Download Instant Messaging - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

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

    8
    35674 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

    (Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    13688 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • Facebook

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone
    Web Apps
    Pocket PC

    Official Facebook app for Android

    8
    9968 votes
    • PROS: Easy to get around, Upload photos from your phone, Real time notifications, Chat, Good integration with Android system
    • CONS: Not optimized for tablets, News feed isn't ordered chronologically
  • imo free video calls and chat

    9.8.000000011461

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Another messaging app you don't need

    8
    6108 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Instagram

    varies-by-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Popular photo-based social network

    9
    3850 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Share to various social networks, Impressive photo editor, Tag friends in images, Geotagging support, Capture and share video
    • CONS: Requires sign-up
  • Skype

    8.33.0.50

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Skype, the telephone of the 21st century

    7
    29129 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
  • Messenger for Desktop

    2.0.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    An unofficial free Facebook desktop client

    8
    4022 votes
    • PROS: Chat without opening Facebook, Facebook options are automatically imported, Same options as the official Facebook Messenger apps, Completely free, Safe to use
    • CONS: Unofficial app that isn't associated with or supported by Facebook, Interface is unimaginative
  • Facebook for Windows 10

    1.3.0.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The free official Facebook app for Windows 10

    8
    3572 votes
    • PROS: Excellent user experience, Responsive controls, Ideal for Facebook use on tablets, Displays most important status updates
    • CONS: No new functions, Account and privacy options could be improved
  • Telegram for Desktop

    1.3.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Free speedy and secure alternative to WhatsApp

    8
    1931 votes
    • PROS: Useful notification customization options, Strong focus on security and speed, Seamless synchronization across devices, Completely free
    • CONS: Must have a Telegram account on a mobile app
  • Telegram

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    708 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

    2.6.0.1018

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac
    BlackBerry

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

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

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    Call and text free over 3G and Wifi

    8
    3202 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
  • ManyCam

    5.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Add fun special effects to your webcam

    7
    3562 votes
    • PROS: Lots of fun effects, Everything from backgrounds to accessories, More free effects on the developer site
    • CONS: Effects are poorly positioned, Resizing images often results in a black screen
  • Hangouts

    2017.1019.418.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Google's platform for instant messaging and videoconferencing

    7
    1433 votes
    • PROS: Simple and minimalist interface, Video calls to multiple people, Apps available during video calls
    • CONS: No audio calls, Chrome must always be open
  • Messenger Lite

    1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send messages without the bloat using Messenger Lite

    9
    321 votes
    • PROS: Small size, Access to Messenger service, Simple user interface
    • CONS: Fewer features than full version
  • imo for Windows 10

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Stay in touch easily with imo for Windows 10

    8
    919 votes
    • PROS: Simple manageable interface, Unlimited free voice and video calls
    • CONS: Limited customisation and contact management options, User base smaller than major rivals
  • Skype for Windows 10

    14.34.81.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    7
    1769 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

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

    9
    315 votes
    • PROS: Great interface, Easy bot scripting
    • CONS: No Ctrl+F, Slow log retrieval
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    0.8.288

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    Java
    Pocket PC

    The new instant messenger from Yahoo!

    6
    3416 votes
    • PROS: Amazing video quality!, Highly customizable, Great privacy settings
    • CONS: Animated backgrounds are ad-ridden, Long installation process, Too much bloat
  • IMVU

    526.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    8
    3255 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
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
19.8.00000001146161088.3Android, Windows, iPhone
2(Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device136888.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
3varies-with-device356748.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
4varies-with-device99688.1Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, Web Apps
58.33.0.50291297.2Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
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