Recent privacy issues with WhatsApp have shaken the trust and loyalty of its users from the core. Today, this Facebook-owned messaging service is getting heavily criticized around the world. If you have also grown a distaste for WhatsApp, we would like to offer a list of WhatsApp alternatives that offer the same experience except the “no-way-to-opt-out” privacy policy.

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Here’s the list of top 5 WhatsApp alternatives

#1. Signal

Free and open-source, Signal is making more waves right now than any other messaging service in terms of WhatsApp alternatives. What makes it more trustworthy is the roots of its origin – The Signal Foundation – which is a non-profit, non-tech organization. 

In other words, there is no big tech organization behind it that you have to fear about.

The Signal app supports texting, calls (voice and video), and file-sharing. Speaking of privacy, it is also protected by E2E encryption. You can also set your messages to self-destruct at a specific time. And the foundation promises it doesn’t keep any backups.  

Another upside to Signal is that it is thinking of a way around phone numbers to create accounts. According to Signal, the process defeats the purpose of anonymity.

#2. Telegram

Telegram was growing in its own pace, until Facebook ruined WhatsApp with the privacy policy update. 

According to Sensor Tower, Telegram saw 15.7 million downloads from January 5 to January 12, which was twice more than last week (7.6 million).

Telegram supports texting, all types of calls, file-sharing, and public channels – with an iOS interface highly similar to WhatsApp. 

Telegram’s encryption methods are not similar to WhatsApp or Signal. The app allows a “secret chat” feature that is covered by E2E protocol by default, and not for other chats. Telegram’s servers erase encrypted messages once they are delivered and you can also set them to self-destruct from your end.

Telegram believes asking for a high-level of privacy means you have something to hide. Having less-secure encryption is a way around unwanted surveillance.

#3. Wire Personal

Better suitable for corporates, this secure messaging app can also be a great WhatsApp alternative. 

Wire Personal offers calls, file-sharing, texting, and group chat abilities – with an E2E encryption. Another upside to Wire Personal is that you can register with an email address instead of giving a phone number. 

Furthermore, Wire Personal is 100% open source. Its source code is available on GitHub for anyone to modify, verify, or improve. 

#4. Dust

As the name suggests, messages shared on this app disappear from your phone every 24 hours. Messages or ‘dusts’ erase from the app’s servers right after they are sent, thereby allowing users to freely communicate. 

Dust partially works like a social media app as well where it allows users to send out blasts and gain followers. 

Dust offers E2E encrypted texting and file sharing; it doesn’t currently support voice or video calls.

#5. Wickr Me

Here’s a fun-fact about Wickr Me: It was used by the 82nd Airborne Task Force Devil in the Middle East. 

If a messenger app is good enough for a country’s elite military force, it is definitely secure for us civilians. 

Messages and attachments communicated in Wickr Me self-destruct after a length of time you specify. With no backup server or data log, you can move freely without worrying about irresponsible use of your data.