Conversations

An encrypted, user friendly XMPP instant messaging client optimized for mobile

Easy to use, reliable, battery friendly. With built-in support for images, group chats and e2e encryption.

Design principles:

  • Be as beautiful and easy to use as possible without sacrificing security or privacy
  • Rely on existing, well established protocols
  • Do not require a Google Account or specifically Google Cloud Messaging (GCM)
  • Require as few permissions as possible

Features:

  • End-to-end encryption with either OMEMO or OpenPGP
  • Sending and receiving images
  • Intuitive UI that follows Android Design guidelines
  • Pictures / Avatars for your Contacts
  • Syncs with desktop client
  • Conferences (with support for bookmarks)
  • Address book integration
  • Multiple accounts / unified inbox
  • Very low impact on battery life

Conversations makes it very easy to create an account on the conversations.im server. Using that server comes with an annual fee of 8 Euro after a 6 month trial period. However Conversations will work with any other XMPP server as well. A lot of XMPP servers are run by volunteers and are free of charge.

XMPP Features:

Conversations works with every XMPP server out there. However XMPP is an extensible protocol. These extensions are standardized as well in so called XEP’s. Conversations supports a couple of those to make the overall user experience better. There is a chance that your current XMPP server does not support these extensions. Therefore to get the most out of Conversations you should consider either switching to an XMPP server that does or - even better - run your own XMPP server for you and your friends.

These XEPs are - as of now:

  • XEP-0065: SOCKS5 Bytestreams (or mod_proxy65). Will be used to transfer files if both parties are behind a firewall (NAT).
  • XEP-0163: Personal Eventing Protocol for avatars
  • XEP-0191: Blocking command lets you blacklist spammers or block contacts without removing them from your roster.
  • XEP-0198: Stream Management allows XMPP to survive small network outages and changes of the underlying TCP connection.
  • XEP-0280: Message Carbons which automatically syncs the messages you send to your desktop client and thus allows you to switch seamlessly from your mobile client to your desktop client and back within one conversation.
  • XEP-0237: Roster Versioning mainly to save bandwidth on poor mobile connections
  • XEP-0313: Message Archive Management synchronize message history with the server. Catch up with messages that were sent while Conversations was offline.
  • XEP-0352: Client State Indication lets the server know whether or not Conversations is in the background. Allows the server to save bandwidth by withholding unimportant packages.
  • XEP-0363: HTTP File Upload allows you to share files in conferences and with offline contacts. Requires an additional component on your server.

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Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 2.5.4+fcr (333) - Added on 2019-07-16

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to write to the SD card.
    • read the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to read the contents of your SD card.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • access approximate location (network-based)
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location (GPS and network-based)
      This app can get your location based on GPS or network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera at any time.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone at any time.
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.READ
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.WRITE
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.UPDATE_SHORTCUT
    • com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE
    • com.sonymobile.home.permission.PROVIDER_INSERT_BADGE
    • com.anddoes.launcher.permission.UPDATE_COUNT
    • com.majeur.launcher.permission.UPDATE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.CHANGE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • android.permission.READ_APP_BADGE
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_READ
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_WRITE

    Download APK 16 MiB PGP Signature

  • Version 2.5.3+fcr (330) - Added on 2019-06-22

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to write to the SD card.
    • read the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to read the contents of your SD card.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • access approximate location (network-based)
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location (GPS and network-based)
      This app can get your location based on GPS or network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera at any time.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone at any time.
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.READ
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.WRITE
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.UPDATE_SHORTCUT
    • com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE
    • com.sonymobile.home.permission.PROVIDER_INSERT_BADGE
    • com.anddoes.launcher.permission.UPDATE_COUNT
    • com.majeur.launcher.permission.UPDATE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.CHANGE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • android.permission.READ_APP_BADGE
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_READ
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_WRITE

    Download APK 16 MiB PGP Signature

  • Version 2.5.2+fcr (329) - Added on 2019-05-30

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • modify or delete the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to write to the SD card.
    • read the contents of your SD card
      Allows the app to read the contents of your SD card.
    • read your contacts
      Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • ask to ignore battery optimizations
      Allows an app to ask for permission to ignore battery optimizations for that app.
    • access approximate location (network-based)
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • access precise location (GPS and network-based)
      This app can get your location based on GPS or network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them. This may increase battery consumption.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • take pictures and videos
      This app can take pictures and record videos using the camera at any time.
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone at any time.
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.READ
    • com.sec.android.provider.badge.permission.WRITE
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.htc.launcher.permission.UPDATE_SHORTCUT
    • com.sonyericsson.home.permission.BROADCAST_BADGE
    • com.sonymobile.home.permission.PROVIDER_INSERT_BADGE
    • com.anddoes.launcher.permission.UPDATE_COUNT
    • com.majeur.launcher.permission.UPDATE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.CHANGE_BADGE
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.huawei.android.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • android.permission.READ_APP_BADGE
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS
    • com.oppo.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_READ
    • me.everything.badger.permission.BADGE_COUNT_WRITE

    Download APK 16 MiB PGP Signature