The 18 best apps messenger on Android

The world of instant messaging is constantly evolving, with new apps emerging all the time. But which ones are worth your time? Here’s a look at the 18 best messaging apps for Android, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Messenger, and Google Messages.

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. Facebook Facebook Icon Android 4.5/5 10B+ Connect with friends, Join interest groups, Shop and sell items
2. WhatsApp Messenger WhatsApp Messenger Icon Android 4.7/5 9B+ End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability
3. Google Messages Google Messages Icon Android 4.5/5 6B+ End-to-end encryption, High-resolution sharing, Smart replies
4. Telegram Telegram Icon Android 4.1/5 2B+ Fast and secure, Unlimited storage, Multi-device syncing
5. Rakuten Viber Messenger Rakuten Viber Messenger Icon Android 4.6/5 1B+ Free and unlimited calls, End-to-end encryption, Group chats up to 60 people
6. LINE LINE Icon Android 4/5 985M+ Free voice and video calls, Wide variety of stickers
7. KakaoTalk KakaoTalk Icon Android 4.1/5 245M+ Group chats with unlimited members, Real-time message read status
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1. Facebook

Facebook Icon

Connect with friends, Join interest groups, Shop and sell items


Cost: Facebook (Free), Facebook Premium (Paid)

Facebook Messenger is a popular mobile messaging app that allows users to send text, voice, and video messages, as well as share photos, videos, and other files. It is available for both Android and iOS devices. Facebook Messenger is a convenient way to stay connected with friends and family, and it also offers a number of features that make it a great choice for business use. For example, businesses can use Facebook Messenger to send automated messages, track customer conversations, and provide customer support.

Download:

Facebook - Connect with friends, Join interest groups, Shop and sell items
  • Tags:
  • Social Networking
  • Community Building
  • Interest Exploration

Application information:

Downloads 5 billion+
Features Facebook allows you to connect with friends and family, share photos and videos, and stay informed about current events.
Pros Easy to use, lots of features, great for staying connected with friends and family.
Cons Can be addictive, can be a privacy concern, can be used to spread misinformation.

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2. WhatsApp Messenger

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End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability


Cost: WhatsApp Messenger (Free), WhatsApp Business (Free)

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text messages, voice messages, images, videos, and documents. It is available for free on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. WhatsApp Messenger is a popular messaging app because it is easy to use, reliable, and private. It uses end-to-end encryption to protect user messages from being intercepted by third parties. WhatsApp Messenger also has a number of features that make it a great choice for businesses, such as group messaging, file sharing, and location tracking.

Download:

WhatsApp Messenger - End-to-end encryption, High-quality calls, Cross-platform availability
  • Tags:
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Free voice and video calls
  • Cross-platform messaging

Application information:

Downloads 9,174,716,637
Features Stay connected with friends and family, share messages, photos, videos, and documents. End-to-end encrypted for privacy and security.
Pros Easy to use, reliable, and secure messaging app.
Cons May be data-intensive, limited customization options, and occasional bugs.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Daniel: “It was an excellent app for private messaging, and now it's becoming a multifunction app. It is better to have an app built for one purpose rather than packing multiple functions into one app. I don't want "AI" to be at the top of my chat list, nor do I want to see it at all! Personally, I also don't need the communities tab or the updates tab. Also the photo edit "draw over photo" feature was much better before the update.” – 4/5 in Play Store

John Toliver: “Good interface and nice functionality. Does what I need it to do. Wish they would release features a bit more quickly. Example: we've seen online about a UI refresh to make navigation more finger friendly but nothing so far. At this point who knows if / when it will come. Just stop mentioning in release notes. It comes when it does and that's that. No need to talk about it.” – 4/5 in Play Store

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3. Google Messages

Google Messages Icon

End-to-end encryption, High-resolution sharing, Smart replies


Cost: Google Messages (Free), Google Messages Business (Paid)

Google Messages is a mobile messaging app developed by Google for Android devices. It is the default messaging app on many Android phones and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google Messages allows users to send and receive text messages (SMS and MMS), as well as photos, videos, and other attachments. It also offers features such as group messaging, end-to-end encryption, and the ability to schedule messages. Google Messages is a simple and easy-to-use messaging app that is packed with features.

Download:

Google Messages - End-to-end encryption, High-resolution sharing, Smart replies
  • Tags:
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Emoji replies
  • Rich Communication Services (RCS)

Application information:

Downloads 626,456,5462
Features Easily connect with anyone, send group texts and share high-quality photos and videos that you can view full-screen.
Pros Simple to use, fast and reliable, RCS messaging capabilities
Cons May not have all the features of other messaging apps, such as end-to-end encryption

Comments and Reviews from users:

Melissa Mitchell: “Don't like the new update. I hit the speaker button with my left palm, I liked it at the top. Also, they hid gifs in the emoji button. I loved having them next to each other for easy access. Now, they're both a hassle to sort through a combined menu. And the most annoying thing, I will have texts show up from six months ago. Why are some texts delayed? Just had texts from five days ago show up. What the heck?” – 2/5 in Play Store

Jonathan Franzen: “Pretty good messaging app. RCS is a nice. My biggest gripe is that there is no longer a draft label when creating a message on the main menu. Very useful but no longer there. Might find an old version or use something else. I have sent plenty of feedback with no response. Update: Still no draft labels and now you can't forward pictures and texts together anymore. Draining battery and not allowing to charge.App is going downhill fast. Moving to another app.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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4. Telegram

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Fast and secure, Unlimited storage, Multi-device syncing


Cost: Telegram (Free), Telegram Premium (Paid)

Telegram is a popular messaging app known for its speed, security, and cross-platform availability. It boasts end-to-end encryption for private chats and groups, ensuring the confidentiality of communications. Telegram allows users to send messages, photos, videos, and files of various formats. Additionally, it offers features like voice and video calls, group chats with up to 200,000 members, and channels for broadcasting messages to a wider audience. Telegram's user-friendly interface and customizable features make it a versatile messaging solution for both personal and professional use.

Download:

Telegram - Fast and secure, Unlimited storage, Multi-device syncing
  • Tags:
  • Fast and secure
  • Synced across devices
  • Unlimited media and files

Application information:

Downloads 1,953,534,645
Features Telegram is a fast, secure, and feature-rich messaging app that allows you to send messages, photos, videos, documents, and other files of any type.
Pros Telegram is free, open-source, and cross-platform. It has a user-friendly interface, end-to-end encryption, and a variety of features.
Cons Telegram has been criticized for its lack of moderation, which has led to the spread of misinformation and hate speech on the platform. Additionally, Telegram's encryption is not as strong as some other messaging apps.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Jennifer Chase: “It's been years and you guys still have not figured out how to stop repeat notifications even with repeat notifications turned off. I have to swipe away a notification up to seven times sometimes before it will actually go away. This is the only thing that stops me from enjoying telegram. I seriously cannot stand the constant notifications from things that I have already seen.” – 2/5 in Play Store

David Middleton: “The app overall is fine and works well. My only gripe is that it's creating too many new directories when I save media that makes my gallery seem cluttered. It's made a new folder in my phone's download folder, another in my phone's pictures folder, and another in my phone's Movies folder. Why can't they all just simply go to one directory by default or at leave give an option to choose a preferred download location? This is my only issue. Hopefully the devs will consider this in the next update” – 3/5 in Play Store

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5. Rakuten Viber Messenger

Rakuten Viber Messenger Icon

Free and unlimited calls, End-to-end encryption, Group chats up to 60 people


Cost: Rakuten Viber Messenger (Free), Rakuten Viber Messenger Premium (Paid)

Rakuten Viber Messenger is a secure messaging app that offers a variety of features, including video and voice calls, text messaging, and group chats. It is available on a variety of mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Viber is known for its high quality voice and video calls, and it also offers a number of features that make it a great choice for group chats, such as the ability to create and manage groups, share files, and send polls. Viber is a great choice for anyone looking for a secure and feature-rich messaging app.

Download:

Rakuten Viber Messenger - Free and unlimited calls, End-to-end encryption, Group chats up to 60 people
  • Tags:
  • Free Messaging
  • Free Audio/Video Calls
  • End-to-end encryption

Application information:

Downloads 1,170,313,411
Features With Viber you can make free and secure video calls, send text messages, share photos and videos, and much more.
Pros Secure messaging, Free video calls, Cross-platform support
Cons Can be slow at times, Limited storage space for messages, Not as many features as some other messaging apps

Comments and Reviews from users:

Minh Hoang: “Update: I did try all those things as you mentioned. It really took time bcoz I had to do one by one then tested sending/receiving media as well as attached files. Unfortunately, none of them worked. I even reinstalled Viber but it didn't help either. Surprisingly disappointed coz this version has kept me waiting for so long time while downloading/uploading attached files or images or clips. Text sending and receiving is Ok then. Samsung S22, fyi. Tks.” – 3/5 in Play Store

Jessa Navalta: “I've been using this app for more than years and I had no problem. But lately, I'm experiencing an activation failed and can't received any sms to reactivate my phone in the app. I even change my number and after couple of 2 weeks, here it goes again. Hope you could help me with this. Thank you! Just a couple of minutes, it is fixed already. Thank you so much dev! 5stars” – 5/5 in Play Store

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6. LINE

LINE Icon

Free voice and video calls, Wide variety of stickers


Cost: LINE (Free), LINE Premium (Paid)

LINE is a popular mobile messaging app that allows users to send text, voice, and video messages, as well as make voice and video calls. It also offers a wide range of features, including stickers, games, and a timeline. LINE is available for free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.

With over 984 million downloads worldwide, LINE is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. It is especially popular in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Download:

LINE - Free voice and video calls, Wide variety of stickers
  • Tags:
  • Free voice and video calls
  • Wide variety of stickers and emojis
  • Customizable Themes

Application information:

Downloads 984,912,207
Features LINE is a freeware app for instant messaging, VoIP, and video calls on smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers.
Pros LINE is a free, easy-to-use app that allows you to communicate with friends and family around the world.
Cons LINE has been criticized for its lack of privacy and security features, and for its use of in-app purchases.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Wascally Wabbit: “Simple text messaging works PERFECTLY. Supports pictures in text app just fine. Haven't tried calls, but in most places that I use this, the WiFi infrastructure wouldn't support it any, but that's a no-brainer. if you want to avoid an international phone plan, daily "activation fee" (Verizon).... this works quite well. I wish they would bring back the Avatars. :-)” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Would be great if: 1) it had delay send; 2) increasing the font size also increases where you type your messages to send (that stays tiny). Needs more font size options like other apps. For older people/visually impaired, increasing font size only changes what you see after sending or what you received; 3) photos can be sent in original size and resolutions. Kakao currently allows full size/res transfer so that's what our friends and family have been using more and more.” – 2/5 in Play Store

7. KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk Icon

Group chats with unlimited members, Real-time message read status


Cost: KakaoTalk - Fast & Fun Messenger (Free), KakaoTalk - Premium Emoticons: Pigmon Pack (Paid)

KakaoTalk is a popular mobile messaging app developed by Kakao Corp. With over 244 million downloads, it is widely used in South Korea and other countries. The app allows users to send and receive messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos and videos. KakaoTalk also offers a range of features such as group chats, stickers, and games. Its user-friendly interface and wide range of features make it a popular choice for mobile messaging.

Download:

KakaoTalk - Group chats with unlimited members, Real-time message read status
  • Tags:
  • Free Voice & Video Calls
  • Group Chats with Unlimited Members
  • Worldwide Open Chat Community

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I would've given this a five until their recent update. I never get notifications from my friends when they send me messages, and yes I checked the settings. Still did nothing. I tried emailing them, didnt work. If you're going to put an email up, at least set it up. This app has been slowly getting worse and worse. Might be time to uninstall it unless they fix everything.” – 2/5 in Play Store

StealthMode Hu: “Earlier this year the app did not work for international users. However, the issue has been corrected. The developer listens. Great app for communication with friends. Whether in South Korea, or elsewhere. Note: It takes a few minutes for the verification txt/calls to come through. The 2 min timer multiplies times three for me. There are very minor latency issues in the network surrounding this minor issue. I suspect due to international connections to send the verification txt/call. ♥” – 5/5 in Play Store

8. Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger Icon

End-to-end encryption, No phone number required, Open source


Cost: Signal Private Messenger (Free), Signal Private Messenger Premium (Paid)

Signal Private Messenger is a secure messaging app that prioritizes privacy. It uses end-to-end encryption to protect your messages, calls, and video chats from being intercepted by third parties. Signal is open-source, meaning that anyone can inspect its code to verify its security. The app is free to download and use, and it does not collect or store any of your personal data. Signal is a great choice for anyone who values their privacy and wants to communicate securely.

Download:

Signal Private Messenger - End-to-end encryption, No phone number required, Open source
  • Tags:
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Free and Open Source
  • No ads or trackers

Application information:

Downloads 142,441,622
Features Signal is an open-source messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption for all messages, voice calls, and video calls.
Pros Secure, Private, Open Source
Cons Not as feature-rich as some other messaging apps, May not be as widely used as other messaging apps

Comments and Reviews from users:

Jimmy Goocharan: “It's almost perfect. Aside from a few inconsitenies and glitches, this completely obliterates any other application of this nature. Ever since messenger ruined itself, I've been looking for an alternative. Takes a little getting used to of course, and the optimization seems to be inconsistent on some phones, battery drain on Samsungs, no issues on my OnePlus however. The sheer amount of privacy, freedom and options you have at your disposal is incredible. Thank you Devs, for caring.” – 5/5 in Play Store

KZ: “So they fixed the message editing, but they messed up the camera. I now can't press and hold the shutter button to record a video. I don't think there is a video recording capability at all anymore. Unless they hid it somewhere? Also, taking a picture now is horrible. Why does the picture zoom in after I take it? People go forward, not backward, signal. One more star off from the three I had. Only 2 stars for you until you fix these issues.” – 2/5 in Play Store

9. Verizon Messages

Verizon Messages Icon

Chats grupales grandes, Integración con Yelp, Experiencia personalizada


Cost: Verizon Messages (Free), Verizon Messages+ (Paid)

Verizon Messages is a mobile messaging app that allows users to send and receive text messages, photos, videos, and group messages. It is available for Android and iOS devices. Verizon Messages also offers a number of features that make it a great choice for users, including:

  • Enhanced messaging: Verizon Messages supports a variety of messaging features, including group messaging, read receipts, and message scheduling.
  • Cross-platform compatibility: Verizon Messages can be used to send and receive messages from any phone number, regardless of whether the recipient has the app installed.
  • Security: Verizon Messages uses end-to-end encryption to protect your messages from being intercepted.

With its豐富的功能 and user-friendly interface, Verizon Messages is a great choice for anyone looking for a reliable and secure messaging app.

Download:

Verizon Messages - Chats grupales grandes, Integración con Yelp, Experiencia personalizada
  • Tags:
  • Group Chats (250 people)
  • Yelp Integration
  • Cross-Device Syncing

Application information:

Downloads 100,000,000+
Features Stay connected using Verizon Messages on your Android smartphone, tablet, and PC.
Pros Syncs across all your devices, large attachment support, user-friendly interface.
Cons Only available to Verizon customers, may not be as feature-rich as other messaging apps.

Comments and Reviews from users:

DJE: “Still the easiest, most efficient and reliable, all purpose text messenger for cell phones! It's compatible with all Network Carriers and WiFi Networks too. Messages can be sent in either sms or mms format depending on what type of text and media is being sent. There's many different options to change the look and feel of the messenger as well as the size, shape, and color of the texts and of the sent and received messaging boxes themselves!” – 5/5 in Play Store

Jawaroo Gambian: “updated phone model & Android version. I like the app and the updates and enhancements but what I don't like is the inability to select multiple contacts. This was possible a while back. So now when I send to more than 2 or 3 contacts I have to use the stock messaging app on my Galaxy Note 10+ running Android 12. Or I use the stock app to add contacts, save as draft, then back to VZ app. Just too much work when I should be able to add multiple contacts.” – 3/5 in Play Store

10. Plus Messenger

Plus Messenger Icon

Multi-account (up to 10), Categories for chats, Floating online notifications


Cost: Plus Messenger (Free), Plus Messenger Pro (Paid)

Plus Messenger is an unofficial messaging app that uses Telegram's API. It offers a variety of features that are not available in the official Telegram app, such as the ability to customize the app's appearance, use multiple accounts, and schedule messages. Plus Messenger is also open source, which means that it is constantly being updated and improved by a community of developers.

Download:

Plus Messenger - Multi-account (up to 10), Categories for chats, Floating online notifications
  • Tags:
  • Multi-account (up to 10)
  • Separated tabs for chats
  • Customizable Categories

Application information:

Downloads 73,369,885
Features Plus Messenger is an unofficial messaging app that uses Telegram's API. It offers a variety of features not found in the official Telegram app, including the ability to customize the app's appearance and functionality, use multiple accounts, and send large files.
Pros Highly customizable, multiple account support, advanced privacy features
Cons May be less stable than the official Telegram app, some features may not work as expected

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I love everything about it but I have one issue. When I try to make a call my microphone audio works until I put the phone next to my face and the screen turns off to prevent face touches. When this happens my microphone cuts out until I move my face away again. I don't have this issue with any other app. Edit: the support group fixed this issue for me :)” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Plus Settings pages could be cleaned up or merged into main settings page. Disabling message previews doesn't seems to work. Message preview show anyway as well as include the sender 2 times in the notification. I would like to see the plain "new telegram message" instead or otherwise have more options there. So far only minor issues here and there so for now I am interchangeably using both. Would also like to see effort in putting more than "bug fixes" as a change log” – 4/5 in Play Store

11. Google Chat

Google Chat Icon

Cross-platform messaging, Integrated document editing

Google Chat is an instant messaging app developed by Google. It is available as a mobile app and web app. Google Chat allows users to send and receive text messages, images, videos, and other files. It also allows users to create and join group chats. Google Chat is integrated with other Google Workspace apps, such as Gmail and Google Calendar. This makes it easy for users to collaborate on projects and schedule meetings. Google Chat is a popular messaging app for businesses and individuals alike.

Download:

Google Chat - Cross-platform messaging, Integrated document editing
  • Tags:
  • Secure group collaboration
  • Integrated content creation
  • Powerful search functionality

Application information:

Downloads 48,437,644
Features Collaborate, communicate, and share with your team using Google Chat, the preferred business messaging app of Google Workspace.
Pros User-friendly interface and easy-to-use features make Google Chat a breeze to use.
Cons Google Chat lacks some advanced features found in other business messaging apps, such as message scheduling and read receipts.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Harley Lingenfelter: “Great app, easy to use, easy to navigate,but recently, claiming valid email addresses as scam and booting from app, over the course of the past 2 ,weeksy wife has been booted 6 or 7 times, and my Best friend, 3 times, all of this booting over email is getting old. I travel for work,and this is the only app I know that my entire family and friends can use, the email booting,needs fixed,but other than that great app” – 4/5 in Play Store

Chris Storms: “Very buggy app. I'll receive notifications that friends have sent a message, but when I open the app the new messages don't always appear. I can send a message, and my friends respond to me (showing they've received it), but the app doesn't always show me that I've sent my own message. Restarting the app doesn't fix it.” – 3/5 in Play Store

12. Messenger Kids

Messenger Kids Icon

Parental Control, Kid-Friendly Filters, No In-App Purchases


Cost: Messenger Kids (Free), Messenger Kids Premium (Paid)

Messenger Kids is a free messaging app designed for children aged 6-12. It allows kids to video call and message family and close friends in a safe and controlled environment. Parents have full control over their child's contacts and can monitor their activity within the app. Messenger Kids is a great way for kids to stay connected with loved ones while parents can have peace of mind knowing their child is using a safe and age-appropriate app.

Download:

Messenger Kids - Parental Control, Kid-Friendly Filters, No In-App Purchases
  • Tags:
  • Parental Control
  • Fun and creative
  • Safe and Secure

Application information:

Downloads 46,967,363
Features Video calling, messaging, parental controls, fun filters and effects, educational activities, and more.
Pros Safe and easy-to-use, parental controls, fun and engaging for kids.
Cons Limited features compared to the regular Messenger app, requires a Facebook account for parents, concerns about data privacy.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Erin Raymond: “I am a child using this app, and I think it is good for younger kids. It's not really ideal for older children, (teens, adults) but it's really good for parents concerned about what their child is texting. Parents can change settings, like making the child unable to see links (to maybe innopropriate sites) and they can also decline random people from being able to text their child. Personally, I switched over to texting normally just for privacy reasons. Very good app!” – 5/5 in Play Store

addie: “Pretty good app overall, but I have an issue that's REALLY been bugging me. The video playback. It's not bad for videos that had been sent recently, but I tried to play videos that had been sent a few months back and they wouldn't play. They just had the little loading symbol. I waited for TEN MINUTES and it didn't load, and I tried many times. Very frustrating, please fix this. 🙁” – 3/5 in Play Store

13. Zangi Private Messenger

Zangi Private Messenger Icon

Registro anónimo, Sin recolección de datos, Encriptación militar


Cost: Zangi Messenger: Free, Private, Encrypted Calls & Texts (Free), Zangi Plus: Unlimited Private Calls & Texts ($4.99)

Zangi Private Messenger is a secure and private messaging app that allows you to communicate with friends and family without worrying about your privacy being compromised. It uses end-to-end encryption to protect your messages, and it doesn't store any of your data on its servers. Zangi also offers a number of other features, such as voice and video calling, file sharing, and group chats. It is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

Download:

Zangi Private Messenger - Registro anónimo, Sin recolección de datos, Encriptación militar
  • Tags:
  • Anonymous Registration
  • No data collection
  • Military-Grade Encryption

Application information:

Downloads 20,159,829
Features Zangi Private Messenger offers end-to-end encryption, self-destructing messages, and a variety of other features to keep your conversations private and secure.
Pros Secure, anonymous, and fast messaging.
Cons Not as many features as some other messaging apps, can be buggy at times.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “It was down for a while, but it is back to working perfectly again. The only fix I would recommend is an option to NOT have the sound leave speakerphone when exiting video chat. It would be best if it remembered what was being used before the video chat was started. (The assumption people want to go from video chat to holding phone to head is OK if it was started that way, but if you are in speakerphone and go to video when you leave video you are likely to want speakerphone again.)” – 5/5 in Play Store

Rajai Ghawi: “Hands down the best app to use in slow internet connections. Best app to use when travelling to countries with slow and restricted internet. On low data setting... this app out performs everything else I used. The app does have a few annoying bugs.... but it is a small price to pay... when other apps fail due to connectivity issues... this app performs... Update. This app went downhill in the last couple months. Video chats no longer work. Calls don't show up... always shows me a missed call.” – 3/5 in Play Store

14. Wire

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End-to-end encryption, Guest rooms for external collaboration


Cost: Free, Pro (9.99)

Wire is a secure collaboration platform that offers end-to-end encryption for all communication, including messages, voice and video calls, and file sharing. It is designed to be user-friendly and efficient, with a clean and intuitive interface. Wire is available on all major mobile platforms, as well as desktop and web. It is a popular choice for businesses and individuals who value privacy and security.

Download:

Wire - End-to-end encryption, Guest rooms for external collaboration
  • Tags:
  • Secure communication
  • Private collaboration
  • Ephemeral Messaging

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Very clean, no ads. Got all the major functions, video call, audio call, and text chat. The best part is that it doesn't require you to give up your phone number, contacts (you can deny the permission request), etc. This is the #1 reason I choose this app. The PC version is not as function rich as the phone version, I miss the emojis on PC. The footprint in memory in PC is also very small. I like that. The map location function doesn't seem to work. Although I don't think I will really use that much, but why put it there if not working? But I would rather not use the FB Messenger, despite FB Messenger has more functions. FB is not to be trusted.” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Has some of the most features of a messaging app that I've tried out, but no matter what i do (uninstall/reinstall, reset push notifications) i can't get it to send notifications when i receive a message. I have to manually check the app every so often just to see if someone sent me a message. Even then it takes time to refresh and show messages. +2 stars for the abundant features. -3 for missing one of the features that matters most.” – 2/5 in Play Store

15. Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web)

Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web) Icon

Sincronización entre dispositivos, Mensajes SMS y MMS


Cost: Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web) - Free (Free), Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web) - Premium ($9.99)

Pulse SMS is a feature-rich messaging app for Android that allows users to send and receive text messages from their phone, tablet, or computer. The app offers a wide range of features, including the ability to sync messages across multiple devices, schedule messages, and block unwanted callers and messages. Pulse SMS also has a number of customization options, allowing users to change the app's theme, font, and notification settings. Additionally, Pulse SMS offers a number of premium features, such as the ability to send unlimited messages, backup messages to the cloud, and use multiple accounts.. Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web)

Download:

Pulse SMS (Phone/Tablet/Web) - Sincronización entre dispositivos, Mensajes SMS y MMS
  • Tags:
  • Cross-Device Syncing
  • MMS support
  • Customization

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

Convoluted & Exiled: “I'm on the fence. Best Text App I can find... But now more than half the sceen is ads? Maybe I really should keep looking.... UPDATE: Thank you for making the Ads in an expandable Discover box!! Sooo much better! Also in reading about it, I am considering the Premium. Thank you for the improvements. I noticed. (5 stars if i get Premium and as good as seems) Possible glitch?: I noticed when you archive, if you get a new message it goes to main again. I want it to stay Archived till move it myself” – 3/5 in Play Store

Lisa C: “UPDATE: can't select multiple messages in a contact for deletion anymore. Bring this back instead of making things so much more complicated yet less useful. Lost this but you archive messages forever when I don't even want you to. You have 'thousands' of old messages stored somewhere. Some of us don't like our conversations saved forever without having anything to say about it, this should be fixed.” – 3/5 in Play Store

16. Simple SMS Messenger

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SMS y MMS, Mensajes de grupo, Bloqueo de números


Cost: Simple SMS Messenger (Free), Simple SMS Messenger Pro (1.99)

Simple SMS Messenger is a free and open-source SMS and MMS messaging app for Android. It is known for its simple and intuitive interface, making it easy to send and receive messages. The app also offers a number of features, including the ability to schedule messages, block unwanted callers, and customize the look and feel of the app. Simple SMS Messenger is a great choice for anyone looking for a simple and reliable messaging app.

Download:

Simple SMS Messenger - SMS y MMS, Mensajes de grupo, Bloqueo de números
  • Tags:
  • SMS and MMS Messaging
  • Group Messaging
  • Number Blocking

Application information:

Downloads 3,137,098
Features Simple, fast, reliable, beautifully designed app with highly customizable options.
Pros Easy to use, fast and reliable, lots of customization options.
Cons Some advanced features are missing, such as scheduled messaging and message encryption.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Wendigo Wolf: “Using this app since I'm using simple mobile service. I like the simplicity of it. Still has or had a couple tiny issues. For example, I can see my message sent but the returning message is giving me trouble. I was having to go back and select the person or number I messaged first to view their reply. Kinda makes more steps to see their replies. There is more to it. But running out of review characters to type. ☺️ If there is more you'd like to know. I can contact you guys? Thanks!” – 3/5 in Play Store

K W: “Privacy friendly! Love the color schemes. Works. (Or it used to with old phone. Edit: in each conversation it shows the correct contact name on the home page but some random other contact name when I open the conversation. I really want to use this please help!) Edit: I can't tell who is in a group message or see who wrote the each text in a group message. All I see are circles with a letter or a picture.” – 3/5 in Play Store

17. Handcent Next SMS messenger

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Anywhere Access, Privacy Protection, ChatGPT Support


Cost: Handcent Next SMS (Free), Handcent Next SMS Elite ($4.99)

Handcent Next SMS is a customizable SMS and MMS messenger for Android devices. It offers a wide range of features, including group messaging, private texting, and sticker support. The app is known for its user-friendly interface and powerful customization options. Users can change the theme, font, and notification settings to create a truly personalized messaging experience. Handcent Next SMS also includes a number of advanced features, such as scheduled messaging, message backup, and spam blocking. Overall, Handcent Next SMS is a feature-rich and user-friendly messaging app that is a great choice for anyone looking for a more powerful and customizable alternative to the stock messaging app.. Handcent Next SMS messenger

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Handcent Next SMS messenger - Anywhere Access, Privacy Protection, ChatGPT Support
  • Tags:
  • Secure Encrypted Chat
  • Anywhere Texting
  • Cloud backup

Application information:

Downloads 3023492
Features Customizable SMS text messenger with MMS, group message, sticker & private texting.
Pros Popular, feature-packed, private texting option.
Cons May experience occasional bugs or stability issues.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Eric Wilson: “So far this app has been perfect. I needed the popup as I'm very hard of hearing and don't always hear (or feel my phone vibrate) when I have a message. I'm not a fan of the bubbles all over the screen for conversations, so this is great. Lots of themes, but you can change almost everything in the app to your liking. Every contact can have their own theme AND message tone. Amazing job!” – 5/5 in Play Store

Lost Chord (LostChord84): “Been using the app for years and love it. BUT after updating it on 4-25-24 it now crashes constantly with a popup saying the app has a bug and to try again after the developer fixes it. Can barely use it for 30s without it crashing. Tried rebooting, clearing cache etc, didn't help. Wish there was an easy way to revert back to the previous version.” – 4/5 in Play Store

18. Element

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End-to-end encryption, Secure file sharing, Video conferencing


Cost: Element Free (Free), Element Matrix Pro (Paid)

Element is a secure messaging app that offers end-to-end encryption for both messages and calls. It is open source and cross-platform, meaning you can use it on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Element is a great choice for people who are concerned about their privacy and want to keep their conversations confidential. It is also a good option for people who want to use a messaging app that is not owned by a large corporation.

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Element - End-to-end encryption, Secure file sharing, Video conferencing
  • Tags:
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Secure video conferencing
  • File sharing securely

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Riot is an open, secure, and decentralized group communication app. I'd say it's kind of like an open source discord, minus the gamer focus. It's really easy to use while also being secure, as it supports end to end encryption. You can even run your own server and connect to everyone else, it's like email where everyone has their own address and some on different servers. Doesn't use much data and notifications work great. Overall, this is an excellent app and I would recommend.” – 4/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Currently one of the best communications platforms available, however the UI could use a significant overhaul and I believe that alone may be the main reason why it hasn't won over the masses. Kind of a shame, although unsurprising, and in contrast, I actually prefer a small userbase anyway. Nowhere is safe, but RIOT is more secure than most to those who value privacy.” – 4/5 in Play Store