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Chat & Instant Messaging (177 programs)

  1. Zoom Meetings

    5.6.1
    • 4.1
    • (578 votes)

    A simple free tool to conduct virtual meetings

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Comes with various free functionalities, Features varied pricing plans, Offers support for HD video calls, Comes with a clean interface
    CONS: Needs good internet connectivity, Occasional crashes and lags
  2. Microsoft Teams

    4.19.0
    • 3.8
    • (300 votes)

    A free collaboration tool for businesses

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Has a feature-rich platform, Offers voice and video calling, Option to integrate with third-party apps
    CONS: May seem complicated to administrators
  3. Skype

    8.90.0.407
    • 3.6
    • (3331 votes)

    Free communication tool

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Cross platform, Easily accessed, Make voice calls for free, Multitude of customization capabilities, International texting and calling available
    CONS: Complicated to find the Skype ID, Contacts get synced without permission
  4. Whatsapp

    2.2236.10
    • 4
    • (1205 votes)

    Free feature-filled desktop messenger

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Convenient, Can edit profile, Clean user interface, Simple chat structure
    CONS: Risky privacy policy
  5. Twitter for Mac

    9.10.1
    • 4.1
    • (125 votes)

    Official Twitter client for Mac

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    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
  6. LINE

    7.11.1
    • 3.4
    • (259 votes)

    Call friends for free on any mobile device or PC

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Call for free to any mobile device or PC, Supports short audio and video messages, More flexible than FaceTime
    CONS: No video calling yet, Too many useless emoticons
  7. Telegram

    9.0.1
    • 3.7
    • (165 votes)

    Free and encrypted messaging app

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to set up, Strong privacy features, Extensive selection of stickers
    CONS: Users can make changes to the program
  8. Discord

    0.0.262
    • 3.7
    • (231 votes)

    Free chat service for Mac

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Invite-only, Intuitive UI, Cross-platform, Highly customizable, Plenty of mediums to chat
    CONS: Slightly cluttered
  9. Slack

    3.0.2
    • 3.5
    • (16 votes)

    Productivity and style with Slack

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: All your messaging and file transfer in one place, User friendly and smart desig, Syncs with mobile devices
    CONS: Can take some time for the whole team to learn
  10. Viber

    18.5.2
    • 3.5
    • (246 votes)

    Viber on your Mac Desktop

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Syncs chats with mobile devices, Very easy to use, Good alternative to Skype and Messages
    CONS: No video chats, No video conferencing
  11. Signal

    5.62.0
    • 4
    • (4 votes)

    Free, open-source private messenger

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Developed by a non-profit organization, End-to-end encryption for calls and texts, Allows 150 users in one group chat, Invite potential users via online or text
    CONS: Created by a for-profit co-founder, Offers bare-minimum security features
  12. ICQ

    22.8.0
    • 3.3
    • (31 votes)

    Chat with your friends on the internet

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
  13. IMVU

    543.0
    • 3.3
    • (148 votes)

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    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
  14. Snap Camera

    1.0
    • 3.7
    • (41 votes)

    Free Snapchat filters for desktop

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to use, Filters can be used during real time video chats, Wide selection of face filters, Does not require users to log in
    CONS: Cannot be used to access Snapchat accounts, Does not allow Snap exchanges between users
  15. Facebook Messenger

    145.0
    • 3.3
    • (166 votes)

    Free text and video messaging tool from Facebook

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Simple interface, Stable audio and video calls, Video conferencing feature supports up to 50 participants with no time limit, Customizable chats
    CONS: No default end-to-end encryption
  16. ManyCam

    8.0.0.45
    • 3.1
    • (244 votes)

    Add iChat style special effects to your webcam

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Lots of fun effects, Everything from backgrounds to accessories, More free effects on the developer site
    CONS: Effects are poorly positioned
  17. KakaoTalk

    2.5.6
    • 3
    • (19 votes)

    Chat with friends worldwide for free

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Simple interface, Quick response when using SMS, Voice call quality is good
    CONS: Locked to a single device, Searching for contacts is hit-or-miss
  18. Yahoo! Messenger

    0.8.288
    • 2.9
    • (67 votes)

    The Instant Messenger for Yahoo! fans

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Clean interface, Allows adding of MSN contacts, iSight-compatible
    CONS: iSight webcam would not work for me, MSN contacts can only be added individually
  19. Jitsi Meet

    2.10
    • 3.4
    • (200 votes)

    Conduct video conferences for free

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Unlimited users, Easy to create and join calls, No account needed, Encrypted calls
    CONS: Some connectivity issue, Delay audio
  20. Houseparty

    1.0
    • 3.6
    • (6 votes)

    Live video chatting app

    License
    Free Download
    Language
    English
    Platform
    mac
    PROS: Easy to join group chats, Supports up to 8 people in a group call, Allows simultaneous group calls, Allows users to play games while on the call
    CONS: Lots of call dropouts, Some games do not work, Can be too invasive, Uses an excessive amount of battery

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