The 7 Best Chat Apps and Clients Better Than Official Messengers

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Among the fastest growing social networks today, you’ll find plenty of chat apps. In fact, it could be argued that instant messaging (IM) is the way forward for social networks, which is why Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion and Twitter opened up its Direct Messages. However, only some of these chat services have a desktop client, while others only give you web-based versions. There is some truth to the death of the desktop client. But third-party developers aren’t giving up yet. From all-in-one messaging apps to dedicated chat clients that do a better job than the official web versions,…

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Among the fastest growing social networks today, you’ll find plenty of chat apps. In fact, it could be argued that instant messaging (IM) is the way forward for social networks, which is why Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion and Twitter opened up its Direct Messages.

However, only some of these chat services have a desktop client, while others only give you web-based versions. There is some truth to the death of the desktop client. But third-party developers aren’t giving up yet.

From all-in-one messaging apps to dedicated chat clients that do a better job than the official web versions, here are some amazing chat apps you should be using on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.

1. Franz (Windows, Mac, Linux)

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All-in-one messaging app for WhatsApp, Slack, Skype, and many more.

Franz is an all-in-one, universal messaging app, which supports 65 services. This includes Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram, WeChat, Skype, HipChat, Discord, and several others. Not all of them are chat-oriented either, giving you things you need like Google Calendar or Inbox by Gmail. And the developers say they are busy adding more services.

In essence, Franz is a Chromium-based desktop wrapper for the web versions of all these apps, but it also offers a few additional benefits. For starters, you can sign into multiple accounts of Facebook Messenger without having to constantly log in and out.

You also get native notification support compliant with your operating system. There’s a helpful badge on the icon announcing the number of unread messages. And a quick check shows that Franz takes up less battery and CPU usage than running the same tabs in the Google Chrome browser—not surprising, given Chrome’s troubles with battery and power.

More than anything, Franz is simply convenient. With all your chat powered by one app, you can safely close it when you want some distraction-free work time, knowing you won’t be disturbed.

The free version of Franz is good enough for most users, but if you want to use a VPN with Franz, then you’ll have to pay for the pro version.

Download: Franz for Windows | Mac | Linux (Free)

2. Manageyum (Windows, Mac, Linux)

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Add any chat app you want.

Like Franz, Manageyum puts all your messengers into one window. Like Franz, Manageyum also lets you use multiple accounts simultaneously. But unlike Franz, Manageyum lets you use any alternate messenger service with it.

Yes, the pre-loaded chat and messenger services will work better. But if you use something that isn’t supported, insert a link and Manageyum will turn it into a simple app like a browser tab. After you set it up the first time, Manageyum will remember preferences for that app.

While it’s not a deal-breaker, this is a feature you might miss on Franz, so it’s good to know that there’s an alternative.

Download: Manageyum for Windows | Mac | Linux (Free)

3. Caprine (Mac)

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Gorgeous Facebook Messenger app with privacy controls.

Caprine is a beautiful and lightweight app for Mac users who want to chat on Facebook Messenger. It only supports that service and no other, but it adds more to Messenger.

The app’s focus on design makes it seem more synchronous with how the rest of Mac apps feels. It has a responsive design that adjusts to window size, multiple themes, and it will give you easy notifications too.

Caprine also lets you control your privacy on Messenger by not showing the recipient when you are typing or whether you have seen their messages.

Apart from Caprine, there are a few other unofficial Messenger apps that you might want to check out.

Download: Caprine for Mac (Free)

4. YakYak (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Yakyak unofficial desktop client for Google Hangouts

The Hangouts desktop client that Google should have made.

A lot of us who grew up using Google Talk are amazed at how Google dropped the ball with Hangouts. Google redeemed itself a little with the new Hangouts web app, but it’s still not perfect. Leave it to a third party developer to figure that out.

YakYak is a clean and simple version of Google Hangouts that works as a standalone client. It looks and feels a little like WhatsApp Web, without making you miss any feature. You can take conversations off the record, you can add contacts; everything just works.

YakYak also adds new features, like marking any contact as a favorite so they will be pinned to the top of the contacts list. You can also change color themes, or opt for a night mode.

Overall, it feels like the desktop client for Hangouts that Google should have made, but never did.

Download: YakYak for Windows | Mac | Linux DEB | Linux RPM (Free)

5. Station (Windows, Mac)

A chat client made for the workplace.

When you are ready to work, is your browser window filled with tabs for Gmail, Google Drive, Slack, and more? Then you should check out Station, the browser and chat app made for the workplace.

Each of the “apps” show up in a vertical bar on the left. Click any, and you can see all the tabs for that app. Click any to open it in a focussed, no-tab window. It’s essentially tab management in a browser, but using it for a while makes you realize how cool it is.

Station supports a wide variety of apps, both for productivity and messaging, so you will probably find any service you use. There’s also a handy one-click button to stop all notifications when you need to focus to get more work done.

Station might be overkill as a universal chat app alone. But if you’re looking for something more than just universal chat, try it out.

Download: Station for Windows | Mac (Free)

6. All In One Messenger (Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS)

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A Chrome-based all-in-one chat messenger app.

You can open a separate Chrome window with the web app for every messenger you use. Or you can do it with All In One Messenger, a Chrome-based app dedicated to bringing chat apps together.

The only major difference between All In One and a Chrome window is that you get to sign into multiple accounts of a messenger. Other than that, the only thing that changes is the look and feel. That said, All In One looks quite inviting with its big, bold tabs on top.

It’s also the only such client that works as a useful Chrome app (check out these other unusually useful Chrome apps), which means you can install it on any computer, even a Chromebook. Of course, you’ll need to have installed Google Chrome beforehand.

Download: All In One Messenger for Chrome (Free)

7. Pidgin

For everything else, there’s Pidgin.

Not every must-have software has to be newly made. Pidgin has been around for years, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome today. While Franz concentrates on the new wave of chat apps, Pidgin handles almost every other IM service you can think of.

Given its many years and open-source nature, Pidgin supports a wide variety of chat networks, along with third-party plugins to enable many more. For example, there isn’t an official WhatsApp plugin, but you can get WhatsApp on Pidgin using third-party plugins.

Here’s a brief list of protocols that Pidgin supports:

  • AIM
  • Bonjour
  • Gadu-Gadu
  • Google Talk
  • Groupwise
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • MSN
  • MXit
  • MySpaceIM
  • SILC
  • SIMPLE
  • Sametime
  • XMPP
  • Yahoo!
  • Zephyr

Pidgin is especially great at handling old-school web IMs like IRC or ICQ, and anything which uses the XMPP protocol.

Note: Pidgin officially has apps for Windows and Linux, but Mac users can get a Pidgin port called Adium and use it in the same way.

Download: Pidgin for Windows | Linux (Free)
Download: Adium for Mac (Free)

Protect Your Privacy When You Chat Online

Hopefully, you use one of these WhatsApp alternatives that protect your privacy. But not all messaging apps are that particular about your privacy. In fact Facebook Messenger is infamous for its privacy violations.

The bottom line is, when you are using any of these chat clients, or the official messaging service itself, you are putting your personal data online. And that comes with its own risks. Before you dive in, read our guide to protecting your online privacy and security.

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Discord Launches a Steam-Style Game Store

Discord, the voice and text chat app that’s insanely popular amongst gamers, is launching its own dedicated game store. What’s more, Discord Nitro subscribers will gain access to a selection of games as part of their paid subscriptions. Steam is the biggest gaming platform around. However, in terms of social, Steam has lost ground to Discord. In July 2018, Steam redesigned Steam Chat to compete with Discord. And now Discord is launching a game store to compete with Steam. The Discord Store Opens for Business As detailed on the Discord Blog, there are two elements to Discord’s move into games….

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Discord, the voice and text chat app that’s insanely popular amongst gamers, is launching its own dedicated game store. What’s more, Discord Nitro subscribers will gain access to a selection of games as part of their paid subscriptions.

Steam is the biggest gaming platform around. However, in terms of social, Steam has lost ground to Discord. In July 2018, Steam redesigned Steam Chat to compete with Discord. And now Discord is launching a game store to compete with Steam.

The Discord Store Opens for Business

As detailed on the Discord Blog, there are two elements to Discord’s move into games. The first is the Discord Store, where you’ll be able to buy a curated set of games. The second is free games for Nitro subscribers, which Discord is calling “Netflix for Games”.

The Discord Store won’t offer every game ever released. Instead, Discord is pitching it as a boutique store for the best games, as chosen by Discord employees. There will also be “First on Discord” games that will be temporarily exclusive to the Discord Store.

Meanwhile, Discord Nitro subscribers (who currently pay $4.99/month or $49.99/year) will be able to play a selection of classic games as part of their subscription. The initial offering includes Super Meat Boy, Saints Row: The Third, and Metro: Last Night Redux.

Discord has launched the Discord Store in beta by inviting around 50,000 Canadian users to be test subjects. However, the company plans to expand the beta over time, and eventually make the Discord Store available to all 150 million users.

Selling to 150 Million Dedicated Gamers

While this all seems to have taken some people by surprise, Discord was bound to start selling games at some point. Having built a userbase of 150 million people, it makes sense to then launch a store selling them the wares they currently buy elsewhere.

While Discord is the latest to try and steal Steam’s crown, it isn’t the first. There are plenty of other Steam alternatives worth considering. But if you love Steam so much you’ve bought too many games over the years here’s how to organize your Steam library.

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Microsoft Teams vs. Slack: The Best Free Workplace Messenger Apps

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Slack turned the best bits of instant messaging into a work-friendly format. The platform has emojis, numerous bots, games, add-ons, and customizations, but retains the overall feeling of a serious tool for serious work. But what’s that? A new challenger enters? That’s right: Microsoft Teams is upping the ante with the introduction of a new free tier for its Teams workplace collaboration software. The new free tier is a direct Slack attack. But will it win users over? Which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out. Microsoft Teams vs. Slack: Free Version Comparison Before the introduction of…

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Slack turned the best bits of instant messaging into a work-friendly format. The platform has emojis, numerous bots, games, add-ons, and customizations, but retains the overall feeling of a serious tool for serious work.

But what’s that? A new challenger enters? That’s right: Microsoft Teams is upping the ante with the introduction of a new free tier for its Teams workplace collaboration software.

The new free tier is a direct Slack attack. But will it win users over? Which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out.

Microsoft Teams vs. Slack: Free Version Comparison

Before the introduction of the free tier, Microsoft Teams was a tool only available for Office 365 subscribers. And even then, using it was an extra feature that came with an added cost.

The payment structure and focus on existing Office customers limited the appeal of the Teams platform, but it is a valuable productivity tool for business with an existing Office 365 subscription.

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The Microsoft Teams free subscription certainly offers a lot. Especially in comparison to the free version of Slack.

One of Slack’s best features is its ease-of-use. Almost anyone can jump into Slack and get chatting straight away, albeit using a proper account. Is it just as seamless using Microsoft Teams?

Is Microsoft Teams Easy to Use?

The Microsoft Teams UI fits the vogue of instant messaging platform design.

A column on the left displays your Teams and their associated channels, while a separate column on the right-hand side lists the Team members and their online status.

The center of the app houses the Conversations, Files, Meeting Notes, and other customizable tabs.

There’s another menu column on the extreme left of the app with options for quick access chats, your recent activity, direct access to shared files, as well as any additional apps and integrations.

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Microsoft Teams Functionality

Diving further into the free version of Microsoft Teams reveals that despite the somewhat un-intuitive menu structures, there’s a lot of functionality to find.

My two test volunteers and I quickly created a three-way video meeting (powered by Skype), noting how handy it was to have integrated meeting notes and file sharing as we chatted about our very important test business.

The video meeting also has integrated screen-sharing, which allows you to view what your colleague is demonstrating. For instance, they can run a presentation from their screen without interruption. Screencasting is an important part of team meetings these days.

The screen-sharing and overlays work without any fiddling about either, and it was seamless adding a new member to the video chat. There’s also video background blurring, as well as cloud recordings to share with other Team members.

The range of integrations and apps available to Microsoft Teams is quite impressive, especially compared to the limitations placed on the free version of Slack like the number of total Slack integrations per free workspace.

You can see how useful a Microsoft Teams free subscription could be for small businesses and new startups. One cool feature is the inline message translation for Team members using a foreign language in their app.

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Control Your Microsoft Teams

Another nifty feature is the direct control over what content can feature in your Team conversation. In our work Slack channels, we try to keep dank memes to a minimum, and the same goes for GIFs and similar amusements. While these things are fun, they can quickly escalate into battles and one-ups, forcing actual work-based conversation away from the eyes that need to see it.

The Microsoft Teams Setting has a “Fun stuff” option. What is fun? Well, emojis, memes, GIFs, and stickers, of course. The “Fun stuff” setting allows the Team owner to turn off uploads for custom memes (as opposed to non-custom memes?), emojis, stickers, and GIFs. Hopefully, you won’t have to go that far, but the option is there, nonetheless.

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Time to Move to Microsoft Teams? The Downsides

Well, not quite. There were a couple of issues along the way.

The sign-up and sign-in process is an annoyance. Microsoft makes accessing Teams a difficult enough procedure that two other friends invited to test Teams with me gave up. Their pre-existing Microsoft accounts couldn’t use any of the Get link to team links sent from within the Teams app to gain access. Thinking the issue could relate to their organization email accounts (accounts created by their workplace), they switched to personal accounts, but still had the same issue.

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Team creation is still inconsistent. Similarly, my attempts to create a MakeUseOf Team to test out repeatedly failed while using my work email account as my Microsoft User ID—as it suggested I did. However, after switching to my personal Microsoft account, I was able to create an alternative test Team for some friends.

After downloading and installing the Teams desktop app, I noticed that my first attempts to create a MakeUseOf test Team had worked, but I wasn’t informed. My testers could then connect to the MakeUseOf test Team, but not my private Team (again using the “Get link to team” function).

All in all, it was a hairsplitting process for someone with no experience of the platform.

The Battle for the Best Group Chat for Work

Microsoft Teams has Microsoft’s sticky fingers all over it: fantastic ideas, powerful tools, irritating implementation. But when you consider the differences between the free offerings of Slack and Teams, there’s a lot to weigh up.

Teams offers an expansive vision of what the free version of Slack would love to be. Backed by those unfathomably deep Redmond pockets, Teams can offer 140+ integrations and apps, and 2GB free storage for each user. It’s a move that significantly ups the ante, and it is probably out of reach for what Slack can hope to offer its free users.

Can Microsoft Teams take on Slack? I think Slack has a thing or two to worry about, that’s for sure.

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What’s New in Steam Chat? 9 Features You Should Know About

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Steam has always offered a chat function, but it was never as smooth, easy-to-use, and feature-rich as dedicated chat apps like Discord. The most recent update to Steam has changed all that. But while it may be new and improved, only one question truly matters: Is it worth using? In this article, we explore the answer. The New Steam Chat Steps Out of Beta Prior to this new update, Steam found itself in a curious position. It was comfortably the most popular gaming platform but found itself trailing behind Discord in the battle to dominate the social space. Steam’s old…

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Steam has always offered a chat function, but it was never as smooth, easy-to-use, and feature-rich as dedicated chat apps like Discord.

The most recent update to Steam has changed all that. But while it may be new and improved, only one question truly matters: Is it worth using? In this article, we explore the answer.

The New Steam Chat Steps Out of Beta

Prior to this new update, Steam found itself in a curious position. It was comfortably the most popular gaming platform but found itself trailing behind Discord in the battle to dominate the social space.

Steam’s old chat client was functional but felt clunky and awkward to use compared to its competitor’s service.

Stream users have been crying out for a revamp for a long time, so the company finally listened to their concerns. But the revamp also has a business benefit; Steam cannot risk Discord using its own app as a distribution platform and becoming a fully fledged rival, so this move helps to keep its opponent in check.

Work began on the new Steam chat client many months ago. It finally entered beta for selected users in June 2018. One month later, it exited beta and became available to everyone.

How to Access the New Steam Chat

You can access Steam Chat in two ways: either via the Steam desktop client or via the web.

At the time of writing, neither the Android nor iOS apps offers the new chat service. Indeed, the Android app hasn’t been updated since April 2017 and the iOS app since June 2016. This places the service at a disadvantage compared to Discord, which boasts a large number of mobile users.

To access the chat feature using the desktop client, open the app, enter your credentials if necessary, and click on Friends and Chat in the lower right-hand corner. The chat client will open in a new window.

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To access Steam Chat on the web, go to steamcommunity.com/chat and enter your login details. If it is the first time you’ve logged into the app from the web, Steam will send you an email with a five-digit code that you’ll need to enter for security purposes.

Steam Chat offers an identical experience in both the desktop app and the web app. All the features are present in both versions.

The Best Features in the New Steam Chat

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some of the best new features in Steam Chat:

1. Favorites

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You can now pin people you frequently interact with to the top of the chat window. This means you can see at a glance whether they are online and message and trade with them in fewer clicks.

To mark a friend or family member as a favorite, simply drag-and-drop their name over the Favorites bar.

To remove someone from the bar, right-click on their profile icon and go to Manage > Remove from Favorites.

2. Categories

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Steam has remodeled the “Tag as” feature and rebranded it as Categories.

Categories provide a way for you to manage your chat buddies more effectively. For example, you could make a category for college friends, a category for family members, a category for people you only know through Steam, and so on.

You can add friends to multiple categories and can add multiple friends into a single category at the same time.

You can drag-and-drop people into categories or right-click on their name and go to Manage > Categorize.

3. Inline Content

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The old Steam chat client was limited to text. You couldn’t share inline GIFs, images, videos, or any other type of content.

The redesign remedies the problem and makes Steam Chat more akin to Discord, Slack, and other widely-used chat apps.

In addition to images and videos, you can also share links from Spotify, SoundCloud, and other similar services and they will appear inline.

4. Friends List Organization

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Steam Chat now displays your friends list in a more intelligent way.

Your friends will be automatically grouped by the game they are currently playing, making it easy to see if you want to jump in and join the party.

All your friends also have a rich presence. Underneath their name, it will show whether they’re currently involved in a live game, whether they are available for matchmaking, and whether they’re gaming with an existing party.

5. Group Chats

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At the bottom of your friends list, you’ll see any group chats you’re a part of. You can make a group for any purpose, but Steam has designed them with gaming in mind. You can instantly start multi-person voice chats with other members, and their current game status is prominently displayed.

To create a group, click on the + icon in the Group Chats section of the window and invite the people you want to join you.

Note: All group participants need to be running the latest version of Steam for the invite to work.

6. Channels

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Within each group, you can create persistent channels. You could use them for team discussions in multiplayer matches or just to chat about off-topic stuff to avoid clogging up the main group.

To create either a voice or text channel within a group, click on the corresponding link within the chat window.

7. Invisible Mode

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The update lets you appear offline while still seeing which of your friends are online. It’s a new feature that complements the existing Away status.

To set yourself as invisible, click on the small arrow next to your username in the upper left-hand corner and select Invisible from the drop-down menu.

8. Chat History

Steam’s servers will retain two weeks of your chat history. The history is present for both one-on-one chats and group chats.

9. Better Security

Steam has completely rewritten the voice chat feature. As a result, all voice chat is encrypted and sent via Steam’s servers rather than peer-to-peer.

The changes mean your IP address is always private, thus masking your physical location from other gamers and helping to prevent network attacks.

Can the New Steam Chat Rival Discord?

If you’re a Discord user who’s reading this article, you’ll probably recognize many of these new features. In much the same way that Instagram keeps stealing Snapchat features, Steam has cherry picked the best things Discord offers and ported them into its own chat app.

But is it enough to bring back some of the millions of users who have already made the jump from Steam to Discord?

In some ways, the new Steam Chat still lags behind its rival. Discord will show a user’s game status regardless of which platform or console they are gaming on; Steam Chat only shows a person’s status if they are playing a Steam game.

Discord also lets you connect several non-gaming apps like Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Twitch. Steam Chat does not yet have such integrations.

It’s certainly a step in the right direction, but Steam will need to roll out further improvements to Chat before hardcore Discord users switch over for good.

To improve your Steam experience further, check out our article on how to organize your Steam library properly.

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5 Text, Voice, and Video Call Apps You Can Use Without Registration

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Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. When you want to talk to someone, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops downloading an app or signing up for a service. These fantastic apps are what you need. Usually, your office is likely to use a service like Skype or GoToMeetings, but those fail to work sometimes. And with the number of data and privacy leaks happening these days, it’s probably better if you use a service without ever giving them your email or password. These apps have different…

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Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. When you want to talk to someone, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops downloading an app or signing up for a service. These fantastic apps are what you need.

Usually, your office is likely to use a service like Skype or GoToMeetings, but those fail to work sometimes. And with the number of data and privacy leaks happening these days, it’s probably better if you use a service without ever giving them your email or password.

These apps have different purposes, but a common thread to bind them all. They don’t need you to install anything, and they don’t need you to register. All these messenger services work from a modern web browser on desktop or mobile. And they are all free.

JumpChat: Awesome Skype Alternative for Video Conferences

JumpChat is another free video conferencing apps that doesn’t need anyone to register to use it. You start a chat, share the link, and you’re ready to start talking. It supports free video and audio calling for up to eight people simultaneously.

JumpChat does more than just setting up a video chat though. You can also share your screen, so others can see what’s happening on your window. There’s a simple chat function to send messages. And in a feature that sets it apart from our favorite app Appear.in, JumpChat lets you share files with other users with a peer-to-peer connection, so it’s more secure.

If you use the app regularly, you can use the JumpChat mobile apps. But it’s not necessary, you can use the service on a mobile web browser without any issue.

Download: JumpChat for Android | iOS (Free)

Webroom: Free Video Conferences for Small Teams

Webroom doesn’t want you to sign up to use it, but it still requires an email address from you. I’m not sure why that is, but hey, you get to create a room immediately and invite up to eight participants for a video conference.

While JumpChat and Appear.in feel a bit more casual, Webroom seems to be primed for small teams and office users. It also has file-sharing between all of you, but it also adds Google Docs, Sheets, and Presentations so you can collaborate with your files in the G Suite. Webroom also lets you create a shared whiteboard so you can brainstorm while still having a chat. And you can play a video or audio file (including YouTube videos) in the chat, so everyone can see it simultaneously.

If you like how Webroom functions, feel free to register for an account. This gives you a few additional features like session history and a meeting scheduler.

Volafile: Chat With Dropbox-like File-Sharing

File-sharing and chat are usually two separate entities. You share something in Dropbox and then send your friends a message about it. Volafile combines file-sharing and chat, while adding a bit of privacy too.

Create a room and send its link to anyone you want to participate in it. You can share files up to 20GB in size per file. Any file will stay online for 48 hours, after which it is automatically deleted. Any participants can filter the files by video, image, music, documents, or archives for quick sorting. And there’s a handy search feature too.

Remember, it’s all anonymous and the privacy policy says the site doesn’t read any of the files you upload. This could be a much safer way to share sensitive files than to upload it on popular cloud storage providers.

Cyph: One-on-One Chat for Always Encrypted Audio, Video, and Text

Cyph is the app for those who want a secure line of communication with one other person, where you can say and share anything you want without it ever being leaked.

Cyph wants to be the alternative to Messenger by Facebook, given the privacy suspicions around Facebook. It’s an end-to-end encrypted chat service that works on the browser, and even lets you share files.

Cyph is all about its encryption, which is akin to what you would get if you use an app like Signal messenger. Cyph encrypts all your video and voice calls, along with your chats. Even the documents you share, be it photos or videos, are encrypted, so they are safe from data leaks.

Unlike many of the other chat apps in this article, Cyph restricts you to one-on-one chat session. You can’t use Cyph for group messaging or sharing unless you’re ready to pay for one of its business plans.

Chatzy: Quick, Free, Feature-Filled Text Chatroom

Our favorite no-signup chatroom, TinyChat, is now a video conferencing app. The search for a replacement led us to Chatzy, which might just be a better app overall.

Chatzy feels like an old-school chatroom app, but with a ton of modern features. You can get notified when someone says a certain word, send emojis, set up text expansion, and do much more. If you’re creating a room yourself, check out the advanced settings to see the myriad options you can apply to your room.

In effect, Chatzy is a free chatroom creator that comes filled with the kind of features you see in full-fledged chat apps like Slack. But it still requires no registration and protects your privacy, which most big chat apps can’t say about themselves.

Stop Signing Up

There is a real threat to your privacy and data if you keep using apps that require you to sign up for their services. Whenever you can use an app without registering for it, that’s a better option to choose. Get started with these 15 excellent no-signup websites for everyday use.

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