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Read EFF’s Thinking About What You Need In A Secure Messenger. Then return here and select the features you are looking for with a secure messenger. Each of the points below is described in depth in the EFF article.

  • Are you worried about your messages being intercepted by governments or service providers?
    Solution: End-to-end encryption
    All messengers listed on this page will have full end to end encryption as an option.
  • Are you worried about people in your physical environment reading your messages?
    Solution: ephemeral or “disappearing” messages
  • Do you want to avoid giving out your phone number (or email)?
    Solution: Messengers that allow aliases (and do not expose your personal information as part of your ID)
  • How risky would a mistake be? Do you need a “foolproof” encrypted messenger?
    Solution: Only encrypted communication is possible
  • Are you more concerned about the the “Puddle Test” or the “Hammer Test”?
    “Puddle Test”: If you accidentally dropped your phone in a Puddle and ruined it, would your messages be lost forever? This test is really a personal preference, whether you want your messages to be retrievable in the event of an accident. If you do not care about restoration of message, it may be desirable for the app you use to not be able to recover past messages.
    “Hammer Test”: If you and a contact intentionally took a Hammer to your phones or otherwise tried to delete all your messages, would they really be deleted? Would someone else be able to recover them?
  • Do you need features to help you verify the identity of the person you’re talking to?
    Solution: contact verification


 Show only recommended apps

Show apps that have:

 Ephemeral Messages
 ID contains no personal info
 Foolproof encryption
 Puddle test: Data not recoverable
 Hammer test: Data not recoverable
 Has contact verification

    Name Platforms Country of Origin Ephemeral Messages ID contains personal info Foolproof (All Messages Encrypted) Puddle Test Hammer Test Has Contact Verification Recomendation
Adamant iOS, Web Republic of Ireland No No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
Antox Android No centralized servers No No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
BabelNet Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows Czech Republic Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 2
recommended
Blackberry Messenger Enterprise Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, BlackBerry Canada Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data not recoverable No 1
recommended
Briar Project Android (via Google Play, F-Droid repo or APK) None No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
Brosix Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (many) Bulgaria No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 2
Cashew Android, iOS USA Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
Confide Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows USA Yes Email Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
recommended
Conversations (XMPP) Android Germany No No No (Unless OMEMO Encyption is set to Always) Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 2
Crypho Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Web Norway No Email Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 3
Crypviser Android, iOS Germany Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
Cwtch Android, Windows, Linux Canada Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable ? 3
Eleet Android (direct APK download), iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (AppImage), Web UK Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
FireChat Android, iOS USA No No No Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
foilChat Android, iOS, Web Finland Yes Email Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
FortKnoxster Android, iOS, Web UK No No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
get2clouds Android, iOS, Windows UK Yes No No ? Data recoverable No 3
Hoccer Android, iOS Germany No No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable Yes 3
HoopMessenger Android, iOS Canada Yes No No Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
Jami Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, Windows Canada No No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
Keybase Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (many) USA Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data not recoverable No 1
Kontalk Android (on F-Droid), Java client None No Phone Yes ? Data recoverable Yes 3
Kripter Android UK Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable Yes 3
KryptoChat Android, iOS United Arab Emirates No No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
LinkCast Android, iOS Japan Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
MySudo iOS USA Yes for MySudo contacts, No for SMS No Yes for MySudo contacts, No for SMS Data recoverable Data not recoverable No 2
recommended
Patchwork Linux (AppImage), MacOS, Windows None No No No Data recoverable Data recoverable No 2
Pinngle Android, iOS Latvia No Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
Pix-Art (XMPP) Android Germany No No No (Unless OMEMO Encyption is set to Always) Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 2
recommended
Quicksy (XMPP) Android Germany No Phone No (Unless OMEMO Encyption is set to Always) Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 2
Ravn Android, iOS Dominican Republic No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
recommended
RetroShare Windows, MacOS, Linux (many), FreeBSD None No No Yes Recoverable? Recoverable? No 2
Ricochet Windows, MacOS, Linux (many) No centralized servers Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
recommended
Riot Android (on F-Droid), iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu), Web UK No No No Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
SafeSwiss Android, iOS, Windows Switzerland Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
SafeText Android, iOS, Web UK Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data not recoverable No 2
SecEMS Android, iOS (MacOS and Windows coming soon) China Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
Sid Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (Ubuntu) Germany No No Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
Signal Android (Direct APK download), iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (Debian) USA Yes Phone No Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
Silence Android No centralized servers No Phone No Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
SIMSme Android, iOS Germany Yes Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 2
recommended
Skred Android, iOS France No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 2
Soma Android, iOS, Web USA No Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
Status Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux Switzerland No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 3
StealthChat Android, iOS USA Yes Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 3
Surespot Android, iOS USA Yes No Yes ? Data recoverable No 3
Telegram Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, Web UK Yes Optional aliases No Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 3
recommended
Threema Android (Threema Shop), iOS, Windows Phone, Web Switzerland No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
Together Android, iOS USA No No No ? ? No 3
recommended
Tungsten Android, iOS (MacOS/Windows/Linux coming soon) Germany No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 2
Twicie Android, iOS Canada Yes No ? ? ? ? 3
recommended
TwinMe Android, iOS France No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 1
Vanish Messenger Android, iOS Canada No No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable No 3
Vega Android, iOS Belgium Yes Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
Viber Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux Japan Yes Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable Yes 3
VIPole (Free version) Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux UK No No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
VIPole (Pro version) Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux UK Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
Whispeer Android, iOS, Web Germany No No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 2
recommended
WickrMe Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (Ubuntu 16.04) USA Yes No Yes Data not recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
recommended
Wire Android (Direct APK), iOS, MacOS, Windows, Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, AppImage), Web Switzerland Yes No Yes Data recoverable Data not recoverable Yes 1
Zangi Android, iOS (MacOS, Windows and web coming soon) USA No Phone Yes Data not recoverable Data recoverable No 3
recommended
Zom Android, iOS USA No No Yes Data recoverable Data recoverable Yes 2