Android has every kind of app on Google Play Store. From games to free productivity apps, you can find everything on Google Play Store. Now, coming to the point, let’s assume that you are bore of using the inbuilt messaging app on your mobile and you want to install a new one, which increases your productivity. Therefore, here are some free messaging apps for Android those can help you manage SMS, as well as online chat messages with ease.
Best Messaging Apps for Android
In this following list, you can find two different types of messaging apps. First one will manage your SMS and the second one will manage different online chat messages.
1] Android Messages
Although stock Android mobile holders can get this app without installation, there are some third-party manufacturers such as Samsung, which do not include Android Messages app on their mobiles. Apart from Samsung, there are many other mobile manufacturers; those do not include Android Messages app. If you are using one of the mobiles, you can install this free app, which is developed by Google. The user interface is buttery smooth, and you can get tons of functionalities. From threading interface to sticker, you can get everything in this Android app. Although the official download page doesn’t say anything, you can download it on Android 2.3 or later version.
2] Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts app for Android can manage various things including the SMS as well as Gtalk (formerly). If you want to install a single app that can manage everything, you can install Google Hangouts without thinking twice. The user interface is neat and clean, and you do not need to spend much time to understand all the functionalities. From sticker to emoji, you can include everything in this message. Also, you can categorise SMS as well as Hangouts messages by person. As usual, the official download page doesn’t say anything about the availability, but you can install it on Android 2.3 or later version. Also, most of the Android mobiles come with this app, by default.
3] Google Allo
Although this is a mobile based Android app, you can get Google Allo on a computer as well. Being available for Android 4.1 or later version, Google Allo is a much popular Android application with a great user interface. It manages Google chats with ease and with a buttery smooth user interface. Like other messaging apps, you can include stickers, emoji, GIF, etc. Apart from that, you can find smart reply option, whisper option, Ink, etc. The highlight of this tool is you can get Incognito mode in this app as well. However, not all the features are available in all the countries.
4] Pulse SMS
When you need SMS interface as a Web version, you can install Pulse SMS app on Android, which is available for Android 2.3 or later version. Although this is available for free on Google Play Store, you can purchase the unlocked version of Pulse SMS for $0.99 per month. On the other hand, if you want to purchase with a one-time fee, you need to spend $10.99. Talking about features, you can find end-to-end encryption, password protection, private conversations, etc. On the other hand, you can preview links, share GIF. Apart from that, you can get GIF from Giphy as well. If someone is disturbing you with SMS, you can block him/her or any company as well.
QKSMS is yet another awesome SMS app for Android, which is available for Android 5.0 or later version. Unlike Pulse SMS, QKSMS is completely ad-free, and this is an open-source application for Android. On the other hand, you can find night mode, which helps you use the app in a low light area. Talking about other options, you can get themes, floating notifications, group SMS/MMS, search and more others. Although it is available for free, you can donate some money to help the developers. You can insert images, emoji, stickers, and everything in the message while using this app.
Although WhatsApp doesn’t support the SMS, you can install this app to connect with almost everything those are on WhatsApp. The chances are you already have WhatsApp on your mobile. Therefore, you do not have to install it again. Talking about availability, you can get WhatsApp on almost all the popular platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, as well as Web. The UI of WhatsApp is awesome and it comes with end-to-end encryption. Therefore, there is almost no way your message can be leaked online without prior permission. From documents to money, you can send everything to your friends via WhatsApp.
Messenger aka Facebook Messenger helps you connect with Facebook friends. It is equipped with loads of features those you can use on mobile as well as a computer. It doesn’t matter whether you are connected with someone on Facebook or not, you can still use it as your text messaging app. Chances are Messenger already installed in your mobile. The best thing is you can get Messenger for almost any platform including Android, iOS, etc. To unlock more features, you can purchase it for $0.99 as well. The only drawback is you can find a lot of advertisements on Messenger app. From stickers to emoji, you can include everything in your message. If you use Facebook with Messenger, you can make audio call and video call via this app.
If like to do a lot of voice calling, group chatting, but you do not want to use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, you can opt for Skype, which is probably the best VoIP calling app for Android. You can send image, video or any other media files is Skype. However, you must have a Microsoft email ID. Talking about that, you should have either @hotmail.com account or @outlook.com account. This is possible to send a voice message, video message, emoji, etc. The highlight of this tool is you can install several add-ins to spruce up the experience. Apart from that, this is also possible to get various bots to receive news and all in your inbox.
There are more other apps those have similar options like WhatsApp and other apps. However, these apps as mentioned above are probably the best. They are personally tested and you can install them without any cost.