Conversations is our favorite XMPP messenger client, it is beautifully designed and the most user friendly, once you have installed it you'll find it no more difficult to use than WhatsApp or Signal!
To make it a little easier, we have put this page together so you can follow the guide in a few steps and have XMPP set up in no time at-all. Like we've previously said, encourage your friends to use this as its a great alternative to most of the privately owned apps and will give you the best freedom and privacy. We have covered this in our Networking Page.
This can be done in two ways, either the Google Play Store or the F-Droid Store. If you have a store bought android phone you will find the link to Conversations in the Google Play Store or you can click directly here Conversations | Google Play the only issue with this is it will cost £2.99 which isn't much and it does help pay for the work of the developer.
The best way is to download the F-Droid app store which is an open source alternative to Google Play Store, there the apps are completely free and open source meaning you will have better security and the apps are very heavily vetted to make sure they respect your privacy.
The cool thing is you don't have to remove Google Play Store, you can have both running on your device. Visit F-Droid Website, when you have installed it you can search on the F-Droid app store or you can click this link, which will take you there directly.
Once Conversations is installed you should see something like this:
All you need to do for this step is click on the CREATE NEW ACCOUNT button that I have circled in red.
You have a few choices here, in this example we will open an account with the AntiLockDown.tel XMPP server. You can choose Conversations.IM but you will have to pay about $1 per year. Our XMPP server is completely free! and we need nothing, no ID, no phone number.
All you need to do to complete this step is click the USE MY OWN PROVICER BUTTON which is circled in red. As we have previously said in our articles, a great thing with XMPP is its federated nature, anyone can talk to anyone on XMPP regardless of who their XMPP profiver is.
All you need to do is choose a username that you like and is also not taken, if you choose a username that is taken it will ask you to try another. So you just type the username you desire followed by @antilockdown.tel (no longer antilockdown.org) just like in the photo.
As for the password, try and choose one which is a decant length, with upper and lower case characters and do make sure you write it down or keep it safe or memorised, if you lose your device, there is no password recovery service.
You may wish to add a profile picture its up to you, in this example I am going to add a nice picture of our would be globalist overlord Klaus Schwab; 'Do You Want zee Red Bug or zee Blue Bug?'
To add an avatar image you just need to click on the square the red arrow is pointing at and you will be prompted to select an image of your choosing.
Just like with most apps just move the white box around the image and then press the crop button in the top right corner.
A nice and easy step here, just click the PUBLISH button to publish your avatar if you wish to do so and hevent skipped this section.
I am not sure if you have to accept the permissions for Conversations to work, I do as it is completely trustworthy.
All that I do in this step is click ALLOW which I have circled in red.
Congratulations, if you have got to this stage you now know how to set up an XMPP client, there is a welcome message, (we will try and include a more informative message soon).
All you need to do to open messages is click on any of the messages on your feed as pointed to by the red arrow.
This should be clear to you, but just in-case, all that is needed is to click on the plus symbol that is circled and then you will be given the choice to add a contact and send a message.
So you have this app, so how do you find people to talk to? You can search for them within the app but the easiest way is to find people on our Rooms Page
Once you have clicked the link you will find a list of rooms (dont worry, it's early days yet, we will be adding a whole lot more soon).
In this example, if you wanted to join the Australian Schools related Room, you would just click on the link circled in red in this image and then you should be prompted to join the room with your Conversations app.
Thanks to the efforts of Conversations.im, they have provided an excellent service to us all called the XMPP Compliance Tester that link takes you directly to the compliance tests of our own XMPP server, at the time of writing this it is at 95%, which is better than most, but we will get it to 100% in the coming days.
We hope this has been helpful to you and we will have more tutorials coming soon; you should be able to connect the dots from these tutorials as the different clients behave more or less the same.
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