Session - Private Messenger

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About this app

Session is a private messenger offering privacy, anonymity, and security. With end-to-end encryption, no phone numbers for sign-up, and decentralisation, Session is a messenger that truly keeps your messages private and secure.

Session uses a powerful decentralised network of servers to route your messages, making it impossible for anyone to 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.

Privacy is the default when you use Session. Every message is encrypted, every time. We take your privacy seriously — Session gives you a safe, private place to chat with your friends, family, or anyone in the world.

• Fully anonymous account creation: No phone number or email is 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: Your IP address is protected using a specialised onion routing protocol
• 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:
Updated on
30 May 2024

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.
No data shared with third parties
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No data collected
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Ratings and reviews

6.1K reviews
stephen shank
4 June 2024
Was great until I guess the last update? Now it takes like 5-10 seconds to load every page, the login, the messenger home, opening a chat, I can write out a whole text and send it and it won't even populate my keystrokes for like 15 seconds. Tried wiping the cache, restarting my phone, force stopping the app. Really inconsistent too cuz every now and then it'll operate at normal speed, then boom, back to snails pace
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Oxen Project
4 June 2024
Thank you for your feedback. We understand the frustration and are currently working on a new update to address these performance issues. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Normand Asselin
23 May 2024
The reliability of this app SUCKS. you try and send someone a pic or vid or even just a reply and sometimes it hits through right away, others it takes forever, most don't even go through period. And three research I've done, they've known about this for over 2 years. And it's not a connection issue as all my wifi connections are running on top performance. Fix this, don't act like you will, fix it
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Oxen Project
26 May 2024
Thanks for sharing your experience. Could you please let us know which country you're using the app in? This info will help us address the issue more effectively. For further assistance, contact our support team.
Jon Barnes
18 May 2024
Overall decent app but two major bugs: 1. When trying to share a picture, if it's recently saved to gallery it won't show up in the share option. I assume the function doesn't refresh the Gallery before opening. 2. Messages have emojis automatically react to them. For instance, I'll send a message and there are anywhere from 1 - 3 emojis showing on the message, but I never reacted with an emoji and neither did the message recipient.
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Oxen Project
20 May 2024
Thank you for your valuable feedback! We appreciate you bringing these issues to our attention and are actively working on solutions. Keep an eye out for future updates of the Session app. Your input helps us make improvements.

What's new

Numerous stability, performance, and quality of life improvements.
Please see the v1.18.3 release notes for details: