Top 8 | Facebook Messenger Alternatives for iPhone

One of the great things that Facebook has done in recent years is introduce a standalone Messenger app to reflect the chat options found both on the website and in their app. This is great, since so many people these days only use Facebook to communicate with friends, and don’t spend that much time uploading photos or updating statuses. Considering that many people use a data plan these days, the option to limit the data that gets transferred by getting rid of all the photos and profile stuff is a great option. It means that you don’t have to pay for data that you aren’t interested in using, and can limit the app to its messaging functionality and nothing else. There are however those who quit Facebook for completely understandable moral reasons! Which is why it is perhaps worth considering one of these nice Facebook Messenger alternatives that we’ve put together in the following list. There are so many messaging apps out there these days for the iPhone that it’s really difficult to come up with just eight, so apologies if we missed our your favorite! Feel free to comment in the comments section below and let us know your own favorite messenger apps.

8. KakaoTalk (Free)

KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk seems like a nice, simple place to start when considering viable alternatives to Facebook Messenger. Mainly because it is more of a fast, stripped down option so is perfect for those who are sick of all the stuff that comes with both Facebook and WhatsApp. It currently boasts a userbase of over 150 million people around the world, which is great and means that while your friends might not be using it yet, they could be in the near future. Who knows? Perhaps you will be the one friend that first introduced them to the app! – Download from iTunes

7. FireChat (Free)

Firechat

FireChat is a curious entry in that while it is a messaging app and one that could work as a nice alternative for Facebook Messenger users, it’s actually a whole lot more than that. It is based around the idea of proximity, and basically allows you to chat with anyone around your completely free and without the need for an internet connection. You can even choose the off the grid option to allow you to communicate with strangers within 200 feet of your location. There’s a reason why this app has become very popular when it comes to rallies and events. – Download from iTunes

6. LINE (Free)

While we often include LINE in such lists for its messaging purposes, I think the main aspect of the app and indeed what it does best is still the free voice and video calls. These can be carried out on a 3G connection but we would recomment doing so over WiFi, especially with video since it can really eat into your data plan otherwise! The app is currently available across a range of different platforms, including both iOS and Android but also such alternatives as Windows Phone and Blackberry, as well as online with your desktop or laptop computer, whether that is a PC or a Mac. LINE has recently introduced a nice timeline feature and 10 second video clip tool, which is a nice touch but seems to resemble Facebook and Vine respectively. So yes, not a nice feature if you are creating a list for those who want to avoid Facebook Messenger! – Download from iTunes

5. WeChat (Free)

WeChat is one of those messaging apps that has flown under the radar somewhat in the US and has still managed to encourage a large western following. Part of the reason for this is the app’s popularity in the East: it hails from China, and is one of the most popular messaging apps in that particular country. It represents a nice alternative to the likes of Facebook Messenger, and like WhatsApp requires you to sign up and sign in with your phone number rather than a username and password. This will allow you to see all of the numbers in your contacts list that have been attached to WeChat or that use WeChat. With the app, you can then send messages, photos, location info and a whole lot more. There are also video and audio calling options! – Download from iTunes

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