If you’re bored of your Facebook friends or fed up with being corralled into circles of people in social media apps, the raft of random chat apps will definitely appeal. Designed to offer anonymous chat with strangers, these apps widen your reach massively and can result in some truly fascinating chats with people you would never normally come across. Of course, they can also lead to some singularly strange discussions, but that’s probably a risk you’re willing to take if your looking for anonymity.
Anonymous messengers are ideal for those moving to new places, or who don’t live near friends. They’re perfect for those who don’t make friends easily or are too shy to talk to strangers normally. So here are five anonymous Android chat apps for meeting random strangers that do just that.
Omegle is one of the most established anonymous chat apps out there. The website launched back in 2008, so its been around the block a few times. It offers fast, easy chatting with random strangers anywhere. You chat in an anonymous environment, and you can do it at complete random or you can enter a few interests and you can select them by shaking your handset, so it will try to match you up with someone with the same interests. It uses a simple interface that gets you chatting quickly, and it offers video chatting.
2. Yik Yak
Yik Yak lets you put an idea out there and then interact with people who have the same interests or opinions, or just whoever happens to talk back. If it goes well, then you can shift to a private channel if you want to continue chatting. You can also join other discussions and do the same. It’s a simple app that does everything right. Users are varied, too, which makes for some very interesting, meme-worthy conversations!
You might already know Nimbuzz, as it has been around for a while. It’s an instant messenger that offers traditional social media-based chat with people you know, but also anonymous chat with people you don’t. In that sense, it’s similar to Omegle, as it also uses interests to bring people together and allows video chats for anyone brave enough to try that option.
As well as offering anonymous chat, Psst is also private. It doesn’t keep chat logs, store IDs, or anything else. This is great for those in oppressive regimes, those with overly-nosy family members, or those who just don’t want other people knowing what they chat about and who they chat to. This is an important app with far more use than chatting to random strangers. It is a tool for free speech that you can use wherever you live.
No list of anonymous Android chat apps for meeting random strangers would be complete without mentioning WeChat. It has been around for ages, has millions of users, and allows chat, video calls, and more. Plus, while the shake function might be a gimmick, I still love it!
Now, a quick and probably unnecessary word of warning when using anonymous chat apps. These are all free apps and they are all anonymous. That means as well as genuine people looking for a chat with like-minded individuals, you are also going to meet some strange people with strange ideas. Don’t give away too much identifiable information, don’t agree to meet someone, and don’t share pictures you wouldn’t want your mom to see. If you plan on video chatting on any of these apps, keep in mind that it’s not always for the faint of heart and don’t be surprised if you wind up with unwanted nudity being shoved in your face. Be careful out there!
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