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About this app

Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices. If the Internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or memory cards, keeping the information flowing in a crisis. If the Internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

The app features private messages, groups and forums as well as blogs. Support for the Tor network is built into the app. Everything you do in Briar is only stored on your device unless you decide to share it with other users.

There are no advertisements and no tracking. The source code of the app is completely open for anyone to inspect and has already been professionally audited. All releases of Briar are reproducible, making it possible to verify that the published source code exactly matches the app published here. Development is done by a small non-profit team.

Privacy policy: https://briarproject.org/privacy

User manual: https://briarproject.org/manual

Source code: https://code.briarproject.org/briar/briar
Updated on
Oct 23, 2023

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
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

2.68K reviews
David Colvin
August 17, 2023
Might be a limitation with Android but with data turned off I couldn't communicate with nearby contacts without manually pairing on both devices simultaneously. No iOS support so the few people I'd like to bring into the fold are ineligible. Severe battery drain. Subscribing to an RSS dropped my battery 20% in 3 hours. Even without subscriptions in "blog" I'm still losing too much battery for a background app. What good is an offline device if it's dead?
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April 1, 2023
Best Offline Messaging app!! The fact you can communicate through Bluetooth only really helps when service is bad in a friend group or on a cruise ship with family. The user interface is easy to use, and you can have multiple messages at once. I love that you can send emoji's and photos by Bluetooth only and or through wifi. It helped my friends and family stay connected during a cruise. I wish they added a walkie-talkie voice note feature but it's great so far.
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October 1, 2020
This is probably one of the best messaging apps ever. I didn't even know a messaging app ever existed without using data . I installed this app into two phones and turned off Wi-Fi off for both of them and only left Bluetooth on. The app worked perfectly and no delayed text messages. I never knew that text messaging apps existed without ever having to use data or a Wi-Fi connection. I'm glad this technology exists because this would be very good in an emergency situations. Love this technology.
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What's new

* Update translations
* Update list of Tor bridges
* Upgrade Tor to
* Fix connectivity issue with Tor bridges
* Don't ask for Bluetooth permission when enabling Tor/Wi-Fi connections