Secret Messaging Apps for iPhone or Android

Looking for the best secret messaging apps? They all claim to be secret or the most secure but who’s telling the truth?

I’m going to cover the true secret messaging apps available right now for Android and iPhones. Ones that can be totally secure …. almost!

If you want to keep your messages and data safe from corporations and governments, you should consider switching to secret and safe messaging apps on your iPhone or Android device.

the best secret messaging apps

People have different reasons to want secret and secure messaging. Some for shady reasons such as keeping chats secret from loved ones – the infamous cheater apps!

For business users it may be more to do with keeping communication secure and away from prying eyes. Whatever your reasons there are some good options out there and no doubt more will come online in the future.

Let’s take a look at some of these secret messaging apps that work on both iOS and Android.

A note about total security. No messaging app can be 100% secure. If someone installs a modern spy app such as FlexiSPY  or mSpy on your device – they can see everything. Even if all data is encrypted!

Is Telegram the Most Secure Secret Messaging App?

Telegram is a free, fast and secure messaging app that ensures that all your data on the app remains safe. It is also easy to use and offers interactive designs and features.

On Telegram, you can send videos, images, voice notes, documents and messages to an individual or to groups. Additionally, you can start voice or video calls.

Telegram allows extremely large group sizes and also allows you to create your own channel on which you can send messages to anyone in the world who subscribes to the channel.

Further, you can use Telegram simultaneously on multiple devices. This may include your phone, tablet and laptop as well (through Telegram Web).

You can create new groups on this app and also find people nearby (if you turn on this setting). The app lets you invite friends on the app as well.

On Telegram, you have the option of starting a secret chat with someone as well.

These messages can only be accessed by the participants of the chat which is also securely encrypted. To start a secret chat, follow these steps:

  • Click on the icon on the bottom right of the app.
  • Tap on ‘New Secret Chat’.
  • Select the contact you want to have a secret conversation with.

You can also choose to set a self-destruct timer on the chat. In your chat window, simply click on the clock icon and set the duration after which you want your chat to be erased. This will make the message disappear once the timer runs out.

Telegram has a good reputation as a secure app with some nice features such as the self destruct chats.

Threema – Secret Messaging App Looks Like a Game!

The Threema app is a unique secret messaging app in several ways. Firstly it is well disguised. It actually looks like a game on your phone.

It works differently to most messengers. Oh but it is not free.

Instead of linking your phone number to your account it uses a unique Threema ID for all communications. The downside to this is that you need to know the other persons ID to make contact. You can’t just use their phone number.

Security is excellent. You don’t need to use any identifying information to sign up. No phone number or email address. Simply pay a small fee on the Play Store or the Apple Store. Install the app and you get your uniques ID.

It works very like WhatsApp (only using your ID). You can send messages, images, videos and files. You can even have group chats.

With so little data collected from you and with E2E encryption (end to end) it is definitely one of the most secure communication apps.

Looking like a gaming app helps keep it secret too!

It has a relatively small number of users but it is ideal for smaller groups of friends how want to talk in total privacy.

Can it be Hacked? Although no spy app covers Threema it can still be monitored by mSpy’s keylogger feature. It will read and report any keys typed on your keypad


Signal is another messaging app that is free to use and can be used simultaneously on multiple devices, including your phone, tablet and laptop.

Through Signal, you can send messages, voice notes, voice or video calls, images, videos and other files. It offers end-to-end encryption on its chats and is a highly secure app that protects your data. It also offers PIN protection.

In addition, you can make groups on this app and talk to multiple people at once. If you want to make any additional changes to your privacy, you have the option to do so through your app settings.

Another important feature of the Signal app is that of disappearing messages. This means that you can choose to let your messages disappear after a given period of time.

This means that the messages sent or received by you in a particular chat will be deleted if you turn this feature on.

To do this, click on the chat window and then on the name of the contact. When you see the ‘Disappearing Messages’ option in the menu, turn it on and set the timer.

One downside to this app is that it is not as interactive and feature rich compared to other messaging apps. However, it relies heavily on security and will keep your data safe.

Viber for Secret Messages

Viber is another safe and secure app to protect your data privacy. Although, as with all of these programs you must be aware that some of the better quality monitoring apps can allow someone to hack them. I have a post on how to tell if your Viber is hacked – it should help explain things in detail.

Using Viber, you can send messages, images, videos, voice or video calls and other files. It is interactive and easy to use with many of its own stickers and emoticons. You can make groups and communities on this app as well.

Viber ensures end-to-end encryption for all its messages and can be used on multiple devices.

On Viber, you can have both hidden and secret chats. For hiding your chats, you have the option of setting a PIN which will then let you access the chats you choose to hide.

You can hide a chat using the ‘Hide This Chat’ option from ‘Chat Info’. Remember, you can only do this on your phone.

To make your chats secret, click on ‘Compose’ and then on ‘New Secret Chat’. In such chats, you can make your messages self-destruct after setting a designated timer.

This will then make your messages in the chat disappear forever once the timer runs out. Screenshot settings are also restricted in this case.

This is another great option for your security needs.


You have now read all you need to know about some of the best secret messaging apps. Now that you are aware of each of their security features and settings, you can make a decision about which app you want to use. You may also choose to use more than one of these.

Remember I write a lot about spy apps on this website. Modern spy apps like mSpy and FlexiSPY can still get around these app’s security systems.

If someone installs these spy apps on your phone they can bypass the encryption and read your messages in most cases.

So you still need to take good care of your phone security!

See some of my articles:

How Instagram can be hacked
How to Hack Someone’s WhatsApp
How to Spy on Kik
How to Hack Viber Messages

There are loads of other secret messaging apps out there. Some more secret and secure than others so take care. These are some of the most popular ones.

So, make your choice, download these apps and keep your messages and data secure!

Author - Susan Kennedy

Hi there - I'm Susan Kennedy, a regular mom who has used spy apps for years now. I was fed up with spammy reviews and poor information so I started this website. I also teach you how to improve your online security and stop unwanted spy apps. Reliable information from a real person!

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