WhatsApp Alternatives for iPad

    WhatsApp is not available for iPad but there are plenty of alternatives with similar functionality. The best iPad alternative is Telegram, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to WhatsApp and loads of them are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to WhatsApp are Signal (Free, Open Source), Element (Free Personal, Open Source), Wire (Free Personal, Open Source) and Skype (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 26, 2021

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    • Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple, and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful. View 248 alternatives to Telegram
      Almost everyone thinks Telegram is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • FreeProprietary
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      • PortableApps.com
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      Telegram vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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  over 4 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  about 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  5 months ago

      1
      Free, Open source, Fast, has stickers
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      wlfzsyhhc Built-in polls/quizzes, FOSS client, multi-device, user-friendly and privacy oriented
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      uncertainquark Has a much better Desktop app, and it doesn’t require your phone to be connected. Like gmail. Telegram is more featured overall too.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      It has encrypted cloud chat and storage for up to 1,5 GB per file.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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    • 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. View 179 alternatives to Signal
      Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Ubuntu Touch
      Signal vs WhatsApp
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      konsumschaf Open Source, secure, almost the same usability than WhatsApp. Business model is known. Respects privacy.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      29
      NickFreeman The encryption is by default and open source
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      25
      urielcastrohernndez it doesn't feel good, there are lot of missing features
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -6
      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 27 days ago

      1
      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 about 1 month ago

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      kernelBSoD Signal is more secure than WhatsApp.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      Because we can have a privacy, and noone can spies our message
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      7 of 43 comments


    • 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. View 241 alternatives to Element
      Almost everyone thinks Element is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
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      • Online
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      • Android Tablet
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      • Self-Hosted
      • Matrix.org
      • Cloudron
      Element vs 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  5 months ago

      7
      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

      12
      This service is an alternative to Slack & MS Teams, but too technical and not designed for individual use.
      Top negative comment  7 months ago

      -6
      It is floss (free/libre and open source) and the developers are friendly and open to the community.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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      resu Federated, strong focus on privacy and security.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      Decentralised because of the matrix protocol and open source.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      2
      UnleavenedEagle Best open-source alternative.
      Positive comment about 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... View 254 alternatives to Wire
      Almost everyone thinks Wire is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Online
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      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Wire vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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  over 4 years ago

      13
      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  about 2 years ago

      7
      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

      0
      Elegant UI, encrypted communication, on all relevant operating systems, has great VoIP and video call quality and so on.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      4
      Crossplatform messaging with end-to-end encryption... Just like iMessage
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      5
      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 almost 4 years ago

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

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    • An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. View 304 alternatives to Skype
      Some users think Skype is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.
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      • PortableApps.com
      Skype vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      blarticuspaul great video chat services
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      0
      EchtWahr Skype is not a classic instant messenger like whatsapp
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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    • 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! View 207 alternatives to Jitsi
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Online
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      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • iPad
      Jitsi vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      great and easy to use! no account needed.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      2
    • 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... View 120 alternatives to Matrix.org
      Almost everyone thinks Matrix.org is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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      • Self-Hosted
      • WebRTC
      • Python
      • JavaScript
      • Go (Programming Language)
      • Cloudron
      • Java
      • Perl
      Matrix.org vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      You can choose, which client you like the most and use it
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      -1
    • 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! View 299 alternatives to Hangouts
      Most users think Hangouts is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
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      • Google Chrome
      • Android Wear
      Hangouts vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Chat is stored in server. Also can be installed on multiple devices.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      -1
    • Secure, fully featured, and completely free video conferencing. View 106 alternatives to Jitsi Meet
      Almost everyone thinks Jitsi Meet is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Apple Watch
      Jitsi Meet vs WhatsApp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      EchtWahr Jitsi is a conferencing platform not a messenger
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      2
    • Voice, video and chat communications, secure, decentralized, strong privacy and freedoms. View 120 alternatives to Jami
      Most users think Jami is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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