Instant Messaging Clients

Instant messaging clients

  • 2go
    2go is a free mobile social networking application developed by 2go Interactive Ltd in Cape Town, South Africa. 2go supports over 1,500 different devices, including feature phones, in addition to Android, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
  • AOL Instant Messenger AOL Instant Messenger
    AIM is an instant messaging and presence computer program which uses the proprietary OSCAR instant messaging protocol and the TOC protocol to allow registered users to communicate in real time.
  • AOL RED AOL RED
    AOL RED was a version of AOL designed specifically for those between ages of 13 and 19. They claimed the content to be "edgier" than Kids' AOL which was originally known as Kids Only, designed for all users below 12, but still filtered to be appropriate for those not yet legal adults.
  • BAND (application)
    BAND is a mobile community application that facilitates group communication. Created by Camp Mobile, the service is available on iOS, Android, and Desktop.
  • BAND (software)
    BAND is a mobile community application that facilitates group communication. Created by Camp Mobile, the service is available on iOS, Android, and Desktop.
  • BlackBerry Messenger BlackBerry Messenger
    BlackBerry Messenger, also known as BBM, is a proprietary Internet-based instant messenger and videotelephony application included on BlackBerry devices that allows messaging and voice calls between BlackBerry, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile users.
  • Boljoo Boljoo
    Boljoo, or Boljoo Chat, is a popular freeware Mongolian script instant messaging computer program among Mongols. It is based on a simple Mongolian input-method.
  • ChatON ChatON
    ChatON was a global mobile communication service introduced by Samsung Electronics in September 2011. ChatON served more than 120 countries in 62 languages. ChatON was available on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, and Bada smartphones.
  • Discord (software)
    Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application designed for gaming communities. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in a web browser. As of May 2017, Discord has over 45 million users.
  • eBuddy eBuddy
    EBuddy is a privately held Dutch software company that offers instant messaging services. As of 2011. eBuddy reported 100 million downloads. The company's flagship service is XMS, a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging service.
  • Elymentz
    Elymentz is a cross-platform mobile instant messaging app for Smartphones that provides free chat, chat translation, scheduled calls, voice conferencing to individuals and businesses.
  • Fetion Fetion
    Fetion is an instant messaging client developed by China Mobile, a Chinese telecommunications company. It allows users to send and receive SMS free of charge between PCs and mobile phones.
  • Forfone Forfone
    Forfone is a free VoIP-application which enables the user to make calls, send and share text messages, photos & the user's current location.
  • Gadu-Gadu Gadu-Gadu
    Gadu-Gadu is a Polish instant messaging client using a proprietary protocol. Gadu-Gadu was the most popular IM service in Poland, with over 15 million registered accounts and approximately 6.5 million users online daily.
  • Glide (software) Glide (software)
    GiveHope is an online donation and crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for life events such as celebrations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses.
  • Google Allo
    Google Allo is an instant messaging mobile app developed by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, with a web client available on Google Chrome for Android users. It was announced at Google's developer conference on May 18, 2016, and released on September 21, 2016.
  • Google Hangouts Google Hangouts
    Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features.
  • GroupMe GroupMe
    GroupMe is a mobile group messaging app owned by Microsoft. It was launched in May 2010 by the private company GroupMe. In August 2011, GroupMe delivered over 100 million messages each month and by June 2012, that number jumped to 550 million. In 2013, GroupMe had over 12 million registered users.
  • Gwibber Gwibber
    Gwibber is a microblogging client for the GNOME desktop environment. It brings the most popular social networking services like Facebook, Twitter, etc. into a single window and gives ability to control communication through one single application.
  • Hike Messenger
    Hike Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones that uses the internet for communication. In addition to text messaging, users can send each other graphical stickers, emoticons, images, videos, audios, files, voice messages, contacts and user location.
  • Hookt Hookt
    Hookt is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging and social networking service for smartphones and select feature phones that use the internet for communication.
  • ICQ ICQ
    ICQ is an instant messaging client that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company Mirabilis in 1996. The name ICQ derives from the English phrase "I Seek You". Ownership of ICQ passed from Mirabilis to AOL in 1998, and from AOL to Mail.Ru Group in 2010.
  • IGap
    IGap is a Free Iranian open-source instant messaging application for smart phones and PCs. iGap provides all users to interact with each other and exchange information through text, image, video, audio and other types of messages.
  • imeem imeem
    The online service imeem was a social media web site where users interacted with each other by streaming, uploading and sharing music and music videos. It was shut down in 2009 after being acquired by MySpace.
  • Indoona
    Indoona is a proprietary, cross-platform instant messaging service.
  • Jabber.org Jabber.org
    Jabber.org is the original instant messaging service based on XMPP, an open standard for IM.
  • KakaoTalk KakaoTalk
    KakaoTalk, or sometimes KaTalk, is a free mobile instant messaging application for smartphones with free text and free call features. It was launched on March 18, 2010 and is currently available on iOS, Android, Bada OS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha and Personal Computer.
  • Kik Messenger Kik Messenger
    Kik Messenger, commonly called Kik, is a freeware instant messaging mobile app from the Canadian company Kik Interactive, available free of charge on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems.
  • Line (application) Line (application)
    Line is a free, cross-platform and proprietary instant messaging application for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers and personal computers. Line users exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences.
  • Line (software)
    Line is a freeware app for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers. Line users exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences.
  • Linphone Linphone
    Linphone is a free voice over IP service and SIP client, currently developed by Belledonne Communications in France. Linphone was initially developed for Linux but now supports many additional platforms including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and mobile phones running Windows Phone, iOS or Android.
  • LiveProfile LiveProfile
    LiveProfile was a cross-platform mobile messenger and mobile social network, owned and operated by LiveProfile Inc., for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry.
  • Meatspace Chat
    Meatspace Chat is a web-based online chat system created by Edna Piranha where users submit 250 character messages, combined with instantly created animated GIFs of themselves taken by a webcam.
  • Meebo Meebo
    Meebo was an instant messaging and social networking service provider. It was founded in September 2005 by Sandy Jen, Seth Sternberg, and Elaine Wherry, and was based in Mountain View, California.
  • Messages (application) Messages (application)
    Messages is an instant messaging software application developed by Apple Inc. for its macOS, iOS and watchOS operating systems.
  • Messages (software)
    Messages is an instant messaging software application developed by Apple Inc. for its macOS, iOS and watchOS operating systems.
  • Mobile instant messaging
    Mobile Instant Messaging is a presence enabled messaging service that aims to transpose the Internet desktop messaging such as ICQ or MSN experience to the usage scenario of being connected via a mobile/cellular device.
  • Momo (software) Momo (software)
    Momo is a free location-based services instant messaging application for smartphones and tablets. The app allows users to chat with nearby friends and strangers.
  • Mxit Mxit
    Mxit ' was a free instant messaging application developed by Mxit Ltd. in South Africa that ran on over 8,000 devices, including feature phones, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and tablets.
  • Numbuster
    NumBuster! is a phone community that users can access via a mobile phone client and a Web application. Developed by NumBuster Ltd, it allows users to find contact details of any phone number, exchange information about numbers with other users and block calls and messages.
  • oSIP oSIP
    OSIP is a free software library for VoIP applications implementing lower layers of Session Initiation Protocol. The library includes the minimal codebase required by any SIP application and offers enough flexibility to implement any SIP extension or behavior.
  • Palringo Palringo
    Palringo is a community-oriented messaging and gaming app for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. The platform allows users to form and join large groups based on common interests, send instant messages and drop images and voice recordings into conversations.
  • Pinger Pinger
    Pinger, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. Pinger's application, Textfree, is a proprietary, cross-platform texting and calling application for smartphones. Users can communicate with others who do not use Textfree via texting and calling.
  • Pwytter
    Pwytter is a standalone Twitter GUI client written in Python with tkInter. It is multi-platform. It was written by Pierre-Jean Coudert. It is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • SafeSwiss
    SafeSwiss is a proprietary freeware VoIP instant messaging application that runs on Windows, Android, and iOS. In addition to one-to-one and group text messaging, users can send multimedia, locations, voice messages and files.
  • Sicher
    Sicher is a freeware instant messaging application for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Sicher allows users to exchange end-to-end encrypted text messages, media files and documents in both private and group chats.
  • Signal (software)
    Signal is an encrypted communications application for Android and iOS. It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos, and make one-to-one voice and video calls.
  • Skype Skype
    Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.
  • SOMA Messenger
    SOMA Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging and communication application that specializes in video calls and voice calls for smartphones.
  • Surespot
    Surespot is an open source instant messaging application for Android and iOS. Surespot is one of the modern messaging apps that has a focus on privacy and security. For secure communication it uses end-to-end encryption by default.
  • TalkBox Voice Messenger TalkBox Voice Messenger
    TalkBox Voice Messenger is a smartphone application that enables users of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry to easily communicate via push-to-talk instant voice messages as well as sharing geo-location, pictures and group chat with one another.
  • Tawkers
    Tawkers is a chat application, which allows for publishing a user's text message conversations live or after the fact. The application is created for various devices, but was originally launched as an iPhone app and has become a set of content tools for brand marketers and publishers.
  • Telegram (messaging service)
    Telegram is a proprietary, gratis, non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram client apps exist for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS and Linux. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files of any type.
  • Telegram (software) Telegram (software)
    Telegram is a free cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram clients exist for both mobile and desktop systems. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers and files of any type. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end-encrypted messaging.
  • Tencent QQ Tencent QQ
    Tencent QQ, also known as QQ, is an instant messaging software service developed by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited. QQ also offers services that provide online social games, music, shopping, microblogging, movies, and group and voice chat software.
  • Threema Threema
    Threema is a proprietary encrypted instant messaging application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. In addition to text messaging, users can send multimedia, locations, voice messages and files.
  • TigerText
    TigerText, Inc is an American software communications company based in Los Angeles. The company is best known for its instant messaging application of the same name.
  • TNT (instant messenger)
    TNT is an open source instant messaging client which is designed to use AIM and uses AOLs TOC Protocol. The client is run within Emacs or XEmacs and is written in Emacs Lisp.
  • Tox (protocol)
    Tox is a peer-to-peer instant-messaging and video-calling protocol that offers end-to-end encryption. The stated goal of the project is to provide secure yet easily accessible communication for everyone.
  • Trillian (software) Trillian (software)
    Trillian is a proprietary multiprotocol instant messaging application for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, and the Web, created by Cerulean Studios.
  • Upptalk Upptalk
    Upptalk is a proprietary voice-over-IP service and software application that provides mobile phone numbers in the cloud and allows users to call or text any phone for free whether or not the device receiving the calls and texts has the Yuilop application.
  • utalk utalk
    UTalk is a free client for messaging between phones and computers. With uTalk you can send free pictures, voice and text to your friends from any social network, chat in groups, and view your friends locations. uTalk supports various protocols such as AIM, Yahoo!.
  • Viber Viber
    Viber is a free, cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP application that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company Viber Media that was bought by the Japanese multinational company Rakuten.
  • Vmailapp Vmailapp
    Vmail is a smartphone application that allows smartphone users of iPhone and Android to communicate via push-to-talk instant voice messages, sharing geo-location, pictures.
  • VSide VSide
    VSide is an Internet-based 3D virtual world that was launched on May 15, 2006. The game is in its public beta phase. Initially developed by Doppelganger, Inc., a studio founded in 2004, the game was acquired in June 2009 by ExitReality, which is the owner and developer.
  • Wand Messaging
    Wand Labs is a company based in Redwood City, California which provides an instant messaging application focused on 'actions and sharing,' called Wand Messaging.
  • WeChat WeChat
    WeChat is a Chinese social media mobile application software developed by Tencent. It was first released in 2011 and by 2017 it was one of the largest standalone messaging apps by monthly active users, with over 963 million monthly active users.
  • Wickr
    Wickr is an American software company based in San Francisco. The company is best known for its instant messenger application of the same name.
  • Wire (software)
    Wire is a cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client created by Wire Swiss. It is available for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS and Web browser clients.
  • Wire Swiss
    Wire Swiss GmbH is a software company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. Its development centre is in Berlin, Germany. The company is best known for its messaging application called Wire.
  • Xfire Xfire
    Xfire was a proprietary freeware instant messaging service for gamers that also served as a game server browser with various other features. It was available for Microsoft Windows.
  • Zipit
    The Zipit wireless messenger is a small clamshell device originally produced by Aeronix, which is now under the spin-off Zipit Wireless, Inc., that enables Instant Messaging. The newer Z2 also supports SMS while on Wi-Fi wireless networks.

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