Last year Facebook spent billions of dollars on WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service. The app has gained popularity as it is simple, easy to use, and yet still has all of the features you would desire in a messaging app.
While WhatsApp is a great app, there are plenty of alternatives that possibly cater more towards your chatting needs. Whether you desire a chat service that provides privacy, or simply can’t stand anything associated with Facebook, here are 5 alternatives to WhatsApp that may make your life a little easier.
Google Hangouts is one of the newest additions to the instant messaging world, but has quickly gained popularity, especially in the work place. The messaging system ties into every Google account, making it easy for anyone with a Google account to use it. Many people are already using Gmail, Google docs, and most recently, Google photos. It simply makes life a little easier to use Hangout for all the Google lovers out there. But, don’t worry, you can also access Hangouts on Android and iOS.
KIK has exploded in popularity for the younger crowd. It is the first messaging app that actually has its own browser. This makes it easy for users to easily share GIFs, YouTube videos, memes, and whatever other amusing things you may find online. These additional features make it a top choice for many of the tech savvy teens out there. The only downside to the messaging app is that you can only sign up with an e-mail, and are not able to sync it with a phone number.
Viber is a clean and easy to use messaging service that has over 200 million users. What makes Viber stand out from the crowd of messaging apps is its availability. You can access Viber on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian, and much more. It’s possibly harder to find a platform you can’t access Viber on. Viber is not just limited to messages. You can also make free calls to other Vibe users, and find fun options for photos and sticker messages.
LINE is only a few years old, but already has over 300 million users. The app is largely available on many different platforms, and is accessible in over 231 countries, explaining why it is so popular. LINE also goes beyond just messaging, and provides video, audio and graphics messaging as well.
But, if you want to use LINE in every part of the world then you may want to consider investing in a VPN. Last year China disrupted and blocked aspects of LINE in the mainland of China. LINE is not the only app like this in China that has been censored or blocked. You will also find popular apps and sites like Facebook and Instagram censored out of China. If you are traveling to a country that may censor certain messaging apps look into what sites may be blocked, and research what VPN will work best for you before traveling.
While there are many available alternatives to WhatsApp, few provide a messaging service that is secure and private. With TextSecure all of your texts will be encrypted, so you don’t have to worry about hackers or possibly the government viewing any messages that you would prefer to remain private and secure. The messaging service is completely free, but currently does not have a wide availability on many platforms.
Have you used any of these alternative messaging services? What is your favorite WhatsApp alternative?