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Global outage! Six alternatives to WhatsApp

As you are probably already painfully aware, WhatsApp has been down worldwide on Monday, leaving millions of users incommunicado and looking for alternative solutions to their messaging needs.

With Facebook and Instagram also down, we thought some recommendations might come in handy, so we’ve listed six below, looking for those options offering the best privacy and security.

Telegram

For a while now, Telegram has been many people’s back-up plan to WhatsApp and it can be used on a range of devices, offering secure communication.

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You can also transfer your chats from WhatsApp and other apps to Telegram. This is done simply by entering the desired chat and choosing ‘export chat’ and then selecting Telegram and then the desired receiving chat.

Discord

Began as a platform aimed at the gaming community, it has grown to offer a range of tools and uses, including everyday messaging.

Signal

Another classic go-to when WhatsApp fails, with users valuing its privacy settings.

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Line

Big in Asia with multiple communication options and, again, a strong focus on privacy.

SMS

Remember regular text messages? Well, they’re still a reliable and popular plan B when your messaging app of choice lets you down and you need to send an urgent message.

What happened to WhatsApp?

On Monday October 4, WhatsApp, along with sister platforms Facebook and Instagram, with which it shares servers, stopped working across the planet, leaving many people struggling to communicate and confused.

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