7 Messaging Apps You Can Use on Your Phone or Computer
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While sending messages from your phone can be quick and easy, having a lengthy conversation can get tedious with an onscreen keyboard. Luckily, most of the popular messaging apps out there offer some sort of desktop option, letting you easily take your conversation from phone to computer and back again.

1. WhatsApp

To use WhatsApp on your computer WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More , you’ll have to already have an account set up on your phone. Go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer and open up WhatsApp on your phone. To login to your WhatsApp account, you’re going to have to scan a QR code in your browser using the mobile app.

Go to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop > Scan QR Code.

Once scanned, you can see your recent messages and contacts, and send and receive messages right there on your computer. You can also use the web version of the app to send yourself files to and from your phone This Hack Turns WhatsApp Into a Private Storage for Files and Notes This Hack Turns WhatsApp Into a Private Storage for Files and Notes Did you know that WhatsApp can be used as a personal file storage system using this nifty workaround? Read More .

All the computers you are logged into will be viewable in your WhatsApp app. You can see when you were last active on each machine, and can log out of all computers at once. You can’t, however, selectively log out from specific machines.

2. Telegram

Like WhatsApp, you can use messaging app Telegram Telegram Provides a Secure and Fast-Growing Alternative to WhatsApp Telegram Provides a Secure and Fast-Growing Alternative to WhatsApp Read More in your browser by going to the web app. You’ll be prompted to log in using your phone number. You should have Telegram already installed on your phone so you can receive the app notification with the login code you need to enter on your computer.

Once you’ve put in that code, you’ll have a similar interface to WhatsApp. You can see your list of conversations, view your contacts and settings, and create a new Telegram group.

3. iMessage

If you’re a Mac and iPhone user, you can use Apple’s native messaging app A Complete Guide to Default Mac Apps and What They Do A Complete Guide to Default Mac Apps and What They Do Your Mac comes with a lot of apps for all sorts of tasks, but you may still be confused by what they do or whether you actually need some of them Read More both on your phone and your Mac computer. What’s great about the desktop version is that not only can you use it with other iPhone users, but you can also send text messages to non-iPhone users from your computer.

To do so, go to Settings > Messages on your iPhone, and make sure Text Message Forwarding is turned on for your computer.

You can pick up where you left off with existing conversations, start new conversations with contacts or groups, delete messages and threads, search your messages, send photos and files, and send the full list of Apple emoji. You can also compose a message using voice commands Simple Siri Tricks and Commands You Have to Try on Your Mac Simple Siri Tricks and Commands You Have to Try on Your Mac While it can’t do nearly as much as it can on iOS, Siri for Mac can still be a team player. Read More using Siri on your Mac.

4. Viber

Unlike WhatsApp and Telegram, Viber requires you to download a desktop client, but that means you’re going to get much more robust features 5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch WhatsApp for Viber 5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch WhatsApp for Viber WhatsApp is the biggest instant messaging app out there, but is it the best? Hit the link to find out why Viber might just be a better choice. Read More . The desktop client is available for Windows XP and above and Mac OS X 10.7 and above.

You will need Viber installed on your phone before you can use the desktop app. Once installed, you can enter the phone number associated with your account. You’ll be presented with a QR code you can scan to connect the desktop app to your mobile app. Go to More > QR Code Scanner on your phone to get the desktop app set up.

You can use the desktop app to send messages and files, make video calls, and also use it to send files or photos from your phone to your computer and vice versa.

5. Line

Line is another messaging and calling service available on several platforms. You can use it to send messages from iOS, Android, and Windows phones, and can download a free Mac or Windows desktop app. Chrome users can also opt for the Chrome app.

From the desktop apps, Line users can create send messages to individual contacts, create group chats, enable desktop notifications, and send files up to 1 GB in size. Line users can also make voice and video calls from the Mac and Windows desktop apps.

In addition to its messaging service, Line also encourages users to store photos, videos, and more that you can later send to friends — although you’ll probably want to have them saved elsewhere as a backup as well.

6. WeChat

Available as an iOS and Android app, users can send messages and make voice and video calls from their phones, but can also choose from three desktop options: a Mac, a Windows, and a browser option.

To use any of the desktop options, you’re going to have to first sign up for an account using one of their mobile apps. You will also need that phone to connect your mobile WeChat account to your desktop account by scanning a QR code. To scan the QR code, tap the + button in the top right corner of the app and select Scan QR Code.

You can send messages, files, and screenshots from the desktop apps, but the web version of the app does not provide a backup and restore feature for your chat history.

7. All-in-One Messenger

There are a few options to consider if you want to use more than one of these messaging services from the comfort of your desktop. The aptly named All-in-One Messenger brings together several messenger apps on this list including WhatsApp, Telegram, Hipchat, and WeChat. It also supports other messaging platforms like Slack, Skype, and Facebook Messenger.

All-in-One is currently available as a Chrome app, and after installing you will have to login to each service you wish to use. You don’t actually have to sign up for an account to use the service — simply login to each of your accounts individually.

Some of these services will require you to login using your email and password, while others will require you to scan a QR code using the mobile app. In some cases, you’ll need to enter your phone number and provide a code sent you via SMS.

Other Options

In addition the native options available to these apps, you can opt for other all-in-one apps or even clients that are specific to just one of these apps. Be sure to check out this list of chat apps and clients The 7 Best Chat Apps and Clients Better Than Official Messengers The 7 Best Chat Apps and Clients Better Than Official Messengers From all-in-one messengers to dedicated chat clients, here are some of the best chat apps to use on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Read More that have even more features than the official messenger apps.

What’s your favorite messaging app? Do you prefer to use it from your phone or your computer? Are there any other apps that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. joel
    October 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Good there is a website and app you can also just try out:play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.DJOVI.magrotte and desktop version magrotte.joelinvestment.com

  2. Andrew
    January 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    No Google voice? Clearly a skewed article.

  3. IDoNot TrustYou
    January 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    None of these meet the search criteria of SECURE CHAT FOR PC. Many family members can not get cell service at home, work, or duty/job sites. A large portion do not even own a mobile device! Facebook, and thereby, What's App, shred privacy. The others demand access to contacts that don't exist! I would rename it to "Chat systems that only work if attached to a mobile device."

    • useless article
      March 4, 2018 at 3:08 am

      I agree, it's a completely useless article for those without a phone. The article is also worded wrong, it should be phone AND (then) computer not phone OR computer since you can not sign up with any of these using only a computer.

      • Guilherme
        June 13, 2018 at 3:55 am

        I completely agree with you. I want an app that will work in my phone and in my PC, even while the phone is with no battery. Or one in the desktop that allows me to contact the people that prefer to use the phone.

  4. Mr. Johnsen
    December 6, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Signal ;-)

  5. Davin Peterson
    June 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Forget iMessage. Apple does not make it on the web or for Android/Windows. I don't like that Apple lmits its apps to own platform instead of making for all platforms.