Mostly public cut off from the internet when there is a natural calamity or statewide internet ban initiated by the government. In both cases, without the internet or mobile network connection, every smartphone becomes useless.
But don’t worry, in the midst of an internet ban or natural calamity, there are some apps available for Android and iOS to enable communication with nearby friends. These are some special messaging apps that help you to chat without internet or network connection.
Users only have to enable Bluetooth and WiFi to send and receive messages when not connected to a network — apps create a mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer WiFi to chat without internet.
You can use all these apps anywhere — planes, public transportation, cruise ships, campuses, and crowded events. All you need is a few people around you who installed the same particular app to communicate.
Chat without internet:
FireChat is popular among offline chattings apps used by leaders, artists, communities, and organizations. FireChat creates a mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer WiFi to transmit messages and pictures offline between devices that are located within 200 feet of one another. With FireChat you can send public messages which are visible to anyone or private messages with encryption and can only be seen and read by the sender and the recipient.
Bridgefy is another popular offline messaging app that lets you communicate with friends and family when you don’t have access to the internet. When without internet connection, Bridgefy works in three different ways:
- Person to person mode — where you have to turn on Bluetooth and chat privately with friends that are within 330 feet (100 meters) of you.
- Mesh mode — where chat without internet with people more than 330 feet from you by connecting through other Bridgefy users found in the middle. For example: person 1 can talk to person 3 if person 2 is in the middle, making the possible distance 660 feet (200 meters). The same goes for an unlimited number of people in the chain.
- Broadcast mode — Go into the Broadcast section and send messages to every Bridgefy user around you at the same time, even if you don’t have them on your contacts list.
3. Vojer Messenger
Vojer is a paid iOS offline messenger app that works where your other messengers don’t. When there is no internet or mobile network, Vojer creates its own secure and reliable mesh network around you for anonymous p2p micro-interactions with your friends, strangers or any other human.
Briar is an open source messaging app for Android designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. 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 or Wi-Fi, 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.
Talkie enables communication with devices at distances of Wi-Fi signals without using an Internet connection or a cellular network. Along with text messaging and file sharing features, Talkie comes with Wi-Fi voice calling.
6. Signal Offline Messenger
Signal Offline Messenger is a Wifi Direct based offline messaging app that allows you to communicate without internet or local network in range of up to 100 meters. With Signal, you can easily share large files, since signal uses Wifi Direct data transfers at the rate of 250mbps.
So in the event of an unprecedented internet shutdown by government or unfortunate natural disaster, next time remember these apps to chat without internet or mobile network connection and communicate with nearby people.