10 best SMS apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMarch 23, 2016

best sms apps for android
SMS has been the gold standard for text messaging for a long time. Most cell phone plans just give them away in unlimited capacities these days and it’s dead easy to use. As such, there are plenty of apps that can send and receive SMS and MMS messages. Some are heavy with a lot of pizzazz and some are lightweight with just the basics. Whatever you need, we think we have you covered with the 10 best SMS apps for Android!

ChompSMS best sms apps for androidChomp SMS

[Price: Free]
Chomp SMS is a relic in the world of Android. It’s been around since the days of Eclair and FroYo and it was known as one of the two best SMS replacement apps. It’s still wildly popular today and for good reason. There is theme support that lets you make your text messages look how you want it to look. Included also is over 800 emoticons, widgets, quick reply pop ups, and even SMS blocking if you’re tired of getting texts from a number. If you need something with a lot of theming options, this is among the best options out there for you. Beware, though, it is a little bit bloated.

Get it now on Google Play!

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EvolveSMS best sms apps for AndroidEolveSMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
EvolveSMS is a long time popular texting app with a lot of good features. One of its hallmark features is the ability to swipe between conversations which makes texting with a lot of people easier than hitting the back button and then selecting another conversation. It also has Android Wear support, password support for security, customizable notifications, and more. The in-app purchases are essentially just purchasing the pro version.

Get it now on Google Play!

Handcent Next SMS best sms apps for androidHandcent Next SMS

[Price: Free]
Like Chomp SMS, Handcent is the other texting app that’s been around and popular since the “good old days.” Handcent is packed with features including theme support, built-in spell checking, password protection for individual conversations to keep prying eyes away, group chatting, and more. You can also backup texts, send eCards, and there is support for many languages. It’s a solid option but like ChompSMS, it is a little bloated.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Google Messenger sms apps for androidGoogle Messenger

[Price: Free]
Google Messenger is Google’s stock texting app that you’ll find on the latest Nexus devices. It’s a simple SMS app without a lot of extra features which makes it a good option for those looking for something less bloated. It comes with full blown Material Design which looks just lovely and there are a few extra features such as text search, SMS blocking, location sharing, and audio messages. It’s a well-rounded app that looks good. It’s also totally free

Get it now on Google Play!

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go sms pro 7 best sms apps for androidGO SMS Pro

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
GO SMS Pro has been around for a while but has undergone several complete redesigns since then. Their most recent, dubbed GO SMS Pro 7, has been remade with full Material Design along with a smattering of features that has made this app so popular for so many years. You’ll find theming, a private box where only you can read your messages, dual SIM support, delayed sending, and you can even use GO Chat, which is a built-in, non-SMS messaging service. It’s a good option and has been for a long time.

Get it now on Google Play!

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qksms best sms apps for AndroidQKSMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
QKSMS is a lesser known but really good option for texters. It comes with Material Design which looks clean and awesome. You’ll also find additional features like over 200 themes, night mode, quick reply support, Android Wear support, text search, and even built-in protection from Stagefright. It’s completely open source and all of the features come in the free version so you don’t have to buy anything. It’s good and getting better.

Get it now on Google Play!

qksms best sms apps for Android

signal private messenger best sms apps for androidSignal Private Messenger

[Price: Free]
Signal Private Messenger is actually a messaging service akin to Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger. However, it uses a phone number system to find people and if those people don’t have Signal, then it just sends regular SMS which is kind of cool. Signal focuses on security and has end-to-end encryption in place to prevent the powers that be from snooping. To get the full security, both people have to be using Signal, but it also works very well as a standalone text app. It’s also free, open source, and supports phone calls as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

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textra best sms apps for androidTextra SMS

[Price: Free / $2.89]
Textra SMS originally made headlines as one of the first apps to fully embrace the new Material Design and its popularity has only increased since then. It rocks a very fashionable dark theme with fully customizable color accents. You can also choose the icon color if you want to which is kind of cool. It has decent features when it comes to texting, including over 1600 emoji, slide to delete (or call), 21 text sizes, SMS blocking and blacklisting, scheduled SMS and MMS sending (great for birthdays!), and a light mode if you want to go brighter. It’s a solid texting app worth your time.

Get it now on Google Play!

textra best sms apps for android

yaata sms best sms apps for androidYAATA SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
YAATA SMS is an up-and-coming texting appplication that strikes a lot of the right chords. It uses Material Design with both light and dark themes which is always a plus. It also includes the ability to send all kinds of MMS files, delivery reports, send delays, and more. If you go premium, you’ll also get text blocking, auto-responding, and auto-forwarding. It looks good, works well, and most of the features are in the free version.

Get it now on Google Play!

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zero sms best sms apps for androidZERO SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
ZERO SMS has managed to fly under the media radar for a long time but has still managed to pick up over five million downloads to date. This one includes the standard Material Design along with a small file size (Google Play says 2.7MB), dual SIM support, various themes and emoji to choose from, and SMS blocking along with spam filtering. It’s a good little SMS app with some unique features and manages to not feel bloated like others.

Get it now on Google Play!

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  • Pan Szym
    • JosephHindy

      I saw that one but it’s still too new. These lists get updated so I’ll revisit that again later on :)

    • BAMrom

      Contacts+ is far better than anything. You’ll thank me later! :)))

  • ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

    Ninja SMS is now HoverChat. By far my favorite.

    • SamC

      Canne here to say the same on both counts.

    • JosephHindy

      Yeah I wrote this last week and waited a few days to publish it…then the damn guy goes and overhauls his ENTIRE APP in that small period of time :P but yes it’s been fixed lol.

    • steelew

      I used to use Ninja/Hover chat too but Yaata can do the same stuff but is way more customizable

  • Frederico Silva

    You’re missing EvolveSMS. From the creators of Sliding Messaging, but much better and more beautiful. Android guidelines everywhere, #HOLOYOLO

    • JosephHindy

      A lot of people were complaining about lag and crash issues on Evolve. If/when they get fixed it gets added to the list but I can’t in good faith put an app with a laggy/crashy history on a “best apps” list now can I? It’s not “decent and kinda good SMS apps”, it’s “the best” and we’ve come to a point where app crashing is totally unacceptable. :)

      • Gato Mafioso

        Definitely. That app is still basically a beta. Aesthetics wise it is one of the best, but obviously looks aren’t everything :)

      • Frederico Silva

        I see your point but I don’t have any issues at all with Evolve (even being in the beta program, Nexus 5), that’s why I suggested it, from my experience it is one of the best. At the beginning it was laggy, yeah, but I don’t think it still remains that way, and least for me, but I don’t speak for everybody of course (:

        • JosephHindy

          I know, not everyone has issues with it and I made sure that the complaints were from the most recent version (2.0+ I believe) before I made the decision. I do update these on a fairly frequent basis (or at least look in on them from time to time). I’m sure he’ll fix the problems sooner than later and when he does, I’ve got his images and links ready to put in :)

      • cizzlen

        Another beautiful app is “SMS Now” I believe it’s called. The problem is most of these apps can’t even handle group messaging. I just went back to Hangouts the other day and haven’t looked back but am willing to take a look at some of these. Nice article!

      • AndroidBrian

        It was very laggy and had lots of bugs when it was still in Beta. Its been perfect for the last 2 months or so (on my Nexus 5).

    • Bùi Xuân Anh

      i think EvolveSMS is free version with bugs of Sliding Messaging

  • Colby

    FYI, broken link on chomp SMS. Can you tell me a little more about the bloat on chomp SMS? I literally just switched over yesterday. I haven’t noticed it, yet.

    • JosephHindy

      Chomp link worked fine when I clicked it…

    • Albin

      I’ve been using Chomp on an old GB phone – it works great, fast and configurable. I’ve seen a lot of bloated apps lately, including most of Google’s own, and Chomp is not one of them.

      I made the mistake of buying its 12 cent international texting deal – it’s “send” only (not reply) and in North America it sometimes routes through another phone number that will not reliably handle replies at all. Maybe better elsewhere in the world, but be careful.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s an interesting app. Hopefully it supports more than FB and Whatsapp eventually.

      • catur

        thanks sir, i also reviewed it in my personal blog is blogger muntok

  • Guest

    Where is EvolveSMS?

    • Gato Mafioso

      I’ve been seeing quite a few bug reports with that one, especially when it comes to receiving MMS on some devices. All the above SMS apps just work right from install. No need to be fiddling around with APN settings.

  • Captain Spaulding

    Go SMS Pro is great.

    • Nestea80

      I agree. I’ve tried a bunch of the other apps, but this is my favourite. I especially like the customization and privacy features. And the photo and video vault is an added bonus. No need for separate apps for that.

      • Dion Creighton

        Go SMS copied handcent, which came way before Go SMS, most notably the privacy feature…

  • guy with guts

    Wow this site is really innovative on great articles i love this. Joe i wish you pick best dialer and phonebook apps.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      Although I’m ok with the latest stock Dialer in Kit Kat for Nexus. Even though it doesn’t do speed dial (I’m assuming for patenting issues) it works far better than previous. I liked Dialer + but I didn’t like that they forced add ons that I did not enjoy.

  • luminelx64

    how many of these app support dual SIM?
    only the stock SMS app supports my second SIM.
    Android 4.0.4

    • Uzzi

      We just launched the beta of our app and we will be launching dual sim support end of this month. We are doing something unique. We Share Via SMS, you can share audio and images via sms, without using the internet. Currently we support bulk sms bundles. Give us a try at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.svs.shareviasms

      Otherwise, Textra is in our opinion the the best app on this list.

    • steelew

      Yaata is beta testing dual sim now, check out the google plus page if you are interested.

  • JayEvans


    SimplyText is what been trying for the last few weeks. The PopUp notification works reliably on my stock S4.

  • Intellectua1

    I personally use Hangouts.

  • WitnessG

    Hello SMS is way too good. I just discovered it a few days ago and I love it. I am a sucker for a good UI.

  • AndroidBrian

    Your missing the best messaging app out. Evolve SMS.

  • Aron Tripp

    Simple Text has worked really well for me.


  • Jean-Marc Dufour

    The one I’ve just found and I use has been missed. There are so many applications that some are missed. Anyway, I strongly recommend HoverChat : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ninja.sms

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    I use Hangouts as default. But I also use SMS Pop Up to compliment my needs which is great for me. It may be great for others too if you like pop ups.
    I in particular like them cause I can be playing a game and answering SMS pretty easy with it.

  • ledmikew

    Anyone else have problems lately with hangouts crashing as soon as you open the app? Completely unusable for me right now.

  • Steve Sisko

    Where’s MightyText?

    Also, do all of these work and sync with desktop browser?

  • Randem

    8SMS is amazing. Haven’t bothered to look anywhere else since installing it. Also +1 to Evolve being buggy as hell.

  • reysa

    thaks guys i have search this in google for a day

  • catur

    thanks sir i will reference this for my blog my personal blog is Aplikasi SMS android yang ringan



    • You can Customize the Color + Font Color to create your Own ENGLISH SMS POPUP

  • Shankar Kumar

    Hi there! Loved your list for best sms apps for android and mostly I have used and some of them I still use to connect with my friends and family. I recently switched to photo4tune and found out that while other chat apps are providing emoticons as paid features or lets us use the chat app for a subscription fee, photo4tune provides premium features for free and without any subscription fee. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photo4tune.navigator&hl=en But then again I think chat apps are the best thing that could happen to chat lovers like us, esp when SMS tariffs have increased.

  • Chris Gama

    So I’m curious. With a lot of these SMS apps having extra emojis and some even having GIF support… what does that do for the person on the receiving end? I’m picturing the emoji’s coming through just as ASCII, and the gif’s coming through as still images. I’m saying for instance if the other person is just using the stock SMS app that came with their phone, or maybe even a different app.

    Anybody test this or experience it?

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  • Johann

    Short email service is a GSM based application. Using this application you can send email like message to your destination. For good results both ends have this application. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.artechnology.ses

  • Rachel Beckford

    Hangouts was great and simple to use and importantly to me I could send the same text to more than one person. BUT since the update it looks different which I don’t mind AND they have removed the ability to send a text to more than one person without copying the yext, opening the next person and pasting etc. What a pain. Now working my way through your list to find one where I can send a text to both children.

  • Biztechmobi

    I recommend Advance SMS Scheduler Android App. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.biztech.smsscheduler

  • Isabel

    what is a stock sms applet. I would like to know to translate it right into Portuguese

  • RedCoat

    Love Textra. It’s free up to a certain time period. Around the 60 day mark it will ask if you want to pay to be ad-free. 99¢…I paid. A buck is worth an app I use hundreds of times a day, on some days.

  • Jenny Isupov

    I really like this fairly new texting (and instant messaging) app, called invi. I think it has a whole lot of potential. It has ‘mini apps’ that open in a half screen that allow users to browse and share media while texting. And you can text people without the app too, so coool

  • Link Sync

    Try LinknSync, a cool SMS & notifications sync tool.


  • Max Fireman

    Textra without question is the best.

  • I dont know, every time I try something new, I end up back at Google Messenger. I like how they the colors change automatically for each chat discussions. Textra is the best among the list other than that. I just have MMS issues with it. Evolve has always had MMS issues, and after going to the link, it still does haha I wrote a bad review back in early 2014 about it.

    YATA looks very old school….Zero SMS looks pretty interesting though. Anyone suggest it??

  • William Kister

    Verizon Messages+ is another one that works well. Hate to admit it, but it offers many features that others don’t. I like how Glympse is built into the app and it handleless MMS and SMS perfectly. It also works off Wi-Fi or carrier coverage.

  • Pedro Rodrigues

    You forgot to mention Signal ;)

  • qvisten

    Textra, Yaata and AwSms are really good. I have tested so many sms apps (many paid aswell) but with theese you can’t go wrong.

  • andree

    Any of those apps give an option of synchronising texts and replying from PC/tablet?

    If no, Im surprised any of them has been mentioned.

    Where is mySMS on that list?

  • Indelible Inkstain

    I’ve tried many sms apps over the years but Yaata is the best I’ve tried. There are so many configuration options it can be overwhelming at first but you can get it to do just about anything you want and the Dev is very receptive to ideas and quick to implement them.


    Worst of the list goes to…. drum roll please….


    Good idea, bad execution. No dev support for the wonky MMS

    • mainevent3405

      Totally agree. Evolve is garbage and the brothers who created it are only in it for the money.

  • Eric Townsend

    Verizon Message+ all the way… :-) But it is BLOATED… still, my fav.

  • Ron L.

    I’m a fan of Chomp after having tried them all because it’s the lightest-weight yet most themeable of the bunch. I’ve since paid to make it ad-free.

  • Anup

    Material Messaging is also a very option out there. Being using it for a yr or so. Has all the features which Textra has to offer and is completely free.

    • P166

      Tried it but developer was not too friendly ,insists that his product is perfect and it must me on your end. Even after sending proof. Yaata was way better for me.

  • Ravi Mohan

    nice post.

  • Andrew Marsh

    I use the Verizon messaging app and have never had a problem with it. Videos, pics, whatever I decide to send work just fine.

  • MutedVideo

    Too many SMS apps on this list are too similar to each other. I personally use and love Hello SMS.

  • Lawrence Brown

    What about MightyText!!

  • ragnar pärli

    My LG G4 is broken, I bought OnePlus 3, but I can not find how to select an address or phone numbber or a name from a SMS? I find only possibility to copy the entire SMS. The same in Hangouts – I can not select a part of a text and copy. Can you help me?

  • Aloka Shashinath

    I recommend ‘mood’