Software for Chatting with Japanese People Online (Text, Voice, and Video Chat)

Written by Patrick K
Last updated: July 7, 2016

Apps for Communicating with Japanese

While there are many different apps for communicating online, LINE is now so popular in Japan that we can't think of using anything else.

Oh My Japan's recommendation: use LINE

LINE is the number one chat app in Japan. As of 2016, if you want to talk to Japanese people, LINE is usually the most convenient option, since most Japanese people already have a LINE account and they already use LINE to talk to their friends.

LINE is a free app and can be used on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.

The alternative: use Skype

Skype is popular around the world, but not widely used in Japan. Still, if you can't or don't want to use LINE, Skype is a good second choice.

About the Author


Patrick is the Director of R&D at Oh My Japan. He hopes to make OMJ the best site on the Internet for English and Japanese speakers to connect with one another.