What are the best cross-platform encrypted messaging applications?

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  1. 14

    #1Telegram

    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

    Charles Webb
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Great idea, so-so implementation. Obviously the people you are sending messages to need to have the same app if you want to use encryption, but why can't I send non-encrypted items to my contacts? Seems silly to close off other users like this. Also, there's currently no way to disable the voice recording function, which gets accidentally hit more times than not. "
  2. 9

    #2Wire

    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

    Aaron Cruz
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "As someone who owns many devices such as an Iphone, a Windows PC, and an Android based tablet, I have always worried about my communication being insecure across different platform. I recently found an application called the Wire which provides encrypted messaging across a diverse series of different platforms."
  3. 5

    #3Wickr

    Wickr
    A cross-platform desktop software and mobile application for ephemeral messaging. Both for personal and professional use Wickr offers: encrypted messages, secure rooms for workgroups, safe file transfer, ephemeral messages.
    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Kyle Barrett
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "Who ya gonna call for cross-platform encrypted messaging applications? Wickr sounds good on paper. All the right words, though ephemeral is one I wasn't really expecting. Will the cool kids even know what it means? I was a bit dubious till I saw the endorsement from the Electronic Froniter Foundation. "
  1. 5

    #4VIPole Secure Messenger

    VIPole Secure Messenger
    This is a secure messaging, video, calls and sharing app available for many platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Both for personal and professional use VIPole is a cross-platform encrypted and multiuser communication app.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux

    Free- Varies by plan

    Justin Greene
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "This seems to be a more "professional" way of encrypted messaging applications. I like the option that it can be free or you can "upgrade" for a small monthly fee. Video sharing is a great option especially since it is multi-user and who doesn't enjoy instant messaging at work, such a fun way to communicate small ideas or comments without sending an email! "
  2. 2

    #5WhatsApp

    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

    Debra Lewis
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "Whaspp is a very cool app. It allows me to keep in touch with my family and friends while traveling out of state on business trips. "
  3. 2

    #6Riot

    Riot
    Riot is an open-source, collaborative, and end-to-end encrypted messaging application. It features VoIP and video calling, group chat, collaborative groups, file sharing, integration, and encryption,
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Felipe Durán
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "I have recently looked into encrypted email because the idea of government eavesdropping is troubling. I had not reached the point of considering cross-platform encrypted messaging applications but if someone can view your private emails, it would make sense that they would also view other personal ways of communication (Voip, text messaging, etc.). Looking at the Riot site, it seems a little sparce. I would prefer if it included more information on the main page rather than offering a link. The blog does not offer a clear cut explanation of what Riot does or include a list of features. It may be somewhere on the site, but after some digging I did not see it. I would most likely move onto another option. I am intrigued, but because of the limited information, I do not believe I would try Riot. I do like the fact that it is open source. "
  4. 0

    #7Ceerus

    Ceerus

    Ceerus is a free app for iOS and Android devices that lets you send secure, encrypted messages. This app is ideal for individuals and companies who want to send video calls and messages in a secure environment.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Aaron Matthews
    Written on February 3, 2018
    "Ceerus is essential because it can be used if you have an iphone or android or any other device. The encryption is seamless among all platforms."
  5. 0

    #8ZeroMQ

    ZeroMQ
    ZeroMQ is a high-performance asynchronous messaging library. Carries messages across inproc, IPC, TCP, TIPC, multicast.
    Websites

    Free

    Stephanie Hicks
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Any shortcuts for encrypted messages is helpful and ZeroMQ has provided a great shortcut. ZeroMQ sends messages without any glitches and helps me process my cross-platform needs quickly and efficiently. "
  6. 0

    #9Surespot Encrypted Messenger

    Surespot Encrypted Messenger

    Surespot Encrypted Messenger is an app for iOS and Android devices that lets you send secure encrypted messages. With this app you will be able to control over your messages. Once your message and its attachments are delivered, they will be removed from the receiver's phone.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Teresa Barnett
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "It is a good app if you want to avoid been tracked. Harder to use for most people."
  7. 0

    #10ICQ

    ICQ

    ICQ is a leading instant messaging service provider with a global online community. ICQ offers live chats with a nice interface design and integration with other platforms, securely encrypted calls, high-quality video calls and many more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Mark Howell
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "This app has a lot of features that I was looking for. I'm not entirely sold on it's encrypting features. I would imagine that if someone really wanted to monitor chats and phone calls, they could get around the encryption features. "
  8. 0

    #11Brosix Instant Messenger

    Brosix Instant Messenger

    Brosix Instant Messenger is a secured text-and-video chat app that works on all platforms. It encrypts all communication channels for privacy and security. It allows unlimited file transfer and co-browsing for more efficient communication.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- $6

    Plamena Gogova
    Written on January 7, 2019
    "Brosix instant messenger is a cross-platform and encrypted messaging application for companies that need to secure their internal communication. Brosix uses strong 256-bit P2P encryption that secures all of the communication channels. It also has a list of functional features so that you can be as productive at work as possible."

Summary

Best What are the best cross-platform encrypted messaging applications
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TelegramApps 14 Free
2WireApps 9 Free
3WickrApps 5 Free
4VIPole Secure MessengerSoftware 5 Free
5WhatsAppApps 2 Free
6RiotSoftware 2 Free
7CeerusApps 0 Free
8ZeroMQWebsites 0 Free
9Surespot Encrypted MessengerApps 0 Free
10ICQSoftware 0 Free
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