Download Free Group Chat - 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
    40252 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
    15863 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
    7806 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
    908 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
    29324 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
    593 votes
    • PROS: Simple and easy to use, Excellent file transfer and screenshot tools
    • CONS: No video or audio support
  • Messenger Lite

    53.0.1.6.210

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send messages without the bloat using Messenger Lite

    9
    440 votes
    • PROS: Small size, Access to Messenger service, Simple user interface
    • CONS: Fewer features than full version
  • Viber

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Call and text free over 3G and Wifi

    8
    3393 votes
    • PROS: Very simple to use, Notifies you of contacts who are on Viber, Decent call quality, Send photos and videos, Stickers and emoticons to liven up chats, Group messaging with up-to 100 people, Hold & Talk feature
    • CONS: You may have to convince friends to switch to Viber
  • Skype for Windows 10

    14.34.81.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    7
    1802 votes
    • PROS: Supports video chats, texting and instant messaging, High quality video chats, Automatically imports contacts from Microsoft accounts, Lots of emoticons, Free group video calls and screen sharing
    • CONS: Interface looks a bit sparse, Contacts may need editing after importing
  • Discord

    0.305

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

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

    5.16.2.1932

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Send messages and make free calls from your PC

    7
    5104 votes
    • PROS: Free calls and messages, Group chats, Many stickers, Minimalist interface...
    • CONS: ...that's not very appealing, You need to have the LINE app on your mobile
  • Hike Messenger

    5.15.20

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    295 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
  • Google+

    10.27.0.235437929

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    Google's social network gets even better

    8
    155 votes
    • PROS: Great messenger integration, Ability to start and join hangouts from app, Auto upload photos, Transparent sharing and privacy settings, Visual redesign of news feed, Animated gifs!
    • CONS: New update requires Android 4.0, Not enough users on the service
  • Google Hangouts

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Connect with more people with Hangouts

    8
    56 votes
    • PROS: Simple interface, Multi-platform, Supports large groups, Can send files
    • CONS: Video calls lag, Difficult to end calls, Delayed notifications
  • Slack

    3.0.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Android
    iPhone

    Convenient Hub for Businesses

    9
    18 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
  • Google Talk

    1.0.0.105

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    iPhone

    A Google Talk client to call your Gmail contacts for free

    7
    7637 votes
    • PROS: Minimalist, PC to PC calls, Compatible with Jabber/XMPP
    • CONS: Too basic, Little room for customization
  • Skype

    8.16.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    The phone of the 21st century

    6
    96 votes
    • PROS: Group conferencing, Chat messaging, Excellent audio/video quality, Make calls to mobile devices, Facebook integration
    • CONS: Requires a good connection, Uses a lot of resources, Some features cost extra
  • Discord - Chat for Gamers

    8.5.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

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

    7.0.4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Web Apps
    Android

    ooVoo

    7
    6981 votes
    • 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
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