Best WhatsApp Alternatives for iPhone in 2020

Personally, I wouldn’t think of anything other than WhatsApp to stay in touch with my gang of friends. Interestingly, there was once when WhatsApp was given the boot by Apple, people had to look for alternatives. I wasn’t one of them, but I’ve since been keeping my radar open for a good alternative just in case apocalypse is here.

These alternatives may not have the reach that WhatsApp enjoys but they have the features to give the most popular messaging app a tough fight. They can even take the crown away; if given a chance to express their qualities. So, what makes them so handy?

#1. GroupMe

GroupMe iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

With almost one million ratings on App Store, GroupMe is one of the strong contenders. By far, this is indeed one of the best WhatsApp alternatives for iPhone on this list. It offers one-on-one chat, group chat, memes, emojis, and a lot more. Talking about emoji, GroupMe offers an exclusive set of Emoji that aren’t available by default on iPhone.

One of the best features is that GroupMe isn’t limited to just the iPhone or iPad. You can also use the web version; this allows you to stay in constant touch with your friends, family, or colleagues. Lastly, the app is free to use but if you want, you can buy Emoji packs.

Price: Free

#2. Facebook Messenger

Messenger iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

With more 1000 million active users, Facebook Messenger is the third most popular apps right behind Facebook and WhatsApp. Loaded with a number of highly impressive features such as Instant Video, Instant Games, Secret Conversation and more, it makes messaging a great experience. If you are looking for a competent WhatsApp alternative, you should look at it seriously.

Price: Free

#3. Kik

Kik iPhone App Screenshot

Kik is what comes to your mind when you think of WhatsApp alternatives. With a growing user-base of over 30-million users, Kik does sound promising but the migration isn’t still full-fledged. Again, cross-platform compatibility works just good along with a seamless and interesting design on the UI. Unlike WhatsApp on iPhone, Kik is free. Yup, there we go!

Price: Free

#4. Telegram

Telegram iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

I am tempted to call Telegram for iPhone a WhatsApp-clone with one characteristic feature: speed. Telegram is one of the best WhatsApp alternatives specifically because it looks and works in the same way.

Sure it does have some limitations (there’s no audio note feature, for instance) but it’s slick. The app sends messages through decentralized servers (picking the one closest to you) which makes it process messages faster.

Price: Free

#5. WeChat

WeChat iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

WeChat is a promising young chat client from none other than the Chinese shores of Tencent aimed at connecting millions of people. Not so surprisingly, their popularity has soared over the period and – thanks largely to the sensible design and development – WeChat does stand out as a good alternative provided you can get your friends to move to it. Like WhatsApp, WeChat is available for a lot of devices.

Price: Free

#6. Viber

Viber Messenger iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

Viber is highly competent and a worthy contender to fight for the supremacy of being the best in the business. Enriched by a number of important features such as video calling, instant video messages, it lets you communicate with complete freedom.

The app also allows you to delete the message which you regret to have sent. The end-to-end encryption ensures your messages have the needed protection.

Price: Free

#7. LINE

LINE iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

LINE may not be as popular as some of its rivals but it has got the quality to be your trusted messaging app. Whether you want to send a voice message, communicate through video calling or make the best use of funny stickers to bring more spice into messaging, it will perfectly live up to your task.

What’s more, it can let you make group calls with as many as 200 people. You can also make international calls to mobile phones and landlines at a low cost.

Price: Free

#8. iMessage

iMessage iPhone and iPad App Screenshot

iMessage had never been so full of life before. With a range of brand new features, Digital Touch, Markup, Screen Effects, Bubble Effects, Third-Party App Store and more, the Messages for iPhone has become more elegant than many other messaging apps.

In terms of functionality, security, and features, iMessage has an edge over WhatsApp. The only thing (if any) that puts it back is that it’s available exclusively for iDevices.

#9. Hike

Hike iPhone App Screenshot

Hike’s key essence is simplicity. Though it may not match with WhatsApp in terms of features, it does make your messaging easy. You have also plenty of stickers to bring more joy into your communication.

Interestingly, the messaging app also provides a way to message those who aren’t on Hike – for free. This is an app you’ve got to have your eyes on as almost everything appears quite good.

Price: Free

#10. XMS

XMS iPhone App Screenshot

XMS is all about real-time messaging. With the clean UI, it feels quite a familiar right from the moment you step into to start messaging. Depending on how you wish to express your feelings, you have several options like text, photos, videos chat.

There are more than 100 emoticons to rev up the messaging time. With Web XMS, you can send/receive messages on your computer.

Price: Free

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So those were the ones that I could think of. I’m sure there are many other veterans and upcoming alternatives. If you’ve got one of them, let us know in the comments!

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.