Download Instant Messaging Client - Best Software & Apps

  • Messenger for Desktop

    1.4.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    An unofficial Facebook desktop client

    7
    1369 votes
    • PROS: Chat without opening Facebook, Facebook options are automatically imported, Same options as the official Facebook Messenger apps
    • CONS: Unofficial app that isn't associated with or supported by Facebook, Interface is unimaginative
  • WeChat

    6.3.16

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    Windows Phone
    iPhone
    BlackBerry

    WhatsApp style messenger with video chat

    7
    552 votes
    • PROS: Features group chats, Invite friends into chats with QR codes, HD video chats, Play games with WeChat friends, Withdraw sent messages feature
    • CONS: Overwhelming number of notifications, Video chat may not work well with big groups
  • IMVU

    526.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    7
    947 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
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    549 votes
    • PROS: Clear, nicely designed interface, Lots of customization options, Support for text, voice and video chats, Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing..., Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording
    • CONS: Sometimes adding contacts is difficult, You can't download new interface themes, Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!
  • TweetDeck

    3.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    The best desktop Twitter app

    7
    372 votes
    • PROS: Organizes information, Nice interface, Automatically updated
    • CONS: Home feed can quickly get too busy
  • Nimbuzz Messenger

    3.7.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    BlackBerry
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Chat for free on your Android phone

    8
    55 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of networks, Organizes contacts very well, Offers lots of ways to communicate, Free text messaging
    • CONS: Poor access to Facebook contacts, No video chat, Temperamental Skype voice chat
  • Spark

    2.5.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Free Streamlined Email Application for Personal Computers

    7
    289 votes
    • PROS: Spark makes it easy to categorise specific emails based off of the topic or their importance , There is no charge to download this email package
    • CONS: There is no default format available when composing emails, Settings are imported across multiple devices so some features may not be appropriate for mobile phones
  • Messages

    Beta Beta 8.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Android

    Apple's official chat client for OS X

    5
    377 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
  • ooVoo

    6.0.5.75

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Free multiple video chat client

    7
    440 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
  • Facebook Desktop

    0.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Official Facebook client for your desktop

    7
    41 votes
    • Twitter for Mac

      3.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Official Twitter client for Mac

      7
      13 votes
      • PROS: Very slick interface, Easy to use, Suits OS X
      • CONS: New tweet button a bit hidden, Notifications a bit limited, Basically the same as Tweetie
    • Pidgin

      2.10.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Multi-protocol instant messaging for everyone

      6
      79 votes
      • PROS: Very easy to set up and use, Lots of configuration options, File transfer
      • CONS: Statuses (available, invisible etc) buggy
    • Trillian

      5.3.0.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      The popular multi-platform IM client is back!

      7
      89 votes
      • PROS: Compact design, Support for a dozen different protocols, Extensive settings menu
      • CONS: Interface can get a bit overwhelming
    • IM+ for Windows 10

      0.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A multi-service chat client

      6
      20 votes
      • PROS: Connects with popular social networks, Ability to send pictures, Consolidates all of your chats
      • CONS: Doesn't offer much over stand-alone clients, Basic looking and feeling interface
    • eM Client

      6

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      eM Client 5 - your emails, contacts, calendar and instant messaging effectively

      7
      12 votes
      • AIM

        (AOL Instant Messenger) 8.0.7.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        IM, text, voice and video application in one

        6
        42 votes
        • PROS: Allows huge file sending, E-mail client features
        • CONS: Video conferencing options not clear, Not as many users online as with other IM services
      • Tweetium

        3.1

        License
        try Download
        Platform
        Windows

        You may have tried the rest, now try the best Windows 8 Twitter client

        7
        18 votes
        • PROS: Adapts to devices and input modes, Takes advantage of Windows' unique features, Perfect for power users as it allows you to monitor information easily, Instagram and all third-party media shows up automatically, Multiple account support (with Pro version)
        • CONS: Can't see more than two Twitter streams at once
      • Orion

        1.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A simple and compact IRC client

        6
        13 votes
        • HydraIRC

          0.3.164

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Attractive, simple and complete IRC client

          8
          7 votes
          • Microsoft Messenger

            8.0.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Mac

            Microsoft's Messenger client supporting webcams and audio

            4
            26 votes
            • PROS: Now supports webcams and audio, Supports sending files, Supports Bonjour, Works between contacts on Windows Live Messenger
            • CONS: Interface inspired by Windows version, Intel Macs only, User profile pictures don't display properly, Can't change your own user profile picture
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