Not a lot of people can claim that they’re not addicted to texting. If not addicted in the medical way of defining it, certainly none of us can get through our days without using texting apps. And there’s usually no need to force yourself off of them either; they get information around, help you stay in touch with old friends living somewhere far as well as chat and grow with like minded people you’ve never personally met.
Android and iOS are the most common smartphone OS in use, occupying the first and second positions respectively in terms of popularity among general use computers in the world, a category that includes small computers and smartphones. Being common, the apps on their official stores are likely to be the most successful. It turns out even in this narrowed down category, there is a startling variety among messaging apps. So, we decided to help you further and list 8 of the best apps to choose from.
Here we go!
Kik is among the most popular messaging apps in use currently. Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it was among the earliest apps in the field, and it has grown with demands of the market. It was also the first app to introduce both technology to users, and you can use them to find common information as well as learn more about brands and products and play games. Kik has a great collection of stickers too. Regarding security, it is a pretty secure way of chatting with people, since you can easily join and leave group conversations and at no time are you required to share your phone number with the app or people in groups. It can really save you from a lot of creepy callers.
The title for the most popular messaging app is tied between Whatsapp and Facebook Messengers. Whatsapp was the most convenient option to use to connect with someone with an Android or Windows phone when you had an iPhone. Facebook was just figuring out the whole scene back then. With inclusion of more and more emojis to stay at par with iMessage (which is still among the best texting services meant for iPhone, though there are methods to run iMessage on PC mentioned here) and the recent inclusion of end-to-end encryption that only allows access to your message to the people you sent it, there has been an inflow of users from apps like iMessage and BBM whose USPs did not remain that unique. It’s great for Whatsapp users though; nearly everyone has it.
Facebook Messenger is successful because everybody has a Facebook account. Even if someone doesn’t have a smartphone, they can read your texts on the PC. It is also great since you aren’t required to share your phone number with anyone to get in touch with them. Plus, you can message not just people, but also firms and celebrities through their pages. The app has recently come up with secret conversations perhaps noting the concept’s popularity on competitors like Telegram. Group conversations are easier too. Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are owned by Facebook, so you can expect similarity in approach. Only, Facebook Messenger has stickers while Whatsapp doesn’t.
Discord is an app that is primarily marketed as a voice chat system for gamers playing together online. It is named thus perhaps for the tempers that rise in conversations while playing an engaging game. But even if you’re not a gamer, Discord can be a great option. You don’t need to share your phone number with anyone, which is great. Joining conversations is the highlight of the app, especially those of many subreddits that find Discord groups to be perfect for more personal and real-time communication, easy to moderate and helpful to tag and maintain member privacy which is required according to reddit’s policy.
Ok Swiftkey is not a messaging app. But it’s still a great option to use especially if you’re into regular SMS texting as opposed to internet messaging. It makes typos nearly extinct from your texts and supports as many as 150 languages. You can modify the design and colors in the keyboard to make it look better than the stock Android keyboard. And you won’t be insulted by the stupid autocorrect that comes with iOS devices. It even learns the quirks of your typing over time and that means your effort actually reduces.
Google’s Allo is great because it introduces you to Google’s very own assistant. It’s like Google’s own Siri that’s still learning the ropes. Allo brings to the table what many apps have not even begun to consider; single tap replies. The app learns your common responses to texts from different people and also picks up keywords from the text to give you a range of replies you need only tap to send. Despite being from Google, Allo figures low on our list because it evidently needs some fine tuning, but it is still among the best texting options out there, whether you have an Android or an iPhone.
Telegram’s first publicity in the market through word of mouth was as a free alternative to Whatsapp, when the latter charged one dollar annually for its services. But, it also has unique benefits, especially given that the app has used encryption since its early days and has also been the safer way of sharing sensitive files like images or videos. Any data you don’t want the person to keep for long can be set to self destruct after a chosen time interval. Telegram also had secret chats before Facebook.
Imo is the best option for people who want to text but don’t want an app that is too embellished. The app is secure with chats and calls encrypted. You can make video calls with multiple people, which is not possible on leading apps like Whatsapp. The app has free stickers and all standard features, but it still retains that simplicity which is what earns it a place on our list, albeit the last.
There are other good options like Viber as well. Are there any other good texting apps you know that we’ve missed out?