Last Updated: 2023-04-24

Best messaging apps for Android

List of apps on the page. Sorted by rating on Google Play.
# Logo App Score Ads IAP Installs
1 Handcent Next SMS messenger Handcent Next SMS messenger 4.5 Yes Yes 1M+ installs
2 Textra SMS Textra SMS 4.4 Yes Yes 10M+ installs
3 BiP - Messenger, Video Call BiP - Messenger, Video Call 4.3 No Yes 50M+ installs
Logo Handcent Next SMS messenger

Contains Ads In-app Purchases 1M+ installs

There are so many other awesome features in this app that you don't get use of with your stock text-message app. There is a private box you can store messages from a particular contact, if you have prying eyes. The perfect app for the individual who has multiple hands with access to their phone. Also, having to type in their name is itself a delay, as opposed to selecting from the full-screen list and tapping the right one.

Logo Textra SMS

Contains Ads In-app Purchases 10M+ installs

The free version has a low-key top header for simple ads that you can easily move your screen down to hide. You can edit everything from the colour of the app's icon on your phone to unique notification sounds for every person who has contacted you. You have the ability to stall sending messages, ability to recall sent texts up to eight or nine seconds after hitting send. Group chats are different colors for different groups, and people within the chats have different colors; so, it's always easy to see at a glance who said what. Like the ability to set different colours of background for each person, and to choose grey, black, or white fonts to maximise clarity on each colour. Customizable, able to like or use other emoticons on texts without having to reply, and the ease of copying, scheduling, and so much more.

Logo BiP - Messenger, Video Call

No Ads In-app Purchases 50M+ installs

This app looks good; I have tried it for video calls, so I suggest everyone can use this application for their communication with all their business or community in all occasions. The best feature it has is to be able to share photos without damaging the quality. The secret messaging, as well as the translation features, are very awesome to have. The text looks literally so sweet and soft; the emojis and stickers are awesome. For example, if you save a number from one mobile to another, it connects instantly, like an emoji. A good and easy-to-use messaging application, especially for those who are used to using WhatsApp.