WhatsApp is a blessing when it comes to messaging apps. With a clean and user-friendly interface, people learn to use it easily, even if they are technologically challenged. However, it has one major drawback – you cannot connect with people without revealing your mobile number. Now that’s a bummer. Sometimes, you need to chat with people but don’t want to share the number. So we created a list of 5 apps that let you chat with people without disclosing your phone number.
Some of the apps may ask you the phone number for registration. However, you won’t need phone numbers of other peoples to chat with them. All of the apps on this list are free and work across major platforms.
Let’s check the messaging apps that work without sharing the phone number.
One of the oldest video chat apps that come to our rescue in this scenario is the Skype app. You can chat individually with others or create a group. The app also supports basic voice calls. Use the Skype name available under your profile to chat with others. Share the same with strangers so that they can add you on Skype. Find out more about what is Skype Name (or live ID) and how to add contacts using Skype.
Skype has a familiar user-friendly interface. Besides the cool animated stickers, you can liven up your conversations using GIFs, stickers, and mojis (clips from movies). Other than that, Skype is usable to share photos, videos, files, contacts, and location. You can even schedule your calls and create polls. They even have a Lite app for Android. Find out how Skype Lite differs from the main app. Skype is available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux, and web. If you don’t like the Skype app, you can delete your Skype account.
Next, we have the Telegram messaging app. You will be asked your phone number for registration. Your contacts will see you through your mobile number only, just like WhatsApp. However, if you want to chat with strangers without sharing your mobile number, you need to create a public username by going into Telegram Settings.
Share the username directly with others, or you can send them a t.me/username link where you need to replace the term username with your username. In the latter case, the Telegram app will open automatically with your chat thread. In the former case, the recipient needs to use the Telegram search to look for your username. As you might have guessed, someone random can message you if they find your username through search. However, your number won’t be shared.
Telegram is known to be a secure messaging app. You can create channels and groups with 200,000 members in Telegram. It even supports bots and let you send large videos (in GBs) and other file types. Recently, they added support for video calls as well. Telegram can be used on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac, and the web.
If you are looking for something different than regular chat apps, do try Discord. Developed primarily for games, Discord supports private as well as organized text and voice channels. Such features play a major role in making it unique.
If you have your Discord server, you can add bots to it ranging from games, music, to server administration. Check out the top 5 music bots for Discord. Discord works on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, and web. Find out how Discord differs from Telegram, Twitch, and Skype. Discord may get intimidating for newbies. Do read about its features and how to use them.
4. LINE: Free Calls & Messages
Another app that lets you chat without a phone number is LINE. Similar to Telegram, the username is an optional feature in this app. You need to create it manually by going to Settings > Profile > User ID. If the user ID isn’t created, people in your contacts can add you by your number.
LINE supports up to 200 members in a group. Other features include polls, the ability to share all types of files, voice and video calls. If you like face filters, LINE offers similar things including a game. LINE also works across various platforms.
Similar to other apps, Kik supports both individual and group conversations. What makes Kik more exciting is public groups. Apart from that, bots work in Kik as well.
You can share photos, videos, GIFs, etc., with your friends who can be found with a phone number, username, and Kik code. The only drawback is that Kik works on Android and iOS only. You cannot use it on the desktop.
The above apps work best for personal use and only a few of them offer a few security features for your messages. Like Telegram offers a Secret Chat option for ephemeral messaging. If you are looking for messaging apps that work without a phone number for business purposes, you should try apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and more.
While the Facebook Messenger is usable for chatting without sharing numbers, it can expose your Facebook profile. I hope WhatsApp introduces usernames for its Business app, at least.
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Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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