What is ICQ?
ICQ-Chat was one of the first online instant messaging platforms in the world. Since its launch in the late 1990s as a chatroom and forum website, ICQ-Chat has expanded to include mobile and desktop applications such as ICQ.
ICQ is a cross-platform instant messaging app which lets you chat to other users through encrypted voice/video calling and a range of messaging functions. Features include: text, stickers, group chat, interest-based channels and live chats (previously known as chat rooms), ready-made text responses, chat bots, voice-to-text conversion, face filters, in-app photo/video editing functions and uncompressed content sharing. ICQ claims to work well even on low quality internet connections and will sync across multiple devices.
ICQ accounts are free to set up with an active mobile number. If you prefer not to share your phone number, you can use a nickname and link the app to your personal contact library. You can also search for other ICQ users anywhere in the world.
ICQ supports content sharing from third party apps (IFTTT) so that material published on other platforms can be shared on ICQ.
Apps: Apple iOS
PC, Mac OSX, Linux: icq.com/mac/en
How do people use ICQ?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use instant messaging services like ICQ.
How can you report abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?
- Contact ICQ Support
Get help by submitting a helpdesk request or complaint.
How can you protect your personal information?
Learn how the owner of ICQ (LLC Mail.Ru) collects, stores and shares your personal information.
Key safety links
- End User License Agreement
Read the terms you are agreeing to by using ICQ.