Do you have relatives or friends in Iran? Are you willing to know how you can always stay in touch with them? If yes, this article will help you discover the best messaging apps for Android.

Below you can find the 7 best messaging apps you can use for easy and affordable calls to Iran. You can download any of these chat apps if you need quality and low-cost messaging apps to connect with your family, friends, and colleagues in Iran.

1. Telegram

Telegram is Iranian’s most favorite free messaging app. This instant messaging (IM) app has almost 20 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Iran. The app allows you to voice call and text messages to Telegram users for free. You can also send unlimited media and files in any format and size. Besides that, Telegram stores chat histories in the cloud for as long as you need. Telegram is a great messaging app for online chats in Iran, however the app does not offer video calling option. You might also need VPN to use telegram in Iran.

2. Pinngle

Pinngle is a relatively new instant messaging app that offers high quality voice and video calls among Pinngle users. This free chat app is so far the best messaging apps in Iran. Unlike Telegram, one of Pinngle’s great feature is that it works without VPNs.  Above all that, Pinngle offers lower-cost services as compared to other options you can use for international calls. In addition, this messaging app comes with ad-free Public Channels and affordable virtual or international numbers. If you value your privacy, Pinngle uses end-to-end encryption and serverless architecture  meaning – no one can access the content of your messages and calls or steal your data.

3. IMO

Imo is a free IM app that offers a number of great features to its users. With Imo, you can make high-quality video and voice calls using Android and iPhone over your 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection, send an unlimited number of messages, enjoy group video calls, share photos and videos, and more. However, this chat app isn’t that much user-friendly. Even though it works in Iran, you can find lots of ads on it.

4. WhatsApp

WhatsApp messenger is also free. It uses the internet to make voice calls, video calls, send text messages, images, GIF, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts, and voice notes. This chat app was once quite popular in Iran. However, it sometimes the app gets blocked and has somehow lost its popularity as a result. Users in Iran are now preferring chat apps that work without VPNs such as Pinngle Safe Messenger.


Viber is another free instant messaging application. Apart from instant messaging,  users can exchange images, video, and audio media messages by sending files to each other. Viber is designed to offer text, picture, and video messaging on all platforms. In Iran, people use Viber, though don’t find its voice calls to be good. Also, it has some heavy loading.


LINE is a free app offering instant communications both on smartphones, tablet and  desktop. The messaging app allows you to make free voice and video calls. LINE was initially launched as a mobile application for Android and iOS smartphones. Then, the service has expanded to BlackBerry OS, Nokia Asha, Windows Phone, Firefox OS, and iOS tablets. In Iran, people use LINE, but the app isn’t that much popular as it was previously. 

7. Tango

Tango is another messaging application developed for smartphones. Using Tango, you can enjoy free voice and video calls. Also, the app can send free text messages, update statuses, share photos and videos. Apart from this, using Tango, you can view user profiles and take part in interesting conversations, and acquire friends around the world.

Ara Ohanian

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