FireChat Brings Its Anonymous Off-the-Grid Messaging Service to Android

Open Garden’s popular instant messaging service FireChat has arrived on the Android platform. This release comes over 2 weeks after the company had launched the app on iOS. FireChat provides you the ability to chat with the people nearby, even without network connection.


The Android version includes a different UI, but in terms of functionality, it works just like its iOS counterpart, you can use the service anonymously.

Here’s the complete feature list of Android version:

  • Ability to send instant messages to anyone around you right on Android devices.
  • You can access the service even without network connection or mobile coverage.
  • Support for individual and group chat.
  • Ability to view what others are talking about via ‘Everyone’ mode, or create conversations in such a way that only the users within a stone’s throw can join you via ‘Nearby’ mode.
  • ‘Nearby chat’ works pretty good within 30 feet of your current location.
  • Simple to use. There’s no need of email/Facebook login, no password to remember.
  • You can use the service at home or while on the go.

Notably, the app takes advantage of the company’s mesh networking technology in order to grant peer-to-peer connections with other nearby people with the devices powered by Android. If your device is connected to the internet, you can toggle to the ‘Everyone’ mode to join a larger chatroom of people from varied locations.

Android users can download the FireChat app from the link given below. The app is compatible with devices that run on Android version 2.2 and above.

FireChat download link for Android (free)

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