There are many different chat apps out there. But while a lot of the apps are just different ways to connect with the people you know, a particular subset of chat apps is specifically intended to chat with strangers.
We can always contact those we know, but there is a certain level of excitement and intrigue in meeting new friends and learning about the lives of people we are unfamiliar with.
To accommodate the desire of people to make new acquaintances and chat with others from all around the globe, we have compiled a helpful list of the 15 best stranger chat apps for the Android and iOS platforms. These chatting apps are perfect for meeting new people and getting to know more about them.
Qeep is one of the most popular stranger chat apps you can download on your phone. Unlike most of the other apps of this type, Qeep focuses on connecting people who reside in the same geographical vicinity. This is intentional for Qeep to double as a way to meet people for dates.
By using people’s locations and common interests, Qeep makes finding an ideal partner easier. It also offers the ability to use private chat rooms where other members can be invited to join in on a conversation.
The app’s discovery feature shows three categories of members: online, nearby, or far away. This allows you to choose who you wish to communicate with based on a geocentric attribute.
HOLLA is an app that is similar to other random video chatting applications available for the iOS and Android platforms. It is a free that is popular and often praised for its execution of an otherwise common function.
Being easy and simple to use, HOLLA makes meeting new people and chatting with strangers simple, and also includes a handy search option to look for people and fun filters to have some fun with the new friends you meet.
Splansh takes a positive spin to the stranger chat game. The platform allows users to engage in friendly conversation as well as share their moods or YouTube links.
The real plus for those sensitive to language or inappropriate behavior is that Splansh censors cursing and protects rule-abiding users from the trouble-seeking kind. It also generates daily tips on how to improve one’s mood and offers advice on a better life.
An app whose namesake does not hide what it’s all about behind a clever moniker and comes right out with it is Chat With Strangers, developed by FunPokes.
The app features an interesting age-based filtering system that allows you to narrow down your potential stranger searches by age range.
In that sense, it is a great app for finding a potential date, flirting, and mingling. You can chat in text or video, and share pictures. You can even retain the connections you made through the app for future chats.
Back in 2007, Skout was intended to become another social network, along the lines of Facebook. However, plans changed a bit, and while it remained a social app, it is used more for meeting people, forming relationships, and networking.
The app hosts more than 10 million users globally, and while it is primarily regarded as a dating site, they are not leaning too into meaningful long-term relationships as much as people with clear intentions about what they want from these meetings.
Skout features a “Blind Date” game, where Skout users can hear the voices of particular contestants and choose one to chat with before they see them. The blurred images are presented to the user, and as the conversation goes on, after a predetermined amount of time, the person’s face finally gets revealed.
LivU provides a way to talk to new people online through text, voice recording, or video in a more personalized way. You can use a variety of filters, emojis, and effects to enhance your look and make your appearance more fun.
It is important to note that the videos and audio conversations can be saved (by either party in the conversation) so if protecting your privacy is a concern, it should be addressed by using one of the apps privacy protection features. You can log in through your Facebook account if you wish to link the app to it as well.
Azar allows you to select different regions from which you wish to communicate with people. You can filter the person to randomly chat with regionally and by gender, and start finding people to talk to, get to know, and possibly even begin romantic relations with.
The app utilizes text, audio, video calls, and has open chat sessions. Similarly identifying contacts works as Tinder’s “like-swiping” model. The app also lists in their terms that they do not share any of your personal information with third parties.
Flurv is one of the biggest social networks designed for global chatting, and the app is unique in that it is available only for the Android platform and will even show users who have checked out their profile.
With millions of daily users, the app lets you meet people from a region you might be interested in traveling to and make new friends and contacts ahead of time. You can seek friends out locally as well, getting to know people in your geographical proximity. Flurv goes to prove that friendship should have no geographical boundaries.
While intended to be a dating platform, MeetMe has outgrown that intended limitation by becoming a 100 million-plus user juggernaut in the realm of anonymous chat apps.
But the dating features are still there, including the ability to share gifts with those you admire, receive them, and see how many views one’s profile received. It goes even further to give people who meet and talk fun games to play including some arcade and casino-style games.
With its over 100 million members, hi5 has grown into one of the most popular strangers chatting apps out there. Its popularity has afforded it the ability to really hone in on the feature that most users of these types of apps find important: security.
While seeking out new friends with location, age, and gender filters, you do not need to share any of the information that you do not want to share. In fact, other users cannot see it unless you grant your permission.
Most of the platform’s users tend to fall into the 18 to 35 range, with the majority being from the US, UK, and various South American countries. The app also integrates with Facebook and Google for easier login and importing of contacts.
While the app started in 2006, it launched as its own standalone service in 2012, rising to prominence through Facebook games and quizzes. Badoo intentionally does not want to be known as a dating website, and while many use it for this purpose, it is meant to be a broader chat network.
The app has more than 12 million US users, with most of them falling into the 18 to 35 demographic. Most of the app’s users come from various European nations. While it does not aim to be a strictly dating site, considering the age range of joiners and its functionality, it does possess many attributes similar to Tinder, but not one that is best suited for anyone over the age of 45 as they will simply not find enough matches.
Waplog keeps the formula straight and simple with both smartphone and PC users able to use a social platform that takes a lot of attributes from other popular social networks. Perhaps that is how they garnered more than 6 million users across over 25 countries. The members on the platform tend to be active, and tend to be disproportionately female.
The app integrates with Facebook for logging in, making the process quicker. The initial login profile is very quick, with no personality tests required. You won’t even need to work hard to look for personality matches, as the app will start recommending them to you.
Waplog has filtered searches, which, once found can be activated with a calling button to start conversations, with chats and messages being free to use. If you are interested, the setting can be set to allow for the app to notify you when your profile has been visited or liked by other users.
Chat and mingle with strangers by matching up through your location, hobbies, or passions for free with Twoo, an app with a fine balance between chatting with new friends and finding compatible people to date.
The app does not involve match-making, but it does use an algorithm based on one’s profile to connect them with people from across the world. Interestingly, Twoo is also part of the Match community, one of the most successful and well-known dating platforms in existence.
Because of the expansion, there are far better privacy regulations and connection options, with over 50 million members signed up for the platform.
Cake is another option for random video chats that allows for live streaming video with newly made or old friends. Videos can be sent to individuals or shared with a community of followers. Interestingly, Cake also allows for broadcasting videos on Cake.tv, with the potential of earning monetary rewards for doing so.
The conversations are subjected to the platform’s privacy rules, with users’ identities revealed to others only with permissions. The platform keeps things clean, with violence, offensive displays, nudity, and discrimination not tolerated, utilizing a live moderate team that oversees all chats to assure compliance to its rules.
In what could possibly be the best option for stranger chat apps, Chatous allows for people to connect to others all over the world to strike up conversations based on the same interests.
It utilizes hashtags to designate topics, much like Twitter, with users directed to chatrooms based on the topic they select. The users are anonymous, entering and leaving chat rooms at their own will.
Whatever topic you are into, Chatous has the option of video chatting with people interested in the same topics you are, and if you hit it off, you can continue to connect with them in the future.