Smartphones have literally changed the world. Today, anyone can instantly communicate with their friends and family. It is difficult to imagine life before smartphones, and even harder to imagine what the world would be like today if they didn’t exist anymore. With the built-in features that they present to us, communication has become faster, cheaper and exciting. There are many messaging apps in app stores that are constantly evolving to give increasingly better channels for people to communicate. Here is a list of the best rated and tested apps for Android and iOS.
What are the best messaging apps?
It is among the most popular messaging apps in the world. It is designed for smart-phone, tablet or even PC users. It lets you send, receive text messages and make audio and video calls over the internet. Compared to other apps out there, it is extremely straight forward and easy to use. It comes with a feature that allows you to set statuses for all your contacts to see with no public comments on them. It also allows you to share your location with your recipients if you so choose. You can also see other people’s locations.
Other interesting features that Whatsapp include voice calls which only takes up very little data, the ability to send and receive voice notes which you can use instead of texts, file sharing, and the ability to link your account to your PC; with very high-security features. It can only use one phone number at a time.
It is Facebook’s separate messaging app. It makes it easy for you to chat with family and friends. With Facebook Messenger, your contact list is automatically populated with friends from your account. However, you have the option to add a contact or be added by someone else, by scanning a unique code. You also have tons of GIFs and free stickers that you can include in your chats. Facebook messenger also has very reliable video and audio calls, and, if you are an android user, it lets you have a floating chat icon on your screen.
You can also share your location and files and even start a secret conversation. Facebook messenger has a direct link to your Facebook account, meaning you can always switch in case you want to check out a friend’s profile.
Snapchat is very unique. It specializes in sending multimedia that disappears. Any media you send self-destructs after a predetermined amount of time. It is this feature that has made it so popular.
Messaging in Snapchat is in a number of ways. First is the regular message. This can be sent with or without a picture. It disappears after the recipient finishes viewing it. You can also send text messages without sending pictures. Here, the recipient can save your message in the chat box. When they fail to do this, it disappears. In the chat box, there is a way to send photos that your recipient can save too. Snapchat can also read QR codes which link to the website or image behind it. It adds more fun with personalized animated avatars that your friends can identify you with.
As the name suggests, it is a messaging app from Google. It has a variety of features like text messages, video calls, and phone calls. It has good privacy with one-on-one conversations. It also supports group chats with other Google hangout users. Group chats can hold up to 150 users. You can also share emojis, photos, stickers, and videos on this platform. With Google Hangouts you can also share your location with your friends. It also allows you to mark your favourite friends and suppress or archive the ones you least like.
It is a cloud-based messaging service. This makes it extremely fast. It is also very secure. Telegram is accessible from many devices at the same time. With Telegram, you have the ability to edit or delete messages even after you have sent them. It also has a private chat feature which messages have timers on them that self destructs sent messages after the timer runs out. You can also share your location with your recipients. Telegram groups can hold unlimited members, which makes it an awesome platform to send broadcasts.
This application works between phones, tablets or computers. It is a free platform that you can use to text any other Viber user regardless of your locations. This also applies to Viber calls. It supports group conversations, in which you can like or react to conversations. You can also use built-in stickers and GIFs. Viber also has capabilities to send short video messages. It has a feature called Communities with groups that contain unlimited members. You can also make cheap calls to non-Viber devices. Other features include a built-in QR code scanner, public chats and sharing your location in conversations.
Voxer is a push-to-talk app that delivers live voice messages. The recipient (one person or a group of people) can listen immediately, or later. If you send a message, it is played through your friend’s speaker. If the phone is off or on flight mode, it is played as a voicemail. It also supports texting, photo messaging and emoticons. It has really high security and encryption. Voxer lets you send your location to your friends. You can also check in to a nearby location from the chat window. It is also possible to make notes to yourself. You can also star and share messages. You can also enable Extreme notifications where you get repeated alerts with louder sound. With Voxer pro, you have access to unlimited message storage, message recall, extreme notifications, admin controlled chats, chat broadcasting and hands-free walkie-talkie among other features.
Line is a text message, voice call application that adds social entertainment and gaming features. It has a free one-on-one group chat. It includes a collection of cartoon characters or stickers. it is mostly free but adds a premium feature with premium stickers, games, and themes. It lets you talk to anyone anywhere whether they use the app or not.
9. Hey Tell
Just like Voxer, it is a push-to-talk which allows voice messaging. It has a button that you hold to speak your message. The recipient will get a push notification to listen to your message. The message will play is their app is open. Heytell uses linked messages. So it is not necessary that you join using your user name. Just enter your name and start using the app! It has a premium option with better features like voice changers and ringtones.
It offers free calling and text messaging over Wi-Fi. Basically, it changes your tablet to a handset if it does not have GSM capabilities. It also allows you to use your phone without affecting any texting and calling limitations. You can call regular phones like land-lines or other cell phones with this app. During sign up, you are given a free phone number. It works like a regular phone. It is able to make international calls through in-app offers or credit purchases. Charges for Talkatone plus are $3.99 per month which comes with a number which does not expire, voicemail services, call forwarding and more. You can get unlimited international calls for $12.99 per month.
11. Silent Phone
It has voice, video, and text messaging. Calls and texts between users are encrypted. It supports video chats, voice conferencing up to six members and voice memos. Messages can also auto-destruct, with a time gap that ranges from one minute to three months depending on what you want.
Smartphone technology has been revolutionary in many ways. The greatest of these is the fact that we can now communicate with anyone in the world almost instantaneously. The world has become a smaller and much friendlier place thanks to smartphones. The best part is that as time goes by, things will only keep getting better. The future is bright with more advanced and cheaper communication platforms.