Element is a new type of messenger and collaboration app that:

1. Puts you in control to preserve your privacy
2. Lets you communicate with anyone in the Matrix network, and even beyond by integrating with apps such as Slack
3. Protects you from advertising, datamining, backdoors and walled gardens
4. Secures you through end-to-end encryption, with cross-signing to verify others

Element is completely different from other messaging and collaboration apps because it is decentralised and open source.

Element lets you self-host - or choose a host - so that you have privacy, ownership and control of your data and conversations. It gives you access to an open network; so you’re not just stuck speaking to other Element users only. And it is very secure.

Element is able to do all this because it operates on Matrix - the standard for open, decentralised communication.

Element puts you in control by letting you choose who hosts your conversations. From the Element app, you can choose to host in different ways:

1. Get a free account on the public server
2. Self-host your account by running a server on your own hardware
3. Sign up for an account on a custom server by simply subscribing to the Element Matrix Services hosting platform

Why choose Element?

OWN YOUR DATA: You decide where to keep your data and messages. You own it and control it, not some MEGACORP that mines your data or gives access to third parties.

OPEN MESSAGING AND COLLABORATION: You can chat with anyone else in the Matrix network, whether they’re using Element or another Matrix app, and even if they are using a different messaging system of the likes of Slack, IRC or XMPP.

SUPER-SECURE: Real end-to-end encryption (only those in the conversation can decrypt messages), and cross-signing to verify the devices of conversation participants.

COMPLETE COMMUNICATION: Messaging, voice and video calls, file sharing, screen sharing and a whole bunch of integrations, bots and widgets. Build rooms, communities, stay in touch and get things done.

EVERYWHERE YOU ARE: Stay in touch wherever you are with fully synchronised message history across all your devices and on the web at

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

This release contains several bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Aspiring Robot ,

Pretty Good

As chat apps go, this one works pretty well, but it still has a few rough edges. Particularly, its handling of encryption keys is rough compared to other apps like Wire and Keybase—Every time a new device is added, everyone needs to go through and re-verify it, which is a hassle and a turn-off for getting my friends to use it. If you don’t re-verify, everyone in every chat you participate in will see a scary warning, and there’s no way to permanently dismiss it.

Jentropy ,


- I am unconvinced this rebranding was purely due to IP conflicts; if this were true, why did you wait until *now* at this point in civil rights history to drop the Riot name? It’s the same old lousy app with a new, less-politically-charged name. 🤔
- the name Element is TERRIBLE. This name is used dozens of times in tech products and it’s hard to tell anyone about it without a direct URL. That doesn’t seem conducive to growth or widespread adoption of a product.
- this is not better on battery life, and I have a brand new phone.
- the lag is out of control— I’ve tried several servers, so I have to assume it’s the app.
- why can’t I turn off typing notifications?
- why can’t I turn off read receipts?
- the above two points are extra ridiculous now that your new rebranded app isn’t sending me new message notifications. Notifications are BROKEN.
- why can’t I have a contact list/address book, so I can easily leave and start new conversations with friends?
- why is your settings menu such a disorganized mess?
- seriously, it’s been a little while now, then with little warning, you rebrand under suspicious circumstances, playing it up as Version One Point Oh, but literally the only things that have changed are your name and logo?

I call shenanigans.

Ridvan Ali ,

It could be way better

The app can be way better overall, there is no need of the "home" tab on the bottom when all it does is literally show everything from the other tabs in one tab. Secondly, the UI is so messy, why can't it be a bit more cleaner like discord or other platforms? It just looks so ugly holy sh**. Please do something about it. It really needs to be cleaned up, I don't know who's idea it was to add a "home" tab and use that format for chatting. Please get rid of the bottom tabs and add a sandwich menu to the side like discord. Open source is so amazing, but it's always the UI designers that mess it up. This app has soo much potential!


Vector Creations Limited
87.3 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Albanian, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Welsh

Age Rating
Unrestricted Web Access


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

You May Also Like