Open - let's be open 17+

Chat honestly with friends

Open Technologies Inc.

    • 4.2 • 615 Ratings
    • Free

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Open is a messaging app to chat honestly with your friends.

It's a safe place to be yourself and share your true thoughts and feelings. Open up to genuine friendships, built on honesty, kindness, and support.

The app anonymously connects you with friends.
• Share without fear of judgment or attack.
• Talk about everything you wish you could but don’t.
• Stop pretending and conforming to the expectations of others.

• Support each other through both the good and bad.
• Honest conversations about what really matters to you.
• Discover that you have more in common than you think.
• Connect on a deeper level without fear of embarrassment.

All members agree to follow a few basic rules:
• RULE #1: Be open and honest about yourself.
• RULE #2: Be kind and supportive of others.
In other words, behave as if you're chatting with a close friend.

* Open has a zero tolerance policy towards mean, judgmental, or inappropriate behavior. Violators will be banned.

Ready? Let's be open...

What’s New

Version 3.03

Hi! We frequently update Open to make it the best experience possible.

Latest updates:

• Added notification badges for new messages.
• Minor fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
615 Ratings

615 Ratings

gwenith21 ,

This is not a scam it’s just very different

This is a very unique app, and the ways most people find it is by receiving an anonymous text inviting them to chat with an anonymous friend. The way the app is set up is such that you need your friends to join in order to have these chats. Some people see this as a scam but it’s just how the logistics of this work. It’s like going on any social media, if you can’t connect with friends what’s the point? And this is about connecting with your friends anonymously - not random strangers. If it doesn’t appeal to you OK - don’t do it. But a lot of people, myself included enjoy having an open forum - anonymous- made up of your own contacts - to air out thoughts and feelings.

music lover22 ,


I also got a text with a link to the app because a ‘friend’ was inviting me. The wording made it sound like someone I knew wanted to chat with me directly but anonymously. So I downloaded the app. During setup I went (admittedly, too quickly) through the privacy settings and accidentally agreed to every pop up. The app had full access to my contacts, but again, the way it was worded it seemed like it invited all my contacts to join via text message. I almost had a heart attack. I checked with my mom and she never got a text invite. So thank god! Since it’s all anonymous, it doesn’t really matter whether or not the people I’m talking to are my friends. So the whole connecting with your contacts thing is totally spam. And I know someone from the company will say “sorry you had a bad experience, it’s not spam blah blah blah” but like, there’s literally no benefit to chatting anonymously with friends. It’s nonsensical.

TLDR: anonymous chats are cool, but the anonymity makes the whole shared-contacts thing really sketchy. The only purpose it serves is to get the company more downloads.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the feedback, we are of course disappointed you haven't had a positive experience using Open, but your feedback is really helpful.

Open is an anonymous messaging app to chat honestly with people you know, without fear of judgement or criticism. The benefit is you can have open conversations with people you already know and feel close to and talk about everything you wish you could but never do.

Since Open is anonymous, you need to connect your contacts to find your friends while maintaining everyone's privacy. Sending invites is optional and doing so will result in you having more friends to chat with and help everyone stay anonymous. For more information visit or contact us in the app.

Jbsblpbp ,

Once you accept…

Once you accept the fact that you were lured into getting this app bc you believed a specific friend was requesting or needing your help, ONLY to find out that that “friend” was just a number in your contact list (possibly your colleague, your dog sitter, your plumber, your nephew, etc), you might find some of the anonymous conversations interesting. However, if the interesting conversation develops into something more, it seems you are often left with just a mind game. Once you figure out that you can DM a certain animal and that each animal in a conversation can be cloaked in a new disguise in another conversation, you wonder how much of the anonymity feature falls prey to unaccountability. Certain individuals have told me that they posted certain messages that they could see but I couldn’t on my side - again, very odd, considering the touting of the anonymity feature. But, I guess, if you are up for the game…

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the points you raise in this review, hopefully I can provide some more information on them. If you receive a SMS invite to join a friend on Open this person has chosen to invite you to join them in using Open, not to a specific question or conversation, our team are regularly reviewing the invite messages and will take your feedback into account for the next review. In conversations on Open you can move to a direct message with any other person in that conversation. Your anonymity is maintained in the DM and you can report messages at any time if you feel the other user is breaking our guidelines. If you are taking part in a conversation you will see all messages other users send once they have passed our moderation process. If a user posts a message which breaks the Open Community Guidelines this message will be rejected by our moderation teams and will not be shown to other users. Great that you are having some interesting conversations on Open!

App Privacy

The developer, Open Technologies Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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