10 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.

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 better and 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.

The best texting apps for androidGO SMS

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
GO SMS 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

GO SMS 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.

handcent next sms best texting apps for Android

hangouts best texting apps for androidGoogle Hangouts

[Price: Free]
The first of two Google apps to adorn this list is Google Hangouts. This is actually a messaging service similar to Skype, Facebook Messenger, and others. The difference being that you can actually use this application for text messages as well so long as you enable it in the settings. As a text app, Hangouts is above average with good MMS support, a simple interface, and you can even send people your location if you want. It’s also totally free and is likely installed on your Android device already.

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.

HoverChat best texting apps for Android

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.

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!

qksms best texting apps for Android

sliding messaging best texting apps for androidSliding Messaging Pro

[Price: $1.99]
Sliding Messaging Pro is actually the second texting app from Klinker Apps on this list. The first was EvolveSMS. Sliding Messaging is a texting app that is enhanced with the app’s namesake slide gestures that let you quickly glide between conversations. You’ll also get Google Voice support, emojis, themes (and you can make your own), widgets, SMS blocking, custom design elements, and a lot more. It’s a solid app even if it doesn’t get talked about that much.

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.

Textra best texting apps for Android

Wrap up

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