For more than 12 million people, Slack has become the tool they open first thing in the morning to start the workday. And it has become the industry leader in team collaboration, simplifying people’s work and increasing their productivity.
But not everyone is completely ecstatic about Slack. Some prefer not to pay a premium for unlimited search functionality (the free version limits you to the most recent 10,000 messages). Others prefer a self-hosted solution, which Slack doesn’t offer, for more control over your team’s communication. Remote teams are becoming more common, and because of this, more people are looking for affordable team chat tools that meet their needs. If you’re in the same boat, take a look at this list of the best Slack alternatives out there.
<h2>The best Slack alternatives for 2021</h2> Google Chat Chanty Microsoft Teams RocketChat Discord Mattermost Flock Ryver Glip Flowdock Fleep Twist HighSide Troop Messenger
1. Google chat
Available on: Android, computer, iPhone and iPad Price: Free for Gmail users Google Chat is a Slack alternative built into Gmail, and you can chat with anyone who also has a Gmail account, whether that account is from paid or free. You can also use Google Meet with Google Chat to make audio and video calls. These tools are replacing Google Hangouts, which had similar functionality.
Available on: Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone, and iPad Price: Free for up to 10 members, $ 3 per user per month for additional features, and unlimited members Chanty is a simple team chat tool for small and medium teams that doesn’t limit your search message history. As in Slack, you can communicate on public and private channels and through one-on-one conversations. Chanty also organizes all your files, links, tasks, and conversations into folders in a feature called Teambook. Overall, Chanty’s built-in task manager and intuitive interface make the chat tool a solid Slack alternative for the less tech-savvy. But with that said, if you’re a tech savvy, you can connect Chanty with a ton of apps through Zapier, making the team’s chat platform more robust.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Web Price: Free for up to 100 video participants and 500 thousand chat users, premium plans available from $ 5.00 per user per month. Microsoft Teams is a business chat tool primarily aimed at business companies. But if you subscribe to one of the Microsoft Office 365 plans, you will already have access to Microsoft Teams. However, if you don’t have one of these plans, you can start with the freemium version of the tool. It includes all the essential team chat features, such as instant chats, audio / video calls, and integrations. It also offers integrations across all Office 365 products and more than 250 applications and services. It’s also important to note that Microsoft Teams is not the easiest app to implement, so make sure your team admin is tech-savvy.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, and Web Price: Free up to 1K users, $ 3 per user per month for additional features and unlimited members RocketChat is a free, open source Slack alternative that allows you to customize your appearance and feel your own needs. One of the best features of RocketChat is that it is easy to migrate; all you need to do is export your files from Slack or HipChat and upload them to RocketChat. RocketChat also has useful features like real-time translation, live chat client, and E2E encryption, making it a Slack alternative that is definitely worth checking out.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, and Web Price: Free, $ 9.99 per month for advanced features like larger uploads and high-resolution video and screen sharing features Discord is actually a leading team communication app in the industry for gamers. But thanks to its rich functionality and unlimited message history, many people make good use of it for their teams at work. When you start using Discord, the app divides your channels by text and voice. But you can easily implement Slack’s concept of public and private channels using Discord’s channel settings. It’s also the only app on this list that offers push-to-talk features. Keep in mind, though, that Discord may not have integrations with apps that you can use at work, like most of the team chat tools on this list. But if you need a free space to communicate via text, voice, or video, Discord might be a good option for you.
6. Matter more
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, Web Price: Free up to 10 users, $ 10 per user per month for distributed organizations. Mattermost is a fully customizable open source solution to meet your business needs. You can also deploy Mattermost with private cloud hosting or a self-managed server. Mattermost offers freemium pricing plans for small teams that feature unlimited message history and unlimited integrations. In addition, Mattermost supports more than a dozen languages, which is perfectly suited for global teams.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, and Web Price: Free up to 20 users, $ 4.50 per user per month up to 100 members, and advanced features Flock is workplace chat software that claims to run faster than Slack. In addition to the usual communication features like instant chat, audio and video calls, it also offers built-in surveys, reminders, notes, and to-do snippets. The freemium version of Flock is limited to 10,000 search messages. Paid plans unlock useful features like screen sharing and unlimited message history.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Web Price: $ 49 per month up to 12 users, more advanced plans available Ryver is a team communication tool known for its built-in Trello-like task manager, which allows you to convert messages in tasks and manage them with Kanban boards. Like Slack, Ryver allows you to communicate through open forums, private groups, and direct messages. It also makes voice and video calls for up to 5 users per call. And if you have a Zapier account, you can also connect Ryver to your favorite apps.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Web Price: Free up to 100 participants, $ 14.99 per user per month for up to 200 participants and more advanced features Glip is a team collaboration tool developed by RingCentral. While Slack has configurable features, making it a one-size-fits-all team chat app, Glip has built-in features like tasks, calendar, and notes. You can connect Glip to other apps through Zapier or one of its 20+ custom integrations.
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux and Web Price: $ 3 per user per month, more advanced features available Flowdock is a Slack alternative that organizes the conversation by threads. Its threads are color-coded so you can easily navigate between topics and organize your team communication. Similar to Slack, Flowdock features open, invite-only and one-on-one chats. Plus, you can connect Flowdock to over 100 of your favorite apps.
Available on: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS Price: Free up to 10 GB of file storage, $ 5 per user per month (billed annually) for 100 GB of storage Fleep is based on the idea of ”conversations” in the that users can participate in a discussion on a certain topic. To make these conversations more actionable, Fleep has included “Task” features for assigning and coordinating work, as well as the “Pinboard” feature, which allows users to pin important messages, details, or announcements aside for easy access. While 1: 1 conversations are unlimited across the board, the freemium version has limited storage capacity and only supports 3 group conversations. For unlimited group conversations, you will need to upgrade to the Business plan.
Available on: MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Web Price: Free, $ 5 per user per month for unlimited history, integrations, and storage Twist is the ideal communication software for asynchronous computers. His model moves away from real-time conversations towards “deeper structured communication” through his “Threads” feature. Instead of a group chat, users should designate a specific “thread” for conversations related to that topic. Small group and individual chat is also available for non-threaded conversations. The freemium version comes with a one-month limit on search history and a maximum file storage of 5GB. However, the more advanced plans remove these limitations.
Available on: Windows, MacOS, Ubuntu, iPhone, Android Price: $ 4.67 per user per month, $ 12.50 per user per month for advanced management and compliance requirements HighSide is a great choice for organizational communication with advanced security needs. HighSide offers end-to-end encryption, authentication, and secure cloud storage. Your infrastructure can even help you ensure compliance with HIPAA, GDPR, and more. It also has a Microsoft Teams extension to help you work safely in all applications.
14. Troop Messenger
Available on: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS Price: $ 2.5 per user per month up to 150GB of storage, $ 5 per user per month for more advanced features and increased storage Troop Messenger offers chat, audio and video calls, and screen sharing like many other communication apps. However, it even offers audio messaging and remote desktop control, allowing your team to enjoy a wide range of use cases within one solution. The premium version includes cool features like “Burnout” (which allows users to collaborate confidentially for a specified period of time before history is deleted) and “Respond Later” to help you prioritize your communication without forgetting anything.
Fortunately, when it comes to choosing the right communication tool for your team, you have a variety of options. I’ve briefly covered the best apps your team could enjoy, but if you need more detailed information about team chat tools like Slack, check out Chanty’s Slack alternatives revision. Share Chanty’s experience and feedback from testing seven different team chat software over a span of eight weeks. Olga Mykhoparkina is the Marketing Director of Chanty, a team messaging platform and HubSpot client. Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been updated for completeness.