Download Chat for Mac - Best Software & Apps

  • Whatsapp

    0.3.2386

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Use WhatsApp on your Mac

    8
    473 votes
    • PROS: Can send media files, Simple interface, Easy installation, Convenient communication
    • CONS: Must link mobile app, No call feature, No share location feature
  • WeChat

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Messages style instant messaging client

    7
    42 votes
    • PROS: Features group chats, Invite friends into chats with QR codes, Lots of emoticons
    • CONS: Doesn't offer any advantages over Messages, No video chats
  • Viber

    3.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Viber on your Mac Desktop

    7
    175 votes
    • PROS: Syncs chats with mobile devices, Very easy to use, Good alternative to Skype and Messages
    • CONS: No video chats, No video conferencing
  • LINE

    3.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Call friends for free on any mobile device or PC

    7
    160 votes
    • PROS: Call for free to any mobile device or PC, Supports short audio and video messages, More flexible than FaceTime
    • CONS: No video calling yet, Too many useless emoticons
  • KakaoTalk

    2.5.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Android
    iPhone

    Chat with friends worldwide for free

    8
    2 votes
    • PROS: Simple interface, Quick response when using SMS, Voice call quality is good
    • CONS: Locked to a single device, Searching for contacts is hit-or-miss
  • Discord

    0.0.298

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

    9
    15 votes
    • PROS: Great interface, Easy bot scripting
    • CONS: No Ctrl+F, Slow log retrieval
  • FaceTime

    for Mac 1.0.5

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    iPhone
    Mac

    Video chat done the Apple way

    6
    857 votes
    • PROS: Looks great, Excellent minimal interface, Calls are really simple to make
    • CONS: Contact adding cannot be done in-app, Only available on Apple products
  • ICQ

    for Mac 3.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with your friends on the internet

    5
    9 votes
    • SeaMonkey

      2.29.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Web-browser, advanced email, IRC chat and more from Mozilla

      8
      19 votes
      • PROS: Based on the same foundations as Firefox, etc., New Mac OS X interface, Much improved mail features
      • CONS: No way to import passwords and user names from previous versions, Not many people will need the whole suite, Some feel it has strayed from it's Netscape roots
    • ooVoo

      6.0.5.75

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Free multiple video chat client

      7
      432 votes
      • PROS: Allows up to 6 video conference calls at once, Very good looking interface and feel, Allows you to place video contacts in a sidebar, Excellent video quality
      • CONS: Automatically adds itself to your startup items without prompting
    • Messages

      Beta Beta 8.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac
      Android

      Apple's official chat client for OS X

      5
      325 votes
      • PROS: Better integration with iOS, Unlimited Messages to iOS devices, Integrated with Facetime, Supports AIM, Google Talk and Jabber
      • CONS: Removes iChat completely, Mainly benefits those with iOS devices
    • Google Voice and Video

      1.0.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Voice and video chat for Gmail

      7
      33 votes
      • PROS: Easy to set up, Excellent image and sound quality, Can be expanded to full screen
      • CONS: Requires Gmail account, No multichat, Does not work with GTalk yet
    • Camfrog Video Chat

      for Mac 2.9

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Join live streaming video chat rooms

      8
      50 votes
      • PROS: Lots of people online, Lots of different rooms available, Good for those using sign language
      • CONS: Very confusing and overwhelming at first, Interface looks a bit cheap
    • Camfrog Video Chat

      2.8.3270

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Free Streaming Video Chat Software Application

      10
      1 vote
      • PROS: The H264 video codec is supported, A quick login process, It is possible to color code contacts and nicknames, Only six megabytes of memory is needed
      • CONS: Might not work with all PC-based updates, Not suitable for minors, Some chat rooms are not moderated, Not compatible with other third-party video chat software
    • Nimbuzz

      1.7.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Mac

      Instant messaging client for MSN, Google Talk, ICQ etc

      7
      14 votes
      • PROS: Works with most chat protocols, VoIP function, Easy to setup and use, Uses minimal resources
      • CONS: Doesn't support all protocols
    • Facebook Messenger

      (Chrome) 1.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Mac

      Facebook Messenger in your browser? Wait a minute...

      6
      106 votes
      • PROS: It works!, Chat without other Facebook distractions
      • CONS: No improvements over website, No unique login
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