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WhatsApp Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to WhatsApp for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to WhatsApp are Signal, Element, Wire and Tox.

WhatsApp alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Video Calling Apps or Instant Messengers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WhatsApp.
This page was last updated Jun 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. Telegram

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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.

    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.

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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 5 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.

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    LinuxDoge

    Better than whatsapp yes, but still bad.

    Chats are still only encrypted if you choose to, Groups are always unencrypted, the Desktop version doesnt support encrypted Chats for years, for no reason.

    Use Signal or Matrix

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    marciowilford

    I really prefer telegram!

    Positive comment 7 months ago
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    Telegram is better than other messaging apps on both Android and iOS.

    Positive comment 9 months 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".

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  2. 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.

    Signal vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Signal is a great alternative to WhatsApp.
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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.

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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.

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    nichtRick

    Has everything you need and cares about privacy

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    Pietrosmus

    Open-source clients, non-profit organization, minimal metadata collection.

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    danielcastelli

    Privacy first. Best one on the market.

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    ThunderFox

    Signal is an open-source version of WhatsApp, but it's not owned by Facebook.

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    Goldmaster

    Not for profit, it's free, open source and secure. It's so easy, that anyones grandma could use it.

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  3. Element

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    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.

    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).

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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).

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    It is floss (free/libre and open source) and the developers are friendly and open to the community.

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    resu

    Federated, strong focus on privacy and security.

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

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    Decentralised because of the matrix protocol and open source.

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    UnleavenedEagle

    Best open-source alternative.

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  4. Wire

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    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    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.

    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.

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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.

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

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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.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    Crossplatform messaging with end-to-end encryption... Just like iMessage

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    Cannot check Outlook for common contacts.

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  5. 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.

    Tox vs WhatsApp opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Tox is a great alternative to WhatsApp.

    Works well on desktop but not mobile like Whatsapp. Only mobile apps are experimental and not user friendly.

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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.

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    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.

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  6. Matrix.org

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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.

    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

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  7. Skype

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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.

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

    It’s not a good alternative for Skype, it is good for calls but not for messages

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    EchtWahr

    Skype is not a classic instant messenger like whatsapp

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    blarticuspaul

    great video chat services

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  8. 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!

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

    It’s not secure it can be easily hacked

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    Chat is stored in server. Also can be installed on multiple devices.

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  9. Jami

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    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

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  10. Viber

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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
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