WhatsApp is a very popular instant messaging app with more than a billion users all over the globe. Any user of the app can send and receive unlimited messages, pictures, and other files for free. The mobile app is available on Android, Apple and Windows devices, with a desktop client available for Windows PCs and Macs.
Below we have listed some of the most popular free WhatsApp messenger alternatives worth your consideration. Please note that most are available on Android, iOS and Windows mobile platforms. Some of the apps have desktop clients available for Windows and Mac computers.
Make audio and video calls, send messages, files and much more – freely and securely. Viber is a very popular easy to use cross-platform messaging app.
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s fast, simple and free. You can send messages, photos and videos to people who are in your phone contacts (and have Telegram).
Threema is an end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. In addition to text messaging, users can make voice calls send multimedia, locations, voice messages and files.
Threema is designed to generate as little data on servers as possible: Groups and contact lists are solely managed on users’ devices, messages are immediately deleted after delivery. This effectively prevents the collection of meta data
Tox is a free, open source, end-to-end encrypted messenger that allows you to communicate and share files securely with your family, friends and colleagues. It is completely decentralized, peer-to-peer messenger without relying on any central server.
Line (styled as LINE) is a freeware app for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers. Line users exchange texts, images, video and audio, play video games and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences.
In addition, Line is a platform providing various services including digital wallet as Line Pay, news stream as Line Today, video on demand as Line TV, and digital comic distribution.