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5 Best Whatsapp Alternatives for Android and iOS

What’s the first thing you do when you get a new smartphone? If you’re like most people, it’s downloading your favorite apps and making them more useful than they already are. One of the most popular apps, used by both Android and iOS users, is Whatsapp. But if you’re looking to try something new, there are plenty of other options that offer the same functions as Whatsapp, but with different features to make your communications easier and more interesting. Here are 5 WhatsApp alternatives to try on Android and iOS devices.

1) Telegram

The first alternative is Telegram. This messaging app comes from Russian developers who wanted to create a free alternative to WhatsApp. The key difference between these two apps is that Telegram offers optional end-to-end encryption on all communications, so only you and your contacts can read what’s being sent. What’s more, no one else in the company can access your data even if they tried—unlike WhatsApp which has been known to hand over information to authorities when asked. As a further precaution, each message has an expiration time which means they disappear after they’ve been seen, thus protecting your privacy even further.

2) Ayoba

Ayoba (android/iOS) is a free messaging app that is relatively new. Like with WhatsApp, you can send messages, pictures, videos or audio messages from one user to another. As with other apps on our list, all you need to do to get started is enter your phone number. Ayoba has lots of great features like unlimited built-in instant translator, games, music streaming, and lots more.

3) Signal

Signal is a fantastic encrypted messaging app that’s based off of text messages. It features end-to-end encryption, self-destructing messages, and media sharing—basically everything you could need from a messenger. You can even use Signal to set unique passwords or PIN numbers on individual conversations, if you’re paranoid about truly private communications. There are absolutely no advertisements, which is a plus for privacy advocates as well as just about anyone who hates ads in general.

4) Viber

One of Viber’s greatest features is its huge international reach. You can use it to send texts or make free PC-to-phone calls to other users worldwide. It doesn’t matter what kind of phone you have, either: Viber is accessible on smartphones, desktops, tablets, feature phones—you name it. Downloading it takes mere seconds, and signing up requires little more than your name, a valid phone number, and a few personal details such as your country and zip code.

5) KakaoTalk

Founded in 2010, South Korea-based KakaoTalk has more than 80 million registered users, making it one of South Korea’s most popular mobile messaging apps. The app allows you to send messages (as well as photos, videos, sketches, voice messages and locations) without paying any data charges to anyone who also uses KakaoTalk. Recently added features include voice messaging and group chat options.

Sandy received her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Delta State University, After graduation, she began her career as a content writer at a marketing agency, where she worked on a variety of projects for clients in a range of industries.She has worked with clients in the tech, finance, and healthcare industries, crafting blog posts, articles, website copy, and more.In her spare time, Sandy enjoys reading, writing fiction, watching football, and spending time with her family.