Download Chat for Mac - Best Software & Apps

  • Whatsapp

    Whatsapp0.3.3328

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Use WhatsApp on your Mac

    8
    500 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

    WeChat

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Messages style instant messaging client

    7
    43 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

    Viber3.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Viber on your Mac Desktop

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

    Telegram4.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Turn Your Phone Number Into A Text Chat Number.

    8
    29 votes
    • PROS: Easy to set up, Strong privacy, Multiple messaging options, Lots of chatty stickers
    • CONS: Autocorrect sometimes unavailable, Some interface quibbles, Mobile phone number required, Sticker size requirements
  • LINE

    LINE3.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Call friends for free on any mobile device or PC

    7
    163 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

    KakaoTalk2.5.6

    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

    Discord0.0.298

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

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

    FaceTimefor Mac 1.0.5

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    iPhone
    Mac

    Video chat done the Apple way

    6
    859 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

    ICQfor Mac 3.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with your friends on the internet

    5
    9 votes
    • SeaMonkey

      SeaMonkey2.29.1

      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

      ooVoo6.0.5.75

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Free multiple video chat client

      7
      433 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
    • Google Voice and Video

      Google Voice and Video1.0.2

      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
    • Messages

      MessagesBeta Beta 8.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac
      Android

      Apple's official chat client for OS X

      5
      326 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
    • Camfrog Video Chat

      Camfrog Video Chatfor 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

      Camfrog Video Chat2.8.3270

      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

      Nimbuzz1.7.0

      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

      Facebook Messenger(Chrome) 1.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Mac

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

      6
      112 votes
      • PROS: It works!, Chat without other Facebook distractions
      • CONS: No improvements over website, No unique login
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
    #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
    1Whatsapp0.3.33285008.4Android,Windows,iPhone,Mac
    2Viber3.1.01767Android,Windows,iPhone,Mac
    3ooVoo6.0.5.754336.7Mac
    4FaceTimefor Mac 1.0.58596.1iPhone,Mac
    5MessagesBeta Beta 8.03265.4Mac,Android
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