6 best Skype alternatives for Android, iPhone, and other platforms in 2017


Remember how Skype went down this month for a few hours and kept unstable for days? Hundreds of businesses' productivity crumbled. People couldn't reach their friends and relatives. Yep, wasn't a good time! But such things can happen to anyone – even Microsoft, who has been running Skype ever since it acquired the company in 2011. In times like these, the need for a proper alternative surfaces.

Luckily, we aren't starved for choice when it comes to messaging, calling, and video all-in-one apps. We have rounded up six Skype alternatives – three personal messengers with optional group chat functionality, and three teamwork-oriented messengers ideal for organizations of any scale.

No matter which one you choose, you get largely the same complete messaging and communication functionality. It's simply a question of finding the app that feels most comfortable for you, your contacts, or workmates. Below, the six apps are listed with download links, pictures, and descriptions.

Viber



Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Viber is a free messenger app with phone calls. Unlike Skype, it doesn't require an user-name, just your phone number. You are able to write text messages, call, chat (text and video), and share files quickly and easily to anyone in the world using the same app. New contacts are added straight from your phone book, or by simply entering their phone number. Viber also supports group chats with up to 250 people at once!


WhatsApp



Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

WhatsApp is a lean and mean messenger with the ability to send and receive photos, videos, documents, Voice Messages, and handle calls. There's group chat functionality as well, so teams can coordinate on WhatsApp as well. Like Viber, WhatsApp doesn't need you to remember a username or PIN number? It works with your phone number and integrates seamlessly with your phone's existing address book.

An interesting thing about WhatsApp is that the app keeps you constantly logged in, never missing messages or confusing you whether you're logged in or logged out.


Telegram



Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Telegram is a fast messaging app that gets connected via a distributed network of data centers around the globe. It gets synchronized on all your devices at once and enables you to send media and files without type or size limits.

Everything on Telegram, including chats, groups, media, and other content, is encrypted with a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange. So no snooping from outside forces!

Telegram can handle group chats for up to 5,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type, and let you set up bots for any specific tasks. It's great both as a personal messenger and for teamwork.


Slack



Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Slack is an all-out team messenger that lets you coordinate work and bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together, at the right time. It's a multi-platform app available on almost any smart device, so that you can find and access your team and work from anywhere.


Flock



Download: Android | iOSPrice: Free

Flock is a communication app for teams with an emphasis on productivity features. It lets you connect with your team, get on video calls, manage projects with to-dos, polls and reminders, and integrate your favourite apps. There's real-time direct and group messaging, video and audio calling with screen sharing, file sharing for personal and group chats, and integration with tools like Trello, Twitter, Hubot, and GitHub.


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11 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Nice soup you've made. Adding Slax next to Vyber as apps which can replace another that has as key point video conference. :))) I told you so many times and say it again, you should stay to review phones although even that is so subjective...

2. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

what alternatives? Viber and WhatsApp have been here like forever.

3. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

can they translate calls from one language to another? skype is in league of its own

8. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

A very niche requirement. So Skype can have that for now, others might follow later.

4. vasra

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

None of the above. Zyptonite. https://zyptonite.com/zyptonite/ Actually *secure* communications from long-time cryptohackers.

5. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

are you a developer or the "ceo"? How can you consider an unreleased application as alternate of any already released and old with milion user.

6. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

IMO is also a great alternative,even with a not very good Internet connection it will still run like a Champ..

7. cmvrgr

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

What alternatives this is a joke. Skype is intepentant from a phone number and it can be used in many different phones somethink that viber (my second favorite) can not do as the others in the list. Also skype is far better as with 15$ you can talk unlimited to many counties national mobile and stationary numbers. Also is the only one that can have videochat simultaneously with up to 10 people. I hope with the new version of skype to fix all the problems

9. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

So, don't you consider Facebook's Messenger an alternative to Skype?

10. JenniferLey

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

Whenever you need security, features and precision ,you'd better choose Brosix. With a 30-days-free trial, you can test the product just like me and my company did. Easy to use and with extremely high security there is none like Brosix. You should definitely have it in mind when looking for a business instant messenger.

11. PrasantaShee

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2017

All the above mentioned tools are good for social and casual interactions. But for business meetings, security is most important, hence, I would recommend using a R-HUB HD video conferencing server. It works from behind the firewall instead of outside of it.

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