Threema Is a Statement

Threema is more than a chat app. Threema is a statement. A statement for privacy.

Sound Principles

Security and privacy are deeply ingrained in Threema’s DNA. Since 2012, we have been vigorously committed to ensure that our users can communicate without having to worry about privacy and security. In the time to come, we will continue to base both the software development and our business decisions on our users’ security and data protection.

Genuine Swiss Company

Precision, reliability, and discretion are typical Swiss characteristics, and as a true Swiss company, Threema lives these values every day.

Company Infrastructure

Threema hosts its own servers in two independent and physically separated locations in Switzerland.* In case of an outage in one location, the other location takes over to provide seamless service continuation.

In-House Development and Support

All software is developed in-house in Switzerland. No work is outsourced. Our dedicated support staff ensures consistent high quality and fast response times.

No Collection of User Data, No Ads

Services that are financed by advertising collect user data in order to target their ads. Threema is not financed by advertising and does not collect user data.

Threema
A Decade of Seriously Secure Messaging

Ten years ago, on 12/12/2012, the first ever Threema version was published in Apple’s App Store.

Your Private Life Is Valuable
Don’t Pay With Your Data

There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you don’t pay money for a messenger service, you pay with your data instead.

Threema Work
The Secure Business Messenger

Don’t compromise on security. Protect your business chats and the privacy of your employees and business partners.

Candid Camera
Ice Cream in Exchange for Your Data

How old are you? What’s your phone number? … We used a candid camera to test how much personal information is shared for a free ice cream. The result is entertaining.

Threema Work
Protect Your Business Chats

Never be lulled into a false sense of security. Only a truly secure communication channel protects information from falling into the wrong hands.

Success Story
Hardtschule Durmersheim

Threema Work is used in a variety of ways by countless satisfied customers across all industries.

Awards and Achievements

Threema is the best-selling chat app, it consistently scores top grades in messenger tests, and the community rewards it with excellent ratings.

Top Ratings and Reviews

Threema consistently receives top scores in the app stores. In the Google Play Store, the app has gained 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on more than 68,000 votes.

Best-Selling Chat App

Since 2014, the Threema app has continuously been at the top of the app charts. As of October 2022, Threema has attracted over 11 million users, including over 2 million Threema Work users.

Winner of Numerous Comparisons

Threema regularly emerges victorious in messenger comparisons and receives awards for its rock-solid security, its unparalleled privacy protection, and its ease of use.

Threema in the Media

Threema Work

The ideal chat app for business purposes.
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General

Threema started as an abbreviation: “EEEMA,” for “End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Application.” The three “E”s were a bit unwieldy, so it became “Threema.”

Threema is the world’s best-selling secure messenger. It sets itself apart from others in the following respects:

  • Privacy as a guiding principle: Threema is designed to generate as little data on servers as technically possible.
  • Full anonymity: You are not forced to provide any personal information (such as your phone number or email address) in order to use Threema.
  • Open source: To provide full transparency, the Threema apps are open source. Anyone knowledgeable enough can confirm Threema’s security on their own.
  • Optional contact synchronization: It’s not necessary to grant access to the address book in order to use Threema.
  • Comprehensive encryption: In Threema, all your communication is end-to-end encrypted – not just text messages and voice and video calls but also group chats, media files, and even status messages.
  • Rich functionality: Threema is versatile and feature-rich.

Find out how Threema stacks up against other messengers like WhatsApp, Signal, or Telegram in the comprehensive messenger comparison and the in-depth comparison of Threema and WhatsApp.

With Threema Work and Threema Gateway, Threema also provides solutions for secure communication in business contexts. 

In contrast to other messengers, your identity in Threema does not depend on a phone number. Each Threema user gets a randomly generated, 8-digit Threema ID when starting the app for the first time. This ID is your unique address in Threema and makes it possible to use Threema completely anonymously, without disclosing any personal information.

Your Threema ID is just one of two components that make up your identity in Threema. The other one is the so-called key pair (consisting of a public key and a private key) which is essential for the encryption. Your Threema ID is permanently tied to your public key. While the public key is sent to Threema’s servers to be distributed to your chat partners, the private key remains on your device where it is securely stored. All messages directed to you will be individually encrypted with your public key on the sender’s device. They can only be decrypted with your personal private key.

Android iOS
Phone iPhone
Tablets iPad
Wearables* (e.g., Smartwatch) Apple Watch*
Android Auto Apple CarPlay

Threema is fully supported.

Threema is not supported.


* If you are using Threema with an Android Wear smartwatch or an Apple Watch, you can read message previews, see chat pictures, agree/disagree to incoming messages, and answer messages using dictation (or using Scribble on an Apple Watch).

Threema is currently available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Catalan (Android)
  • Chinese (traditional and simplified)
  • Czech
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Polish
  • Romansh
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Slovak
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

If Threema doesn’t support the device’s system language, the user’s preferred languages (as defined in the system settings) will be taken into account. If these languages aren’t available in Threema, English serves as fallback.

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Threema is primarily intended for personal use. For corporate use, please consider our business solutions Threema Work and Threema OnPrem, which are tailored to the needs of companies and organizations.

Yes. Special offers are available for schools, universities, and NGOs:

Yes. Both servers and offices only use energy from renewable sources.

The development of the Threema apps and the maintenance of the server infrastructure generates costs. The app price covers these costs.

If we wanted to offer our apps for free, we would have to monetize user data, which, of course, would totally undermine Threema’s purpose (i.e., to protect the users’ data and privacy). Besides, Threema is designed from the ground up to only generate as little user data as technically possible, so there’s next to no user data to begin with.

First of all, if you have recently used your Threema ID on another device (i.e., if you have switched devices or if you have turned on a device that has been lying in storage), you can ignore this warning. To prevent it from (re)occurring when changing devices, it’s recommended to uninstall Threema on the previous device and then restart the current one.

If, however, you are certain that you’re not using your Threema ID on any other device, then your private key may be compromised. You should revoke your Threema ID and follow the steps listed below before creating a new ID.

  • Ensure your device’s software is up to date
  • If system updates are no longer available for your device, consider replacing the device with a current model
  • Check your device for malware; when in doubt, reset the device
  • Avoid “rooting” or “jailbreaking” your device
  • Change passwords of important user accounts
  • Lock your device and the Threema app with a passcode
  • Don’t use easy-to-guess passwords (especially for Threema Safe), and never reuse the same password for different purposes. Use a password manager.
  • Delete and reinstall the Threema app from an official source before creating a new ID. Please note that you will lose all Threema data (chat history, contact list, etc.), which is why you should export this data (in case you still need it) before reinstalling the app.

No, once the app has been purchased, there are no recurring costs. We don’t charge recurring fees, and there aren’t any paid extra features.

Please note, however, that licenses cannot be transferred between sales platforms. Therefore, when switching to a different operating system (i.e., from Android to iOS), Threema has to be purchased again. Further details about reinstalling Threema can be found in this FAQ entry.

* Group calls can be routed through media routers outside of Switzerland, depending on the location of the participants. Learn more