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What messaging app did you turn to when Facebook services went down earlier this week?

Facebook's major chat apps
Facebook's major chat apps (Image credit: Android Central)

Unless you were hiding under a rock earlier this week, you or someone you know was probably affected by the massive outage to Facebook's apps and services, including its popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Messenger. Each service boasts well over a billion users, and many of those people were left scrambling to find an alternate means to communicate with friends, family, and businesses.

Even though WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are extremely popular and capable apps, there are a bunch of other great messaging apps available on Android and other platforms. For example, just about everyone has a pre-installed SMS/MMS client like Samsung Messages or Google Messages on their Android phone.

Signal is widely regarded as one of, if not the most, secure messaging apps around. And one of our favorite messaging apps, Telegram, even reported that it saw an increase of over 70 million new users during the time Facebook's services were down.

It may be challenging to convince your family and friends to switch to a new messaging app, but we suspect that conversation has been made a little bit easier thanks to this week's events.

So we wanted to know — which messaging service did you and your contacts turn to when WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook were offline?

Jeramy Johnson
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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

10 Comments
  • It didn't need to, I already use Google Messages. The outage didn't affect me but I can see where it did others.
  • It had no affect on me as I don't use any of the Facebook services.
  • I hate FB messenger. I just text - it's a lot easier.
  • I use Signal so no issues for me, my family or work colleagues...
  • Didn't even know it was down untill driving home from work. Even then it didn't bother me.
  • None, just good old fashioned text messages.
  • I was at work during the madness, so didn't notice.
  • Never use Messenger. Telegram with family, Signal with friends, no problems...
  • I value my security way too much to ever install Facebook messenger. I use Samsung's messaging app.
  • None. I went and saw a movie