Free instant messaging. No signal or mobile data required.
Internet of us (TM).

FireChat works even without an Internet connection or cellular phone coverage. Use it anywhere: planes, public transportation, cruise ships, campuses, and crowded events. All you need is a few other people around you using FireChat.

You will be automatically connected directly with one another, creating your own network for public and private communications. The more people use it, the bigger and faster your network becomes.

And when you do have access to a reliable Internet connection or cellular network, FireChat helps you reach people worldwide and build your audience faster than on any social network, for free.

Leaders of communities and organizations (news, cultural, humanitarian, sports...) love how quickly FireChat scales. FireChat helps them communicate instantly with large groups of people to achieve their goals.

Get FireChat now with a few friends and start something.

========= How does this work ? =========

FireChat creates a mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer WiFi. FireChat transmits messages and pictures offline between devices that are located within 200 feet of one another.

Thanks to FireChat’s innovative multi-hop and store-and-forward capabilities, FireChat users form a network that increases in size with the number of devices. It allows messages to hop from one device to the next in order to reach the recipient(s). This is why the more people use FireChat, the better and the larger the network becomes (unlike with cellular networks).

On the mesh network, messages are transmitted seamlessly from one device to the next in order to reach the recipient(s). When an Internet connection or cellular network is available, FireChat uses them to reach remote recipients.

Public messages are visible by anyone. Private messages are encrypted and can only be seen and read by the sender and the recipient(s).

========= Features =========
• Works even without any Internet connection, mobile phone coverage
, or data plan
• Instantly send messages and photos to anyone around you
• Send private messages that only you and the recipient(s) can read thanks to end-to-end encryption
• Send private messages to a group (up to 50 people)

• Instantly create live chatrooms for discussions on any topic with a few people or as many as tens of thousands of simultaneous users
• Type a hashtag in any message to automatically create a new chatroom
• Public chatrooms and private messages work both offline and online
• Devices connect directly with one another within 200 feet of their location
• Multihop and store-and-forward technology create larger networks when several people use FireChat
• Works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
• FireChat is enhanced for iOS 9

FireChat has been featured by CNN, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Time, and many more around the world.

FireChat is often used at live events - such as the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines - and large festivals including SXSW where it received an Innovation Award.

What’s New

Version 9.0.9

Fixed licences in Third party notices.
Offline messages now enabled by default.
Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Worldconsumer12 ,

You don't know if it works until you try it

You really don't know how good it is until you try it yourself sometimes if you have friends that live nearby and your grounded, helpful but if you have friends that are in Toowoomba this isn't the app for you people like certain things I personally enjoy this app

Mon-Mon-Mon ,

Great concept, a few changes would make it awesome!

So far I have only used this over regular cellular data and wifi. I will update my review after I try it in a cruise ship in a months time using only phone-phone wifi and Bluetooth.

Overall, it is a great concept, but I think it's execution could be improved quite a bit. Mainly, it's stability (seems to crash quite a bit (using iOS)) and the user interface (not very intuitive).

I can't figure out how to actually add contacts. I have a few family members that 'appeared' there, plus 1 complete stranger, who I can't delete. Can't add the other half of my family.

The 'create chatroom' button also allows you to join existing chat rooms - but I discovered this accidentally.

You can't easily search other users. (You can but the method is very unintuitive - you have to search the followers under the 'Firechat verified' user.)

Notifications - I have these turned on (they were off by default) and they work intermittently on the group chats. I only seem to be notified of new messages occasionally.

The private message feature works well (once you figure out how to connect to your friends). Notifications don't seem to work all the time.

I will test this app on our upcoming cruise. I have shared it with other people going on the cruise and some have joined our chat but I'm not sure we have reached the numbers to make it work on a ship. I'll let you know. Xx

User4574 ,

Great idea, Needs more users.

P2P mesh communication is the best idea ever!! But poorly implemented by so many, unfortunately this app also fails,

Fail 1, It needs to work “out of the box” biggest fail is the requirement to “sign up”. How does someone signup without internet.😐

Fail 2, users need to use it, absolutely no one I know uses it, maybe Apple will incorporate this technology into iMessage one day 🤔


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Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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