The 9 best Skype alternatives

Apps and software for video telephony in comparison

 

Skype is the most common software for video messaging and video telephony over the Internet. But is it also the best for these purposes? Among other things data protection problems suggest, the alternatives at least once to look at. We provide you with the best candidates for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.

When it comes to communication over the Internet in general or Videotelefonie in particular, many probably comes as first Skype in mind. The popular video messaging service is no longer known only for its wide distribution and the many Emojis, but now also for its security gaps, which have already produced their own viruses and Trojans. Even the parent company Microsoft reads gladly times unasked and suspiciously independent, what one supposedly privately with others maintains. In addition, Skype is considered resource-eating. The use of an alternative thus makes sense. We’ve looked at the best candidates for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, and introduce them to you in this post.

Safety First

It is obvious that a messenger – whether to send text messages or to make video calls – should be safe. This means that content such as a chat with friends or family, pictures and videos, as well as voice messages and video telephones should not be accessible to third parties. Since Skype has made a massive mistake at this point some time ago by storing and checking all the https URLs sent within a chat, the change thought is quite a reasonable one. However, not all vendors of apps and software for videotelephony offer a secure transmission of conversations. A truly secure end-to-end encryption is only one third of the products in this comparison – but at least there is currently no evidence that the remaining two-thirds of these candidates are secretly read. In general, however, video and instant messaging services are all that apply to software of all kinds: the more people use an application, the more interesting it becomes for programmers of malware.

Different needs and devices

What am I looking for? This question should be before the search for a Skype alternative. If you only need a program or an app for videotelefonate, since the everyday text messaging traffic with the WhatsApp or Facebook trade fairs, and you want to continue to do so, then you have the largest possible selection available. If one places emphasis on an encrypted transmission of the conversations, then the number of candidate candidates is already considerably lower. Another aspect of the search for suitable alternatives to the market leader Skype, is the device on which the app should run. In the event that the domestic Windows PC or Mac computer is to be used for communication via video or text chat, The providers with the right desktop app or the web service are the right choice. On the road, all services have a solution as well: one can easily communicate with each other or even with the home people via a smartphone or tablet.

The alternatives at a glance

9 best Skype alternatives
Before deciding for a candidate, an overview of the candidates for the place in their own app and software habitat can not hurt. The Yahoo! Messenger is an all-round messenger. In addition to the Videotelefonie function, you can chat with the possibility to send text messages, pictures, videos and voice messages as well as create and join groups – these groups can also be public groups at Yahoo, to which any user can join. The Yahoo! Messenger can also be found in the e-mail client Yahoo! Mail. The same is true of Viber. In addition, Viber also provides end-to-end data encryption and support for Android wear devices. At Jitsi everything revolves around encrypted communication – so also with Tox – and Videotelefonie, Especially for groups. It is not necessary for all attendees of a video call to have their own account available – anyone who has the link to the respective conference can participate in it. WeChat enjoys great popularity and dissemination, as does ICQ. And besides the fact that these two providers have all the features for instant messaging and videotelephony on board, they have a special feature: they offer a version for almost every conceivable terminal. For example, most of the candidates offer a version of their software as a mobile app, desktop application or web service for the most common operating systems, including Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS and Android OS X.

The Skype competition in comparison

The various services and apps, except for a few exceptions, do not have a fundamentally different functions – it is the details that decide between “Yes, please” and “No, thank you”. For simple videotelephony all of the candidates presented here are suitable. However, whoever attaches special importance to features such as an end-to-end encryption, will only find it at Viber, Tox, Jitsi or ICQ. A feature that users of instant messaging services have long been using is the ability to “retrieve” already sent messages. This means that you can delete an already sent message – which does not mean that it will also disappear from the chat history of the counterparty, if the message has already received and read the message. This service offers only the Yahoo! Messenger and Viber. Facetime, however, is only in question if you want to use your Videotelefonie on Apple devices, ie iPhone, iPad or Mac – for users of Apple devices probably the Alpha solution, if it is actually pure videotelefonie without further Messenger functions goes. Also worth a look is ooVoo: here, in addition to the usual messenger functions, you can watch a Youtube video together with all participants of a video chat. The best all-rounder among the Skype alternatives are WeChat, Viber and ICQ – they leave (almost) no wishes in the areas of instant messaging and videotelephony open. – for users of Apple devices probably the alpha solution, if it is actually pure video telephony without further Messenger functions goes. Also worth a look is ooVoo: here, in addition to the usual messenger functions, you can watch a Youtube video together with all participants of a video chat. The best all-rounder among the Skype alternatives are WeChat, Viber and ICQ – they leave (almost) no wishes in the areas of instant messaging and videotelephony open. – for users of Apple devices probably the alpha solution, if it is actually pure video telephony without further Messenger functions goes. Also worth a look is ooVoo: here, in addition to the usual messenger functions, you can watch a Youtube video together with all participants of a video chat. The best all-rounder among the Skype alternatives are WeChat, Viber and ICQ – they leave (almost) no wishes in the areas of instant messaging and videotelephony open.

I wish you a lot of fun when chatting, whether in video, audio or text form!

Do you use Skype or have you already moved? What services do you use? Share your experiences in the comments.


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