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Berkanan is a Bluetooth-powered group messaging app. It gives people a way to communicate in situations with poor or no cellular connectivity. Alongside group messaging, Berkanan also allows private one-to-one encrypted messaging. The range for these messages is about 70 meters, but if there are people between you and your intended recipient with the app installed, Berkanan can send messages further by going through other users' devices.

• Nearby Messaging: Chat with people nearby. Send public and private messages.
• P2P: Messages travel from device to device.
• Offline: Works offline, only with Bluetooth. No need for Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.
• Notifications: Works in the background. Get notified of nearby users and messages.
• No Account: Use it without the need to register for an account.

What’s New

Version 1.6

• Added flower and mandala frame packs to look lit in festival season.
• Added enhancements for VoiceOver users.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings
MMag05 ,

Great App Good Feedback from Developer

What an awesome idea and beautifully designed app. My previous review left me a little confused with ongoing notifications but the developer responded quickly. I’ll definitely be using this app a lot with family members. Hopefully the software can be updated to enhance notifications so that once a private conversation has started you can receive ongoing notifications while blocking private messages after the first message.

Edit: Fast response from developer. The issue was corrected by enabling the correct settings per feedback. I don’t really need the premium features, but love the quick feedback and apso I chip in for it.

Developer Response ,

Hi! Thank you for your kind words! If you set App Settings > Notifications > Private Messages > On for Messaged Users then you will be notified only of private messages from your trusted contacts (users whom you already have a conversation with), and will not be bothered by strangers.

Edit: Thank you! Don't hesitate to contact us in the future with your ideas and thoughts!

Jnep21 ,

What an amazing idea

This is honestly one of the best ideas I've seen. Especially in cases of emergencies. Every phone should have this feature and I hope more fine out about this AMAZING app. My family got it and we tested it and it's worked great! I also love it is not centralized and encrypted so it's very private! For now, I bought the profile editor to support the developer!

Developer Response ,

Hi! I'm the creator of the app and your amazing review got me super excited.
Thank you! Berkanan works better the more people use it. Show it to your friends.

arianamazz ,

Love it!! But could use some features

This messenger is amazing for people who work on cruise ships

I would love some features though:

A group chat, so even if they’re not in range, once they are they get the message!!! A group chat is so handy.

And a way to favorite someone. So they either come up at the top of the screen when they’re in range, or they have a star on them so you can find the people you talk to the most easily.

Thank you!!!!

Also: I’ve purchased the app.... but it still won’t let me edit my profile. It just keeps making me buy it over and over again, says I already have it downloaded, and then still won’t let me edit my profile.

Developer Response ,

Hi Ariana! Thank you for your review and thoughtful feedback. Let me address some of your issues.

Auto retry for sending messages when users are in range is a great feature suggestion! We will definitely consider it for an upcoming update.

Regarding favoriting users: Just start chatting with someone privately and they get auto favorited, in the sense of they will be always visible in Nearby, even if they are not in range.

Regarding failing purchasing Profile Editing feature: Just go to App Settings by tapping the top right button in Nearby, then scroll down and select Restore Purchases, and wait a few secs for Done to appear. Then go back to your profile and Edit should work. If it prompts you again to purchase then it means you didn't successfully purchase it the last time. Don't worry, you won't get charged multiple times for it, it's a one-time purchase and Apple will notify you that you already purchased after you press Buy.


IZE, Ltd.
58.5 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018-2019 IZE, Ltd.
In-App Purchases
  1. Profile Editing $3.99
  2. Dog Avatar Pack $9.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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