Top 8 Facebook Alternatives Android

Everyone seems to have a problem with Facebook these days, but that doesn’t seem to have made any difference to the amount of people that are using social media website every moment of every day. If anything, Facebook is bigger now than ever before, and such growth shows no signs of slowing. With its cross platform capabilities and several standalone apps for posting status updates (Facebook) chatting with friends (Facebook Messenger) and digesting content (Facebook Paper) what more could you want? Well, as I say, many people reject the brand based on its use of private data, and the fact that many unsuspecting users are sharing private info with friends and family that is in fact publicly accessible online. So what if you’ve finally had it with Facebook and are looking for an app for your Android device that isn’t downloaded from Zuckerberg and co? Well, your luck is in because we recently came up with what we believe to be the best Facebook alternative apps that are currently available on the Play Store.

8. Metal (Free)

Let’s start out with some apps that aren’t exactly alternatives to Facebook in the traditional sense, but they will allow you to manage your account and/or stay in contact with friends but without technically using the Facebook apps. Metal is basically a wrapper app for Facebook and Twitter, meaning that you can use these social media sites but without using them, if that makes sense. The main reason to switch to Metal is its visual appeal, since the interfaces are neatly designed with a clean UI that is a lot more satisfying to browse than the default versions of both Facebook and Twitter. Most importantly however, it’s fast – and it provides a handful of useful additional features such as the ability to customize notifications, change the theme and use floating windows.  – Download from Google Play

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7. Klyph (Free)

Klyph is another app for Facebook that might be worth considering, and looks to address what most users find the most frustrating thing about the official Facebook app on Android devices – that is, a terribly dull user interface. Thankfully, Klyph is anything but dull – it’s very modern looking in comparison to the most recent edition of the Facebook app, with some semblance of Google’s Material Design that recalls perhaps the Google+ app. Some may consider this a bad thing, of course! The app looks excellent and is well laid out, though does lack the functionality of some other made for Facebook apps on Android. – Download from Google Play

6. Messenger (Free)

Of course, if you’re really sick of the main Facebook app and would rather have something that allows you to keep in touch with your friends regardless, then perhaps the Facebook Messenger app is worth considering. For those who haven’t downloaded this one by now – and you should have, since the app will have told you to do so! – this is basically a standalone version of the app that provides nothing more than the chat functionality. This is therefore perfect for those who will regularly use the app to keep in touch with friends and relatives, but aren’t interested in all the boring status updates and profile changes that flood one’s feed on a daily basis. – Download from Google Play

5. Pinterest (Free)

Moving onto some of the social media apps of note that are able to offer at least some of what Facebook gives, perhaps the first one you might want to consider is Pinterest. While Pinterest is a social media platform that places direct communication with others down on the list in comparison with something like Facebook, it’s still a great community to become a part of and is one of the most inspirational apps you can find on the Play Store. Whether you are into art, baking or simply like looking at pictures of cats, Pinterest has it all and is an excellent way to keep track of your ideas as a creative person. The mini communities to be found withint Pinterest are some of the most dedicated you will find online, and it’s an excellent way to meet new people, too.  – Download from Google Play

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4. Tumblr (Free)

Tumblr is first and foremost a micro blogging platform but to be honest, it does many of the same things that Facebook does. Primarily, it takes the emphasis away from blocks of text and places it upon short written updates and photo dumps – just as you will find on Facebook. It’s an excellent way to find inspiration and stay inspired, though again it doesn’t really offer that much in the way of communication. You can comment on things and like things just as you would do on Facebook, but the direct messages system needs a severe overhaul. I’ve found a bunch of people on Tumblr who I like to keep in touch with, though we mainly communicate on other platforms because Tumblr doesn’t make it very easy. – Download from Google Play

3. Hootsuite (Free)

Hootsuite is a very powerful app that is perhaps more geared towards those looking to take advantage of Facebook or Twitter for business reasons, rather than it is made as a viable alternative to either of those platforms. It’s an excellent way to find stats and analytics data on your Facebook profile and then exploit that in order to get more likes and followers, which is of course perfect for someone whose income is dependent on such things. Those switching from Facebook to Hootsuite might initially be overwhelmed by everything that the app has to offer, and I’d even go as far as to call it stuffy in that it isn’t really about being social but about analyzing and tracking data.  – Download from Google Play

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2. LinkedIn (Free)

For those who are looking for something slightly more professional, LinkedIn is worth considering as a social media platform upon which there is an emphasis on work connections and business related communication. If you’re the kind of Facebook user who often communicates with people about work related issues or business, or would simply rather your proile remain more professional looking then LinkedIn is perhaps the best choice. The social media site has over 300 million users at present and is a great way to linke up with fellow professionals in your field. I have first hand experience of the app myself and it’s a great way to keep your ear to the ground and become aware of specific job opportunities before others do, though it does require a certain approach meaning that you have to be careful what your write with potential future employers or colleagues looking on. – Download from Google Play

1. WhatsApp (Free)

Finally, if you use Facebook Messenger but would rather find another messaging app that does the job, then we would recomment WhatsApp. This may seem like a tongue in cheek entry since Facebook recently acquired WhatsApp of course, but it’s clear to us that this is the better app as messengers go and is more than worth the 99 cents a year that established users must pay. It’s also great for voice calls since it doesn’t cost a penny just as long as you’re connected to a wi fi network. – Download from Google Play

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