Worried about the new WhatsApp Privacy Update? Here are the Best WhatsApp Alternatives

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There’s all this talk about the new WhatsApp Privacy Update in town and to be very clear, the talks clearly indicate that people are not liking the new WhatsApp Privacy Update. A lot of people are even searching for some other WhatsApp alternatives.

In this article, we are going to list down some of the best WhatsApp alternatives that you can use or at least start using and get your hands on some other IM app so that you aren’t completely dependent on WhatsApp.

What’s the Whole Thing with the New WhatsApp Privacy Update?

You see WhatsApp has been under the radar ever since it’s bought by Facebook. To make it clear, WhatsApp has always shared data with Facebook, but they are rude about it this time.

WhatsApp users got in-app notifications a few days ago about the new privacy update and it simply said that this new privacy update will come into play from 8, February 2021 and those who do not like it can simply delete their WhatsApp account. Quite rude, right? Coz earlier users had the option to not share some data with Facebook.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Now let us see what data WhatsApp actually collects:

  • Phone Model
  • OS
  • Battery Status
  • WhatsApp Usage
  • Payments and Transactions
  • Status Updates
  • Profile Pictures
  • IP Address
  • About Info
  • Group Details
  • Time Zone
  • Signal Strength
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That’s a lot, right? Well, a lot of other app does collect the same data too but the thing is that WhatsApp has been implementing a lot of changes, some good, and some bad. And because it has this monopoly in our country, we are totally dependent on it for messaging. Being overly dependent on an app isn’t good and you should always have some substitutes for the app and that is why we are bringing you the best WhatsApp alternatives.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Signal

Signal is one of the best WhatsApp alternatives as it is very strongly encrypted, and it is available for both Android and iOS. The messenger app is very simple to use and fun. It has voice and video calling like WhatsApp, additionally, you can also run it on your computer.

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Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • End-to-end Encryption
  • Voice and Video Calling
  • Cross-Platform Support
  • Open Source and Free
  • No data is saved

Cons

  • No support for animated emoticons.

Signal Private Messenger
Signal Private Messenger

Telegram

In India, Telegram is easily the biggest competitor of WhatsApp. In terms of features, it is just mind-blowing, and it has all the features like WhatsApp and even better ones too except it does not have video calling.

Read: WhatsApp vs Telegram | Best IM Available

Pros

  • Channels/Bots,
  • Send Long Files Easily
  • Custom proxy using client apps
  • Multi-device support
  • Groups and Channels with huge members capability

Cons

  • Encryption is turned off by default and needs to be turned on.

Telegram
Telegram
Developer: Telegram FZ-LLC
Price: Free
‎Telegram Messenger
‎Telegram Messenger
Developer: Telegram FZ-LLC
Price: Free

Discord

Discord has evolved a lot from just being a platform for gaming streamers. Discord has so many features and you can add bots to manage pretty much everything, it also has a DM feature. You can do voice calls, video calls, send images, and do a lot more.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • Integrations from YouTube, Spotify, and other Platforms
  • Streaming Features
  • Different servers for different purposes (can be created by users)
  • No limit on the number of members per server

Cons

  • Not so User Friendly

Skype

Microsoft’s Skype is one of the best business-oriented chatting apps that are available right now. If voice and video calling is your thing, this is a must-have app for you. So go ahead and try Skype if you haven’t already.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • Easy for People in Business,
  • Great in design and UX
  • Tons of features like Video Conferencing up to 100 people
  • Great Voice and Video Calling Quality

Cons

  • As a personal chatting app, it needs improvement.

Skype - free IM & video calls
Skype - free IM & video calls
Developer: Skype
Price: Free

Viber

Viber is another app that is pretty much like WhatsApp in terms of features. It has end-to-end encryption, voice, and video calls. Its Viber Out feature lets you make international calls even to non-Viber users at very ordinary rates.

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Pros

  • Cross-Platform Support,
  • Viber Out Feature.

Cons

  • No option for Call Blocking.

Hike

The hike is one of the fastest-growing Indian messaging apps. You get a hidden mode, Live filters, a Timeline feature, Hike Direct, and a lot of other cool features as well.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • Stickers,
  • Hidden Mode,
  • Hike Direct.

Cons

  • Security Issues.

Line

Line is another great messaging app and has a lot of features similar to Hike. You get the voice calling feature and some other cool features like Timeline, the option to follow popular companies/brands.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • Timeline Feature,
  • Voice Calling.

Cons

  • Sloppy to use.

LINE: Free Calls & Messages
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
‎LINE
‎LINE
Developer: LINE Corporation
Price: Free+

Wire

Wire is also one of the safest and best WhatsApp alternatives on the list, It has comes with a free personal account and business plans as well. You get options like group screen sharing, multimedia files sharing, audio filtering.

Pros

  • Secure,
  • Can be used on 8 devices at once.

Cons

  • Paid App

Wire • Secure Messenger
Wire • Secure Messenger
‎Wire • Secure Messenger
‎Wire • Secure Messenger

Snapchat

Snapchat is another great alternative for WhatsApp. You have a DM feature and you can do all sorts of gimmicks with your friends using Snapchat. It is more of a social media app and if you are just looking to chat with someone, this should work.

Best WhatsApp Alternatives

Pros

  • Very Interactive,
  • Options to Customize Images

Cons

  • Non-Professional,
  • Can’t Send Documents.

Snapchat
Snapchat
Developer: Snap Inc
Price: Free+
‎Snapchat
‎Snapchat
Developer: Snap, Inc.
Price: Free+

Closing Phrase

This was the list of the best WhatsApp alternatives that are available in town. Do try them, find the one that suits you and try to convince your contacts to use it too so that in the time of crisis you are not stranded.

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tango
Humanities Student from a small city, really interested in tech and computers. Here at Techlatest I do tech blogging and always ready to learn something new.

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