Download Chat Clients - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    2.19.137

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Send free text, audio and video messages from your Android phone

    8
    40029 votes
    • PROS: Group chat with personalization options, End-to-end encryption, File sharing with up to 100 MB size, Support for syncing and Android Wear
    • CONS: Requires to be downloaded on other devices to enable communication, Data charges can be still applied, Communications in WhatsApp are shared, Lacks extra contents other than communication
  • Messenger

    205.0.0.18.110

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Get in touch with your friends: text, voice calls, and video calls all included

    8
    15738 votes
    • PROS: Personalize your chat box, Light and dark theme, Create group chats, Send document files
    • CONS: Cluttered with features, Calls may consume large amount of data, Cannot check Facebook notifications through the app, Requires log-in
  • imo free video calls and chat

    9.8.000000011461

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Another messaging app you don't need

    8
    7771 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Telegram

    5.4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    891 votes
    • PROS: Supports group chats, Share videos up to 1GB, Send batches of photos, "Snapchat" style Secret Chat, Higher level of privacy compared to WhatsApp
    • CONS: Voice messages supported but no voice calling, Small user base compared to WhatsApp
  • Skype

    8.45.0.41

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Skype, the telephone of the 21st century

    7
    29310 votes
    • PROS: Group videoconferencing, Talk-chat-type, Excellent audiovisual quality, Calls to mobile, Integration with Facebook
    • CONS: Requires a good connection, High consumption of resources, Some features are extra
  • WeChat

    2.6.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

    9
    591 votes
    • PROS: Simple and easy to use, Excellent file transfer and screenshot tools
    • CONS: No video or audio support
  • Snapchat

    10.52.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    In a snap!

    7
    1371 votes
    • PROS: Create and send your own Bitmojis, Unique geofilters for each location, Video chat with up to 16 people, Locate nearby snapchatters through Snapmap
    • CONS: May be hard to keep up with constant new updates, Not beginner friendly, Does not provide analytics, Not ideal for landscape viewing
  • Hike Messenger

    5.15.20

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    294 votes
    • PROS: Fast and easy to use, Lets you share multimedia, location, etc., Group chat, Plenty of emoticons, Supports Hidden chats
    • CONS: Not innovative, Some bugs
  • IMVU

    526.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    8
    3306 votes
    • PROS: Very original 3D chat rooms, Totally customizable avatars, Credits enable you to acquire new stuff
    • CONS: Chat in speech bubbles is confusing, It can take some time to load
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    2.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows

    Another messaging service? Yahoo?

    7
    202 votes
    • PROS: Nice looking and easily navigated, Plenty of features, Yahoo! and MSN comunity memebers will find all they need, Geotagging yourself in a messenger app could have its uses
    • CONS: No one I know really uses Yahoo! or MSN, You have to explicit login to use
  • ICQ

    10.0.12341

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat, play and share files with your friends

    7
    1172 votes
    • PROS: Easy, quick installation, Nice interface design, Loads of smileys, animations and other eye-candy, Text and video chats, Integration with social networks
    • CONS: Video chat is not embedded in the conversation window, Social networks must be configured on the program's website, No innovation over other IM apps
  • Slack

    3.0.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Android
    iPhone

    Convenient Hub for Businesses

    9
    17 votes
    • PROS: Intuitive Interface, Allows Third-Party Integration, Feature-Rich Application, Speedy Customer Support
    • CONS: Limited Integration for the Free Version, Free Version Limits Your Conversation Search to 10, 000 Messages, Lack of Robust Video and Audio Chat Options, Standard Upgrade Cost Is a Little Bit Expensive
  • Tango

    6.5.233394

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Free video calling and messaging app for Android

    7
    483 votes
    • PROS: Simple to set up, Make free calls over 3G, 4G or WiFi, Easy to use, Good call quality, Play games, listen to music, send animations and more, Good friend discovery and social features
    • CONS: No group video conferencing, Limited privacy settings
  • GameRanger

    170610 4.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Search and organize multiplayer games

    7
    804 votes
    • Windows Live Messenger

      16.4.3522

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

      8
      23342 votes
      • PROS: Nice customizable interface, Great photo sharing service, New options for contacts management, Tons of emoticons, winks and other eye-candy for chats
      • CONS: No custom status messages, Uncomfortable menu buttons, Installation file is getting bloated, Advertisement on the main interface
    • RingID

      4.4.1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone

      Free chat and video calling application for smartphones

      8
      12 votes
      • PROS: There is no charge to download this software, RingID offers many of the same functions as larger platforms
      • CONS: This package is not yet able to support 4G connection speeds, Some complain that the audio quality of calls needs improvement
    • Baraha

      10.9

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Translate English to Indian language

      7
      72 votes
      • PROS: Easy to install, Easy to understand, Neat interface, Automatically changes text to Indian language
      • CONS: Few tools in taskbar, Cannot translate Indian to English, Outdated interface, Simple and dull design
    • Truemessenger

      1.12

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      A Free Anti-Spam Text Messaging App

      8
      30 votes
      • PROS: Helps avoid text messages from unwanted contacts, Free app
      • CONS: Only available on Android, Depends on Truecaller’s database
    • Linphone

      Varies with device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac
      iPhone

      Linphone offers secure, free VOIP

      0
      1 vote
      • PROS: Full calling functionality over the internet, Instant messages and picture sharing
      • CONS: You don’t get as much support as big rivals, Technical side is less user-friendly needs setup
    • Blizz

      12.0.16251.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Hold virtual meetings easily

      10
      1 vote
      • PROS: Two-factor authentication option, Work from a tablet or computer, Meetings can accommodate up to 300 users
      • CONS: Monthly fees for meetings of over five, Free version does not allow meetings to be recorded
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