Download Messenger - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    2.19.69

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

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

    8
    38532 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
    15082 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
    7274 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
    4225 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
    822 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

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

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

    53.0.1.6.210

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    Send messages without the bloat using Messenger Lite

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

    5.107.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Get social with Badoo

    8
    240 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
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    806 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
    iPhone

    Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

    7
    288 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
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    2.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows

    Another messaging service? Yahoo?

    7
    195 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
  • MSN Messenger

    for Windows XP 7.5.0322

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    New version of the popular messaging application

    8
    10307 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

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23334 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

    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
    8 votes
    • Lite for Facebook & Messenger

      1.1.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      A lightweight alternative to the official Facebook and Messenger apps

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

      7.1.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows
      iPhone
      Mac

      Chat for free on your Android phone

      7
      67 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
    • Messenger WithYou

      2.0.90

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Run Windows Live Messenger on your Android

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