Session - Private Messenger 17+

Send messages, not metadata

The Loki Project

    • Free



Session is a new breed of private messenger, built on a unique network of user-operated servers spread all over the world. With no central servers, Session can’t leak or sell your data. And with Session’s private routing protocols, your messages are completely anonymous. No one ever knows who you’re talking to, what you’re saying, or even your IP address.

• Fully anonymous account creation: No phone number or email needed to create a Session ID

• Decentralised server network: No data breaches, no central point of failure

• No metadata logging: Session doesn't store, track, or log your messaging metadata

• IP address protection: Device IP addresses are never exposed to the person you're talking to or the servers holding your data

• Closed groups: Private, end-to-end encrypted group chats for up to 100 people

• Secure attachments: Share voice snippets, photos, and files with Session's secure encryption and privacy protections

• Free and open-source: Don’t take our word for it — check Session's code yourself

Session is free as in free speech, free as in free beer, and free of ads and trackers. Session is built and maintained by the OPTF, Australia’s first privacy tech not-for-profit organisation. Take back your online privacy today — download Session.

Want to build from source, report a bug, or just take a look at our code? Check out Session on GitHub:

What’s New

Version 2.5.0

• Disappearing Messages now has two modes, Disappear after Send and Disappear After Read
• When Disappear after Send is selected, messages will disappear from sender, recipient and network simultaneously a set time after they have been sent, regardless of whether the recipient has received or read the message.
• When Disappear after Read is selected, messages will disappear for the sender and the sender’s swarm a set time after they have been sent, and for the recipient and the recipient’s swarm a set time after they have been read. Messages which haven’t been read after 14 days will disappear for the recipient and their swarm.
• Both options will be available in 1-1 chats, but only Disappear after Send will be available in Groups. Neither will be available in Communities.
• This release includes the new version of Disappearing Messages, however the feature won't be enabled until March 13th 10am AEDT, this will give users time to update their clients to be able to interpret the new type of messages

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
729 Ratings

729 Ratings

elgrego1939 ,

Suggestions and a bug

Please add support for:
- An option for a delay on the screen lock requiring authentication to get back into the app (30 seconds, one minute, five minutes, etc.)
- Larger versions of the emoji reactions to messages; they’re super tiny right now
- changing the font size via the iOS Text Size feature in the Control Center
- Also, at least the iPad version of the app has a bug in which it often doesn’t prevent the screen from locking during a video call; the screen dims and then eventually shuts off, both on low-power mode and regular mode. Re-unlocking the iPad and going back to the video doesn’t fix the problem; it just occurs again. It would appear that the bug is triggered when the user minimizes the video to look at some thing in the chat and then goes back to the video. The only solution I have found so far is to quit the app and restart it.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback and suggestions! We appreciate your input and will take them into consideration for future updates. If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to let us know.

nottyromas ,

Great app but one major issue

This app’s great and i’ve personally always loved it. It’s always felt secure and just safe in general. The only problem keeping me from giving it a 5 star rating is a really annoying issue that I get. It started happing just a few weeks ago. My session message requests end up deleting on their on. Like, I’d open the app, see a bunch of message requests that i’ve yet to open, but when i click on “Message Requests” button on top of all my chats, the pending chats just delete on their own. Its really annoying and a part of me is writing this review just so I could find a fix for it.

Regardless, great secure app with very few bugs.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback and support! We're sorry to hear about the issue you've been encountering with Session. Rest assured, we're looking into this and hope to have it resolved soon.

surfboy11 ,

Getting there. Needs work.

I really like the idea of this app and it’s almost on par with some of its competitors (e.g., Confide, Threema.) in addition to other suggestions here, couple of easy tweaks would be big improvements. (1) The ability to edit a message once it’s been sent. I think most messaging app have that feature now. (2) Also, disappearing/ephemeral messaging could be cleaned up a bit. Would be nice if once I set an expiration time limit, the app asked if I would like that applied to all the existing messages in the chat as well. As it stands now, I have to go back and delete individual messages, one by one, which is a pain. It would also be nice if the expiration time applied to things like phone call notifications, and other informational messages in the chat. Otherwise, the app keeps getting better with every update.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your valuable feedback! We're pleased to hear you're enjoying Session and appreciate your suggestions for further enhancements.

App Privacy

The developer, The Loki Project, 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 Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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

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