10 best texting apps for Android

by: Joe HindyApril 13, 2016
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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 for Android to see if we can’t help you make your texting experience better. Do note that various text apps will have issues depending on your device, Android version, carrier, and texting habits.


ChompSMS best texting apps for AndroidChomp SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Chomp SMS has been around since the good old days of Android and was one of the very first, really good texting apps on Android. 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.

Get it now on Google Play!

ChompSMS best texting apps for Android


EvolveSMS best texting apps for AndroidEvolveSMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
EvolveSMS had a bit of a shaky start but has since turned into one of the more solid texting apps on Android. It offers full multimedia support which includes audio, video, and gifs along with message archiving, customizable notifications, and password protection. It’s not quite as heavy as something like Chomp SMS or Handcent which many people will appreciate and it even comes with Android Wear support. Some people have had issues with MMS, but otherwise it seems to be perfectly stable.

Get it now on Google Play!


go sms pro 7 best texting apps for androidGO SMS Pro

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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. It’s also free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!

go sms pro 7 best texting apps for android


Handcent Next SMS best texting apps for AndroidHandcent Next SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Handcent, along with Chomp SMS, were the first two really good, really popular texting apps available on Android and people debated endlessly on which one was better. 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 much like GO SMS, 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.

Get it now on Google Play!

handcent next sms best texting apps for Android


HoverChat best texting apps for AndroidHoverchat

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Hoverchat, formerly known as Ninja SMS, is a unique texting application. Most apps go full screen and let you text but Hoverchat actually just pops up a window and lets you chat from there. This is very useful if you don’t like to exit whatever it is you’re doing to text back because Hoverchat will appear over whatever it is that you’re doing. It features multiple floating windows that you can drag and drop, emojis, message encryption (called anti-NSA mode), and there’s an option to use full screen if you want to.

Get it now on Google Play!

HoverChat best texting apps for Android


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Google Messenger texting apps for androidGoogle Messenger

[Price: Free]
Google Messenger is the default texting app from Google that started shipping with the Nexus 6 and soon became available for everyone. It’s a simple, lightweight texting app that doesn’t offer much in the frills department. It makes up for that by having nearly flawless Material Design and some fun little features including text searching, SMS blocking, emojis, stickers, location sharing, and message archiving.

Get it now on Google Play!

Google Messenger best texting apps for android


qksms best texting apps for AndroidQKSMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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 protected from the Stagefright bug that’s been around. QKSMS is free download and it’s even open source!

Get it now on Google Play!

qksms best texting apps for Android


signal private messenger best texting apps for androidSignal Private Messenger

[Price: Free]
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 which we really liked. 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.

Get it now on Google Play!

signal private messenger best texting apps for android


textra best texting apps for androidTextra SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least on our list today is Textra SMS. This popular and highly stylish texting app is also one of the highest rated on the list. It comes with over 100 Material Design-inspired themes, a dark mode, floating notifications, delayed sending, slide to delete, and plenty of other features. Perhaps most notable is the patch included to battle the Stagefright issue. It’s free to use and even comes with Pushbullet, MightyText, and Android Wear support.

Get it now on Google Play!

textra best texting apps for android


yaata sms best texting apps for androidYAATA SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
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.

Get it now on Google Play!

yaata sms best texting apps for android


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  • Jørgen Eliasen

    No “Signal Private Messenger”? Why is that?

    • Addymore

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    • JosephHindy

      Signal Private Messenger is more of a messaging service, likes WhatsApp, Viber, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, etc. It’s not an SMS app, it’s a messaging service. That’s a completely different conversation because you’re switching the service you’re using, not finding an app that works with the service you already use yknow?

      I would put it on a best messaging service apps list, but this is just for texts.

      • Cheese24

        It sends a normal sms if the recipient doesnt have the app, i thought

        • Ro’Vage St Laurent

          It does, i use it as a replacement for my stock sms app…………….
          Works wonderfully, no problems whatsoever………………

          • fuck0

            Why do you need so many periods…

    • Brian G

      Funny I see Signal Private Messenger on the list.

  • Tom

    YAATA is missed and its very good and beautiful messaging app.

    • Markoff

      yeah i was surprised yaata and awsms are not included alongside qksms, while there are less popular and progressive options

      • JosephHindy

        AwSMS isn’t on the Google Play Store unless you want to be an alpha tester, so there’s no chance of it making a list like this until it’s public.

        Yaata is one I may have missed, I’ll look into it, however, having Material Design + a few features does not make it “progressive” given that pretty much every app on the list is exactly the same thing = Material Design + features.

        They’re solid sure, and Yaata may make it into the update eventually, but I wouldn’t categorize apps like that as “progressive”. They’re simple, basic. Essentially Google Messenger with a few more features.

  • Alonzo Fields

    What ever happened to Hello SMS? That was by far my favorite messaging app used on both my Nexus 5 and 6. I’m contemplating switching back to Android, but can’t find Hello SMS on anyone’s Play Store.

    • JosephHindy

      They’ve discontinued the app.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Both Evolve and Textra are pretty awesome…the only thing that brings Evolve down a notch is it has never been 100% reliable for MMS.

    • Sarah Brunet

      I’ve used Textra for a while but recently my boyfriend has also been using it and then it changes the messages that we send and changes the order we sent them in

  • Andreas

    I have been using textra it might not have the most customize looks but it certainly extremely fast !
    Speed is important and the pop up windows works very good you can swipe them away or answer directely in the pop up

  • Jonathan King

    for some reason I thought this was about the 10 best Android keyboards

  • ASYOUTHIA

    Every few months I go back to Evolve thinking they have resolved the MMS issues and no, they haven’t.

    I’ll stick to Messenger until Hangouts gets a lot better

  • Sherpa

    I have tried a few and Textra has been the best so far.

  • Juan A C

    I thought no one used SMS any more. Are they free in the US?

    • WestSiide

      For the most part yes. Unlimited sms is included with most plans.

  • Phillip Bee

    Updated article for best tablet sms apps would be great!!

    • JosephHindy

      SMS is SMS, it works everywhere. If your tablet gets SMS text messages, these would be about the same apps recommended. Android scales to screen size which means all these apps also work on tablets.

      This isn’t iOS lol, there isn’t a separation of tablet and phone.

  • Jura

    QKSMS no longer has In-App-Purchases, they were all removed awhile ago. Also, it has SMS blocking too.

    I use it, and it’s absolutely wonderful.

    • JosephHindy

      Yes I didn’t realize that until after I published it. The Play Store still has it as having them (and the code for it may still be there, even if it’s inactive). That’s my bad.

  • Jason

    I wouldnt give a dime to the Klinkers. They are rude when you bring bugs to their attention. Always blame the user for being stupid. Those to assholes deserve a beating

  • Jason

    *Two

  • I use Hoverchat it’s really great app for messaging ;]

    • NeilGeorge

      how does it handle mms?

  • David

    Can anyone recommend a simple text app with a Material design that does swipe to delete, had this on my old LG and miss it like crazy

  • Sebastian Nuñez Del Prado

    Yaata SMS is the best sms app I’ve ever used. I recommend you guys check it out.

  • Steve Bacon

    im visually angry YAATA isnt up therre

  • Kartic Chaudhary

    I used whatsapp and honestly its too friendly which i don’t like. So moved back to Hangouts.

  • TJ

    All crappy, insecure messaging apps. Thank you AA, for nothing.

  • Chuck Jones

    Is Hangouts not a good text messaging app?

  • M Lak

    Did the author even look into each app? Ninja hasn’t been updated for over a year. It’s a dead app!

  • Daggett Beaver

    Material Messaging is very nice, too. I stopped using it, though, because at the time it seemed like the dev was updating it multiple times a day. That’s a good thing, I guess, but it got annoying. It’s probably stable by now.

  • Moose05

    Signal is the only real option here. Bout time it made the list.

  • Colton Blumhagen

    I don’t see what’s wrong with Hangouts.

    • It’s hybrid – nor sms app neither communicator. Personally I hate that solution you never know if you sending SMS MMS (which you pay for in prepaid or lot’s of carrier plans) or message over the net (free in wifi or in yours data plan). This mess was started in viber if i remeber right – i drop it right away and hangouts are another enemy of mine :P

  • Stefan Lehnert

    At first I thought this is a joke. But it seems that in some countries (USA?) SMS is still popular. If this is the case, then all is fine.
    But for readers in Europe this looks quite funny. Or is really anybody here who has used SMS in this decade? (Except when texting your grandmothers Nokia, of course.)

  • Out2late

    Is Google Messenger the only app that has message archiving?

  • Chad Baker

    Does anyone know if any of these messaging apps allow you to delay sending the text message for like 3 seconds or so like the Samsung Galaxy S5 did? That was such a useful feature to catch auto correct misspellings.

  • Handcent? Go SMS Pro – you must be joking… It’s just bloatware not sms app ….
    Textra is only solution

  • missmotta

    After using chomp SMS for the year or so I am happy to discover YAATA! So far I am loving it and can’t wait to figure out all of the customizations.

  • Joe

    Why are these review so bad?? Shouldn’t they discuss the quality of MMS image compression, sms reliability, group chat reliability. A lot of these apps including Google Messenger, compresses images and ruins photos, and texts don’t go through. Apple’s text apps never have this problem. This will be my last Android phone.

    • Dumbshit1

      Textra don’t compress images. ” this is my last android Meh” lol have fun with the many customization options apple brings you….we all know that there are so many choices….lmao smh and like most apple fans you will be back to android soon.

  • Christian Lamers

    I was using yatta and I loved it, however on the s7 edge you lose the edge feed with it, I had to go back to stock message app to get the edge feed, is there a fix?