WhatsApp offline? See 5 alternative apps to communicate

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This Friday (19), the WhatsApp showed instability for users in several countries, indicating a global failure. Instagram and Facebook, Zuckerberg’s other social networks, were also down.

How to communicate with relatives, friends and co-workers when the chat app most used by Brazilians stops working? THE EXAM separated a list of the best messaging apps for mobile and computer. Look:

Signal

Choice of Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey and Edward Snowden, Signal is a non-profit organization that does not collect any data from its user. With end-to-end encryption in all services offered on the platform, there is no way for the application to access your contacts, groups, messages, images or surveys, unlike other applications.

It is available at App Store and on Google Play.

Telegram

With almost 40 million installations in February 2021, according to data from the SensorTower, Telegram is an option that only grows among users. In addition to having all the features of WhatsApp, it supports groups of up to 200,000 members and does has limits on the size of the media and chats.

Telegram end-to-end encryption is only for “secretos” cats, a tool that is also unique to the application. There is still encryption in normal conversations and groups, but they go through the platform’s cloud.

In addition to the secret chat, Telegram offers self-destructive messages. Its owners promise never to sell the company, like its competitor WhatsApp, or to display ads.

You can find it on App Store and on Google Play.

Messenger

From Facebook, the messaging app does not protect your data like Telegram and Signal, but it does give you the possibility to chat with Facebook friends, Instagram followers and, soon, even who you have added to Facebook’s virtual reality platform, the Oculus.

Its tools for watching movies with friends, facial recognition to unlock the app and personalized themes for each chat are also a highlight for some users.

Install the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a communication platform for exchanging messages, voice calls and video calls. In it, the user can create chats with groups of up to 100 people and video calls for up to 10.

The user can access Hangouts through the website or by downloading the app through the App Store or Google Play.

Skype

More traditionally, Skype is an easy tool for video calls, chats or calls. It has a “Meet Now” option on its website for those in a hurry and need to make a free video call, without installing an application or creating an account.

For those who want to have an account, it is possible to access the tool through the website, by downloading the computer application or from the App Store and Google Play.