10 best messenger apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJanuary 5, 2016

best messenger apps for Android
Slowly but surely, the world is moving away from SMS and MMS as the default way to text message people. It started years ago with apps like AOL Instant Messenger and has evolved into a plethora of options that all work really well. Which messenger apps are the best? In this list, we’ll explore the best messenger apps for Android.

BBM best messenger apps for androidBBM (BlackBerry Messenger)

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
BlackBerry Messenger was all but dead a couple of years ago until the company revived it on Android. It has since gained a small, but loyal following and the application itself isn’t half bad. It features an always-on premise that keeps the app loaded into memory at all times. You can also use BlackBerry Voice for calling and the file sharing has been expanded to files, documents, and voice notes on top of the usual photos and images. It’s one of the better, more solid messenger apps and it’s worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!

Facebook Messenger best messenger apps for androidFacebook Messenger

[Price: Free]
Facebook Messenger, despite its flaws, is one of the most popular messaging apps ever. What makes this one so hard to walk away from is that a billion people use Facebook and all Facebook users inherently have Facebook Messenger. That means most people you know can already use this app with no setup required. Aside from the total convenience, you have the ability to place free voice calls, use stickers and emojis, and Facebook is slowly integrating more features over time. It’s a solid app, even if it does lack customization or any real settings.

Get it now on Google Play!

Facebook Messenger best messaging apps for android

hangouts best messenger apps for androidGoogle Hangouts

[Price: Free]
The good thing about Google Hangouts is that most people who use Android, Gmail, or Google+ already have Google Hangouts. That gives it a fairly substantial user base which makes convincing your friends to use it easier than most other platforms. Hangouts itself is a fairly stable and decent service that includes messaging, free voice calling, free video chatting, and even the ability to put your SMS conversations there (for the time being). There are also emojis, stickers, and you can share things like gifs and even your location.

Get it now on Google Play!

Kik best messenger apps for androidKik

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Kik Messenger is one of the more popular messaging apps that lets you use a username instead of your real name. That makes it a popular option for those who like to socialize without giving up their identity and especially good for gamers (many Clash of Clans players use Kik to communicate outside of the game). It includes stickers and emojis along with group chats and you can share images, videos, gifs, and even play games. It’s all wrapped up in some very good looking Material Design and it’s even somewhat customizable.

Get it now on Google Play!

Kik best messenger apps for android

Line best messenger apps for androidLINE

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
LINE is one of the most popular messaging services in the world with over 100 million downloads. It’s also a pretty decent messaging app. Recent updates have brought it in line with Material Design guidelines which means it also looks pretty good. In terms of pure features, LINE remains simple. There are emojis and stickers with users being able to augment that by sharing photos and videos. There is also a social media aspect where you can keep a Timeline so people know what you’re doing if you want them to know.

Get it now on Google Play!

LINE best messenger apps for android

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signal private messenger best messenger apps for androidSignal Private Messenger

[Price: Free]
Of course, we didn’t forget about those who may want something a little more secure, private, and keeps its users away from the prying eyes of various governments. Signal Private Messenger gained fame in 2015 when Edward Snowden, noted whistleblower, endorsed the app as one he actually used. It uses Material Design which gives it an attractive, modern design. You can also have group messages, free voice calls, and you can share images. It’s also entirely open source and free to use.

Get it now on Google Play!

Signal Private Messenger best messenger apps for android

Skype best messenger apps for androidSkype

[Price: Free]
Skype is Microsoft’s service and it’s known around the world as one of the best messenger apps ever. Even though it’s known for its video and voice chatting capabilities, Skype can also be used as a messaging service and it’s actually quite robust. You can send various files, including documents and videos if you so choose. There is also individual conversations, group conversations, animated emojis, and you can even port in contacts from Facebook if you need to. It’s a solid service with cross-platform support and it’s completely free to use (with other Skype users).

Get it now on Google Play!

viber best messenger apps for androidViber

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Viber has quietly become one of the premiere messenger apps in the world and it currently boasts more than 660 million active users. As a messaging service, it’s rather run of the mill, with the standard group chats, emojis, and stickers. You can also make free calls to other Viber users free of charge. The service also features games, the ability to delete messages after they’ve been sent, and there is even Android Wear and cross-platform support for PC users.

Get it now on Google Play!

viber best messenger apps for Android

wechat best messenger apps for AndroidWeChat

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
WeChat is another service that has quietly gained a lot of steam with over 100 million installs to date. WeChat allows for your standard messaging and group messaging along with photo sharing, stickers, and emojis like everyone else. It also offers voice calls and video calls at no extra cost to other WeChat users. There are also games you can play and you can meet new people using the Friend Radar feature. It’s also certified by TRUSTe which gives it a pretty good boasting for privacy.

Get it now on Google Play!

The best messenger apps for androidWhatsApp

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least is the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. The iconic and intensely popular messaging app is one of the few apps in history that can boast more than one billion downloads and is among the most popular services of all time. Using this service, you can chat as well as group chat with pretty much anyone. It features Material Design which is always a good decision. WhatsApp developers have been slowly adding in all kinds of features over the last couple of years and it’s momentum only seems to be growing.

Get it now on Google Play!

WhatsApp best messenger apps for android

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  • smartuser8


    • crosph?

      something something “snake oil encryption”… pah
      Whether the encryption is up to snuff or not is something that doesn’t personally concern me. It’s a damn fine messaging service, and the only one that has a official apps for desktop (Windows, OS X, and Linux!), web, and Android, iOS, and Windows. Failing that, the API’s open for other apps. The only thing I feel it’s missing is calling.

      • calmdownbro

        WhatsApp, Viber, LINE: All logging, all eavesdropping, yet included. So there is really no point to leave out Telegram. And no one ever managed to prove that the encryption in Telegram is not working / not secure. There is only one bogus paper available against the custom protocol, but is not a valid attack in the real world. So…. that’s it.

        • JosephHindy

          You do realize that like 95% of people don’t care, right?

    • Was about to say the same! T E L E G R A M ! ! ! These people know nothing!

    • Ditto

      One thing I like about Telegram (and probably also Line) is that I can open the app on my laptop and chat away. Typing on my laptop is way faster. Whatsapp needs the phone to have internet connection to be opened in a browser, BBM has no PC client.

      • gmaninvan


    • ispeakout

      Love Telegram! Have convinced a ton of my friends and colleagues to shift from Whatsapp. Their recent @gif bot feature is brilliant!

    • calmdownbro

      BBM got included and Telegram is not in the list? Just what the… sponsored article?

      • JosephHindy

        I take exception to that notion. First of all, it’s required by law to identify the sponsor in any written or video piece so you’re insinuating that I’m a criminal by not doing that.

        Second, I don’t sell out my app lists. BBM is intensely popular in Asia and since there is, in fact, people who live outside of whatever country you live in, I took that into account.

      • AA – did BB pay you?

        Agree with you.

        BBM is the worst messaging platform as it using some PIN that not easy to use.

    • Fanie Dry

      useless list is useless without telegram. by far the best messenger!

  • evo34

    Huh? Why would you move to an app that is only compatible with others using the same app? Cutesier emojis? SMS is almost always free in the US…

    • JosephHindy

      Ease of use, mostly. People don’t like change and the softer the change, the higher likelihood that they’ll make the transition.

      • evo34

        The question was, why make the change at all? What do Internet-based chat apps offer that SMS ones do not in the US?

        • JosephHindy

          Group messaging without using MMS, unlimited messaging for everyone, cross platform support (can Hangouts on PC), data is in more places, etc. It’s overall more efficient.

          • evo34

            Exactly the opposite. MMS is available to any mobile user in the US, regardless of platform. That’s the whole point — app independence. Requiring all users to be running a certain app is extremely counter-productive,

          • JosephHindy

            Look, I wrote a whole damn article about apps that have features that SMS doesn’t have (instant linking of your location, things like stickers/stamps/emoji to make things more fun, voice call integration, video call integration, cross-platform support (which SMS will NEVER have, no character limit when sending messages). Asking me to go over those features again and again in the comments, ignoring them, and then stating the same question is not a valid argument. You may not need anything “fancy or flashy”, but a lot of people do and a lot of people prefer it. If someone sends me a long message, I’d rather get one notification than four.

          • evo34

            WTF. Are you saying I cannot send unlimited-size texts and even with (gasp!) super-cool emojis with and between and Andriod and iOS phones in the US? Interesting. What platform and carrier can’t deal with MMS? Someone can send me a novel and I’ll get one alert. And that’s with a three-year-old Android phone.

  • Oliver Fluti

    Really? No telegram?

    • smartuser8

      Yes but there is BBM! … lol. #journalism

      • JosephHindy

        Yes, but there’s a knee-jerk reaction with no context or nuance #thecommentsection

      • AA – did BB pay you?

        Yes, U know… BBM is the worst of the worst… the PIN….. I feel like dinosaurs.

        I think Android Authority might got lots of cash by Blackberry.
        Lately AA has praise BB Priv, now BBM…
        Money really can make world go around

        • JosephHindy

          If we accepted money from blackberry messenger without telling you guys about it, that would be a crime and we would be heavily fined.

          My app lists aren’t for sale.

  • Durai karthikeyan

    Hike! It’s a wonderful app.

  • Richard

    You just lost a subscriber, by not including Telegram which is easily the best out of what you list you are either getting kickbacks on this list or you didn’t know about Telegram. Either way it has tainted anything else I read on this site.

    • JosephHindy

      I see you don’t subscribe to things like “nuance”, but rather rely on knee-jerk reactions. Thanks for reading, sorry you didn’t like the list.

    • JosephHindy

      You do realize that you can’t put up a sponsored post without telling people it’s a sponsored post right? That’s against the law.

      • evo34

        You sound like a super-chill guy.

  • sohil chawla

    hike messenger

  • sohil chawla

    hike has offline messaging, chat and send files without internet, stickers and other features which are better than these BBM, Line, Viber.

    • JosephHindy

      I will look into hike, thank you for the recommendation.

  • Telegram is possibly the Best messaging app for Android at the moment and you didn’t even mention it.

    • JosephHindy

      It’s 18 months old, still exists on independent funding from the owner, and has absolutely no way to make money yet. It’s young and I don’t know what it’s going to do over the next year. Better safe than sorry.

  • akun dolanan

    where the f is telegram?

  • Jeremiah John Pineda

    TELEGRAM MESSENGER is much better!!! no question :-)

    • JosephHindy

      I will look into it. Thank you for voicing your opinion without being a jerk about it.

  • BBM and Skype as some of the best messenger apps on Android while there’s no mention of Telegram?? Wow! And those app summaries look like ads. Skype is robust?? It’s anything but!

    • JosephHindy

      You clearly haven’t used Skype to its fullest potential. Tell me, what doesn’t that service have? Video calling, check. Voice calling, check. Group chats? Check. Individual chats? Check. You can share literally any type of file that you want (documents, pictures, photoshop docs, etc). It has the cutesy stuff like animated emojis.

      Robust = strong and sturdy. Skype’s offering is, in fact, strong and sturdy and competes with everyone else (literally). I don’t see the confusion.

  • Yun-Rong

    where is telegram

  • Dilan Singh

    I constantly see grammatical and spelling errors in your articles. Your professionalism is only as strong as your weakest link. I see lots of advertisements. Please invest in an editor.

    • JosephHindy

      Writing an advertisement and not saying it’s an advertisement is a crime. This is not an advertisement.

      • Dilan Singh

        I wasn’t suggesting that this article is an advertisement. I was referring to the page advertisements. With the amount of revenue earned from advertisements, hiring an editor would be a small investment with high yield.

        • JosephHindy

          Well until the robots rise up and take over, everything is run by humans and humans make mistakes bud.

          Also, ad block exists, not a lot of people see those ads.

          • Dilan Singh

            I understand that humans make mistakes, but for a professional business like Android Authority, those mistakes should be far less in quantity.

            I have Adblock on my PC, but not on my phone. Many people do see advertisements, that’s how sites make money.

          • JosephHindy

            Really? I didn’t know that. Lol.

            I’ve seen grammar and spelling flubs on literally every website I’ve ever read. Sometimes in a 1500 word piece, you put the g before the n (like singign or somethign) and it gets missed in editing. Just because you haven’t caught it on other sites doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, bud.

          • Dilan Singh

            So this was edited?
            I never said I haven’t caught it on other sites. I’ve just seen it significantly more often here.

          • JosephHindy

            It was given a once over before going live, do also keep in mind that it’s CES week and we’re all kind of working our asses off right now. Stretched a little thin.

          • evo34

            Yet this is the first ‘professional’ site where I have seen the author call a commenter, “bud.”

          • JosephHindy

            What’s wrong with being colloquial? Are you insinuating that we should all be suited up stiffs with no personality? This isn’t CNN lol.

          • evo34

            Cuz I don’t know you, “brah,” and I’m def. not your “bud.”

          • JosephHindy

            What on earth is a “brah”? I’m colloquial, not an animal. I use real words.

  • Mark Allan

    WhatsApp Is a pain in the arse with its limited verification system. I’ve over verified with flashing different MM roms and now I’m locked out for 48hrs.

  • max


  • Paolo

    T E L E G R A M!!!!

  • Zul Jae

    Telegram? how come.

  • Anuj

    Although a nice list put up. And most of the applications are free for the general users but their more advanced versions which are more pro and requires an amount to be paid before it is used. Also it would be interesting to see which apps feature better in near future and that depends on which all make a good and better use of the VoIP technology.

  • this list is an absolute joke.

  • UMMMMM, KIK?????!! WECHAT???????? Really?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    No Telegram!? This post totally sucks, and you should Delete it and Re-do it.
    Telegram is the best right now. See other comments and you’ll see.

    • JosephHindy

      Whatsapp has a billion users
      Facebook Messenger has a billion users
      Telegram has about 5% of that.

      There are a lot of things that go into a list like this than “what the people in the comments section like”, such as “how easy is it going to be to get all of my friends to use this service.”

      It’s been 3 years and I can’t even get everyone to use Hangouts, let alone an app like Telegram. Stuff like that matters as well.

    • JosephHindy

      Yes, a bunch of comments from fans of something telling me it’s the best because they like it. You see, “the best” is very subjective and people have this notion that because they think something is “the best”, then it’s actually the best and that everyone else wrong. It’s not a zero sum game. The best one is the one you enjoy using the most and people enjoy using all of these applications. You can’t say I’m wrong without also being wrong yourself.

      I’ll look more into Telegram. I just wasn’t impressed with it when I used it.

      • I totally get that. I guess I was wrong saying the post sucks, it’s a good work, but I believe you couldn’t possibly make a list of the “Best” today, and NOT include Telegram. I looked at the date of the post twitce to see if I wasn’t in 2010 or something. Take a looks at it, use it well, see why the many comments.

        • JosephHindy

          Well it’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. There are other perfectly great messaging services that didn’t make it here for various reasons (10 of anything is a pretty hard sell). These lists get updated every 3-9 months (depending on popularity) so it’s very likely that Telegram will make it in a future update.

      • You were impressed with that ad ridden mess called BBM but not Telegram? Strange criteria… But to each their own I guess. Telegram is hardly used by a handful of fans, 100 million active users and counting is nothing to sneeze at. You can dismiss Telegram all you like but it’s here to stay!

        • JosephHindy

          Those weren’t the numbers 3 months ago. 3 months ago it was far, far ,far less than that. These lists are continually updated, it’s not like Telegram will never be there…but 3 months ago? Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is actually extremely tough.

  • Is this paid advertising? I’m confused.

    • JosephHindy

      Any sponsored post has to, by law, say that it’s a sponsored post. That means it’s not a sponsored post, otherwise I would be a criminal that’s breaking the law.

  • Mike

    Maybe I just don’t get it. Why on earth would I want to have to convince my friends etc to use my particular messaging app? Mms and sms (to steal an apple line) just works

    • evo34

      If you have a ton of free time and enjoy arguing with your friends, this list provides plenty of ammo! LOL. I honestly have no idea. More emojis and “voice call integration,” apparently. As if calling someone using the phone’s dialer is a chore.

  • Marco Lorenzo

    You don’t mention Telegram and you outline the other apps without talking about what really makes them distinctive. For example, your description for WeChat could have been for any of these apps. “It also offers voice calls and video calls at no extra cost to other WeChat users.” You say that like its a unique feature. What makes WeChat unique is not voice calls but voice messaging. Of course, some other apps also do that but WeChat positions this feature as the primary method of communication above texts. Who exactly works at AA?

    • JosephHindy

      What you don’t understand are two things:
      1. App lists aren’t written for tech nerds
      2. There is a LOT more nuance than you think there is.

      You see, it’s not enough to just build a decent messaging service. You also have to get people to use it. Since people don’t like change, 95% of the people who read this list are just going to stick to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Why? Because it has all these features that all these other apps have.

      By showing the average user that these other apps have identical features, the hope is that I can encourage them to leave their safety net (facebook messenger) and explore other options.

      People don’t like change and it’s VERY difficult to get your social circle to all adopt a single messaging application. I still can’t get 1/2 my friends to use Hangouts, despite the fact that they all own Android products and ALREADY HAVE IT INSTALLED.

      So on top of having a messaging service that’s good, you also have to be able to do what Facebook and WhatsApp does, AND you have to have the kind of mainstream stuff (stickers, etc) that encourage the younger crowd to join your ranks.

      While Telegram is very, very good, it doesn’t have that strength behind it to make a billion people use it. It’s a tech nerd service that appeals to tech nerds. I wrote this list for non-tech nerds because I didn’t think I’d have to tell the tech nerds what’s good and what’s not good.

      Oh well, better luck next time.

      • Marco Lorenzo

        “By showing the average user that these other apps have identical features, the hope is that I can encourage them to leave their safety net (facebook messenger) and explore other options.”

        Umm…right…you sure have mastered the art of nuance! And why did you write 5 paragraphs rebutting a statement that I didn’t even devote a whole sentence to whilst neglecting to address my other point?
        I have nothing against you mentioning features that are not distinctive or unique, but why write an article like this if you’re not going to mention the unique features as well? You did for some of them but for others, you just came across as having zero experience with them.
        Why would average users “explore other options” if these other apps already share the same features as the ones they use? More likely you’d win them over by outlining cool features they didn’t know about which you mostly failed in this article.
        Take it as constructive criticism and swallow that pride of yours. Oh well, better luck next time!

        • JosephHindy

          Because, according to every statistic ever (that you as a reader don’t see), these app lists are meant to be read by people who are searching for these terms, and not tech nerds who actually care. I get probably 20 demeaning comments calling me a criminal idiot but if I didn’t write this how I do, I’d have 500 more ever other month asking me if “app A has these features like app B does”.

          So, I tell them that all these apps have pretty much identical features and I answer a lot of questions that never get asked. Remember, I’m not writing for 500 super techy nerds, I’m writing for club hopping college students doing a quick google search.

          Those people don’t care about encryption. They want to know what everyone’s using. What their friends are using. All of these messaging apps are exactly the freaking same, the only difference is “who uses what, where, and why”.

          Telegram is no better than anything else on this list nor is it any worse, but it has 50 million active users while LINE has 500 million. In the messaging game, popularity DOES matter. What’s happening here is that I made the mistake of publishing it on the index of the site instead of a day behind as usual and the wrong audience is reading an article that wasn’t meant for them.

          • Marco Lorenzo

            I get your point but did you even read my last comment? Here it is again:

            “I have nothing against you mentioning features that are not distinctive or unique, but why write an article like this if you’re not going to mention the unique features AS WELL? You did for some of them but for others, you just came across as having zero experience with them.”

            I capitalised “AS WELL” to make it clear. Sorry, not yelling, just have no other way to make it clearer.

          • JosephHindy

            Because the unique features aren’t selling points, they’re just small things that get over-stated to make people pretend like these apps are any different. Telegram can deconstruct messages with a timer. Cool in theory, but unless you’re a terrorist, a drug dealer, or a cheating boy/girlfriend, or some other member of the criminal element, what possible reason could you have to destroy messages? Hangouts lets you integrate SMS/MMS, but they’re removing the feature soon anyway. Half of these can send stuff like documents along with photos, but how many people (keep in mind that my search readers are like 16-25 years old) are sending power point presentations over a text message?

            At the end of the day, every app on this list has voice calling, group chats, and regular chats, emojis, stickers, and about half of them have video calling. They’re all entirely free to use. They’re all actively developed by their developers and they all have more than a quarter of a billion active users. Those are the features that my target audience cares about. My mistake was publishing this where people outside of the target audience could see it and could then criticize me for not targeting them instead. But, frankly, people outside of my target audience already know what messaging services they like and thus didn’t need to read this at all. They just wanted to come here and get angry at me because I’m not telling everyone to use the app they liked.

            When Telegram gets up to the point where it has all the things I mentioned in my prior paragraph, I’ll gladly add it, otherwise I’m just putting up another startup that went viral and people suddenly think is the best thing ever.

            I learned from Pushbullet and EverythingMe Launcher. Things change. This app is a startup working on expanding a portfolio, but how do they plan on generating revenue once their current funding runs dry? Cloud messaging servers aren’t cheap.

          • Marco Lorenzo

            Well you clearly cherry picked some unique features that not everyone would find useful. Personally, I find Line’s range of stickers to be far superior to the other apps. When I’m busy, I can sometimes communicate with someone using almost only stickers. And WeChat’s ease of recording and listening to a short voice message is also very handy. These were the features I used to win over my non techie friends. I certainly wouldn’t have won them over by telling them that these apps are the same.

          • JosephHindy

            That’s anecdotal though, and far too small of a subset of users to take the measurements literally. I mean, I told my friends to use Hangouts and showed them video calling, free voice calling, stickers, emojis, and they could even put their text messages in there. Didn’t work, they all still use Facebook Messenger.

            One man’s trash is another’s treasure, as the saying goes, but to date, some 20,000 people have read this (in less than 24 hours) and hundreds of thousands more will read it over the course of the year before I update it again (usually a 6-month cycle for ones like this). If all i get are a couple hundred pissed off people who really love Telegram for some reason, then I’ll take it. But I can assure you, if I put an app on that list that didn’t have AT LEAST the features that WhatsApp has, I would have far more asking me why I included that app to begin with.

            It’s not always true, but when it comes to messaging services, popularity does, in fact, matter a great deal. Telegram is new, it has no revenue, it was the hot, new startup of 2015. Facebook Messenger has a billion users and is an established and permanent placement in the industry right now. You convinced your friends to use WeChat and that’s great, but everyone I know has a Facebook page. That gives FB Messenger a stark advantage in that category that helps mitigate potential weaknesses it has in other categories.

            Telegram doesn’t have the numbers nor the sheer number of features. It’s getting there, sure, but hilariously, the last time I put an app on a list based on its potential, I had 5000 people shitting all over me for including Cortana in my best apps of the year list.

            So I put apps with potential on a list, I get yelled at. I put established powerhouses on app lists, I get yelled at.

            The lesson here is I’m going to get yelled at. At least right now I can sleep better at night knowing I have the right people yelling at me.

          • Marco Lorenzo

            Again with Telegram. Look at my OP. It was clearly not that big an issue for me. I think you’ve read so many techies going on about Telegram that you’re bunching me up with them.

            Also, I never said I had a problem with any of the apps you listed, only the lack of relevant information you provided for some of them (by the way, not every app in your list “has AT LEAST the features that WhatsApp has”…but that’s nitpicking).

            Anyways, obviously you can’t please anyone but I believe I made a valid point in that you could easily have listed the popular features as well as the unique features for some of these apps. You did for some of them but not others. This suggests that you either forgot (tardiness) or you had limited experience with them (unqualified to talk about them and only listed them due to their popularity).

          • JosephHindy

            It was more of a “I don’t think they’ll care about this thing” which, in some cases, is my bad. Like WeChat’s sticker collection was omitted because i really don’t know many people use actually use stickers. I have limited space and time (roughly 52 seconds per reader) to give them as much information as possible. When you’ve got 52 seconds to talk about 10 apps, you really want to make sure you cover the basics and, if the basics can be covered quickly, then try to add something of value to it. Between justifying my decisions, getting the basic stuff out of the way, and adding in the most relevant information, I’m already hitting 1500 words for the entire article.

            It’s not an easy decision, it never is, but again, “target audience” is a powerful motivator that doesn’t get talked about much. I have to write from the assumption that the Google Searcher in question doesn’t know jack squat about any of these apps so, if nothing else, they walk away with a baseline of knowledge that they can use to help generate a decision.

            I could go and make these all 5000 word pieces, but there comes a point where readers get the “glazed look, drooling on the keyboard” thing. Plus, most of my traffic is mobile these days which means I have about a bowel movement’s worth of time with these people at best.

            It’s like any other activity. You’ve got 5 minutes to do the dishes, take out the trash, and sweep the floor. Well, maybe this time the floor doesn’t get swept, but at least the trash it out now. Yknow?

          • Marco Lorenzo

            Fair enough :) But just in my opinion, I think you’re making a mistake targeting average users by talking about things they can easily find elsewhere, not to mention, most of these apps are known quantities. If they’re asking you what the best messaging apps are, they most likely know about a lot of these and just want to know if they’re missing out on something. You could mention them in a side sentence without letting them take up one of the 10 spots. I believe that average users go searching to look for hidden gems because they want to know what else is out there. Of course, I don’t have the data to back this up, it’s just an observation :)

          • JosephHindy

            There is a subset that looks for the hidden gems and I get flack from those people too (there are already a few here). These lists cross my desk every 6 months and I evaluate my decisions then and rewrite if needed. Perhaps the most frustrating part is the rampant assumption that this the final draft and that it’ll never change. Yet if you go to the best apps section of AA you’ll see the best weather app, a list I originally wrote in 2013 that I just updated. Removed 3 apps, added a new one on there.

            By the time this rolls around for an update, maybe telegram will have 100m users, have a revenue stream, and be that kind of solid option that I can see being around for years. If so, I’ll add it then. This is by no means my last visit to this page and, the worst part is that this is probably the last time most of these commenters will so they’ll never see the evolution, reconstruction, or improvement over time. They just assume I never learn and carry on while I stick around and make sure everything continues to look good.

            I do read every comment and I do take those thoughts into consideration. Perhaps I will start putting more emphasis on those things. Not much (again, average 52 seconds whether it’s 10 apps or 70, my time is limited), but it can’t hurt to try.

          • Marco Lorenzo

            Thanks for your response! Personally, I studied culinary arts in China and sought to bring some authentic Chinese food back to my home in Germany. What I noticed was that Chinese restaurants here mostly cater to “Western” tastes because that’s what they think people want and generally, that’s true but that’s only because they don’t know what else is out there. But they’re also missing out on a lot of really special food that’s by no means strange or unacceptable. The Chinese restaurant owners were just afraid to lose business. I think this is the case for a lot of things. We often try to cater to our audiences and end up playing it safe and neglecting to take some risks that may be what our audience really wants or needs.
            Anyway, I don’t mean to lecture you or anything. I appreciate that we could have an amicable discussion in the end.

          • JosephHindy

            No, I’m well aware of what I’m doing lol, so the lecture is preaching to the choir. I’ve flubbed far worse on an app list before and, low and behold, here I am 3 years later still kicking around the blogosphere. Playing it safe does have its advantages, though, such as the ability to see what people are talking about which gives me an edge over my competitors. I’d rather piss you guys off and get a better idea of what people like than write something so benal that you guys don’t even bother.

            At the end of the day, more than 20k people read this in about 24 hours time and only about 3 or 4 dozen hated it enough to come here and insult me. That’s pretty good. You should see the comment section for the best antivirus apps. That’s a zero-win scenario.

            But I find that it helps mitigate the anger if you all know that I do come here, read the suggestions (as I promised I would do in the article) and that your voices would be heard.

            Kinda wish the morons of the group would stop claiming this is “paid” or “sponsored”, though. Those comments are flat out annoying.

            Thanks for the chat, though, I enjoyed it!

  • Can someone please explain why is Telegram not here?

    • JosephHindy

      Because I wasn’t overly impressed with it. It’s no better or worse than any other messaging app and most of these support additional features that Telegram doesn’t. It’s a fledgling service and it’s getting there, but it going viral after Facebook bought WhatsApp doesn’t suddenly make it great.

      • Are you sure it doesn’t? have you been using telegram lately? Bots, stickers, better groups administration, REAL multiplatform with clients for all kind of systems like linux, Windows phone, etc, unlimited size or type of file sended, encryption. open source and the app is completely free!
        thats without mentioning that the guys behind that app update it crazily often, it was material design updated moths before whatsapp. just those things make the app way better than a few on your list, so whats the point of it?

        • JosephHindy

          It has 50 million users, it’s one year old, and has no revenue stream whatsoever. It’s good,, but it’s green and I have a lot of questions about its future before I start recommending it to hundreds of thousands of people. Definitely a good start and I wouldn’t tell people not to use it, but I put EverythingMe Launcher on as many lists as I could and they went under.

          • They are not supposed to make revenue. thats not te point of the app. another good point is also that the name on the list is “10 best messenger apps for android” not “10 most popular, old and well established messenger apps” so, whats your next excuse?

            Edit: how many millions of downloads does signal has? what is their revenue?

          • JosephHindy

            Long term stability is a valid concern, not an excuse. I know these 10 apps will be there in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. They have established revenue models that will keep them around and pumping.

            Servers are expensive, and Telegram is gonna need to find a way to pay for it eventually. Whether or not the app is supposed to make money isn’t the point. It’s “how is this company going to pay for 100 million users blasting their servers with content every day”.

            Look up EverythingMe Launcher, another hot startup company without a good revenue strategy. Top tier launcher, now it’s dead and I gotta go remove it from like 5 lists that I had it on.

          • Aderlis O. Antigua S. (oNaRe)

            I think “best” isn’t the right post tittle, because it is based on your own thoughts. You should named it “My 10 best messenger apps for Android”. Keyword “MY”.

          • JosephHindy

            There is no such thing as an objective list of “the best” anything. There is no best soda, no best meal, no best song, no best phone, no best anything. It’s all entirely subjective (and it always has been) based on the wants and needs of the individual who writes it and reads it.

            Some people like winter, others like summer, others still like spring. They’ll all try to tell you it’s “the best”.

            From that perspective, all “the best” lists should be considered “my best” because that’s all they do. Even benchmarks are subjective. Practically every video card ever made can play Minecraft, so who cares if a video can play it at 5000fps when it locks in at 120fps max? The NVIDIA 960 is better than the NVIDIA 540m…unless you want to play a DirectX 6 game on it, then the 540m is STILL BETTER according to benchmarks (seriously, Google search it).

            Your statement isn’t incorrect, but it doesn’t cover as many bases as it should. All best lists are subjective, from every site, period. The only difference is I read my comment sections :)

          • You are talking like a wall Street slave… you are not listing companies to invest with, this is a post about messenger apps and telegram is a free one, if they fall tomorrow all people will do is move to another one, nobody is loosing money here. so, if you are going to point out “the best” based on that, your whole list should be big companies backed apps… and that should take out a few of the mentioned ones… dont you think?

          • JosephHindy

            See that’s an argument tactic called “reductio ad absurdum” where you take something I said, extend it to ridiculous proportions, and then criticize me as a result.

            Their longevity and stability was not the only way I judged these apps and you know it, you’re just trying to drag me away from center so you can win an argument that I never had in the first place. Longevity and stability played a role, yes, because when you go through the trouble of convincing your 100 closest friends and family to use a messaging service, you kind of don’t want it to die off in a year and have to do it all over again. SMS has been around for 15 years. People like knowing that they’re investing time into something that isn’t a useless pursuit.

            Keep in mind also that you have only your friends and family to convince. I’m talking to 100,000 people here, all of whom have their own sets of concerns and wants when it comes to apps and services. I’m not recommending an app to 100,000 people without knowing it’s going to be here next year.

          • Haha clever.

            I completely understand your argument, what I dont understand is that if that’s true, what is signal doing on this list? what does make that app have more future-proof possibilities than telegram?

          • JosephHindy

            They have a series of grants and funding from a variety of large companies (including the US government) and have a system set up to accept donations from average users. I know where their money comes from. Telegram is funded out of pocket by the CEO who was a partial owner and former CEO of the Russian social media site VK.

            He’s paying for all this out of his own pocket for now, which isn’t a stable model for long term success.

          • evo34

            Yes, hundreds of thousands of people are making their messaging app decisions based on what Jo Hindy thinks!

  • No love for Telegram at all?

  • You forgot one of the very best: Telegram

  • Stove

    Telegram should be #1, it is FREE and supported by donations, not selling any personal data.

    • Soul_Sample

      So, like Signal? But less secure?

  • Yuri Agostini

    I love messenger apps but I think the problem is that you have to convince your friends to use one or the other. With SMS, no matter which app you use, the recipient will get the text, with messenger the recipient needs to use that particular app. Switching apps depending on who I’m talking with is annoying – or am I just lazy?

    • evo34

      No, you’re just rational. If Verizon voice calling had some great unique features, but their phones could only be used to call other Verizon users, would I even consider using them? Nope. I feel like these apps are solving a problem that barely exists.

  • truemessanger

  • bear2k666

    No telegram in the list? Seriously?

  • RogerDeschain

    but TELEGRAM!?!?!? For me ITS the best…pls add it :)

  • sohil chawla

    hike messenger

  • naveen

    where is hike

  • Javed

    Where is Telegram?

  • aakash sohani

    Nice article…..
    At BETAPAGE, I have read about Chattingler, an Instant Messaging app that connects you with your friends absolutely free of cost. It is really an amazimg app. I have used it… Try it once….!!!!

  • JosephHindy

    I can make up graphs and distribute them without source links also, but I don’t.

    • evo34

      You could also do basic research before posting blatantly false information.

      • JosephHindy

        Lol the only reason you think my research was faulty was because it didn’t agree with your preconceived notions. No one was reporting those numbers when I originally wrote this piece.

        • evo34

          Yet they [those numbers] were a two-word Google search away when you posted in March 2016: “Those weren’t the numbers 3 months ago. 3 months ago it was far, far ,far less than that.”

          If you had no idea what the numbers were, why did you claim they were “far, far less” [than 60 million] three months prior [to 3/1/16]? Horrendous journalism, at best.

          BTW, I have never tried Telegram, and never plan to. My only “preconceived notion” is that people should put effort into journalism and readily admit inadequate research.

  • Aasim Shiningwala

    Really the information given by you is very precise and I liked it. Keep it up!!!