10 best Android apps for VoIP and SIP calls

by: Joe HindyMarch 22, 2016
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Skype best voip and sip apps
We are becoming less and less dependent on mobile networks. You can get a data signal almost everywhere that you can get a mobile signal and most of us are around WiFi most of the time anyway. Technology has progressed to the point where we can now talk over the Internet almost as easily as we can talk on the phone. If you’re ready to make the switch because it’s cheaper, easier, or more efficient, then we’ve got a list of the best apps for VoIP and SIP calls for you.


GrooVe IP best VOIP and SIP appsGrooVe IP

[Price: Free / $6.99]
GrooVe IP has been around for a while and seems to know what people want. It’s kind of like Skype in that you can call and text people all you want to as long as the other person has GrooVe IP, but you’ll need to either purchase or earn credits to call actual phone numbers. Unlike Skype, GrooVe IP provides you with some free credits each month. The call quality is decent as long as your web connection holds out. It’s a free app that is supported by ads or you can buy it and remove the ads.

Get it now on Google Play!

GrooVe IP best VOIP and SIP apps


hangouts best voip and sip calling appsGoogle Hangouts

[Price: Free]
Google Hangouts is a chat, video, and calling application that comes pre-installed on many Android devices. It’s billed primarily as a chat service but you can make phone calls to any other Hangouts user as well as engage in video chatting. Since virtually everyone who uses Google Android has a Hangouts account by default, it’s easier to convince friends and family to join the service than it is with other services. It’s a good service that works well and the call quality is generally pretty good.

Get it now on Google Play!

hangouts best voip and sip calling apps


Facebook Messenger best voip and sip appsFacebook Messenger

[Price: Free]
Facebook Messenger isn’t all that great when it comes to messaging or calling because it is a noted battery drainer and Facebook as a whole isn’t a great platform. However, almost everyone has a Facebook account which makes Facebook Messenger amazingly accessible. The call and text capabilities do work and the quality is satisfactory so it is an option worth exploring, especially if you use the app heavily already. At the very least, it’s entirely free, but you can only call other Facebook Messenger users.

Get it now on Google Play!

Facebook Messenger best voip and sip apps


KakaoTalk best VOIP and SIP appsKakaoTalk

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
KakaoTalk is similar to Google Hangouts in that it’s billed as a chat service that also happens to include calling functionality. The service is clean and has been gaining popularity for years and currently boasts over 150 million active users. You can call people for one on one chats and you can do conference (group) calls as well. It also comes with Android Wear support, voice filters if you want to have a little fun, and you can add people using your Blackberry PIN if you still have yours handy.

Get it now on Google Play!

KakaoTalk best voip and sip calling apps


magicapp magicjack best VOIP and SIP appsmagicApp Calling and Messaging

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
One of the first really big companies to do VoIP and SIP calling was magicJack on PC. They now have a mobile app called magicApp that allows you to do pretty much the same thing. Like most on this list, it is a calling and texting service except this one allows you to call landlines and text actual phone numbers which makes it great for those who have limited minutes or texts on their phone plan. You can go premium for $9.99 per year and get unlimited calls to the US and Canada, unlimited texts to any US phone number, an actual phone number for yourself, and other additional features.

Get it now on Google Play!


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Skype best voip and sip appsSkype

[Price: Free]
Skype has long been a favorite for those looking for a VoIP and SIP service. It’s a lot like Google Hangouts. You can message, call, or video chat with anyone with a Skype account for free and the app integrates with Facebook and Microsoft accounts to make signing up as easy as possible. You can pay for credits that will allow you to call landlines and its cross-platform support is among the best. You can also group chat with up to 300 people, have voice calls with up to 25 people, and video calls with up to 25 people.

Get it now on Google Play!


signal private messenger best voip and sip appsSignal Private Messenger

[Price: Free]
Signal Private Messenger is an up-and-coming messenger service that boasts privacy above all else. You can text message and call other Signal users all you want, free of charge. In terms of sheer features, it’s not as feature as heavy as others but you can engage with group messaging and the app integrates directly with your current phone number and address book which is awesome. It’s also open source and highly secure for those with additional security needs.

Get it now on Google Play!

signal private messenger best voip and sip apps


viber best voip and sip appsViber

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Viber has been in the VoIP and SIP game for many years on Android and it remains one of the best options if you want to make Internet phone calls. It has evolved since its earliest days and is now a full-fledged chat service that also lets you make phone calls. It also supports video calls. You can engage with public chats, attach files, and delete messages after they have been sent which is a nifty feature to have. It has a ton of other features, cross-platform support, and it’s easy to use.

Get it now on Google Play!

Viber best VOIP and SIP apps


whatsapp best VOIP and SIP appsWhatsApp

[Price: Free]
WhatsApp is a relatively newer entrant to the VoIP and SIP game but they’ve already made some big waves. WhatsApp is among the largest messengers in all the free world, rivaling Facebook and Google when it comes to active users. That means it should be easy to get your friends to join if they haven’t done so already. It doesn’t allow calling to landlines or texting to actual phone numbers, but you can message and call any WhatsApp member free of charge which is always nice.

Get it now on Google Play!

whatsapp best VOIP and SIP apps


zoiper iax sip voip best VOIP and SIP appsZoiper IAX VOIP and SIP Softphone

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Zoiper is unique in that it’s one of the few VOIP and SIP apps left that focuses just on voice calls and still gets updated by the developers. It includes Bluetooth support, the ability to make decent calls even over lesser Internet connections, IAX support, and support for a variety of other protocols. If you go gold, you can also get video calling support, call transferring, and even better audio. It’s a solid option if you just need voice calling and don’t care about all that other stuff.

Get it now on Google Play!

zoiper best VOIP and SIP apps


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If we missed any of the best VoIP and SIP apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • Scott

    Google Voice is North America only isnt it ?

    • lotacus

      depends on which north you live in.

    • Sk0ly

      US only. Funny part is that Google voice started as grand central which was a Canadian company

  • Siri is the best

    • Golden_Eye

      peace out dude! its an android forum. you don’t need to prove your intelligence here

    • tq05

      WTF are you talking about? Get your iCrap shit somewhere else.

      • Sk0ly

        Don’t feed the troll gents

    • VAVA Mk2

      Durrr I are retarded!

  • Dwreck420

    why no sipdroid?

    • Roberto Roma

      because is the worst in the net. always in crash on htc wildfire. you start a call and cant hung up…

      • Pick a name

        Sipdroid runs perfectly on htc wildfire, using it for 3 years now. Check your setup or connection, don’t blame good supported, ad- and hasslefree software. The list is incomplete without it, I agree (@OP)

  • Alastair Conroy

    there are lot of group calling apps out in the market but they all have different stories. skype charge to much for group calls. others don’t provide it for multiple users same time like oovoo and fring. just read about friendcaller who provide 7 way group video chat, is it true? here is the reference http://fc.vc/group-video-chat.

  • When did Google Voice start doing VOIP Calls (with NO third party app help)???

    • bro

      it hasn’t

    • dude

      I just got through with a call using ONLY Google Voice…dunno what bro is talking about???

      • Wise_Spinner

        Are you using Android to iPhone? Which version of Google Voice? Where is the “make a voice-call” inside the Google-Voice Android app? I can make VOIP calls with all the OTHER apps… but how do I do it WITH the Google-Voice app itself?

      • Mallacord

        No… actually you didn’t. Google Voice doesn’t have native VOIP. When you choose the option to make your call “With Google Voice” it still uses your minutes instead of your data. All it does is route your call through the google voice servers and make the call come from your Gvoice number. You’re not actually using VOIP. You need a 3rd party app for that at this time.

        For someone using google products and boasting intelligence, it doesn’t appear that you actually google anything to get the facts.

  • kabsK

    What would be the best VOIP software on slow internet connection?

    • Peter, Zenitalk

      Skype, it compresses the sound the most, when needed

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  • Now the Android is popular Smartphone reaching the many new customers, a proper knowledge of Android VoIP Apps will help them to safe money on phone calls.

  • Smart_Mary

    > Google Voice the top choice among VoIP applications

    Where is the “dial VOIP” inside the Google Voice Android app????

  • Rim

    Are you kidding? Qtalk is the best free calling app I think!! :(
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.giosis.qpost

  • Rim

    Are you kidding? Qtalk is the best free calling app! :(

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.giosis.qpost

  • Subeesh Kottay

    i Prefer vyber..its best sound quality…it work even in 2g…

  • Steve

    I wanted a wifi phone to make cheap calls with out a plan so I bought a Kyocera rise from virgin mobile on sale for 29 bucks and never even got a card. I just installed Google voice and talkatone and it has worked perfect. I have a mifi device so I can even take it with me in the car to make calls. Has worked perfectly so far.

  • bobby

    do you know of any free voip app for the droid

  • VOX user

    VOX Mobile Voip / Sip Phone is very good. You can make cheap calls internationally. You can buy credit for as low as $1. You can not only make cheap calls, you can receive calls also because you are assigned with a real phone number. Take note, REAL PHONE NUMBER. The voice quality is super clear compare to other VOIP apps.

    • josemazcorro

      I just try it, the interface it pretty bad, you cannot search directly from the number window. I will do the thing if it would work with google voice or any other app that has a better interface…

  • For me, the best are viber (many users) and vonage (good quality). Then talkatone (uses a number), great when you dont have cell phone signal (##@@#%&%# t-mobile!).

  • Joel

    The VOIP apps keep getting better and better, giving users a renewed experience. My first experience with http://www.maraconnect.com has been really good. Though the app is new on the blocks, its amazing. One should really check out their Social feature, very interesting.

  • Hannah

    Voice clarity is something that gets distorted when making international calls. With http://www.maraconnect.com, the experience has been different though. I am planning to keep this app!

  • Gurpreet Singh
  • Hey … Nice list. Checkout more reviews of same VoIP apps on http://www.dreamtechie.com/2013/06/top-10-android-voip-apps/

  • camosoul

    Google just killed VoIP supprt without saying a word. It doesn’t work anymore.

    • buckeye

      no it didn’t I just called on mine and it works great and there’s no third party; this is a voip.

      • camosoul

        Found the problem is that they’ve been heavilly but randomly blocking PBXes.org

        Dumped PBXes.org and no trouble since. They suck anyway, glad to have a much, much, much better alternative at simonics.com

  • android guy

    Personally, I prefer the Orbtalk Softphone. You can get it from the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.orbtalk.sip

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  • raju singh

    Make outbound calls using sip

    Smartgroschen is for free calls, calls using sip and text chatting apps which is right now available for Android users as well as Ios users. You can also use chat with video clips, pictures and your current position on the map.

    Smartgroschen is an instant messenger that allows you to connect with any Smartgroschen-user worldwide for free.

    The app syncs with your mobile contact list, detecting your contacts using Smartgroschen.

    MAIN FEATURES:

    – free calls between Smartgroschen users,

    – free text chats,

    – free text chats with video clips attached,

    – free text chats with pictures attached like MMS,

    – geo target functionality,

    – short movie attachments,

    – audio attachments,

    – photo attachments,

    – delivery confirmation,

    – free conference calls,

    – free emoticons,

    – support for PUSH notifications. Push notifications guarantee that you never miss a call or message, even when Smartgroschen is off.

    – voicemail as mp3 to email delivery,

    – ALWAYS ON: Appear always online and be available to chat or free call,

    – the app syncs with your mobile contact list, automatically detecting who of your contacts has Smartgroschen,

    – Smartgroschen is free with no advertising,

    – cheap phone calls to all mobiles and landlines in the world from your tablet and smartphone, also without a sim card.

    IMPORTANT: you can try Smartgroschen phone calls to mobiles and landlines, because at start you get 0,50 euro gratis!

  • raju singh

    VOIP calls apps

    Smartgroschen is a apps which is providing voip calls with high quality voice calls. You can also use this apps for cheap international calls, chat with video clips, pictures and your current position on the map. Smartgroschen is an instant messenger that allows you to connect with any Smartgroschen-user worldwide for free.

  • raju singh

    SIP calls apps

    Smartgroschen is a apps which is providing sip calls with high quality voice calls. You can also use this apps for cheap international calls, chat with video clips, pictures and your current position on the map. Smartgroschen is an instant messenger that allows you to connect with any Smartgroschen-user worldwide for free.

    Go here for http://www.smartgroschen.com

  • davidson333

    I use Smartgroshen app,
    simple, good quality of voice and sync with your phone contacts. Get 0.5 euro
    at start.

  • davidson333

    I use Smartgroshen app, simple, good quality of
    voice and sync with your phone contacts.

  • davidson333

    I use Smartgroshen app, simple, good quality of
    voice and sync with your phone contacts.

  • Maria smith

    MeetingMogul is a free app for conference calling. I have tried it several times for one touch conference calling, the call voice quality is perfect and VoIP calls avoid expensive roaming charges.The calls connect almost every time with no manual changes. I love it!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.folio3.conferencia&hl=en_GB

  • karein lynfield

    Here is yet another good conference calling app available for free that can be very useful in carrying out conference calls without any hassle. I have been using it for a while and found it to be really useful. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.folio3.conferencia&hl=en

  • Steve Dosan

    Apart from Skype and Google Hangouts, you may also have a look at R-HUB desktop video conferencing server. It works on Android, iOS, MAC, Windows etc.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I need a landline, so I use an Obihai adapter for that, and phonepower as my provider because it’s $60 per year and their international calling is very cheap. It’s much cheaper than Vonage, which works the same way. Like Vonage, they also have VoIP apps for cell phones I can use in place of the landline. The Obihai can be used with Google Voice, too, but I opted not to go that route.

  • ☁Zack LaMarsh☁☁

    GrooVe IP

    [Price: Free / $6.99]
    GrooVe IP has been around for a while and seems to know what people want. It’s kind of like Skype in that you can call and text people all you want to as long as the other person has GrooVe IP, but you’ll need to either purchase or earn credits to call actual phone numbers. Unlike”( Spotify”), GrooVe IP provides you with some free credits each month. The call quality is decent as long as your web connection holds out. It’s a free app that is supported by ads or you can buy it and remove the ads.
    Spell check you have Spotify instead of skype might want to fix look in quoted

  • James Ickes

    Getting people to use hangouts is easy?? They look at me like I’m from another planet when I mention it. Just because it’s on the phone doesn’t mean they know is there or what it does

  • TheOracle

    I’ve dumped my mobile plan and use Hangouts with my Google Voice number as my primary phone. What the article fails to mention is that Hangouts allows you to make unlimited free calls and texts to the US and Canada. Combining it with a Google Voice number also allows free incoming calls worldwide (no roaming charges) and super cheap outgoing international calls to other destinations.

  • Aaron

    The article has SIP in the title but only one app is mentioned that can even accept third-party SIP accounts. Also no mention that Android has SIP built-in. Just add your SIP information under the ‘Phone account settings’ in your phones Dialer. Some OEM skins move the setting or rename so your mileage may vary.

    • Frankie Bloise

      That’s something I really like from Xperias, they all have this function, makes it easy to configure SIP settings (like callcentric, etc) plus I noticed all the apps mentioned take a huge toll on the battery life, contrary of the SIP client, I found the battery consumption is almost negligible.

    • Elohimx

      I just got a Galaxy S7 and I cannot add a SIP phone. On my S3 yes, and it was easy to do. But it was 4.3 software. THis one is 6.1 and I don’t think is better than the old one. I downloaded SIP PHONE app but still don’t see to be able to chose how to make the call

      • Aaron

        Yeah it appears on certain carriers that certain Samsung phones running certain firmware versions have the setting removed. The functionality is still in the phone but requires the use of a third-party launcher (such as Nova) to create a settings shortcut to the appropriate setting location. A co-worker recently updated his S5 Active to Marshmallow and the previously configured option disappeared on him but we were able to create a setting shortcut with Nova Launcher for configuring it. Now it works exactly as it did before with it prompting for SIP or Cellular when dialing out the stock phone dialer.

  • Harel

    Hello,
    Does anyone know a mobile app, preferably for Android, that can forward calls between mobile network and SIP and vice-versa?For example, when I’m traveling to a roaming-expensive destination I’d like to leave my mobile at home (on my home mobile network) and forward all incoming mobile calls via SIP to my local number on that destination.
    Thanks

  • Nicholas Bukorovic

    I have tried just about every messaging app going and I really cannot understand why reviews like this always seem to ignore Blackberry Messenger. The BBM voice is simply the best messaging service available ever, no other messaging service gives you the crystal clear voice quality you get with BBM and you don’t get the latency you experience with other voice services. If you are only considering the text messaging side of things, then forget it because they are all very similar and offer a similar service.

  • Elohimx

    Anyone knows hot to add SIP network on a new Galaxy S7 (Android 6.1) ?
    I had it in the S3 very simply, but this new software is too simple and dos not seem to allow to check or modify settings .
    I installed SIP Phone and still can’t see the settings in the phone. Thanks