Wickr Is Dead

The app was a privacy-championing startup, before becoming an app of choice for drug traffickers and being acquired by Amazon Web Services. Near the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2023, AWS shut down the free version of Wickr for good.
Wickr Is Dead
Image: the Wickr Me app.
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If you open the encrypted messaging app Wickr Me today, you’ll be greeted with a line of red text: “Reconnecting…”

Below that, in white text over a black background, the app says “We’re having issues connecting to the Wickr Me network. If the problem persists, try restarting your app or contacting support.”

Closing and reopening the app will not work. There is no point in contacting support either. That’s because on December 31, 2023, Wickr Me, the free version of Wickr, was shut down entirely.

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