Download Free Messaging App - 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
    40025 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
    15737 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
    7771 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
    891 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
  • Facebook for Windows 10

    1.3.0.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The free official Facebook app for Windows 10

    8
    3856 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
  • WeChat

    2.6.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

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

    2017.1019.418.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Google's platform for instant messaging and videoconferencing

    7
    1486 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
  • Google Translate

    5.27.0.RC04.237379852

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    Your pocket translator

    8
    517 votes
    • PROS: Translates from text, picture, voice, and SMS, 60 supported languages, Functions to translate offline, Good voice recognition, You can hear the pronunciation
    • CONS: The translations are not always perfect
  • Hike Messenger

    5.15.20

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    294 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
  • Twitter for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Native Twitter app for Windows 8

    8
    329 votes
    • PROS: Tweet in a Modern UI app setting, Easy to navigate, Can view web pages and media within the app, Mention notifications
    • CONS: Mentions must have exact username to link to profiles, Can encounter daily tweet limits, Doesn't natively support multiple accounts
  • Way2SMS

    2.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Free App for News Lovers

    7
    171 votes
    • PROS: Available in eight different Indian languages, Regular news updates
    • CONS: Plagued with pop up ads, Format is a bit cluttered
  • iCloud

    7.10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Web Apps

    Automatically synchronize content between iOS and PC

    7
    379 votes
    • PROS: Control panel is easy to use, Integration with Windows Explorer
    • CONS: Limited storage space
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    2.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows

    Another messaging service? Yahoo?

    7
    202 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
  • Baidu App Store

    5.0.1.8503

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Download Apps From A Chinese Store For Free!

    8
    143 votes
    • PROS: Great for Chinese users, Multilingual support
    • CONS: Mostly Chinese apps, Small selection
  • Facebook 4 Mac

    4.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Use Facebook without the browser

    7
    48 votes
    • PROS: Separates Facebook from your browser, No installation required, Manage from your system tray app
    • CONS: No options, Nothing new or unique, Not essential
  • Tango

    6.5.233394

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Free video calling and messaging app for Android

    7
    483 votes
    • PROS: Simple to set up, Make free calls over 3G, 4G or WiFi, Easy to use, Good call quality, Play games, listen to music, send animations and more, Good friend discovery and social features
    • CONS: No group video conferencing, Limited privacy settings
  • LINE for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The ultimate communication app, also on Windows 10

    7
    445 votes
    • PROS: Simple to navigate, High quality voice calls, Send voice recordings to chat messages
    • CONS: Requires access to your location, Will only work with Windows 8 and upwards
  • WhatsApp Business

    2.19.18

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Free App for Business Management

    9
    152 votes
    • PROS: Free to download and use, Unique way to do business
    • CONS: Mobile number required for sign up, A bit limited in its scope
  • Kik

    15.6.0.19846

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

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

    7
    195 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
  • QQ

    7.7.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Free social messaging app

    9
    14 votes
    • PROS: Free download , Translation feature
    • CONS: Low Western user base , Some technical concerns
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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19.8.00000001146177718.4Android,Windows,iPhone
22.19.137400258.3Android,Windows,iPhone,Mac
3205.0.0.18.110157378.3Android,Windows,iPhone,Mac
41.3.0.938567.8Windows
52017.1019.418.114867.3Windows,Android,iPhone
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