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7 best dialer apps and contacts apps for Android
Dialer apps and contacts apps are a bit of a niche market. In most cases, the stock dialer and contacts app is more than good enough most of the time. However, there are times when it becomes necessary. Maybe your OEM dialer app is having bug problems or maybe you want something different. We considered doing a separate list for contacts apps. However, generally speaking, one includes the other anyway, so it was easier to do one list. Here are the best dialer apps and contacts apps for Android.
We also recommend checking our list of the best call recorder apps for Android. A lot of those apps are dialers as well.
The best dialer apps and contacts apps for Android
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $10.99 per year
ACR Phone is a dialer app from the developer of ACR call recorder. They developed this app because dialers can record phone calls easier than non-dialer apps. As a dialer app, it’s a pretty simple application. It has the usual stuff like contacts, contact search with the number pad, themes, and some customization options. However, it also has some of the best call-recording functionality of any app on the list, making it a truly functional app.
The UI is a little less flashy than some others on this list, but whether that’s good or bad is a matter of preference. Additionally, for call recording, you do need the APH Helper app installed by the same developer. You can get it in the Samsung Galaxy Store, HUAWEI’s App Gallery, and as a third-party download here. You need the APH Helper add-on in order to record calls, but otherwise, the app works great.
Price: Free / Up to $3.99
Drupe is one of the most popular dialer apps on mobile. It features a modern, beautiful interface along with a call recorder, smart dialer, call blocker, and methods to deal with duplicate contacts. It can even send GIFs to people when you call them, but both people need to have Drupe installed for that to work. The app covers all of the basics and does many of them better than the stock app. It has the occasional bug, but nothing serious. It’s free to download for the most part. Some features require purchase via in-app purchases. This app also had a security issue earlier in 2018. It’s resolved now, but we still recommending treading with caution with this one.
Kontacts is a simple, but effective contacts app. It lets you arrange your contacts in a grid format for easy reference and also integrates with popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, and Signal. You even get a home screen widget if you want it. Using it is pretty easy. You simply import your contacts. Once done, you can select a contact, tap how you want to communicate with them, and the app sends you to the appropriate place. It doesn’t work as a dialer app, but it pairs nicely with other dialer apps. It’s not particularly powerful, but it’s more than good enough for casual use.
Nextcloud is a self-hosted cloud service that you can set up and host your own cloud server. One of the many benefits of this is being able to keep your data off of the servers of large companies. One of the other things you can do is sync your contacts, calendar, and some other stuff like that. You’ll need the DAVx app (Google Play) and there is some setup involved. However, you can sync your calendar and contacts this way pretty easily. You can’t manage it like most other contacts apps on this list, but it works quite well for syncing your contacts somewhere other than Google for people who don’t want to do that.
Phone and Contacts by Google
Google has pretty good solutions for both of these. Phone and Contacts are separate apps in the Play Store. The first is basically Google’s base dialer app. It does things like give you spam warnings, a caller ID, and you can even search for nearby places in the app to get that location’s phone number. Meanwhile, the Contacts (Google Play link) is a basic, but effective contacts app. You can save your contacts, back them up to your Google account, and restore them later on other devices. Android has this functionality built-in but it’s nice to use the app at the front. Some features include merging duplicate contacts, separating work versus personal numbers, and more. You can get Contacts at the link above or Phone at the button below.
Simple Contacts Pro
Simple Contacts is, well, a simple contacts app. It requires no extraneous permissions and it has no fancy tricks up its sleeve. It’s just a simple app for managing your contacts. You can also manage email contacts as well as events. There is also a dialer as well. That’s about all this app does, really, and that’s okay. Sometimes you want to strip away the extra niceties and have a simple place to manage your contacts list. This app does that admirably. It’s also open-source and has no ads. There is a free version. However, it’s not longer under active development in favor of the premium version. Thus, if you want the actively developed version, it runs $1.19. We think that’s reasonable
Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $17.99 per year
Truecaller is one of the most popular and powerful contacts apps and dialer apps. It even works as an SMS app. It includes a laundry list of features for the dialer, contacts, and SMS portions of the app. That includes an SMS spam filter, call blocking, dual-SIM support, and a lot more. It also boasts the best caller ID out there. The interface uses a basic Material Design. We’re not going to complain about that! The only real downside is the price. This is one of the only dialer apps or contacts apps with a subscription. It’s not necessary to use the basic features, but $17.99 per year is a little steep for our tastes.
See also: The best video chat apps for Android
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