• Category: Social Networking
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  • Current Version: 8.0.15
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • Developer: Open Garden Inc
  • Compatibility: Android
1,514 Ratings
$ 0

FireChat App

Free instant messaging. No signal or mobile data required. Internet of us (TM). FireChat works even without an Internet connection or cellular phone coverage. Use it anywhere: planes, public transportation, cruise ships, campuses, and crowded events. All you need is a few other people around you using FireChat. You will be automatically connected directly with one another, creating your own network for public and private communications. The more people use it, the bigger and faster your network becomes. And when you do have access to a reliable Internet connection or cellular network, FireChat helps you reach people worldwide and build your audience faster than on any social network, for free. Leaders of communities and organizations (news, cultural, humanitarian, sports...) love how quickly FireChat scales. FireChat helps them communicate instantly with large groups of people to achieve their goals. Get FireChat now with a few friends and start something. ========= How does this work ? ========= FireChat creates a mesh network using Bluetooth and peer-to-peer WiFi. FireChat transmits messages and pictures offline between devices that are located within 200 feet of one another. Thanks to FireChat’s innovative multi-hop and store-and-forward capabilities, FireChat users form a network that increases in size with the number of devices. It allows messages to hop from one device to the next in order to reach the recipient(s). This is why the more people use FireChat, the better and the larger the network becomes (unlike with cellular networks). On the mesh network, messages are transmitted seamlessly from one device to the next in order to reach the recipient(s). When an Internet connection or cellular network is available, FireChat uses them to reach remote recipients. Public messages are visible by anyone. Private messages are encrypted and can only be seen and read by the sender and the recipient(s). ========= Features ========= • Works even without any Internet connection, mobile phone coverage
, or data plan • Instantly send messages and photos to anyone around you • Send private messages that only you and the recipient(s) can read thanks to end-to-end encryption • Send private messages to a group (up to 50 people) 
• Instantly create live chatrooms for discussions on any topic with a few people or as many as tens of thousands of simultaneous users • Type a hashtag in any message to automatically create a new chatroom • Public chatrooms and private messages work both offline and online • Devices connect directly with one another within 200 feet of their location • Multihop and store-and-forward technology create larger networks when several people use FireChat • Works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch • FireChat is enhanced for iOS 9 FireChat has been featured by CNN, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Time, and many more around the world. FireChat is often used at live events - such as the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines - and large festivals including SXSW where it received an Innovation Award.


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FireChat app reviews

  • Seriously😐 1/5

    By Trinidadian princesse
    This app tell you that you don’t have to use WiFi or data to use it I find that as a lie. I can’t even text somebody from Florida without WiFi or data. I would give you no stars but I can’t🤷🏾‍♀️. Please fix it.
  • Doesnt work 1/5

    By MyaHart
    Doesn't work
  • No..... notifications? 3/5

    By Jananaisnks
    I’ve searched in the app trying to find a way to turn notifications on, but I can’t find anything! Love the concept of this app, wish the notifications worked!!
  • Crashing 3/5

    By rkmlai
    Crashing on iPhone 7
  • Messages are often buggy 3/5

    By Leer10
    I would think that if a previous message doesn't get sent, that once a successful connection is made that both the failed message and the new message gets through but unfortunately that isn't the case. This is the best app so far for phone to phone communications but there has been a lot of patience tested trying to get messages through.
  • Privacy Policy Concerns Me 2/5

    By consumerq
    Neat tech, but dev seems to collect and share with "partners" more information than I feel comfortable with. Unfortunately, it's direct competitor Bridgefy is just as needy with unnecessary info grabbing. Zombiechat seems less info-hungry, but its mesh tech is simpler and without any sort of encryption.
  • Good to have 5/5

    By Pikzada
    Good idea too
  • Great idea, extremely poor execution. Constant crashes. 1/5

    By LoganWright
    Idea is cool, but the technical problems are to severe to overcome a reasonable app experience. Signup didn’t work w/o any indication as to why, repeatable several times w/ fresh install and force close. Once in, discovery of rooms/people is difficult even when standing right next to each other. All of this would be acceptable once past for 3 stars probably, but the app experience is completely unusable. The number of crashes is unheard of in a modern app. It feels 1-3 times per message at times. If the crashes were improved and the sluggishness/discovery improved, would be 4/5 stars. At the moment though, the app is basically unusable.
  • Crash crash crash 1/5

    By sometechyguy
    Literally crashes every time I want to read a text
  • garbage 1/5

    By rycaldwell
    needs wifi. bluetooth messaging doesn’t work. lovely concept. failure.
  • Invalid certificates on ToS and Privacy policy 1/5

    By Xactoeric
    The sign up page within the app has links to Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that will cause iOS Safari to warn you: >This Connection is Not Private. This website may be impersonating “” to steal your personal or financial information. I’m guessing the vendor forgot to renew their site certificates. But whatever the reason I wouldn’t feel comfortable signing up for a service with this kind of questionable configuration.
  • I can’t sign up 1/5

    By Sajjad Jadugar
    It’s message the time out , and it not work
  • Sing up 1/5

    By Pejma
    Sing up is not possible
  • 😡 1/5

    By داشی برا
    اقایکی به ما بگه چرااین ثبت نام نمیکنه و وارد نمیشه تورو خدا An affair tells us that it does not register and does not arrive
  • Crashing every time i try to chat !!! 1/5

    By Avinar
    On iphone X ios 10.2.1 (latest till now) its crashing every time im trying to type in chat or search or do Anything 🤣🤦‍♂️ Great idea but plz fix the issue we need this in #Iran as ppl are protesting against the corrupted government ✌🏼✌🏼
  • A critical tool for Living without a mobile phone 3/5

    By 听净空法师讲经
    I love this app. update deleted.
  • Great app 5/5

    By Youngghost228
    Love the app needs to be updated though
  • More compatibility needed 2/5

    By TheGadgetinator
    Please make this app able to communicate with Bridgefy and Gotenna Mesh. This would be very useful during emergencies such as natural disasters.
  • Absolutely did not work at all 1/5

    By Slpoosh
    Used it at a gathering where hundreds of my thousands of others had it downloaded before arriving it nobody got any messages
  • Love the idea, great app 5/5

    By ArmandWelsh
    This is awesome. Using it on our cruise. We have international data plan, but on the ship this works great to keep in touch with everyone in our party. I have not experienced any of the stability issues others have complained about. Unfortunately, it has not worked offline for quite some time now. The idea of a bluetooth mesh or bluetooth peer-to-peer based messaging app has died now that it requires internet access. It appears as though it may ping me when others users are near, but my last at sea trip, it failed to send a single message to the person not more than 10ft away also with firechat. I fear developer has abandoned this app.
  • good idea 5/5

    By Trinkett99
  • it’s time to improve design and settings.. 1/5

    By Tabogano
    Идея хорошая, но дизайн убогий, а настройки на уровне Windows 95..ребята, на дворе 2017 год, пора бы уже улучшить и усовершенствовать дизайн, а также добавить настроек!! А то уже 2 года ничего не меняется..
  • PM Not Functional 1/5

    By EllyMay808
    Downloaded this to use in areas without signal cuz so many websites said it was the best of these types of apps. Two of us made accounts, set it all up, went to private message each other... write out name of person you want to send to, write out message and Send button remains greyed out. Nothing seems to change this so the app is completely useless to us. It claims you can send private messages but that doesn't seem to be the case. Unless there is some magic trick to it that we are missing.
  • Lots of promise but falls short 1/5

    By infin8dvonE
    FireChat have continued to fail its supporters and users with lack of development. Simply searching for someone on the app or network went from sifting through lots of results to zero results and not being to find anyone. I’ve used this app casually for many years and it gone from good to horrible. Why I stick with it is because of the promise, hopefully someone can take this project to it full potential. The developers and owners have lost all interest in this project from the signs of the development. I’m sure I could do a better job implementing new needed fractures and making this app sticky and usable. Sad :( Every emergency disaster there is a great number of users but then they leave because this app is not modern and enough to use. And simply finding your friends and family on here requires special tricks and know-how instead of a easy to use search box.
  • Doesn't work 1/5

    By Ratethisazero
    Does not work. Used in a camping area where multiple folks had the app. Despite many tries by several folks on several devices it didn't work at all. Not worth downloading sadly.
  • Doesn't work yet 1/5

    By medicbryan
    I send out an invite, they are unable to accept it. I'm sure it will be great when it works
  • crashes often 3/5

    By 700biker
    Ived use the app often in large gatherings. I hope the crashed app issue be addressed, it gets frustrating at times. thanks.
  • Come onnnnnn 3/5

    By snowman?
    Lets get this app working good it is so useful but at times the app just crashes or doesn't send.
  • Perfect 4/5

    By OK but I'm having this problem
  • Doesn't work 1/5

    By Jake DeAnda
    This app is useless, tried to use it a festival where there was no service and it didn't work At All
  • Did not meet expectations 1/5

    I tried using this app at the Oregon Total Eclipse August 2017 involving approx 30K people. The event had no cellular or wifi access. Fireside chat was a highly talked about app prior to the event but it did not work at the event. It worked prior to the event, where there was cell phone and wifi access. The same people I was chatting with before the event did not receive any of my messages at the event and vise versa. I overheard a number of people talking about it not working for them as well, unless someone was sitting next to them at their own camp. Overall, the consensus at the Oregon Eclipse was thumbs down.
  • Worthless 1/5

    By Yuletide
    Never worked Crashed constantly
  • Not Working 1/5

    By One Voice to Hear
    I have been trying to download this app. and it won't let me download it. Might be a good App.if you could get it downloaded.
  • Not worth the space 1/5

    By Etihww
    I downloaded it and could never use it, not even with wifi. I couldn't add any of my friends and no one could find me. Maybe I did something wrong, but I never got a response when I asked the FireChat profile. Thankfully, I didn't need it. I'm deleting the app and profile altogether.
  • Sounds good, doesn't work 1/5

    By XPsyches
    Advertised as an app that would essentially create its own network peer-to-peer through Bluetooth. Like many, was at a festival with 0 network connection and/or wifi, and it definitely ruined a lot of people's trip not being able to meet up with their friends/family amongst 30,000 people. Even if I was only able to connect with the tent next to me, the app also constantly crashes and doesn't send for up to 24 hours sometimes. It's just not what the developers want it to be.
  • Doesn't work 1/5

    By dorrj
    Everyone in the area downloaded this app to stay in touch during Hurricane Irma. Nobody received the messages until wireless service was back up.
  • Not working as described 1/5

    By Dakie45
    Downloaded this app because of the hurricane and it's not working, messages wasn't going through, am about to uninstall.
  • Great comfort during Hurricane Irma 5/5

    This app helped us communicate with our relatives in Miami during hurricane Irma, thank you!
  • Ruined by kids 1/5

    By SwiTun
    This app is useless without the ability to have moderators- kids just spam nonsense all day on it. Nothing good can happen during a disaster on here.
  • don't download 1/5

    By Bcybh uncle
    downloaded for hurricane Irma and it won't even let me message people
  • Nope 1/5

    By Taemommynj
    This app doesn't even work smh might as well just delete the whole app
  • Do not download! 1/5

    By trynidii
    Tried multiple times to log in, would get the activation code sent to me and still wouldn't allow me to create an account. I even contacted support and NEVER heard back. This application is a complete joke, do not waste your time.
  • Useless in emergencies 1/5

    By el Boominator
    I tried FireChat as a way of staying in touch as I am in Florida preparing for Irma. But, I can't connect to any of my friends chat rooms or find anyone with whom I want to stay in communication. The only chat room available is a public chat room with hundreds of people I don't know in it.
  • Almost impossible to add friends 1/5

    By LisbethD
    You have to go through the apps page to add friends.
  • Ehhh 1/5

    By Karolsita9
    it's not a good app , it's very different and hard to understand
  • 👎🏽 1/5

    By SuperBrown
    Like other reviewers, the app won't even let me sign up. It just hangs while trying to verify then times out.
  • bad app 1/5

    By Almugbil
    so very bad app and not good
  • Bro 😤 1/5

    By Jaee ❤️
    I can't even find my friend or nun . Everytime I try to look them up it says no results found
  • This App is Trash 1/5

    By maior domus
    It's not user friendly, Couldn't even add find my friend sitting next to me with the user name with out them wanting all your FB contacts and Info, Then you can't even delete your account because it says Invalid User. Lol, Don't waste your time.
  • Eh 1/5

    By hoothoot33
    This is app is confusing. The discovery doesn't work, you can't search for anyone and you can't add anyone. All you can do is enter the big chat and hope you can find your friend's username so you can try and follow them.

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