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In this world of social media, we've got a lot of chat channels available. Whether you're checking your Twitter DMs, Facebook Messenger postings, or iMessages, you can have most of them in one place with a dedicated chat client. You can also go in another direction and use one of the newer solutions like WhatsApp and Telegram. These, like Apple's iMessage, are more stand-alone and emphasize security.

Even the best MacBook needs tools to communicate with your friends and family conveniently and safely. These are the best messaging apps for Mac.

iMessage

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iMessage, which is built into macOS, makes it seamless for you to chat with anyone with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch without much effort. You can add SMS and text messaging from Android or Windows phones to Messages if you have Text Message Forwarding enabled. Did we mention iMessage now includes Memoji and other tools that were once exclusive to mobile? Unfortunately, Apple's native app no longer has universal appeal. It has lost support for Jabber, Facebook, and Yahoo in recent years. On the plus side, Messages is already installed on your computer.

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Adium

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Over time, Adium has been one of the best messaging apps for Mac. You can connect it to Google, Twitter, IRC, Bonjour, Jabber, plus a few more. It's a great way to keep most (if not all) of your various chat clients in order. Adium has many little features that are really awesome, like initiating encrypted ORT chats and file transfers. Still, its interface is decidedly old-school, which can be good or bad, depending on your opinion. You can't get it in the Mac App Store, but it's free and open-source, and it's highly rated among Mac users.

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Adium

Full-featured, Adium is the client to get if you like chatting in various online worlds.

Trillian

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Trillian is another popular chat client that brings together many of your messaging apps into one place, including Facebook, Google Talk, Jabber, Olark, and Twitter. Trillian is free for individual users, but you can unlock advanced features like chat history across devices and higher device limits by upgrading to a professional account. There are also versions for businesses and healthcare. Trillian works great on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

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Trillian

A slick interface makes Trillian a winner across multiple platforms, not just macOS.

YakYak

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YakYak is a big hit with Mac users that only want a Google Hangouts client. If you want to chat with your Google peeps with a dedicated window on your Mac, YakYak is the perfect option. You can upload images, group chat, and more. You have to install it from GitHub, but there are some fairly clear instructions on how to do so if you're savvy with your Mac.

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YakYak

This isn't a Chrome extension and doesn't rely on Chrome to work. So, if you're anti-Chrome, this apps is for you.

Telegram

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One of the fastest-growing messaging apps on the planet, Telegram is noted for its secure interface and access across multiple devices and platforms. The app provides 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange. With Telegram, you'll find no media or file limits, and your chat history is kept securely in the Telegram cloud, not on your devices. One of the biggest features is Secret Chat, which can be programmed to self-destruct from participating devices.

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Telegram

It's no longer a secret; Telegram is one of the hottest messaging apps right now.

WhatsApp

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Currently the most popular messaging app globally, WhatsApp offers simple, reliable messaging across multiple platforms. Featuring group, voice, and video chat, WhatsApp has all of the bases covered. There's also end-to-end encryption, so all of your messages and calls are secure. You can find WhatsApp across various platforms, including macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows, the web, and more.

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WhatsApp

No. 1 around the world? Why aren't you using WhatsApp?

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What is your preferred chat client for bringing together all of your various chat channels? Put your recommendations in the comments, and I'll check them out.

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