Collaboration & Communication/May 19, 2019
Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash

19 Free WhatsApp Alternatives: Best Chat Apps

WhatsApp is one of the most popular online chats in the world. It counts over 1.9 billion users in 2019 and 60 billion messages are sent there per day. As you may already know, Facebook acquired WhatsApp. It is a free, security-wise app with end-to-end encryption so that the users enjoy accessible communication with each other.

WhatsApp allows you to send text messages, images, and video files, make free voice and video calls, send voice messages. You can use it on a smartphone or desktop. Thanks to multi-platform feature all your data will be available on all devices.

However, WhatsApp had some significant privacy issues in the past, and Facebook does not have a clean rap sheet on that. Also, many users just don’t feel like being a part of huge ecosystems like Facebook.

Whatsapp Alternatives

Whatever concerns you may have about WhatsApp, here is a list of 19 best Whatsapp alternatives you can try today.

1. Viber


Just like Whatsapp, Viber is an online chat that uses contact numbers to identify users. When you register, you get a code sent to your mobile phone number. You can call users for free, send messages, images, and videos, and unlike Whatsapp, it offers a lot of funny stickers to spice up your chats.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Bada, Mac, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

2. Skype


Skype is the world’s best-known app for video calls. Skype has a new updated design that allows you to send messages, images, and files to a user, make videos and voice calls.

You can use it on both desktop and smartphone, but the most significant disadvantage of Skype is that spammers can send you messages there. We have written an article about Skype alternatives, so feel free to check it out.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

3. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts can be a perfect Whatsapp replacement. You can connect and chat with all your friends who have a Gmail account. It is a separated app for sending messages on a smartphone, or you can use it inside Gmail.

But you can’t use it to chat with friends who do not have Gmail account. With the app, you can create group chats, send files, and search the text messages.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

4. WeChat


Wechat is a favorite chatting app in China. Similar to how you register to Whatsapp, you need to use your phone number and verification code. Connect to your email or Facebook to find people who also use WeChat.

Besides, it allows you to share files, location, make video and voice call for free, send messages.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, web

Download: iPhone | Android

5. Telegram


Just like many apps on this list, Telegram offers end-to-end encryption for all communication. Besides, you can send text and media messages in a chat with up to 200,000 users. Telegram claims to use cloud-based technology that allows sending messages faster than any other apps. Telegram is free and open-source.

Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows desktop, Linux (both 32 and 64-bit), macOS, and also offers a web version

Download: iPhone | Android

6. Line


When you register to Line, you need to use your phone number. This way you can find other users from your contact list who also uses Line and connect with them. You can install Line on your PC via email and chat with your friends.

You can not only send messages but also call other users for free. You need an instant internet connection to use this chat app.

Platform: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

7. Kakao Talk


Kakao Talk also uses your phone number and verification code when you register. You can use free chats with messages, calls, and videos with as many users as you want.

It allows you to send up to 100MB of files in your PC, including documents, videos, and images. Besides, you can even go live using your Kakao Talk app.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

8. Tango


Tango is a popular mobile video platform for broadcast. First, it appeared as a voice and video app that expands into the social network. You can broadcast your life online in the best possible quality. Besides, Tango allows you to send messages and media files.

Platform: iOS, Android

Download: iPhone | Android

9. Wire App


With end-to-end encryption and simple interface, Wire app is one of the best alternatives to Whatsapp.

Skype co-founder Janus Friis created it. To sign up, you need to provide your phone number and email address, however, this info will not be shared to anyone.

Platform: Android, iOS, web

Download: iPhone | Android

10. Kik


KIK is one of the most secure and private apps in this list. It has developed a little bit bad reputation as it was used for drug dealing and other stuff. It does not use your phone number so that only a username can identify you.

Besides, all messages are stored only on your phone that is a privacy feature.

Platform: iOS, Android

Download: iPhone | Android

11. Kontalk


Kontalk is an open-source, free chatting app for Android, web, and desktop. You can keep all the files entirely on your super secure server. You will be the only person in charge of all the chats you have with your friends and family.

Platform: PC, Android, Linux, Mac

Download: iPhone | Android

12. Threema


Threema is another chatting app for mobile phones with a similar interface to Whatsapp. You can send images, text messages, and GPS location in the chat.

It also syncs all your contact list so that you can easily find Threema users. Even developers have no way to read messages from the app; it means all your chat history is protected and locked forever.

Platform: Windows, Android, Linux, Mac, iOS

Download: iPhone | Android

13. Signal


Signal is a popular chatting app with a high level of privacy and user security. You can set up a timer for messages to be deleted that is a unique feature.

Just like with Whatsapp, you can send text messages, create group chats, share files, and make video/voice calls.

Platform: Android, iPhone, desktop

Download: iPhone | Android

14. Snapchat


Snapchat is a popular app for creating online Stories that disappear in 24 hours. This feature was stoled by Instagram a while ago and then copied by many other apps.

Even Whatsapp has a similar feature with 24-hours stories. With Snapchat you can not only share stories, try different funny masks with a camera, but also connect with friends and create your emojis.

Platform: Android, iOS

Download: iPhone | Android

15. Discord


Discord is a handy text and voice chat for gamers. It is secured, and it works for both a smartphone and a desktop. Moreover, Discord is a community for gamers built around playing games.

Their free voice and text messenger will help you to connect with people with similar interests.

Platform: Windows, Android, Mac, iOS

Download: iPhone | Android

16. Instant Messenger


IM+ is an all-in-one app for messaging in social media accounts. You can collect all your chat history from Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Pinterest, Telegram and Twitter on Instant Messenger.

It can save you a lot of time and the most important, a lot of space on your iPhone. Now it’s available only for iOS.


Download: iPhone | Android

17. Voxer


Voxer is a walkie talkie (PTT – push to talk) messenger and their main feature is voice messages. Just like with any other chat app, you can also send text messages, media files, and GPS location.

Voxer also has a pricing plan for business purposes. You can use it for fast customer support for $6.25 per month. Try this app 14 days for free.

Platform: Android, Windows, iOS

Download: iPhone | Android

18. Slack


Slack is a great, handy tool for work teams. It allows you to create chats with many users, share different types of media, and collect all the files for a project in one place. It will enable you to send not only text messages, but also make voice and video calls.

It’s free for small teams, but if you are going to use it actively for bigger groups, consider getting their business plan.

Platform: Chrome, iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows

Download: iPhone | Android

19. Cyphr


For those of you who are looking for complete privacy with your chats, Cyphr is a perfect solution for you. With this app, all your messages are encrypted and secured.

Create an account for free, generate your key, and start chatting. This way only you and your friend can read these messages, not an internet provider, developers or third parties. Desktop and web versions are coming soon.

Platform: Android, iOS

Download: iPhone | Android

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Asaf Fybish

Asaf Fybish is a Tel Aviv-based growth marketing professional. He likes all things organic, especially when it comes to growth. He's our Chief of Stash at StartupStash