SchildiChat for Android is a Matrix Client based on Element Android.

Compared to the Element app, SchildiChat features following changes:



Where can I get it?


The FOSS variant (without closed-source code) is available from the official F-Droid repository. However, this variant does not allow for push notifications, and thus might feature increased battery drain and a higher delay for delivering messages.

If you prefer the variant that features push notifications, you can get it from the SpiritCroc F-Droid repository.

Google Play Store

At the moment, SchildiChat is not available from the Google Play Store in order to avoid legal complications*.

You probably want to use the SchildiChat variant from the SpiritCroc F-Droid repository. In case SchildiChat becomes available in the Play Store in the future, this version should allow for an upgrade without the need to re-install the app.

* SchildiChat includes strong encryption algorithms, and the Google Play Store servers are located in the USA, so SchildiChat requires an exempt from US export regulations (which requires annual mails with a certain content to various authorities). Since we are not fluent in legalese, we want to avoid possible consequences caused by incorrect handling of the exemption process. Accordingly, you can get SchildiChat only from non-US servers for now.

Direct download

If you don't want to install F-Droid, you can also download the latest version

Test versions

If you want to help testing new releases and don't mind some extra bugs, you can get beta-versions for both the Google- and the FOSS-variant from the SpiritCroc test-builds F-Droid repository.

The beta releases come with their own package-id, so you can install both alongside to the stable version. After adding above repo to F-Droid, you should be able to find following apps:

When reporting bugs related to test versions (and thus not existing on stable versions), make sure to mention the full version name, as found in the app's about screen!

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