Hangouts Hangouts is a good option. It's a chat app that was made for anyone who has an account with google. And who doesn't have a google+ account weather they use it or not? Everyone who has facebook should have a google account as well. Hangouts is my number 1 alternative to messenger because it is already downloaded into my phone when i get it. That may not be the best alternative for you but storage space on my phone is limited and sense i don't chat with people that often, Hangouts is ideal for me. Whatsapp Messenger and Instagram These are also very popular. If you don't use them, you have heard of them and it is about time you start checking into that as a great alternative to messenger. If those are not good for you, there are only about a thousand other chat and video chat apps to choose from in your app store. And last but not least, there's always texting. So there is no reason to lay down and let Mark Zuckerburg hold a metaphorical gun to your head while you download messenger so that he can invade your privacy. Maybe He should go live in China.