Free online messaging app
ToTok Video Chat Messenger is a free mobile messaging app that allows you to communicate with your friends and family online. Developed by Giacomo Ziani and Breej Holding, ToTok doesn’t require any paid subscriptions or call credits. You and your contacts just need to have the app in order to start connecting for free. ToTok is similar to the likes of Messenger Lite, LINE, and WeChat—wherein you can message others and even call them by just being online.
Not to be mistaken as TikTok
ToTok is an application that offers free messaging, voice calls, and video calls for anyone. It boasts of unlimited and high-quality video and voice calls. As long as you’ve got an internet connection—whether it be Wi-Fi, 4G, 3G, or EDGE—you can use the app and contact anyone anywhere, anytime.
Now, these features are similar to other free instant messaging apps. But, what’s great about ToTok is that it’s available in countries that don’t allow these popular messaging apps, so you can use this one instead. Its main selling point is that it’s free-to-use, and there are no limits on how many calls and chats you can make.
ToTok’s chat system comes with the basic features you would usually expect. Multimedia support is abundant in this app, so you can send audio files via on-the-spot voice messages, and video and image files by uploading. You can also snap pictures to send via camera, upload other types of files, and send your location and events. Plus, you have emojis, GIFs, and name cards for messaging.
Alongside the ability to see statuses, another great little feature in ToTok is the ability to see your contacts’ local time on their side of the world, so you won’t disturb them if you don’t want to. When it comes to video and voice calls, ToTok adjusts your call quality by clarity and echo reduction, so it won’t be a hassle trying to repeat anything you couldn’t catch clearly.
ToTok calls are free of charge when it comes to phone credits—although data charges will, of course, apply on your internet connection—and you can even host a call of up to 20 participants if you’d like. If you’re the type to like using beauty filters on calls, ToTok also offers some with its built-in real-time retouch filter, which smoothens skin and conceals flaws during those live video calls.
Lastly, ToTok takes pride in its security, providing various measurements to preserve its users’ privacy. Using 256-bit AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and constant syncing with ToTok’s heavily-encrypted servers, you can be sure that your data is safe. While the app may ask for a lot of permissions, you can easily just decline them. ToTok will always need to access your phone contacts, however—especially if you’re going to encourage your friends and family to try the app, and be able to use its call features.
A noteworthy alternative
If you’re looking for a messaging app alternative that’s free and available anywhere, ToTok may be the one for you. It has all these neat little extra features that make it a worthwhile program to keep on your phone. If you’re the type to worry constantly about privacy, you might have heard of ToTok’s reputation as a supposed spying app for a certain country’s government, but ToTok continuously improves its security to be up to standards for everyone. Probably the most issues you’ll find are those of its unintuitive user interface that really need more polishing.
- Free and unlimited calls
- Up to 20 participants in a call
- Built-in retouch filter
- Shows local time and network connected
- Wonky interface with missing features and unresponsive buttons
- Doesn’t automatically hold calls
- Syncing can take a while
- Can only contact ToTok users