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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, Element, Wire and Matrix.org.

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

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Ruby
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    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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionKeybase has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Encrypted BackupKeybase uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    ⚫︎ Self destructing messagesKeybase supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
    ⚫︎ Ad-freeKeybase doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  2. Session icon

    Session

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    • iPhone
    • F-Droid
    • iPad

    Session is the world's first open-source, decentralised private messenger to use industry-leading Signal Protocol encryption — without asking for your phone number.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedSession is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSession has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedSession is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks Session is a great alternative to WhatsApp.

    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

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    no phone number, open source, encrypted

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    JellyBoy

    Similar feature set but with the best privacy measures on the market

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    BigKahuna

    Not owned by facebook. All you need to know really

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    Linphone

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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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionLinphone has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    Facebook Messenger

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    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
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    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.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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    Some users think Facebook Messenger is a great alternative to WhatsApp, some don't.
    Gruak

    It's owned by facebook too

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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.

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  5. Trillian icon

    Trillian

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    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.

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    yee42069

    just a messaging service consolidator

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    WeChat

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    • 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.

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    Most users think WeChat is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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    LINE

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    • Android Tablet
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    • 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.

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

    great stickers! QR code available.

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    Imo

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    Imo offline badge imo rewad win.

    ⚫︎ Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Imo.
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    Most users think Imo is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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    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.

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    Wickr

    • FreemiumProprietary
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    Wickr is a free end-to-end encrypted text, video, picture and voice messenger with full sender control.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionWickr has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Self destructing messagesWickr supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
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