WhatsApp, undoubtedly, is the most likable messaging platform to get all our chit chats sorted. The Facebook-owned platform entertains billions of users across the world. Moreover, WhatsApp, over the past years, has been unveiling exciting features to ensure users stick to it.
However, the fact that Facebook owns WhatsApp; worries privacy enthusiasts for obvious reasons. Facebook runs with privacy has been patchy over the past years and WhatsApp sharing a user’s data with Facebook raises the privacy concern of the app.
With that being said, a need for a secure messaging app seems obvious. So, if you are someone who wants to move on to a more secure or personal messaging app, here is a list of the 9 best alternatives to WhatsApp:
Telegram, which is widely used in India, is the best competitor to WhatsApp on the play store/app store. On first look, Telegram may look like a normal messaging app but the features it entails would blow your mind. Telegram, along with the usual messaging features, pack features like supergroups of up to 5,000 people, public channels, usernames, ability to share files of up to 1.5 GB, self-destructing message and more.
Skype stickers and emojis are among the best currently in the market. Moreover, it is a secure platform and can be used both in an app and on the web. More-so-ever, Skype allows you to make high-quality videos and voice call to the users besides sending messages, images, and files.
3. Google Hangouts
Besides professional work, I have been using hangouts as a personal chatting application and do I have complains? Not one I could think of. The fluency, design, and reliability of the app are incomparable. Also, the best part about Hangouts is that you don’t need a user’s phone number to initiate a conversation. An email id gets the work done.
Hunting for a fresh new messaging app? Try Wire. The app with its end-to-end encryption feature doesn’t only ensure security but also offers designs like no other messaging apps. Using Wire as an alternative to WhatsApp is a rich experience due to its beautiful interface and bundle of unique features including dark mode.
An article on messaging apps without the mention of Snapchat won’t do justice. Snapchat over the years has grown to become one of the widely used messaging apps. Snapchat is popular for introducing disappearing online Stories, bit-emojis and many more features, that even app like Instagram copied.
Threema is another chatting app for mobile phones that takes inspiration from 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. That some serious privacy.
Made with love in India is Hike, which caters so much on the plate to its users. Form its relatably funny stickers to the time-crunching games it offers, the are so many reasons why you should have Hike installed on your phone.
Viber uses an individual’s number for a conversation to begin between the users. Viber is famous for its simplicity and its pallette of stickers is wider than WhatsApp. Moreover, you can call users for free, send messages, images, and videos,
Discord is a handy text and voice chat platform nurtured 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 who share similar interests.