Download Messenger - 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
    35380 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
    13515 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
    5981 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Messenger for Desktop

    2.0.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    An unofficial free Facebook desktop client

    8
    4012 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

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    702 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
    504 votes
    • PROS: Simple and easy to use, Excellent file transfer and screenshot tools
    • CONS: No video or audio support
  • Messenger Lite

    1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send messages without the bloat using Messenger Lite

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

    0.8.288

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    Pocket PC
    Java

    The new instant messenger from Yahoo!

    6
    3413 votes
    • PROS: Amazing video quality!, Highly customizable, Great privacy settings
    • CONS: Animated backgrounds are ad-ridden, Long installation process, Too much bloat
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    798 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!
  • Badoo

    4.56.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    Get social with Badoo

    8
    208 votes
    • PROS: Free to use, Easy messaging system, Lots of users to potentially interact with
    • CONS: Some users report fake accounts are common, Hard to delete an account
  • Facebook Messenger

    (Unofficial) (Chrome) 2.1.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Facebook Messenger in your broswer? Wait a minute...

    7
    4660 votes
    • PROS: It works!, Chat without other Facebook distractions
    • CONS: No improvements over website, No unique login
  • Hike Messenger

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    278 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
  • MSN Messenger

    for Windows XP 7.5.0322

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Pocket PC

    New version of the popular messaging application

    8
    10288 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
  • Lite for Facebook & Messenger

    1.1.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    A lightweight alternative to the official Facebook and Messenger apps

    9
    93 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight, Looks and feels like Facebook and Messenger
    • CONS: Does not have all of the features
  • Kik

    10.4.0.6032

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone
    Java
    BlackBerry

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

    7
    193 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
  • Windows Live Messenger

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23329 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
  • 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
    3910 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
  • MSN Messenger

    for Windows 2000/NT 7.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Old version of the popular messaging application

    7
    639 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
  • Windows Live Messenger Portable

    14.0.8117.416

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Windows Live Messenger without installation

    8
    555 votes
    • PROS: No installation required, Can be run from a USB key, Includes all the functionality from the desktop version
    • CONS: Somewhat unstable, May trigger antivirus alarms
  • Messenger WithYou

    2.0.90

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Run Windows Live Messenger on your Android

    7
    140 votes
    • PROS: Well designed, Easy to use, Share files, Shows notifications
    • CONS: Lacks options, Small file size limit when sharing
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
19.8.00000001146159818.3Android, Windows, iPhone
2(Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device135158.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
3varies-with-device353808.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
4for Windows XP 7.5.0322102888Windows, Mac, Pocket PC
516.4.3522233297.6Windows, Symbian
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