As you’re probably aware, WhatsApp was down all across the world on Monday the 4th of October, leaving millions of users confused and searching for alternatives to their communication demands.
With Facebook and Instagram also getting disrupted, we’ve done some homework and found the top 5 best alternatives you should switch to.
1.Telegram: Telegram has been many people’s back-up plan to WhatsApp for a long time now, and it can be used across multiple devices while providing safe communication. The good thing about Telegram is that the messenger allows you to transfer chats from Whatsapp and others. This is accomplished by simply accessing the chosen chat and selecting ‘export chat,’ then Telegram, and finally the desired receiving chat.
2. Signal: Signal is a safety-focused instant messaging service created with the support of Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp. This app has comparable capabilities as WhatsApp and is entirely encrypted from start to end.
3. n-gage: n-gage Messenger maybe a lesser known app, but it’s an app that focuses on giving users ultimate control. With a strong and catchy stapline: The Ultra-Private Messenger, already you can start to think about the types of messaging controls you could potentially have. Available on Android and IOS, with n-gage you can control whether your friends can copy, share and forward your messages.
4. Siccura: With Siccura, your instant messages are always end-to-end encrypted, ensuring that no unauthorised parties can read them. Even after they’ve been read, you can retract messages and conversations (E-mails, IM, Voice and Video calls) you’ve had with others. Siccura is available on Android and IOS.
5. Line: LINE allows users to freely message between platforms and provides an encryption solution to protect personal data. It also has a voice and video calling functionality similar to other messaging applications, but it also has a few unique features. LINE users can make international calls to numbers not attached to a LINE account, saving the risk of those expensive phone bills. It can also function as more of a social network with your photos and status updates appearing in a timeline.
Even though none of these alternatives come close to Whatsapp’s user-base, they are the perfect alternatives for people to stay connected with each other. What’s more, these applications bring you security and privacy of all your data and communication. If you really want to switch, it’s time to take a serious look at these apps.