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?

WhatsApp Alternatives for iPhone

Best WhatsApp Alternatives for iPhone

#1. Google Allo

Google Allo iPhone App IconGoogle Allo is a powerful messaging app. With the built-in Google Assistant, it's always up to the task allowing to find nearby restaurants, famous places, book tickets right from within the app. Smart Reply enormously enhances the messaging experience as it suggests responses based on history. The incognito mode lets you communicate more discreetly.

Price: Free
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#2. Facebook Messenger

Messenger iPhone App IconWith 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
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#3. iMessage

iMessage iPhone App IconiMessage 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.

(You may want to read—Complete Guide: How to Use Messages in iOS 10.)

#4. LINE

Line iPhone App IconLINE 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 low cost.

Price: Free
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#5. Telegram

Telegram Messenger iPhone App IconI 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
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#6. WeChat

WeChat iPhone App IconWeChat 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
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#7. Kik

Kik iPhone App IconKik 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
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#8. Hike

hike messenger iPhone App IconHike'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
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#9. Viber

Viber iPhone App IconViber 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. It also allows you to delete the message which you regret to have sent. The end-to-end encryption ensures you messages have the needed protection.

Price: Free
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#10. XMS

XMS ebuddy iPhone App IconXMS is all about real-time messaging. With the clean UI, it feels quite 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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  • deeftah

    Telegram indeed is very good, but also take a look at Tango Messenger, not mentioned in this article. It has a great PC version as well! http://tangomessenger.com

  • Mark

    Telegram is the only secure app mentioned here. Even more privacy-focused apps are surespot and Kontalk, both fully open-source

  • wikiblinks.com

    Great article, really carefully selected alternatives.