best texting apps for Android
Text messaging is among the most popular ways to communicate in the whole world. It’s quick, easy to do, and it doesn’t require you pausing what you’re doing like phone calls do. We do understand that many people still prefer the human touch of talking on the phone and we respect that. However, let’s face facts, most people are texting these days. Let’s take a look at the best texting apps and SMS apps for Android to see if we can’t help you make your texting experience better. Do note that various texting apps will have issues depending on your device, Android version, carrier, and texting habits. That’s why we list ten of them!


Android Messages

Price: Free
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Android Message is a free texting app by Google. In terms of features, Android Messages keeps it light. You'll have some light theming options, some organization and backup features, and a decent search function. The design is entirely Material Design. That means it looks good and it's easy to use. There are some issues here and there. Additionally, the app can be a little slow. Otherwise, it's probably the best of the free texting apps.
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Android Messages

Chomp SMS

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Chomp SMS has been around since the good old days of Android and was one of the very first, really good third party texting apps. It has since evolved into an app that embraces Material Design while still having plenty of features. Some of them include emojis, SMS blocking, quick reply in the notifications, MMS, and group messaging. You can even stop a text mid-send if needed. It also comes with Android Wear and Pushbullet support. There are plenty of other customization features should you want them.
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Chomp SMS

Facebook Messenger

Price: Free
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We'll be honest with you. Facebook Messenger isn't a great app. It uses a ton of battery, storage, and RAM. However, chances are that you have it on your device. Facebook has tons of users and it's likely you keep this around because you have those loved ones that just won't switch. If you're going to have it around, you might as well enable its SMS support. That way you can kind of kill two birds with one stone. It has satisfactory SMS integration if that helps.
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Facebook Messenger

GO SMS Pro

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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GO SMS Pro is among the most popular texting apps on the list and for good reason. It comes with a ton of features including hundreds of themes, SMS blocking, delayed text sending, dual SIM support, and much more. There is even a privacy box where you can send private, encrypted messages to your friends. It also includes the usual host of things like emojis and stickers. It works well, even if it’s a bit heavy. On the plus side, they do have a single paid option that gives you every theme. It’s also free to download.
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GO SMS Pro

Handcent Next SMS

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Handcent, along with Chomp SMS, were the first two really good, really popular third party texting apps available on Android. Much like Chomp SMS, Handcent is a powerful and heavy texting application with a ton of features. Some of them include themes, a privacy box to store private conversations, SMS backup, eCards, emojis, and plenty more. One of the more interesting features is Handcent Anywhere, which lets you text on your computer and tablet if you want. It's had its ups and downs in terms of bugs, but it's usually pretty solid.
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Handcent Next SMS


Pulse SMS

Price: Free / $10.99 / $0.99 per month
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Pulse SMS is one of the most unique texting apps on the list. It's like any standard SMS app for the most part. However, there is also a back end that will let you text from your PC, tablet, and other devices. Additionally, it also supports dual-sim devices, blacklisting phone numbers, message backup, and more. Here's how it works. The texting app part of this is completely free. Those who want to also text from PCs, tablets, etc can either pay $0.99 per month or a lifetime fee of $10.99. It's a good way to kill two birds with one stone.
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Pulse SMS

QKSMS

Price: Free / Optional in-app purchases
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QKSMS is a newer texting app that came to prominence during the era when Material Design apps were hard to find. This one sticks almost strictly to the Android design guidelines so you know what kind of visual experience you’re in for. Some of the features include themes, a night mode (dark theme), floating notifications, group messaging, MMS, and search. It's also open source and completely free to use. The in-app purchases are for funding development and are optional.
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QKSMS

Signal Private Messenger

Price: Free
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Signal Private Messenger is actually a messaging app much like Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others. The difference is that this one features end-to-end encryption and it’s been a favorite of many people who value security. It also works on a phone number system and if your contact doesn’t have the app then it simply sends a text message. We really liked how seamless that feature is. It’s simple to use, looks great with Material Design, and it is entirely free to use with no in-app purchases. It’s also open source, supports group chats, and it’ll even make phone calls.
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Signal Private Messenger

Textra SMS

Price: Free / $2.99
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Textra SMS is among the most solid texting apps on the list. This popular and highly stylish SMS app is also one of the highest rated on the list. It comes with a theme picker (you choose the colors yourself), a dark mode, floating notifications, delayed sending, slide to delete, and plenty of other features. It also comes with direct support for Android Wear, Pushbullet, MightyText, and others. You can use most of the features for free. There is a single in-app purchase for $2.99 to unlock the pro version.
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Textra SMS

YAATA SMS

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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YAATA SMS is one of a few up and coming texting apps that are really good. It has a bunch of features, including group chat support, schedule message sending, and complete MMS support. If you buy the premium version, you’ll also get SMS blacklisting, an auto-responder, auto-forwarding, and the ability to backup and restore your settings in case you buy a new device. It uses Material Design and it looks quite good. It also comes with widgets, and it even has chat heads similar to Facebook Messenger. There are some bugs, but most of them aren't serious.
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YAATA SMS

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Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!