Download Instant Messenger - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    2.19.69

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

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

    8
    38777 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

    205.0.0.18.110

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    15327 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • imo free video calls and chat

    9.8.000000011461

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Another messaging app you don't need

    8
    7255 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Skype

    8.39.0.180

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Skype, the telephone of the 21st century

    7
    29265 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
    4153 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
  • Telegram

    5.4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    778 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

    2.6.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

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

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    805 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!
  • Hike Messenger

    5.15.20

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    286 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
  • Skype for Chrome

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Skype is Microsoft's primary instant messenger, and it is now available as a Chrome browser extension.

    8
    74 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Strong voice and video chat
    • CONS: Very slow, Shrinking userbase
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    2.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Mac
    Pocket PC
    Java
    iPhone

    Another messaging service? Yahoo?

    8
    189 votes
    • PROS: Nice looking and easily navigated, Plenty of features, Yahoo! and MSN comunity memebers will find all they need, Geotagging yourself in a messenger app could have its uses
    • CONS: No one I know really uses Yahoo! or MSN, You have to explicit login to use
  • BBM

    3.3.20.74

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone

    An instant messaging classic goes multi-platform

    7
    560 votes
    • PROS: Multichat, Sending files, photos, voice memos, BBM groups, You control the people who can send you messages
    • CONS: BB 10 interface lacks some flexibility, No VoIP, Registration takes a little too long
  • MSN Messenger

    for Windows XP 7.5.0322

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Pocket PC

    New version of the popular messaging application

    8
    10303 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Lots of fancy customization options, Decent video conferencing function
    • CONS: No VoIP features to speak of, Filled with not-so-subtle plugs to MSN services
  • 2go

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Java

    Connect with Friends with 2go!

    7
    6 votes
    • PROS: Free social network, Alternative social media option, Connect to every users
    • CONS: Friend list limit, Needs parental guidance for minors, Difficulty on connecting to account
  • Windows Live Messenger

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23330 votes
    • PROS: Nice customizable interface, Great photo sharing service, New options for contacts management, Tons of emoticons, winks and other eye-candy for chats
    • CONS: No custom status messages, Uncomfortable menu buttons, Installation file is getting bloated, Advertisement on the main interface
  • Kik

    15.6.0.19846

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    Java
    BlackBerry

    Basic chat app that aims to be more than just a messaging service

    7
    194 votes
    • PROS: Play games in the app, Easy to use, Send videos, images, sketches and memes, Bots
    • CONS: Limited features, Basic user interface, A lot of spam
  • Messenger Pro

    1.1.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows

    A free program for android

    8
    6 votes
    • WhatsApp Messenger

      (Nokia Series 40) 2.11.75

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Java
      BlackBerry

      Send free text messages with WhatsApp on your Nokia phone

      5
      3913 votes
      • PROS: Send free text messages, Works over WiFi or 3G, Very simple to set up and use, Lets you share images and video
      • CONS: Only works if the other person has WhatsApp installed, No location sharing , No group chats
    • Messenger WithYou

      2.0.90

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Run Windows Live Messenger on your Android

      7
      144 votes
      • PROS: Well designed, Easy to use, Share files, Shows notifications
      • CONS: Lacks options, Small file size limit when sharing
    • Nimbuzz

      2.9.5

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone
      Java
      Windows Phone

      Old-fashioned and out-dated instant messaging platform

      7
      1115 votes
      • PROS: Enables you to sync contacts with your mobile phone
      • CONS: Fewer options than other similar tools, Really outdated, Only supports Facebook Chat
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