How to Mute People on Social Media: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and More

No matter what you use social media for, you probably have all your friends and family on there. And while you may love and respect those people, seeing every single thing they post online can make your life way more chaotic than it should be.

On top of that, you might even have contacts who post things that either don’t concern you or actively annoy you. This is where the Mute button comes into play. So, in this article, we detail how to mute people on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How to Mute People on Facebook

Fortunately, Facebook allows you to easily stop Facebook friends and pages from taking over your News Feed. Not only can you filter out some of your friends’ posts without unfriending them, but you can also get rid of posts from Facebook pages without unliking them.

In order to hide annoying posts from friends and pages temporarily, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of one of their posts, and click Snooze for 30 days. Keep in mind that these posts will reappear in your feed after this time period has passed.

But what if you want to unmute someone on Facebook? To “unsnooze” a friend, head to that person’s profile on the desktop site, hover over the Snooze button at the top of their profile, and select End Snooze from the dropdown menu. The only way to unsnooze a friend from your mobile device is to hit Undo immediately after you snooze the person.

If you want to get rid of the user’s posts for good, you need to unfollow them. When you’re scrolling through your News Feed, simply tap on the three dots in the top-right corner of their post, and click Unfollow. You can also unfollow them by navigating to the user’s profile page, hitting the Following button at the top of their profile, and then clicking Unfollow.

You can easily follow a person again by heading to your friend’s profile, tapping the friendship icon at the top of their profile, and selecting Follow. The process of re-following Facebook pages from your mobile device is a little different—first, navigate to the page, select the three dots at the top of the profile, and tap Following > Default.

How to Mute People on Facebook Messenger

Choosing Messenger over Facebook already indicates that you prefer your social network clean and uncluttered. But there still might be notifications that you’d like to turn off.

In order to do that, open your conversation list and choose the thread you’d like to mute. Swipe left on the conversation, and tap the bell icon. You’ll then get the option to mute the conversation for 15 minutes, one hour, eight hours, 24 hours, or you can silence notifications until you manually undo it.

To unmute someone on Facebook Messenger, you can do so by swiping left on the conversation, and tapping the bell icon once again.

How to Mute People on Instagram

After many requests from the network’s users, Instagram (thankfully) added a mute button. In case you don’t want to completely lose contact with those you follow, but just want to dial down their Insta-volume a little, you can now mute them.

To mute someone, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of a post. You can then choose from the following options: Mute Posts or Mute Posts and Story.

After you mute them, you’ll still be able to see that person’s posts by visiting their profile page, and you’ll still get notified when they tag you in a photo—you just won’t receive their latest posts in your feed. At the moment, you can only mute users on the app (Android or iOS), but not on the Instagram website.

When you want to bring a person’s posts back into your feed, head to their profile, select Following > Mute and then toggle the Posts and Stories options off. If you can’t remember who you muted, you can always find them by going to your profile, tapping the three bars in the top-right corner, and hitting Settings > Privacy > Muted Accounts.

How to Mute People on Twitter

Twitter also has a range of options when it comes to ignoring people—you can choose to either block, mute, or unfollow people.

In order to mute a user, go to their profile, click on the three dots in the top-right corner, and select Mute. Twitter will ask you to confirm your decision to mute, so hit Yes, I’m Sure on the next prompt. Alternatively, you can also mute a user by finding one of their tweets, clicking the dropdown menu arrow on the right, and choosing Mute.

If you change your mind, you can always go back to their profile, find the same menu, and select Unmute. You can also review a list of people you’ve muted on Twitter by going to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety > Muted accounts. You can use this menu to unmute someone simply by hitting the Mute icon next to their username.

How to Mute People on Snapchat

Not so long ago, the only way to ignore conversations on Snapchat was to block a user or leave a group. The users would, of course, get notified of your actions. Luckily, times have changed and the platform now has two ways to secretly silence other users.

To get rid of notifications from a certain user altogether, swipe right to go to the Chat screen. Tap and hold your finger on the chat you want to mute. When the menu slides up from the bottom of your screen, select More > Message Notifications > Silent. This allows you to turn off notifications for one-to-one chats, as well as group chats. You still get the users’ Snaps, but you won’t get alerts about them until you check the app.

If you don’t want to see a particular user’s story, you can mute that too. Just like the above process, head to the Chat screen, tap and hold on a specific chat, and hit More > Mute Story. This prevents the user’s story from showing up in your feed.

How to Mute People on Reddit

Once you learn how to use Reddit productively, it becomes a great and resourceful site. However, it can easily bring more clutter and spam into your online presence. If you’re finding someone’s messages or comment replies on Reddit annoying, you can simply block those users.

After you block a certain user, their profile, comments, posts, and messages will completely disappear from view. In order to block someone, select a person’s username, and click the Block user button. Reddit will ask you to confirm your choice, so hit Block user on the next prompt.

If you ever wish to undo that, you’ll have to access the desktop version of the site. Simply navigate to User Settings > Safety & Privacy, and then click Remove next to any user under the “People You’ve Blocked” heading.

How to Mute People on WhatsApp

Beyond Messenger, other messaging apps can become cluttered when your friends constantly spam you with tons of notifications. On WhatsApp, you can choose to turn off alerts for specific conversations.

To mute a chat on Android, click on a chat, tap the three dots in the top-right of the screen, and select Mute notifications. On iOS, swipe left on a conversation, and hit the Mute option.

You’ll then have to pick whether you want to mute the chat for eight hours, one week, or one year. You can undo this at any time using the same menu.

How to Mute People on Telegram

Telegram has a similar option to WhatsApp for muting notifications from particular contacts and groups.

Click on a chat, select the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen, and hit Mute notifications. On iOS, go to the group or contact info and click Mute. You can then choose to mute a particular chat for one hour, eight hours, two days, or until you manually unmute it.

If you’re getting sick of the notifications altogether, you might want to think about deactivating or deleting your Telegram account instead. This will definitely help you regain control over these messaging apps, and bring you some peace and quiet.

Are You Ready to Mute People on Social Media?

Don’t worry, ignoring your friends isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. Muting some of your contacts will help you dial down the number of posts you see on social networks daily and make your feed a little quieter.

The best part is, they won’t even know that you’re ignoring their updates. You, on the other hand, might finally start enjoying social media again.

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WhatsApp Web And Desktop Apps Get Dark Mode Feature

Fans of dark mode who also happen to use WhatsApp on the web or desktop are going to be in for some good news – WhatsApp now supports dark mode on both of those things for the first time.

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WhatsApp Adds QR Codes and Animated Stickers

WhatsApp has introduced a number of new features. These include QR codes for adding new contacts and animated stickers to make messaging more fun. These new WhatsApp features will be rolling out over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for updates.

New WhatsApp Features to Make Use Of

In a post on the WhatsApp Blog, the company explains that while its “focus remains on providing a simple, reliable and private way for people to chat with friends and family,” it’s still looking for ways to push WhatsApp forward in terms of usefulness.

First up are QR codes which you can scan to add new contacts. Previously, you had to type in someone’s name and phone number to add them as a contact. Now, you can just scan their QR code to add them to your contacts. Which is both quicker and easier.

WhatsApp has also added animated stickers you can send while messaging people. As the name suggests, these are stickers (which you can already find alongside emojis and GIFs) that are animated. Allowing you to express yourself better in a message.

The other, smaller, new WhatsApp features are: Dark Mode is now available on WhatsApp Web and the desktop app, WhatsApp has improved the way group video calls work, and WhatsApp Status (how to use WhatsApp Status) is now available on KaiOS.

Other WhatsApp Features You Need to Know About

With more than 2 billion users worldwide to consider, WhatsApp doesn’t make changes lightly. So these new features will have been tested thoroughly before launch. Adding QR codes is particularly useful, as it takes the pain out of adding new contacts on WhatsApp.

While humans tend to be mostly interested in what’s shiny and new, there are some well-established WhatsApp features that all users should know about. These include how to disable read receipts, how to back up your chats, and how to silence notifications.

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WhatsApp Announces QR Codes For Contacts, Animated Stickers, More

WhatsApp has just announced QR codes for adding contacts, animated stickers, and much more. Here are the details on this.

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WhatsApp gains QR codes for contacts, macOS Dark Mode support, animated stickers & more

The update brings animated stickers and QR contacts, in addition to Dark Mode support on the desktop/web and the ability to conduct fullscreen group calls.

How to Use WhatsApp Web on PC: The Ultimate Guide

WhatsApp Web offers a quick and easy way to read and reply to WhatsApp messages on your computer. It lets you use WhatsApp online from your browser. And in this guide we show you how to use WhatsApp Web on your PC.

What You Will Need to Run WhatsApp Web

Largely speaking, it’s a simple process and you’ll have the necessary items at hand. But for the sake of thoroughness, here’s the list.

  1. An Android phone or an iPhone with a working rear camera.
  2. A laptop or desktop computer with any modern web browser, like Google Chrome.
  3. An active internet connection for both your phone and your PC.
  4. The latest version of WhatsApp.

Download: WhatsApp for Android | iOS (Free)

How WhatsApp Web Works

How to Install and Use WhatsApp Web on any computer

WhatsApp Web does not have all the features of the mobile app. In fact, it can’t work without the mobile app. You will need your phone to connect to and use WhatsApp Web.

This is, in essence, a clone or a mirror of what’s happening on your phone. If a message comes to your phone, you’ll see it in WhatsApp Web. If your phone doesn’t get a message because it doesn’t have an active internet connection or it’s switched off, then you won’t see it in WhatsApp Web either.

This makes WhatsApp Web inferior to other chat apps, but in some ways, it also makes WhatsApp Web more secure.

How to Set Up WhatsApp Web

Once you have these elements ready, setting up WhatsApp Web is simple:

  1. Open the browser on your PC and go to
  2. You will see a QR code that you need to scan to connect to WhatsApp Web.
  3. On your WhatsApp mobile app, tap Menu > WhatsApp Web to start the QR code reader.
  4. Point your phone’s rear camera to the QR code on your PC screen.

As soon as WhatsApp Web scans the QR code, it will connect your phone to your PC. In a jiffy, WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp mobile will be synced. You are now ready to use WhatsApp online through the computer.

What You Can Do With WhatsApp Web

  • Use your keyboard to type.
  • Access media (photos, videos, audio) in-line. You can also download any media directly to your PC. However, you cannot bulk download all media files; you have to manually click each.
  • View videos from Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube without leaving the chat window, through Picture-in-Picture mode.
  • Start a new conversation with any contact, or search for existing conversations.
  • View contact information.
  • Start a new group chat, talk in group chats, and view group information.
  • Connect multiple computers to your phone and save them for future. You can also remotely disconnect any browser from your phone.
  • Get or mute desktop alerts and sounds.
  • Share photos and videos, documents, and contacts.
  • Send emojis, GIFs, and stickers, as well as voice notes.
  • View WhatsApp Status updates from any contact.
  • Select multiple messages, and clear messages.
  • Reply, forward, star, or delete messages.
  • Edit your profile.

What You Can’t Do With WhatsApp Web

  • You can’t send a WhatsApp Broadcast.
  • You can’t make or receive WhatsApp Voice calls or WhatsApp Video calls.
  • You can’t post new WhatsApp Status updates.
  • You can’t share maps or your current location.
  • You can’t change media download settings, so all photos and videos sent to you are downloaded automatically.
  • You can’t use two browsers at the same time. While you can add multiple browsers/PCs to your phone, you can only use one at a time.
  • Settings are limited to notifications through WhatsApp Web and chat wallpapers.

Using Multiple WhatsApp Accounts

You can use multiple accounts with WhatsApp Web on one computer

Some folks have two numbers associated with two different WhatsApp accounts. You can still control WhatsApp online for both on a single PC.

To do that, you will need to open WhatsApp Web in two different browsers, such as Chrome and Opera. Alternately, you can open WhatsApp Web in an incognito window, but that automatically logs you out after an hour.

What Makes WhatsApp Web Special

WhatsApp Web is special because of the keyboard, you can finally type fast

So why should you use WhatsApp Web when it’s more limited than the phone? Because of the keyboard, of course.

If you want to engage in long conversations with someone, it’s easier to type using a keyboard. In fact, WhatsApp Web also works with WhatsApp Business, and you’ll be glad that you can take care of multiple customers through it.

You can use keyboard shortcuts too. The most useful two to remember are Ctrl + Shift + [ to go to the previous chat, and Ctrl + Shift + ] to go to the next chat.

How Safe Is WhatsApp Web?

While it initially got some flak for its lack of security, WhatsApp now boasts end-to-end encryption for all of its messages. This extends to WhatsApp Web as well.

Still, it’s a good idea to employ the best security practices for WhatsApp and understand how safe your photos are in WhatsApp, whether you’re using it your phone or using WhatsApp Web. For example, if you have to use WhatsApp Web on a different computer, always open it through an incognito window.

How to Log Out of WhatsApp Web

How to log out of all devices connected to whatsapp web

If you are using WhatsApp Web on your own computer, you can stay logged in even when you are done. It’s convenient.

If you are using it on someone else’s computer, then remember to log out after you are done using WhatsApp online. It’s best to do this on both the computer and the mobile app.

  1. To log out of WhatsApp Web through your computer, go to Menu > Log out.
  2. To log out of WhatsApp Web through your phone, go to Menu > WhatsApp Web > Log out from all devices. As the name indicates, this will close WhatsApp Web on any computer you are logged in.

Once you log out, you will need to run the WhatsApp Web QR Code scan again to reconnect to the device.

WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks

The more you know about WhatsApp Web, the more astounded you will be by what you can achieve with it. In fact, we prefer it to the official desktop apps for WhatsApp since WhatsApp Web is more feature-filled, and even offers extensions.

There’s also a clever hack that makes WhatsApp Web worth using. Through WhatsApp Web, you can actually read your WhatsApp messages without marking them with blue ticks. It’s a sneaky one, but if you want to learn how to do that and more, check out our list of WhatsApp Web tips and tricks everyone should know.

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7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know

WhatsApp Web is the easy way to use WhatsApp on any computer in the world, as long as you have your phone to sign in. Once you know how to use WhatsApp Web on your PC, these tips and tricks will make WhatsApp Web even better.

Now that you know the basics of using WhatsApp Web, including what it can and can’t do, it’s time to enhance WhatsApp Web with some simple tips and tricks…

1. Learn WhatsApp Web’s Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard shortcuts for WhatsApp Web

In order to take full advantage of using WhatsApp Web on your computer, you need to learn some keyboard shortcuts. These can make you a typing ninja who does everything a bit faster. Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that work in WhatsApp Web:

  • Ctrl + N: Start new chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + ]: Next chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + [: Previous chat
  • Ctrl + E: Archive chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + M: Mute chat
  • Ctrl + Backspace: Delete chat
  • Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark as unread
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new group
  • Ctrl + P: Open profile status

Apart from these, you can also employ all of the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + Shift + Equals to zoom and enlarge text. The same goes for Mac keyboard shortcuts too, of course.

2. Type and Search Emojis With a Keyboard

Instant messaging feels incomplete without emojis. But it takes forever to change from the keyboard to the mouse, click the emoji icon next to the text box, and then find the right emoji. There’s a faster WhatsApp Web trick for keyboard warriors.

While in the regular text box, type colon (Shift + ;/: Key) followed by the first two letters of the emotion you want to express. You will get a prompt of matching emojis that change with each letter you type.

:th will show this:

add emojis quickly in WhatsApp Web

:thu will show this:

type a colon followed by letters to see emoji previews in WhatsApp Web

Use the keyboard’s arrow keys to switch back and forth between the emojis displayed. Press Enter to accept.

You can also access the emojis, stickers, and GIFs button by pressing Shift+Tab when in any chat window. This will highlight the emoji icon, so press Enter to bring up the emojis, stickers, and GIFs menu. Press Tab and Shift+Tab to cycle through the three choices. Navigate within their menu with the arrow keys.

It’s a much faster way to type, and it will help if you familiarize yourself with the emoji to English dictionary.

3. Auto-Change Emoticons to Emojis (or Not)

Whatsapp Web auto-changes a set of text emoticons to emojis as a great keyboard shortcut

Some emojis don’t need the colon-and-type trick above because one of the best features of WhatsApp Web is to auto-convert them from the classic text emoticons. A helpful redditor extracted the full list of auto-converted emoticons, pictured above.

Again, learning these WhatsApp Web shortcuts for the keyboard will make your typing much faster if you practice them regularly.

That said, this auto-conversion can be annoying for some people, so there’s an easy fix to keep them as emoticons. All you need is a userscript called WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.

  1. Install Tampermonkey, a cross-platform userscript manager, on your browser of choice.
  2. Go to WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver.
  3. Click the blue Install button.
  4. Refresh the WhatsApp Web tab in your browser.

Please note, this will show emoticon characters on your screen, but the recipient will still see them as emojis.

4. Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts on the Same PC

How to use multiple WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer at the same time

Some people have two phones with separate WhatsApp accounts, or maybe you use a dual-SIM phone with multiple WhatsApp apps. If you want to run two WhatsApp Web accounts on your computer, you can’t just open two tabs in Chrome and sign in separately.

The best WhatsApp Web trick to use multiple accounts is to open an incognito window or different browser. So if you have one account signed into Chrome, start a new window in Incognito Mode, or fire up a second browser and go to WhatsApp Web through that. Log in as you normally would, using your other account to read the QR code.

In Incognito Mode, you can use WhatsApp Web for an hour before it automatically logs you out.

5. Read Messages Without Blue Tick Notifications

Use this WhatsApp Web trick to read messages without the blue ticks to notify the other user

As long as you have those blue tick marks enabled, people can see the exact time you read their text. You can switch off Read Receipts on your phone if you want to disable this, but there’s a cool WhatsApp Web trick to get around this.

If you are talking with someone on WhatsApp and want to read their messages without them getting a read receipt, here’s what you do:

  1. Open the chat in your WhatsApp Web window.
  2. Open a Notepad file (or any other window), and change its size so that you can see the full WhatsApp Web chat in the background.
  3. Click in the Notepad file and keep your cursor there. This is the critical step, as the computer thinks you are working in a different window.
  4. Messages will load in the background chat window, which you can see, without being marked as read with the blue ticks. Right now, they will be double grey ticks, meaning the messages are received by you, but not read.
  5. When you’re OK with marking them as read, click the WhatsApp Web chat window and those ticks will instantly turn blue.

The limitation of this method is that you can only read the content of one chat at a time. But how often do you really need to use this WhatsApp Web trick anyway?

6. Get WAToolkit Extension for Message Previews

WAToolkit is a Chrome Extension that makes up for missing WhatsApp Web features

In WAToolkit, Chrome users have an excellent extension to add extra features to WhatsApp Web. It adds two cool tricks to built-in WhatsApp Web features, including one that lets you again read conversations without triggering the Read Receipt.

  1. Background Notifications: When you get a new message in WhatsApp, you no longer need to switch to the WhatsApp Web tab to read it. The WAToolkit icon’s badge shows how many unread messages you have. Hover over the icon and you’ll be able to preview the messages, without registering them as having been read in your main chat.
  2. Full-Width Chat Bubbles: By default, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch a person’s chat bubble across the full width of the chat window. That’s why you get multi-line texts when it would easily fit in a single line of your wide desktop window. WAToolkit fixes this by changing the text bubbles to full-width.

Remember, you can also use Google Chrome extensions in Opera and other browsers.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

7. Enable Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web

Dark WhatsApp Web extension for Chrome enables and disables Dark Mode for WhatsApp Web in one click

Dark Mode is a hidden WhatsApp Web feature that the company hasn’t yet launched to the public. You will find articles online about how to change the code in a browser tab to enable Dark Mode, and it’s not too hard, but might seem daunting for some.

But the easier way is to download the Dark WhatsApp Web extension. It’s a neat WhatsApp Web shortcut to implement exactly what the code changes bring about, but without all that hassle. With one click, you can switch Dark Mode on and off in WhatsApp Web.

Download: Dark WhatsApp Web for Chrome (Free)

You Can Also Use WhatsApp Web on Apple Devices

All of these tips and tricks require you to use WhatsApp Web on a desktop computer, ideally through the Google Chrome web browser.

However, you can also trick your Apple devices into working with WhatsApp Web, so here’s how to use WhatsApp Web on your iPad.

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WhatsApp Launches In-Chat Payment Service, Beginning In Brazil

WhatsApp has just launched an in-chat payment service, beginning in Brazil. Here's everything you need to know about this.

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The 6 Best Facebook Messenger Alternatives for Private Chats

If you’re trying to cut Facebook out of your life, Messenger is one of the apps you need to replace.

Its chats are not end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning that Facebook could access your chats if it wanted to. And because Facebook thrives on collecting as much data as possible, you’re probably not comfortable with the company spying on what you say to your friends.

So, with that in mind, we have compiled a list of Facebook Messenger alternatives which allow you to chat privately with family and friends. Once you’ve chosen one you’ll just have to convince your friends to sign up to it too.

1. Signal

If you’re looking for a super secure messaging client that’s also easy to use, Signal could be the one for you. Signal is an open source messaging service available on Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Signal is developed by Signal Foundation, a successor to Open Whisper Systems. The best part about Signal’s privacy is that the backend code is also open source and verifiable. A lot of secure messaging services only open source the frontend application code (“client-side”) while keeping the backend platform proprietary (“server-side”).

That’s not the case with Signal. This might seem like a small thing, but this layer of transparency adds more confidence and trust to the system. It’s one of the reasons why Edward Snowden has endorsed Signal. Regardless of how you feel about him, he certainly knows about privacy.

With the application itself, you’ll find all the features you’d look for in a messaging service. You can text, make voice calls, send pictures and videos, share documents, create group chats, and similar.

Signal is extremely simple to use. You sign up using your phone number and a one-time password that’s sent to you via SMS. Then, just give your name and you’re all set. There’s no email address or password to worry about.

Signal will ask your permission to look up your contacts, but it only uses this temporarily to see who you also know on Signal. Those details aren’t kept on Signal’s servers.

Download: Signal for Android | iOS (Free)

2. Telegram

Telegram has arisen as a hugely popular alternative to the more mainstream messaging apps. With over 400 million monthly active users at the time of writing, there’s clearly lots to love about Telegram.

You’ll find its interface familiar to Facebook Messenger, with a lot of the same features and characteristics—minus the bad parts. Telegram is available on every major platform including iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the web. The app’s UI is clean and simple to use.

When you’re looking for secure and private alternatives to popular messaging clients, Telegram is usually one of the first options to pop up. But while Telegram is open source, only the client-side code is available to the public. The server-side code is all proprietary, so you have to trust the company’s word on its security.

Some security experts criticize Telegram because it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption by default. For this, you need to open a Secret Chat with every person you’re talking to. Without it, Telegram works just like every other messaging service: keeping your messages protected on its servers, where it has access to all of your data. This conveniently allows you to use it on all your devices, though.

So why is Telegram on this list? Because it’s way better than Facebook Messenger. There are no annoying ads or stories. And Telegram boasts some really useful bots. Because the service is so popular, you’ll probably find that your friends are already using Telegram. If not, you can hopefully convince them to jump ship.

Download: Telegram for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Threema

Threema is a paid messaging app with a focus on privacy and gimmick-free features. It includes all of the essentials you’d expect, like group chats, voice calls, media sharing, and more. In addition to these standard tools, Threema lets you protect sensitive chats with a PIN, agree or disagree with messages using reactions, and choose whether to sync your contacts.

Everything is end-to-end encrypted to protect your privacy. However, Threema goes one step further, as it doesn’t require you to use your phone number or email address to sign up. The app provides you with a random ID instead, which can’t be connected to you. See Threema’s Security page for more information.

The app costs a one-time fee of $3, and doesn’t include any ads or other nonsense once you’re in. You can also use the app on the web after installing it on your phone.

Download: Threema for Android | iOS ($2.99)

4. Wire

Wire is intended for business-level collaboration, but features a basic free tier for personal use. It’s completely open source and features end-to-end encryption across all communication. The service has received independent audits from many security firms, so you can trust that it’s secure.

For chatting one-on-one or with a few friends, Wire is probably overkill since it’s intended as something more akin to Slack. But if you have a bigger group and want to set up secure communication with them, Wire could work.

Download: Wire for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. WhatsApp

With over two billion monthly users, WhatsApp is certainly the biggest messaging platform in the world. It’s owned by Facebook which may rightfully give you pause for thought. But for now, the app has managed to stay mostly independent from Facebook.

WhatsApp’s Status feature isn’t in your face all the time. There are no ads in the app. And even its business features are tastefully implemented.

There are two big reasons WhatsApp makes for a solid alternative to Facebook Messenger. First, WhatsApp uses end-to-end AES 256-bit encryption by default on all chats. As long as you (and the person you’re talking to) are running the latest version of WhatsApp, your chats are encrypted.

WhatsApp states its position on encryption clearly in the WhatsApp FAQs:

“WhatsApp has no ability to see the content of messages or listen to calls on WhatsApp. That’s because the encryption and decryption of messages sent on WhatsApp occurs entirely on your device. Before a message ever leaves your device, it is secured with a cryptographic lock, and only the recipient has the keys.

In addition, the keys change with every single message that is sent. While all of this happens behind the scenes, you can confirm your conversations are protected by checking the security verification code on your device.”

Also, WhatsApp uses the Signal Protocol end-to-end encryption system, which is the same open source setup used by Signal. Furthermore, you can use two-step authentication to secure the WhatsApp data on your phone.

So the world’s most popular messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, is also one of the most secure and privacy-focused messaging apps. This is ironic, but means that WhatsApp is better for privacy than you might at first think.

Download: WhatsApp for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Messenger Lite (Android) or Friendly (iOS)

If you can’t pull yourself away from Facebook Messenger because all your friends and family use it, you could try Messenger Lite instead.

The lightweight version of Messenger gives you all the essential messaging features (including media sharing) but does away with everything unnecessary. There are no ads, Messenger Day stories section, third-party apps, sticker store, or other such nonsense.

After switching to Messenger Lite, make sure you’re not continuously uploading your contact book to Facebook by going to Profile > People > Sync Contacts.

Messenger Lite is optimized to take up less space on your phone and use mobile data more efficiently, so it’s also great for older devices. While you’re still using Facebook’s service, it’s a better way to use Facebook Messenger if and when you have to.

Unfortunately, it’s not available for iOS outside of Turkey. We recommend trying Friendly instead, which is a lightweight wrapper on the mobile Facebook website. It lets you access Messenger without all the usual bloat. It’s free, with a small purchase available to remove ads.

Download: Messenger Lite for Android (Free)
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More Facebook Messenger Alternatives to Try

In this article, we’ve looked at several apps like Messenger which focus on privacy. Hopefully, you can abandon Facebook Messenger and convince everyone you chat with to join you on an alternative app. But if that’s not an option, remember that you can use Messenger without Facebook.

However, if you still want to move away from Messenger but don’t like any of these options, here are some more Facebook Messenger alternatives to try.

Read the full article: The 6 Best Facebook Messenger Alternatives for Private Chats


WhatsApp is testing easier, more secure contact sharing via QR codes

You will be able to add new contacts quickly by scanning their QR codes, without having to add them to your phone's default contact-management app beforehand.