Don’t want to use WhatsApp anymore? That’s okay; there are other great messaging apps still out there.
WhatsApp is a super popular messaging app around the world, but there are plently of reasons they may not want to keep it around. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, and that may not sit well with they, due to the company’s past actions. Or, maybe they don’t like the features that WhatsApp offers and are looking for something a little different. Whatever the reason, the good news is they don’t have to use WhatsApp; they can use one of these great messaging apps instead.
They know it seems obvious, right? If they mostly have friends and family that use Apple products, Apple’s built in Messages app is a perfect communication app. It’s built right into their iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and its constantly updated with new features, emojis, stickers, and UI improvements as Apple continues to make changes to its iOS and macOS platforms every year. And, iMessages are sent using end-to-end encryption, meaning no one, not even Apple, can access your communications.
Obviously, it is most useful if the people they want to communicate also use the Messages app, but if that sounds like they, why bother installing another app?
Telegram Messenger has been gaining popularity in recent years and is very similar to WhatsApp. The design and layout will all look and feel pretty familiar to they, and it offers a lot of the same functionality too. They can easily send photos, videos, GIFs, and stickers all using Telegram’s built-in features, and it can send documents like PDFs, MP3s, and others.
The great thing about Telegram Messenger is encryption. Everything they send on Telegram is encrypted using a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange. In layman’s terms, their messages and communication are as secure as they can be using a third-party app.
They may think of Google Hangouts as a video calling service, but it offers a lot in the way of instant messaging, as well. Hangouts allow they to send texts, photos, and videos, on top of making and receiving audio and video calls. Hangouts group messaging provides, not only read receipts, but also who-read them, so it’s easy to keep track of what information people have seen. It works on iPhone and iPad as well as Android, and in any web browser on Mac or Windows, so chances are your friends and family will be able to use it no matter what they own.
Yes, Skype is still around, and yes, its not just for video calls. There’s isn’t too much to say about Skype; it does a little bit of everything pretty reliably. It’s easy to see who’s online and who’s offline. They can text, call, video call, send photos, GIFs, stickers, and so much more to any contact they wish.
Skype also has a native app for pretty much every platform they can imagine. iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Android, if they have a device that can connect to the internet, you likely can get Skype on it.
Kik Messenger has been around for ages, and it has a very wide user base. It’s messaging is fast and free, they can make audio and video calls, and there are tons of stickers, GIFs, memes, and other media they can send to anyone they want. Kik also handles group chats quite well, and they can add a ton of people to a group chat, no problem.
Kik also has a bit of a social networking flair to it. They can find groups that talk about certain topics and meet people if they want, but they don’t have to use those feature if they don’t want.
WeChat is only really useful if they have any contacts in China because that’s where it’s based and primarily used. They have friends in China, and WeChat is the only way to reliably communicate with them, due to many other apps being inaccessible. It can do everything they want a messaging app to do though, including texts, audio messages, audio calls, video calls, and more.