5 Best Messaging Apps That Work Without a Phone Number to Chat

WhatsApp is a blessing when it comes to messaging apps. With a clear and user-friendly interface, people learn to use it easily even if they are on the cutting edge of technology. However, it has one major downside: you can’t connect with people without revealing your mobile number. Now that’s a disappointment. Sometimes you need to chat with people, but you don’t want to share the number. So we have created a list of 5 apps that allow you to chat with people without disclosing your phone number.

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Some apps may ask you for the phone number for registration. However, you won’t need other people’s phone numbers to chat with them. All the apps on this list are free and work on major platforms.

Let’s check which messaging apps 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 other people or create a group. The app also supports basic voice calls. Use the Skype name available under your profile to chat with other people. Share the same with strangers so they can add you on Skype. Learn more about what Skype Name (or Live ID) is and how to add contacts using Skype.

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Skype has a familiar user-friendly interface. Apart from cool animated stickers, you can liven up your conversations using GIFs, stickers and mojis (film extracts). Other than that, Skype is usable for sharing photos, videos, files, contacts, and locations. You can even schedule your calls and create polls. They even have a Lite app for Android. Learn how Skype Lite differs from the main app. Skype is available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux and the Web. If you don’t like the Skype app, you can delete your Skype account.

2. Telegram

Next, we have the Telegram messaging app. Your phone number will be required for registration. Your contacts will only see you through your mobile number, just like WhatsApp. However, if you want to chat with strangers without sharing your mobile number, you should create a public username by going to telegram settings.

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Share the username directly with others, or you can send them a link where you need to replace the term username with your username. In the latter case, the Telegram app will automatically open with your chat thread. In the first case, the recipient should use Telegram search to find your username. As you might have guessed, someone randomly can message you if they find your username through search. However, your number will not be shared.

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If you have your Discord server, you can add bots to it ranging from games, music to server administration. Check out the 5 best music bots for Discord. Discord works on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux and the Web. Learn how Discord differs from Telegram, Twitch, and Skype. Discord can get intimidating for beginners. Read about its features and how to use them.

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4. LINE: free calls and messages

Another app that lets you chat without a phone number is LINE. Similar to Telegram, username is an optional feature of this app. You have to create it manually by going to Settings > Profile > User ID. If the user ID is not created, people in your contacts can add you with your number.

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LINE supports up to 200 members in a group. Other features include polls, the ability to share all file types, voice and video calls. If you like face filters, LINE offers similar things, including a game. LINE also works on various platforms.


Similar to other apps, Kik supports both individual and group chats. What makes Kik more exciting are the public groups. Apart from that, bots also work in Kik.

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You can share photos, videos, GIFs, etc., with your friends who can be found with phone number, username and Kik code. The only downside is that Kik only works on Android and iOS. You cannot use it on the desktop.

Remote chats

The above apps work best for personal use and only a few of them provide some 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 work purposes, you should try apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, etc.

Although Facebook Messenger is usable for chatting without sharing numbers, it can expose your Facebook profile. I hope WhatsApp will at least introduce usernames for its Business app.

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Last updated September 18, 2020

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