6 WhatsApp Alternatives For Your Smartphone to Try (2016)

Today WhatsApp has become the most used and most popular instant messaging App. It is needless to say that WhatsApp has some cool features which made it the king of all other messaging apps available on the web. A few Months back Facebook brought WhatsApp, and after that one of the major things about WhatsApp had changed. Yes, here I’m talking about the pricing.

In the past, WhatsApp was completely free. But, now you actually need to pay an annual fee of $0.99 for using it. The app is still free to download from play store or any other place. You can use the first year for free, after that a $0.99 subscription charge per year will incur.

Now maybe for you, $0.99 is a small amount to pay. But why pay when you can use any other WhatsApp alternative messaging app for free. And that’s when I started looking for best free WhatsApp alternatives. I have listed some of the best free WhatsApp alternatives below, you can check then one by one.

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1. Facebook Messenger

facebook messenger

I don’t think Facebook messenger needs any introduction, maybe you are already using it on a regular basis. But have you taken it seriously, you can do a lot with this app. Messenger supports voice call, video call, chat, and many other things.

You can also install many other small apps which work as add-ons for messenger, For instance, there is an app called doddle which lets you send direct sketches to your friends. I think it’s the no 1 best free alternative to WhatsApp, ironically both of these apps are owned by Facebook. However, one is free and another is not. You can download Facebook messenger form below for your android if you already don’t have it installed on your android device.

   Download Messenger for Android

Also Check: 10 Best Free Recharge Android Apps For 2017.

2. Hike Messenger

hike messenger

Hike is an Indian social messaging app and the second best alternative for whatsapp. Hike has some really cool stickers which will make your conversation more attractive and expressive.

I would say that it is built exclusively by keeping in mind the thought of Indians.
Some features of hike are – Regional Stickers (express your feelings with strikers in your language) , Hidden mode , Send Everything and anything , Chat Themes , Hike Offline , Free Hike2SMS to India , 128-bit SSL Encryption and many more. You can download hike from the link below.

   Download Hike for Android

3. WeChat

wechat messenger

Wechat is another awesome alternative for whatsapp. Wechat was viral when it was first launched. WeChat allows you to communicate with others with free text, voice and video calls. Some of the WeChat Features are – Always Free, Free Voice and Video Calls, Group Chat, Multimedia Messaging, You can also connect with your friends to play games together and much more on wechat. Download Wechat from the link below.

   Download WeChat for Android

Also Read: Download Xender App for PC Laptop Windows 7/8/8.1 Computer.

4. Viber

viber messenger

Viber is a famous alternative of Skype the popular free video calling app. So, most of the people know that it is the best app to make free voice calls form android. But as a matter of fact viber can also be used for chatting with friends, chatting like text chatting.

Viber doesn’t charge you any penny to make calls from your device all you need is an internet connection for using this. So I will recommend you guys to go ahead and install viber on your device if your main purpose is to communicate with friends over text and voice calls (which are completely free).

Read: How to Use two WhatsApp Accounts on One Android Phone.

   Download Viber for Android

5. Kik Messenger

kik messenger

Kik is a decent messenger app, you should not expect many features from kik when compare to others in the list. But it is pretty good. Some features of kik messenger are – No phone number, Just Username, You can filter to decide whom you want to talk to and many more, Public Group Chat for up to 50 people. You may download Kik messenger from the link below.

   Download Kik messenger for Android

Also Read: Download hike for PC Laptop Windows 7/8/8.1 Computer.

6. LINE: Free Calls & Messages

line messenger

If you love simple stuff, then you will love to use this simple free messaging app. Although line is a great app, but line have the lowest ratings in Google play when compared to other apps in the list. If you wish then you can download LINE: Free Calls & Messages from below.

   Download LINE: Free Calls & Messages

Disclaimer: I am not against the whatsapp pricing policy, everybody can make money out of their products. As creating something awesome takes a lot of effort, so I strongly believe that creators have the right to make money from their product. In this post I have just listed some of the best free whatsapp alternatives which are free.

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Let me tell you, there are many of social messaging apps available on the play store. But, here I have collected the best WhatsApp alternatives for you. These apps can do pretty much everything that WhatsApp can do, however for the first few weeks you may fell a little different as most of you are already used to the WhatsApp experience.

Hope you like this list. I had tried all these apps and yeah these are great. If you have any suggestion for this list, then please comment below. I would love to add any better app in this list of best WhatsApp alternatives.

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  1. I’m tired of whatsapp forcing me to update, just uses data (maybe thats the point?) and adds no benefits. This time it also has glitches and has slowed my phone down. I’m looking for an alternative that doesn’t force you to update and is gaining popularity so I won’t be isolated, and stuck with whatsapp because I need to stay part of my groups.

  2. Telegram is the best.
    worlds most safest app,
    can chat in self destruct mode,
    your media files are protected in cloud storage,
    no ads, absolutely free 🙂