Download Chat Clients - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    2.19.69

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

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

    8
    38715 votes
    • PROS: Lets you send photos, audio, video, location, and links, Group messaging, Works across different platforms, Support for Android Wear, Syncs with web version, Free calls, Save chats automatically to Google Drive
    • CONS: Only works if the other person has the app
  • Messenger

    205.0.0.18.110

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    15302 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • imo free video calls and chat

    9.8.000000011461

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Another messaging app you don't need

    8
    7242 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Skype

    8.39.0.180

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Skype, the telephone of the 21st century

    7
    29261 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
  • Telegram

    5.4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    777 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
  • WeChat

    2.6.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

    9
    535 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

    Private photo and video sharing on your phone

    7
    1232 votes
    • PROS: Fun idea, Easy to use
    • CONS: No parental options, Scans phone, Facebook, and Twitter for contacts
  • IMVU

    526.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    8
    3270 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
  • Hike Messenger

    5.15.20

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    286 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
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    2.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Mac
    Pocket PC
    Java
    iPhone

    Another messaging service? Yahoo?

    8
    189 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
    Windows Phone

    Chat, play and share files with your friends

    7
    1165 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

    Productivity and style with Slack

    9
    14 votes
    • PROS: All your messaging and file transfer in one place, User friendly and smart design, Syncs with mobile devices
    • CONS: Can take some time for the whole team to learn
  • Tango

    6.5.233394

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Free video calling and messaging app for Android

    7
    442 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
  • Windows Live Messenger

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23330 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
  • GameRanger

    170610 4.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Search and organize multiplayer games

    7
    804 votes
    • 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
    • RingID

      4.4.1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone

      Free chat and video calling application for smartphones

      8
      10 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
    • Truemessenger

      1.12

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      A Free Anti-Spam Text Messaging App

      8
      28 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
    • Evolve

      Alpha

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Multiplayer is evolving

      6
      59 votes
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