Calls and messages to anyone, anywhere
Viber is a messaging and calling app for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Viber offers free, high-quality audio and video calls, all protected via a secure, encrypted connection. The Viber app also lets users sync their history and transfer calls between their mobile device and desktop. Build and manage your contacts and groups wherever you want using Viber's extensive admin control and conversation features.
The conversation you want, wherever you want it
Whether it's a private phone conversation, a video call, a simple text, or a quick sticker or GIF, Viber offers a one-stop communication app to keep in touch with the people around you. One Viber account lets you hold or store those communications across all your devices - phone, tablet, or computer. Viber's multi-platform capabilities will keep you connected whether you're at home or on the go. Other features include:
- Record and quick-send voice or video messages
- Chat extensions for sharing video, music, GIFs, and events
- Delete seen messages to retract accidental statements
- End-to-end encryption to keep your conversations private
Viber for gaming
Viber offers a series of games designed by third-party developers using Viber Connect, a private API that lets you sign in with your Viber ID to connect with friends and contacts. Once connected, you can exchange in-game gifts and rewards with each other, or simply compare scores for bragging rights. If you're into mobile gaming, Viber makes a strong case for itself when compared to WhatsApp.
Viber vs WhatsApp
The most popular competition with Viber is WhatsApp, an app which also features messaging and VoIP. Both programs feature synchronized desktop, with WhatsApp available for either Windows or Mac. Viber is as well, but also includes support for Linux, which is a welcome feather in its cap. By now both apps also offer equally strong HD quality options, provided that users have access to high bandwidth connections.
Of the two competing apps, Viber has more features that are readily available right on its main interface. This added utility comes at a cost, however: Now users must contend with the annoyance of sticker advertisements that the app tries to push. Despite its recent takeover by Facebook (which affected the 'Status' interface), WhatsApp remains a cleaner, less cluttered experience than Viber.
Based solely on features, Viber supports as many if not more than WhatsApp. One key factor in deciding to go Viber vs WhatsApp, however, is that the latter still has more users. In a battle of contacts, this is an important distinction. WhatsApp still holds the larger fan base, and as a result, WhatsApp does have more more people to connect with than Viber.
Security and privacy
Any information you share on Viber is safeguarded by their built-in encryption. Viber cannot read your personal chats (whether they're one-on-one or in a group), and it also can't listen in on any video or audio calls. Due to the default end-to-end encryption, Viber also can't access any of your sent or received messages. Group conferences and direct conversations are only visible to the people involved.
Since Viber has no way to access your private calls or chats to begin with, this also means the company cannot share them for ad targeting. Your information can't be accessed or sold to 3rd parties or advertisers, so you won't be targeted by ads related to something you and your friends were discussing via chat. This is a notable perk considering many other social networking apps will not refrain from crossing this line.
Messaging is not always free
The caveat with Viber is that in order to keep all your communication free, both the sender and recipient need to have the app installed. Calling or sending SMS texting to a contact that is not on Viber is not free. If your friends and contacts are still insistent on other apps, you can subscribe to Viber Out to make calls to these numbers at a reduced cost.
A free app for all your communication
Viber is a great choice for calling, conferencing, or sending free messages to friends who share the mobile app. Its interface may be cluttered, but it remains intuitive for new users, and offers a plethora of features, all protected with Viber's enhanced security and privacy measures. The app also offers a variety of features and games, but in the end its utility comes down to how many of your contacts are also using Viber.
Viber releases updates of the app frequently, and users can expect a new version every few weeks. Most recently Viber has added new stickers available via an in-chat tab, as well as more group chat mechanics and a simplified swipe options for chat replies. Users can also check what version of Viber they are using by clicking 'About Viber' on the 'More' screen.