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Chat applications: The chat applicationsnow known mainly by the name of instant messaging applications, are now more and more widespread. Between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype and Telegram, as well as many others, it is really difficult to say which is the best. It all depends on the user experience you are looking for. As for functionality, there is now a real competition in the creation of messaging apps, so much so that often the apps tend to copy each other the most interesting, original or innovative features.

In any case, if you are looking for advice on which one chat applications download, I can definitely help you out. As usual, in this guide of mine, I will list some of the most popular chat applications, telling you in detail about their most prominent features. In this way you will be able to get a better idea of ​​which (or which) messaging applications to use, because they are more in line with your needs and / or requirements.

So take a few minutes to pause to read this guide and keep your favorite device between Android, iOS or Windows at hand to download and try with me the apps that I will recommend. Last but not least, I wish you a good read.

Whatsapp

It will also be difficult to choose the best messaging application, but WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most famous and used. Basically, WhatsApp is nothing more than an application for mobile devices, through which you can chat with your telephone contacts, without having to pay for SMS. Messages sent to other users take advantage of your device’s Internet connection and are totally free; obviously the recipient will also have to use the same application.

The application is very simple to use, is cross-platform and is available on numerous devices: Android, iOS and Windows for smartphones and tablets. You can also use WhatsApp on your computer by downloading the official application for Windows or Mac. Alternatively, you can also use WhatsApp via web browser.

Born in 2009, WhatsApp has undergone a very strong evolution with the introduction of new features: calls, video calls, group messages, sending emojis, GIFs, voice messages, sharing photos and videos and much more; all offered completely free to users.

It is practically impossible to deny the popularity of WhatsApp. He thinks that even Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the social network Facebook, noticed this and made WhatsApp become a proprietary application of his company: a purchase that cost a good 19 billion dollars.

Why use WhatsApp? The reason that could push you to use this messaging application is given by its extreme simplicity and reliability, thanks to its system of end-to-end encryption. It is a special security protocol that allows safe conversations to the point that it is very difficult to intercept.

If you decide you want to download the WhatsApp app to try it out, follow the links below:

Telegram

The best alternative to WhatsApp could be Telegram, as one of the most feature-packed cross-platform messaging apps. Available for free on Android, iOS, Windows Phone devices, but also on Windows PCs and Macs, Telegram is also accessible directly via web browserwithout there having to be a direct connection with your smartphone.

In terms of functionality, Telegram offers more or less the same tools as WhatsApp: sending messages, group chats, sending emojis, GIFs, voice messages, sharing photos and videos. Unlike WhatsApp, calls and video calls are not currently available on Telegram.

In reality, however, if we want to analyze Telegram more carefully, the differences with WhatsApp are many and Telegram turns out to be a notch above WhatsApp, as regards the additional tools offered for free, absent on WhatsApp. Among the most prominent features that Telegram offers you, there is the possibility of create channels (conversations in which a single person posts content and in which other users follow) and create secret chats (conversations that, in addition to being equipped with end-to-end encryption, allow the self-destruction of messages sent).

Furthermore, unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is configured as an open source messaging application with some advanced features aimed at more experienced users. Among these is the bot creation (i.e. virtual assistants) via API (application programming interface)the creation of customizable themes, the instant opening of links, the integration of a proprietary platform for writing texts and much more.

Why use Telegram? Although Telegram’s popularity is still less than that of WhatsApp or other messaging applications, its strong point is undoubtedly its wealth of advanced features and for this I recommend its use.

If you decide you want to download the Telegram app to try it out, follow the links below:

Facebook Messenger

If we talk about chat applications, better now defined instant messaging applications, we must obviously talk about the Facebook messaging application. Since Facebook is the most used social network, could a chat system be missing? Of course not. The name of the application is Facebook Messenger.

Why use Facebook Messenger? Well, because Facebook Messenger’s strong point is yours integration with Facebook. To send private text messages to your Facebook contacts, you need to use Facebook Messenger. The application is already integrated into the web version of the social network, it is free and does not require further installations.

If you are using the Facebook mobile app, you will need to download the appropriate Facebook Messenger app instead. Through the app you can make calls and video calls, send text messages, images, videos, emojis, GIFs and stickers, as well as send short audio messages. To download Facebook Messenger on mobile devices, follow the links below:

  • Facebook Messenger – download from PlayStore for Android
  • Facebook Messenger – download from App Store for iOS
  • Facebook Messenger – download from Microsoft Store for Windows mobile devices

Among the main features of Facebook Messenger, as I told you, there is also the possibility of making calls and video calls with Facebook friends, through a few simple steps. To do this, once you start the app, start a conversation with a friend. You can choose whether to make a voice call only by pressing the button Start a call (telephone handset symbol) or a video call directly via the button Start a video call (camera symbol). You can make calls and video calls through the app for the aforementioned devices, but also through the web version of the Facebook Messenger application.

Skype

If you’ve used the historic Windows Live Messenger messaging service, you will surely remember it fondly. The software, officially discontinued by Microsoft since 2012, has now been replaced by Skype. No current messaging application can give you that nostalgic messaging experience, but Skype is certainly the closest and most viable alternative.

Skype is a rather popular application, which is available for free on a multitude of devices. I won’t be here to list them all, the list is really long; for convenience, I refer you to official site. You will be able to choose the version to download independently according to the device you use.

If you’re new to Skype, I guess you’ll want to know more. Why use it? Well, because Skype is one among the most messaging applications feature-rich and popular which allows you to send text messages, multimedia content, make voice calls and video calls, even in groups, all absolutely free.

Other chat applications

The list of chat applications certainly does not end there, but I would do the small hours themselves here to talk in depth about all of them. What I can do instead is give you a short, but comprehensive, summary of the other more interesting messaging applications.

  • Kik (Android / iOS / Windows) – Kik is free messaging application aimed at a youth audience. As for the most unique features of the app, there is an internal app store in which to download games and mini applications. If you want to know more, you can learn more with my guide where I explain how Kik works. To download it, I refer you to official site where you can choose the version depending on the device.
  • Viber (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac) – Viber is another complete messaging application that allows you to send messages, make calls and video calls. If you want to know more, you can learn more with my guide where I explain how Viber works. To download it, I refer you to official site where you can choose the version depending on the device.
  • LINE (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac) – Line is a free messaging application developed by the South Korean company Naver Corporation. Widespread in the Land of the Rising Sun, Line subsequently became popular in Italy as a direct competitor of WhatsApp and Telegram. The main features allow you to create short video montages and to publish their contents in small blogs integrated into the app. To download it, I refer you to official site where you can choose the version depending on the device.
  • WeChat (Android / iOS / Windows / Mac) – If Line is the Japanese answer to WhatsApp, WeChat is definitely its direct competitor Chinese. The messaging application is free and even includes a payment system to send money to your contacts. If you want to know more, you can learn more with my guide where I explain how WeChat works. To download it, I refer you to official site where you can choose the version depending on the device.
  • Signal (Android / iOS) – Signal is the messaging application with the highest level of privacy and security. Developed by the creators of the end-to-end technology used by WhatsApp, it is even used by Edward Snowden, a former CIA computer scientist who revealed a series of mass surveillance activities, carried out by some governments without the knowledge of citizens. To download it, I refer you to official sitewhere you can choose the version depending on the device.