Create and join ad hoc chat rooms from anywhere in the world on a variety of topics with no internet connection


  • Ad hoc chat room creation without an internet connection or mobile network
  • Connect to up to 10,000 other users in a single chat room
  • User friendly interface
  • Join firechats on a variety of topics or create your own with the "+" button
  • Filter by "Everyone" and "Nearby" to find firechats relevant to your interests
  • Share Firechat with other users through the Share button


  • Number of users depends on region, so chat rooms might be empty at certain times

FireChat is a free messaging app available for Android, developed by Open Garden, which lets users set up ad hoc chatrooms and chat with other users without an internet connection or a mobile network. 

How FireChat Works

The ability to communicate with others almost instantaneously is taken for granted in contemporary society. Whether with popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, or through social networks like Facebook or Twitter, being able to share our thoughts with the world is what keeps the information highway so vital and so engaging. FireChat tries to facilitate this process by elminating the need for an internet connection entirely. With FireChat, you just have to be within range of someone's device to connect with them. 

Unlike regular messaging services, FireChat allows a user to set up a live chat room locally, without any internet connection, and allow users to connect to it. A 'firechat' is essentially "off-the-grid" and allows up to 10,000 users to connect to a single chat room simultaneously. Once you sign up for the app, you create a username, enter your full name as well as your email address. Your name and username can be whatever you wish. Since your name is displayed while logged into a firechat, a pseudonym is encouraged. You can add a photo to your profile if you wish, taken with your webcam or from your photo library. 

Unlike regular messaging services, FireChat allows a user to set up a live chat room locally, without any internet connection, and allow users to connect to it

UI and Other Features

The user interface for the app is relatively straight forward. When you open the app you will be prompted to join firechats in your area. Topics can be as disparate as politics, sports, news, parenting - essentially whatever you want. Firechats can be filtered by distance to include 'Everyone' or just those that are 'Nearby'. You can also create your own Firechats using the "+" button at the top right of the interface. All you have to do is enter the name of your firechat and you're all set.

Once you have entered a firechat, the Settings page lets you set which notifications you would like to be displayed. You can even tell friends who are nearby about Firechat so that they can join the conversation, or share your experience of the app on various social networks. When you receive new messages from a Firechat, notifications appear as a unique dialogue box in your notifications window of your Android. 

Fire Up your Chatting Experience

Firechat is an excellent way to start up a conversation quickly on any topic you like without any hassle. The unique thing about FireChat is that chat rooms can be set up spontaneously, and people can start joining you instantly. Set up your profile and a pseudonym and start chatting now! Chatrooms have a very simple layout and are quite user friendly. Join other firechats or create your own about anything from cars to health to video games - whatever your interests. Filter for chats that are nearby or chat with people from all ove the world using the "Everyone" option. Get chatting now! The app is available to download for free from the Google Play store now. 

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Type Freeware

Version 4.0.2

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