5 WhatsApp Alternatives for Android and iOS Devices
WhatsApp is Cool, So, Why Not Use It?
WhatsApp quickly grew into a highly popular mobile phone messenger that is currently probably the #1 in the world in terms of the number of active users. Like any other widespread website or application, its ease of use led to it becoming the main tool for communication for the majority of the smartphone users around the globe.
While WhatsApp offers a great environment to connect and keep up with your family, friends and other connections, there may be reasons for some users not want to use it which is understandable in a world of varying choices and preferences, especially considering the plethora of options the mobile app era brought to us.
One of the reasons you may not want to use WhatsApp is that it is not totally free if you are using it on an iOS device. After the first free year, you will need to subscribe for an annual fee of $0.99 in order to continue using WhatsApp. Not that much for many, but still more expensive than free for sure. Another reason could be that you like the interface and features of another messenger more than WhatsApp, or maybe you just want to get off WhatsApp due to privacy reasons and start fresh on a new messenger.
Whatever your reason to prefer an alternative is, you are lucky because there are a large number of free instant messenger applications you can use on Android and iOS devices. I picked 5 of the most popular of them and talk about them in detail below.
List of 5 Nice WhatsApp Alternatives
We start our list with the juggernaut of the instant messaging tools that you probably already know of.
After being acquired by Microsoft, Skype rose in popularity especially since the old MSN accounts were also transferred to it. I have been a long-time desktop Skype user and even though I didn't use the mobile version, I can say it is one of the best instant messengers that you can use.
Skype allows you to send messages, make calls (including video calls) and share files and images free of charge. It has a pretty user interface that I like a lot and I am sure you will like too if this will be your first time trying it. With the recent updates, you can now make group video calls on tablets and mobile phones. One of the features that I like about Skype is the screen share feature which allows you to show your screen to others, which is very handy while working with others.
Here is the link to Skype if you would like to learn more about it.
Snapchat is a unique instant messaging tool which focuses on taking and sharing of snapshots, kind of short videos, which became quite popular among mobile users as it introduced a different way to express themselves and share their interesting moments with those who matter to them.
You can use Snapchat for sending text messages and pictures as well as talking and video chatting in real time and the app makes it easy to move from one type of communication to the other.
Here is the link to Snapchat if you would like to learn more about it.
WeChat is another highly popular instant messaging app that is used by over half a billion people. WeChat offers all the major features that are common in all mobile instant messengers such as text messaging, voice calls, video calls. In addition, it allows you to do group chat sessions, share your "moments" (pictures) on your social media profiles easily, send broadcast messages and find nearby people who are also using the app.
Some of the unique features of WeChat are the Walkie Talkie feature which lets you to chat with your friends in a walkie talkie session and the Shake feature which, when you shake your phone, helps you find other people who shake their phones. Pretty cool, yeah? As a side note, WeChat is also available for download on PCs.
Here is the link to WeChat if you would like to learn more about it.
If I remember correctly, Viber was more popular just before the rise of WhatsApp, but it is still in use by a large number of smartphone users. Viber lets you freely, text, call and share your pictures or location with your contacts.
Viber easily integrates with your phone's contact list and it works on tablets as well as on mobile phones and on desktop computers. Some of the interesting features of Viber are group messaging up to 100 participants, public chat sessions (of celebrities etc.) which you can view, cute stickers and an engaging game-like app interface.
Here is the link to Viber if you would like to learn more about it.
Line instant messenger has one of the largest user bases among others. In addition to Android and iOS, it is available on computers and tablets and also on other smartphones such as Windows Phone, Nokia and BlackBerry. You can send text and audio messages, videos, photos and snap movies with Line as well as make voice and video calls.
Line also offers dozens of fun games as additional apps that you can play with your contacts over Line app. One of the things you will love about Line is its super-sweet avatars and the ability to decorate your own room (personal profile) to create your own unique distinct look which will be used while playing Line games.
Here is the link to Line if you would like to learn more about it.
Be Careful with "Free" Calls
There is one thing that you should keep in mind while using any of the above instant messenger apps, which is that the free calls are the calls that you make from within the app to another person who has the app installed on their phone. This is not to be confused with regular calls to landlines or cell phones.
This concludes our list of WhatsApp alternatives. There are many more mobile instant messenger applications that you can find but these are among the most popular ones and there is a high chance many of your friends are already using one or more of these apps. Simply install an app and check your contacts to see which ones are using that app and start chatting.
If you liked this list, please share it with your friends to give them ideas for alternative messenger apps that they can use on their phones.
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