5 Apps To Chat And Text With No Internet Connection Via Mesh Network

Updated: December 2, 2017 / Home » Smartphone and Tablets » Apps and OS

These apps are known as ‘Off-the-grid’ chat messenger app that works even without internet connection or 2G, 3G, or 4G network coverage, somewhat like the Walkie-Talkie app for iOS and Android. These app allows you to communicate with each other within a range of up to 100 – 200 meters, it works by broadcasting your encrypted data via the WiFi or bluetooth. If there is no direct connection between A and C, the app will bounce the message from A to B to C. In short, it is a P2P (peer to peer) software without a central server like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and Facebook Message. Three good reasons for using ‘Off the grid’ aka Mesh Network chat. These chat apps can also be used as a walkie talkie.

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Note: Mesh Network works when 2 or more smartphones are within range of each other. The distance or coverage depends on the smartphone’s signal strength, it varies from one model to another. Approximate distance is 100 feet between 2 smartphones.

Ideal Situation For Mesh Network Chat App

  • Group camping or jungle tracking in a remote area where there is no reception.
  • During a disaster, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake and etc.
  • Mass protest where there is a possibility the government will cut off the internet.
  • When your monthly mobile data plan expired.
  • During a natural disaster such as earthquake, flood, thunderstorm and etc when all networks and electricity are down.
  • In an airplane when you and your friend are not seated together.
  • End of the world, during a Zombie apocalypse or in a war zone.

↓ 01 – FireChat | Google Android & Apple iOS

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FireChat introduces a new way to chat: “off-the-grid”. Now you can chat with people around you – even if there is no Internet connection or mobile phone coverage. Whether you’re on the beach or in the subway, at a big game or a trade show, camping in the wild or at a concert, or even travelling abroad, simply fire up the app with a friend or two and find out who else is there.

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FireChat enables a new type of communication: “firechats”. These live and anonymous discussion groups can gather as many as 10,000 people simultaneously. You can create your own firechats about anything that interests you – whether it’s the NY Yankees, Game of Thrones, League of Legends or Italian food. Get FireChat and start bringing people together.

  • Instantly chat with anyone around you,
  • Works even without any Internet connection or mobile phone coverage,
  • Use the “Nearby” mode for off-the-grid communications, up to 200 feet of your location,
  • Multihop capabilities extend the range of peer-to-peer communications,
  • See what people are talking about all over the country in the “Everyone” mode,
  • Create your own ‘firechats’ for live discussions with up to tens of thousands of simultaneous users
  • Choose your own unique username and avatar
  • No significant impact on battery consumption.

↓ 02 – The Serval Mesh | Google Android

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This software allows you to easily make private phone calls, send secure text messages and share files in caves, in subways, in the Outback, in Australia or Africa, in Europe or the United States — even when cellular networks fail or are unavailable. You can also keep using your existing phone number on the mesh, which is really important in a disaster when people are trying to get back in contact with each other.

↓ 03 – ZombieChat | Apple iOS

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ZombieChat is a peer to peer post-apocalyptic communication tool for when the zombies take over the planet. When the world goes dark and the cell towers stop working, ZombieChat carries on. Send and receive text and picture messages to people nearby on your iPhone and iPod Touch. Survivor Beacons notify you when there are other ZombieChat survivors near you. How does it work? It creates a peer to peer network with nearby devices using Bluetooth, peer to peer WiFi and infrastructure WiFi. No sign up required!

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↓ 04 – Signal Offline Messenger | Google Android

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Signal is a Wifi Direct based offline messaging app. Signal allows you to communicate without internet or local network in range of upto 100 meters. Messaging could be one-on-one or in a group. Messages sent via signal app are delivered in secure way. In short signal allows you to send audio,text,photo and video messages to users around you over wifi direct.

Chat with your friends and colleagues without wasting your data plan. One can use signal messenger in any instance where internet is not accessible, such as Cruise ship, wild life safari, foreign trip with family or when you run out of your data pack.

  • Instantly send messages, audio and photos to anyone around you over wifi direct
  • Send messages one-on-one or to entire group.
  • Works without any form of internet or local network all it needs is another signal.
  • Share files such as images & video as is. [As taken by camera and no re sizing or re scaling is applied]
  • Old chats are stored in database and are accessible anytime.
  • Full material design support. Signal comes in different colors.
  • Signal is walkie talkie that works without internet.
  • Communication via signal is secure.

↓ 05 – Vojer | Apple iOS

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Vojer keeps you connected to your mates nearby without 3G/4G or Wi-Fi coverage. Vojer delivers messages from your phone directly to other person’s phone. No intermediate servers, websites or bottlenecks en route. Vojer doesn’t access your address book or request extra permissions except those required to operate – WiFi, Bluetooth, Microphone and Photos (if you choose to share photos).

  • Share Photos and Text
  • Send and Receive High Quality Voice
  • All Vojer messages sent and received are encrypted.
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↓ [ Coming Soon ] – Briar | Google Android

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging tools such as email, Twitter or Telegram, Briar doesn’t rely on a central server – messages are synchronized directly between the users’ devices. If the Internet’s down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the Internet’s up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance. Secure messaging, anywhere

  • Peer-to-peer encrypted messaging and forums
  • Messages are stored securely on your device, not in the cloud
  • Connect directly with nearby contacts – no Internet access required
  • Free and open source software


31 comments on “5 Apps To Chat And Text With No Internet Connection Via Mesh Network

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    I use Netchat on Windows phone. Seems to be only one available.

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    Dirk Cotton [ Reply ]

    Will all of these apps bounce a text off an intermediate phone running them? (A > B > C)

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      I guess so, but it will be encrypted.

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    Tamba Y. Bangbeor [ Reply ]

    Never try this application before !

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    Maryam [ Reply ]

    Could anyone tell me a place to chat without internet on web (not an app) please?? ASAP!

    Thanks :)

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    So, if I use a mobile network app Sauron can see my messages? D:

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    Kitkat [ Reply ]

    Do these work without internet???

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    Your foretfather [ Reply ]

    You all bullshit !!! check the apps requirement before posting in website. Firechat works on INTERNET………you all making fool of us and earning from advt.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Nice trolling. FireChat works without an internet connection.

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        Ladys Perspective [ Reply ]

        Do you know how to use firechat offline with someone who isn’t in the same country as you?

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          Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

          I don’t think that’s possible. It is based on bluetooth and wifi within distance of each other. that is why it is called Mesh Network or P2P.

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    I have try to use some of this your apps but it seems they all need internet connection. Please stop lying to people and came out with something that can do the job.
    KB

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      these app works, google on how the Hong Kong protestors use these apps to communicate when the gov block the internet. You need bluetooth and within distance for the 2 smartphone.

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    Is there an app that can be used to stay in contact with family at least 3 ½ miles away from where I will be? We are going to soon be hit by hurricane Irma. We are all leaving but my husband has to come back as soon as the storm passes due to him being apart of the clean up crew. I would like to be able to stay in contact with him to know he is safe.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Without internet? Impossible. No such app exist due to hardware limitation. You’ll need the internet.

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      Dwayne [ Reply ]

      Mesh networks can be used from phone to phone across great distances, but, there has to be a phone in range and your listed range is too far without other mesh users in between. So, in these cases, with great distances between, and no internet, and no land based phone network, you will need to go with a Satellite phone option. Expensive option however, and most can’t afford it.

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      BCP-Guy [ Reply ]

      for that situation you would need something like the goTenna / goTenna Mesh device (https://www.gotenna.com/ ; app is iOS and Android) : it allows you to securely message between 2 devices over a greater distance than off-grid mesh apps alone (such as FireChat). with goTenna I think that you could also download maps for off-line use: ideal for trekking in remote areas. And do not forget about the use of Zello when you have a cell-signal for voice-based “walkie-talkie” comms.
      also, if you are going to be involved as an “activist”, and internet access may be disabled, you may want to use F-Droid (android: https://f-droid.org/) and load comms apps such that you can get others to download the apps from your own device over BT: you then become your very own ‘app store’! If you use this, you will then have to use the F-Droid app and not the one from Google Play store (AFAIK).
      free tip: get the Alibi app (android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.discoveralibi.alibi&hl=en) . you can then record audio or audio/video of interactions that you have during a “crisis”! also good to have in a disaster recovery phase where insurance claims adjusters are on-site and you need to remember conversations. app also allows to geo-tag the conversation for more verifiable evidence. careful for battery usage, and file storage of possible huge video files.

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    3½ hours away*

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    Joe Tarry [ Reply ]

    From what I have read, firechat looks like the first and most popular (and thus best connected) of these apps. With it’s everyone option, if someone else in the mesh that I join has Internet connection, does that mean my messages can get out of the local mesh and to a mesh in some other town or state? Even if my mobile data is down and I do not have an Internet connection myself? And if that is the case, will the entire mesh be using up that one guys mobile data for the month just because he is the only connection to the net?

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      Alexis Nicole [ Reply ]

      Firechat is actually pretty difficult to use. Plus, the person you’re contacting, don’t they need to have a FireChat account? Because I tried contacting people from my area and it’s just a hazard, it doesn’t work. This is false advertising. I haven’t tried those other apps, but as soon as I get Wi-Fi I will download them one-by-one and test them. Wish me luck!

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    LongJohn [ Reply ]

    The idea behind these mesh net apps is that they can use your phone’s radios (WiFi & BlueTooth) to form a peer to peer mesh network. You have to turn on WiFi and BlueTooth on your phone, but you don’t need to have a working router or internet connection. Messages move from phone to phone to spread across the network. It can stretch as far as there are phones running the app. You won’t get a message across the country on this network, but you may get a message to a disaster agency or HAM radio operator with your name, location and status. If you include a contact e-mail or phone number, these folks can share your status with your loved ones. No guarantees, but it’s certainly worth some peace of mind for your loved ones.

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    Irene Cartagena [ Reply ]

    Molly,
    One person said it was integral to the Cajun Navy in Houston for them to communicate rescuing people. I just downloaded it, it took about 30 seconds and it is really cool, works just like a real walkie-talkie. After it is downloaded it will ask you if you want to test the app, click yes. At that point the walkie-talkie part will show up and you will have a red circle in the middle of the screen, press down on that Circle and hold it until it turns green and start talking, when you are done talking stop pressing, kind of like a real walkie talkies with buttons on the side.

    DOWNLOAD ZELLO NOW, please.

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      Ken Walker [ Reply ]

      Yes Irene ZELLO worked well in Houston and will work well everywhere the cell towers are up and running. BUT if the cell tower goes down Zello will NOT work. Zello can get groups together to accomplish great things but as soon as the tower goes it is useless. These mesh type apps will work even when the towers go down. The only downside to them is range. Of course range can be extended every time someone installs the app

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    JoAnne [ Reply ]

    Sounds like there should be a movement for all Smartphone users to install Firechat, on their phones. Hmmmm, how can I get everyone on the cruiseship to install the app 😁

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      BCP-Guy [ Reply ]

      how about Apple (and other phone manufacturers) turns on the FM radio chip, if it is still installed…
      love the BlackBerry KEYOne for this FM Radio chip and Radio app.
      FM Radio: old 20th century tech that works!

      see previous reply: use F-Droid to share FireChat with your cruise ship team!

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    Hope Watford [ Reply ]

    Do any of these apps let me talk to my contacts without making them install the app themselves?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      No, both need to have the same app and within certain distance. they need bluetooth and wifi to function.

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    Benoit Hanridge [ Reply ]

    A Mesh P2P (peer to peer meaning person to person) is like the good old days of home or office network without internet. Instead using cables between computers it’s wireless and between smartphones (iOS/Android). Max distance varies between few tens of feet to a few 100 feet between peers depending on environment. The Mesh networking makes it possible to communicate between any two peers that are present in a local cluster of any amount of peers where any distance among peers in general is not greater then a few or say a 100ft depending on the environment (open space, air humidity, living trees, stone or wooden walls, dirt, metal construction, metal objects or cagings like cars).

    Like cows in a field, as long they stay within a few yards from eachother the cows on the border of the field can talk to eachother privately.

    Mesh is what fishnets are made of each knot an individual that can talk to any other knot/individual provided the holes of the net don’t get to widened.

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