What are the best apps for online instant messaging?

asked by Dominique Candello
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  1. 19

    #1WhatsApp

    WhatsApp

    WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile and desktop messaging app which uses a phone's Internet connection or Wi-Fi. This free app allows users to send multimedia, make calls for free, arrange group chats, and customize notifications and UI.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android, Windows

    Free

    Sharon Li
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Clearly one of the best online instant messaging app. The app is free and its very easy to use, has many emoticons and you can even call someone if you have internet, even face time. Extremely good and high quality app, many good reviews, and i highly recommend this app to everyone. "
  2. 15

    #2Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook has a separate messaging app to run alongside its social network service called Messenger. It has loads of free stickers, animated GIFs, voice, and video calling and it even can even be set as your default SMS app.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android

    Free

    Adam Sanders
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Easy to use and connect with friends. Can have more fun with friends in chatting. "
  3. 14

    #3Viber

    Viber

    Viber is popular and reliable. It automatically adds your contacts so that you can send texts, stickers, emojis and make voice and video calls. You can also share photos and videos and make international and domestic calls at reduced rates.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome

    Free

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    #4Google Allo

    Google Allo
    Allo is Google's newest chat app that is available on both Android and iOS. It has the usual suite of messaging features but it also has Google Assistant built in.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Lorenzo Vásquez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "It's not one of the best and it's not even well-known in comparison to the other options... But it's not a bad one, but it does the job fine."
  2. 11

    #5Telegram

    Telegram

    Telegram is a simple, fast and secure messaging app that allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Petra Robles
    Written on May 21, 2018
    " Telegram sends messages faster in an easy way. it also allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send."
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    #6Talkatone

    Talkatone

    Talkatone allows you to text and call from anywhere to everywhere. You get a free phone number and then call for free in the US and Canada with cheap minutes available for international calls. It also offers text messages and group chats.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carl Gomez
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Make free calls or talk and text via Wi-Fi or cellular data without using cell minutes with Talkatone! Text and call from anywhere you are and keep in touch with loved ones everywhere!"
  4. 7

    #7Wire

    Wire
    Cross-platforms messaging app providing special attention to your privacy and a secure communication experience. It is available for many platforms: Web, Windows, Mac. Linux, iOS, Android...
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Dennis Kelly
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This messaging platform is very professional, easy to use, very secure and reliable. I am very satisfied with it, and I recommend it to all. "
  5. 5

    #8Silent Phone

    Silent Phone
    Silent Phone provides peer-to-peer encrypted calling, secure video, messaging and file transfers and is available for Android, Silent OS and iOS.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Nathan Fox
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Silent Phone is a great app for messaging friends online. It's encryption makes you feel safe and secure. It's available on any OS as well!"
  6. 5

    #9Voxer

    Voxer

    Voxer is a free walkie-talkie app that allows sending voice and text messages as well photos and videos. Available on both iOS and Android devices, it also offers end to end encryption.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alan Sheng
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a great instant messaging app. If you need an online messaging app check this out. "
  7. 2

    #10StealthChat: Private Messaging

    StealthChat: Private Messaging

    StealthChat is a security app for calling and chatting with your friends and partners. With advanced encryption technology, your phone calls and chat messages are private. All calls and messages are free over cellular and Wi-Fi connections.StealthChat is free, fast, and lightweight .

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Amazon

    Free

    Larry Russell
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "This is a pretty good app for IM, There are so many choices...many of which install with other apps that a dedicated app might be pointless but still...if you need one this is a good one."
  8. 1

    #11Wibrate

    Wibrate

    Wibrate is a free messaging WiFi app which lets you send and receive unlimited messages for free while you are connected to the internet that is totally secure and spam free. This also features free WiFi Internet connection.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jorge Velasco
    Written on June 14, 2018
    "The free WiFi internet connection intrigued me so I had to check it out. It looks like you have to be in a certain area to use it, and they all look to be in India. Pretty cool concept - I'm curious how it will turn out. The free messaging is cool too for those who like staying in touch with people across the globe."

Summary

Best What are the best apps for online instant messaging
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WhatsAppApps 19 Free
2Facebook MessengerApps 15 Free
3ViberApps 14 Free
4Google AlloApps 12 Free
5TelegramApps 11 Free
6TalkatoneApps 9 Free
7WireApps 7 Free
8Silent PhoneApps 5 Free
9VoxerApps 5 Free
10StealthChat: Private MessagingApps 2 Free
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