No Internet Required

FireChat sends messages directly between mobile devices
using peer-to-peer Bluetooth and WiFi connections.

Spread The Word

Every device acts as a relay, creating a mesh network amongst
groups within proximity.

Private Connections

FireChat allows for secure communication between individuals anywhere
on the mesh network

FireChat In Action

FireChat has been utilized by community organizers, emergency responders and private citizens to communicate when cut off from outside networks, including pro-democracy protests in Taiwan and Hong Kong, natural disasters in Ecuador and Kashmir, and off-the-grid events like Burning Man and Summit at Sea.


FireChat works by using the Bluetooth and WiFi radios in your phone to communicate directly with other devices within 200 feet that are also running FireChat. Multihop technology connects all devices within range, creating a mesh network that works, even when mobile and broadband access fails.


  • Instantly post messages and photos.
  • Block users at your discretion.
  • Send private messages with end-to-end encryption.
  • Store-and-forward updates when outside connection is resumed.
  • Create private groups up to 50 people.
  • Works on iOS and Android devices.
  • Use hashtags to create public chat rooms.


FireChat has earned placement on the “Top 10 Social Networking Apps” lists in the App Store and Google Play in 124 countries.


Innovation Award, SXSW (2015)
Boldness in Business Award. (Financial Times, 2015) Tech4Resilience Award (2015)


CNN, CNBC, BBC, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, TIME, CBC, The Verge, The Guardian, NPR, MIT Technology Review