Element - Secure Messenger

4.16K reviews
Content rating
Mature 17+
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About this app

Element is both a secure messenger and a productivity team collaboration app that is ideal for group chats while remote working. This chat app uses end-to-end encryption to provide powerful video conferencing, file sharing and voice calls.

Element’s features include:
- Advanced online communication tools
- Fully encrypted messages to allow safer corporate communication, even for remote workers
- Decentralized chat based on the Matrix open source framework
- File sharing securely with encrypted data while managing projects
- Video chats with Voice over IP and screen sharing
- Easy integration with your favourite online collaboration tools, project management tools, VoIP services and other team messaging apps

Element is completely different from other messaging and collaboration apps. It operates on Matrix, an open network for secure messaging and decentralized communication. It allows self-hosting to give users maximum ownership and control of their data and messages.

Privacy and encrypted messaging
Element protects you from unwanted ads, data mining and walled gardens. It also secures all your data, one-to-one video and voice communication through end-to-end encryption and cross-signed device verification.

Element gives you control over your privacy while allowing you to communicate securely with anyone on the Matrix network, or other business collaboration tools by integrating with apps such as Slack.

Element can be self-hosted
To allow more control of your sensitive data and conversations, Element can be self-hosted or you can choose any Matrix-based host - the standard for open source, decentralized communication. Element gives you privacy, security compliance and integration flexibility.

Own your data
You decide where to keep your data and messages. Without the risk of data mining or access from third parties.

Element puts you in control in different ways:
1. Get a free account on the matrix.org public server hosted by the Matrix developers, or choose from thousands of public servers hosted by volunteers
2. Self-host your account by running a server on your own IT infrastructure
3. Sign up for an account on a custom server by simply subscribing to the Element Matrix Services hosting platform

Open messaging and collaboration
You can chat with anyone on the Matrix network, whether they’re using Element, another Matrix app or even if they are using a different messaging app.

Super secure
Real end-to-end encryption (only those in the conversation can decrypt messages), and cross-signed device verification.

Complete communication and integration
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.

Pick up where you left off
Stay in touch wherever you are with fully synchronised message history across all your devices and on the web at https://app.element.io

Open source
Element Android is an open source project, hosted by GitHub. Please report bugs and/or contribute to its development at https://github.com/vector-im/element-android
Updated on
Sep 23, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, Messages and 7 others
This app may collect these data types
App activity, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
4.16K reviews
Selman Bela
September 14, 2022
This app is insanely slow, I don't know if it's just me but it takes ages to join a room even after I've been in there for a while and it's sending me notifications about the messages in there. The decryption also fails quite often and you're left with just the knowledge that a message was sent. Did I mention the membership changes that clog up the rooms and are completely unneccesary, no option to hide them or put then somewhere else either. Sad this is the "best" mobile messenger using matrix.
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Generic Dude
September 19, 2022
This app positive, is that it's encryption. Downside, slow and glitchy. Right now, on the secure messenging systems, I've only seen Telegram deliver on a good functioning, secure system. Which I'm not a fan of...not that I dislike Telegram but having limited options, is NOT a good thing. Anything can be altered from changing of policy or simply closing shop. Variety is important, which is why other apps need to step up. Unfortunately Element is the best system after Telegram, the rest suck.
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EoflaOE ViceCity (Aptivi)
September 3, 2022
This client is somewhat good if you're engaging in conversations using Matrix. However, something seems to be askew, because when I get a notification, if I expand it for the first time, it shows summary for more than one chat. But, when I expand one of them, it sometimes causes "System UI" to crash and restart after the black screen for less than 2 seconds. This happened with and without system updates for my Tab S8, Android 12. None of the other apps which have expandable notifs cause this.
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