video, picture and voice messenger with full sender control.

  10. ICQ

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Java Mobile
    • Symbian S60
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly owned by the Russian "mail.ru" group (known for one of the largest social networks).

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

    Does Not abandon older phones!! Therefore I love it!

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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