WhatsApp alternative: switch due to terms and conditions, but where to?

Anyone who still uses WhatsApp, one of the Facebook Group's messenger apps, is currently informed of the new terms and conditions. These come into force on February 8, 2021 and enable extensive data transfer. This means that WhatsApp is networked with the Facebook and Instagram platforms. An evaluation of the data by third parties, e.g. B. for individualized advertising is also conceivable. No wonder that many WhatsApp users are currently deleting the app and looking for an alternative. But what WhatsApp alternatives are there? Here you can find some information about Signal, Telegram and Threema.

Chatting, communicating in groups, making calls and sending files - all of this works without WhatsApp. Here you can find information about the WhatsApp alternatives Signal, Telegram and Threema for iOS and Android.

Chatting, communicating in groups, making calls and sending files - all of this works without WhatsApp. Here you can find information about the WhatsApp alternatives Signal, Telegram and Threema for iOS and Android.

WhatsApp alternative signal at a glance

Signal is an open source messenger that uses end-to-end encryption. In various sources compared to Signal or messenger apps, it is said again and again: "Even Edward Snowden recommends this app". Well, if that's the case ... In Signal, both individual dialogues and group chats can be realized. Calls, telephone and video conferences are also possible. Last but not least, files of various types and sizes can be sent. The Signal download for iOS and Android is free and possible from the official stores:

Information about the WhatsApp alternative Telegram

The Russian messenger Telegram has fallen into disrepute not least because of various channels and groups that had to do with lateral thinkers, Reich citizens, corona deniers and the like. Apart from that, however, it is an app with various exchange options - and even a desktop solution for macOS and Windows. One-on-one chats are just as possible as group chats. Files can be sent as well as (your own) stickers, GIF animations and so on. Aside from Schwurbler channels, Telegram can pass as a WhatsApp alternative. You can find the Telegram download for free in the official stores:

Threema as a paid WhatsApp alternative

Threema is an app from Switzerland and, like the aforementioned apps, focuses on "security and privacy" according to the developers. The software costs 3,99 euros for both iOS on the iPhone and for the Android smartphone. Individual chats and groups are also possible here. Photos can also be individually shared for sharing. The app does not have full access to the device's photo album. In addition to text chats, calls, video calls, surveys and the like are also possible. You can also find the Threema download in the official stores:

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6 comments

  1. toniB says:

    I've been using Signal for more than a year - 3-5 of my contacts have recently been added every day
    Apparently there are so many new users around the world that the servers are sometimes overloaded

  2. Renato says:

    I've had Threema for a few years - and the environment is also growing.
    I like the Swiss base very much: the servers are also there, and the legendary Swiss discretion is already known from the financial world ... ????

    It should be added that Threema of course only communicates end2end encrypted and is now also completely open source, and, because it does not come from the USA, does not have to deliver any keys to the NSA ... (I have no idea whether and how Signal that can evade?!?)

    In the meantime, various quarters have warned against Telegram; not least because it is totally opaque where the servers are located and the encryption of messages is possible, but well hidden ...

    Threemas 4 € should not be an issue in my opinion; They can also be put into perspective via the (Apple) family share ...

    In the end, the "critical mass" will decide who has what it takes to knock WhatsApp off the throne, and whether at all ... - I would be happy if it was Threema ???? - at least in Europe!

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Renato! Yes, I also like Threema the most. Above all, the fact that they made their system open source shows me that they have no evil on their mind. Unfortunately, too many of my contacts still have WhatsApp, but maybe we'll all change that at the end of January and kick the Zuckerberg spy messenger from our smartphones. ????

  3. Renato says:

    Hi Jens,

    yes, that would be nice, and for me "old man" certainly a lot easier, since I'm not also on FB and Insta ... ????. But I am also a realist: WhatsApp will (unfortunately) not be able to do without WhatsApp completely so quickly without disconnecting from a communication channel that is still relevant for a long time - and in pandemic times even "vital" communication channel ... I am pragmatic and baW will inevitably go two ways and now motivate my environment more to switch ... ???? and thus support a rather “creeping” transition process.

    Everyone participates - together we can do it ???? !!

    The less data is successively fed into the Zuckerberg channels, the less data he can "misuse"; I consider "ZERO" to be an illusion in the short / medium term ...

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      I don't like the Zuckerberg. Anyone who "fools" their users so often should be billed for it at some point.

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