You can send messages to family and friends in a lot of different ways. Currently, there are many applications that provide a very convenient free messaging platform, on both phones and computers. So which application should you choose? In the article below, we will synthesize the best free messaging apps available today.
Despite Facebook’s acquisition and advertising concerns, WhatsApp remains the most popular messaging platform in the world. At the time of writing, the app has more than 1.5 billion active users, showing no signs of a decline in numbers.
WhatsApp is available on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Additionally, the app also has a web version (you need to scan a QR code to log in, there is a separate app for both Windows and Mac.
Other notable WhatsApp features include sending audio and video messages, group chats of up to 256 people, and end-to-end encryption on all messages.
Windows users will be curious about which messaging app is best for PC. Of all the options, Telegram is probably best suited for Windows users.
Telegram is extremely light, fast, and has all the features available on the mobile version. Unlike WhatsApp, you don’t need to scan a QR code to log in, just having a phone number is enough. More specifically, Telegram also has a mobile Windows application, does not need to be installed on a PC and can be used on any Windows computer.
Telegram supports macOS, Android and iOS users. This is the first free messaging app on this list to support Linux.
Some of the most useful features of Telegram are support for self-deleting messages, chat groups with up to 200,000 members, integrated bot and the ability to schedule messages.
3. Facebook Messenger
Like WhatsApp, Facebook’s Messenger has the advantage of number of users. Messenger is a separate app for Android and iOS. However, you can also read the Facebook messages through the web version. Currently, Facebook has also developed its own Messenger app for Windows and macOS.
Line is one of the most popular messaging apps in Asia. The main market for this app includes countries such as Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. If you have friends and relatives living in these countries, Line is a must-have messaging app.
The Line app is available on most popular platforms like Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. You can install the Line extension on Chrome if you want to send messages directly from your web browser.
In addition to its obvious function of sending messages, Line is also known as a video sharing app and an actual location sharing service. You can use these functions to track other accounts, such as celebrities, fashion brands, …
WeChat is the world’s third-largest messaging app after WhatsApp and Messenger. If you want to talk to relatives or friends in China, use WeChat. This is the most powerful messaging app in a country of billions of people.
WeChat is available for Android, iOS and desktop, but not for Linux. If you are using Linux, you should use the web-based service to chat with friends and family.
Some of the outstanding features of WeChat include sending videos, creating stickers, sending “moments” (like Instagram Stories), sharing actual locations.
Another stable PC chat app option is Skype. Almost all Windows users have an account, as it integrates as closely with the operating system as the Mail or Calendar applications.
Skype, of course, is also a messaging app that integrates video calling. You can use this app to receive audio messages, make phone calls, send SMS messages and at group chat.
Windows has a separate version for Skype on the Microsoft Store, the app is also available on Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The web version is also usable but has a lot of limitations compared to regular versions.
The last messaging app on this list is Viber, which is often seen as a direct competitor to WhatsApp. While they have a lot of similar features (end-to-end encryption, video calling, sending audio messages, private chat groups, and Google Assistant / Siri integration), Viber still has some differences.
For example, Viber has a feature called Viber Out. This feature allows users to make phone calls around the world. You can follow public accounts, create hidden chats, and even play games on the Viber app.
Despite its many differences, Viber is still one of the most popular messaging services in the world. It serves on many platforms such as Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Just like WhatsApp, the web version requires a QR code scan to log in.
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