Element user guide.

Element is an end-to-end encrypted secure messenger and collaboration app.

Talk to friends, family and colleagues through the open and decentralised Matrix network.

Get up and running in just a few minutes!

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In the guide, learn how to:

Onboard onto the app.

  • Create an account
  • Set up your profile
  • Secure backup
  • Device verification

Get into your Element.

  • Add People
  • Rooms
  • Appearance
  • Send messages

Get started.

  • Messaging features
  • Voice messages
  • Voice and video calls
  • Send files

Get organised.

  • Settings
  • Spaces
  • Favourites
  • Notifications

Need more help?

Check out our help page for more information, FAQ and community rooms for fastest support.

Matrix is an open network for secure, decentralised communication, connecting 60M+ users over 80K+ deployments.

Governed by The Matrix.org Foundation, the Matrix protocol is an open standard with open source implementations, supporting a vibrant developer ecosystem. Element was founded by the team behind Matrix as a way to bring it to the mainstream.

Open source

Element is incredibly proud to build in the open, sharing almost all of our own code with everyone.