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9 best free texting apps for Android

Not everybody uses WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, and there are some instances where a good old SMS message is still preferred. If you want to make use of your unlimited free texts, below we've gathered a list of the best free texting apps for Android.

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These are the best texting apps for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best for themes: GO SMS Pro

GO SMS Pro is a great all-inclusive texting app. It really helps you get the most out of those unlimited texting plans. There are some advertisements but often you need to click on the advertisement-animation feature to see them. You have some excellent features but the best part of this app is the themes and stickers. 

The themes on the GO SMS Pro app are really well designed and integrate well with its interface. You need to download each from Google Play but once you do they are easy to set up. A lot of them are free but if you want some of the more specialized ones you need to through their coin system and pay for them. 

The 'Delay to send' option is a good idea to activate just in case you make a mistake. This happens a lot; I've had plenty of messages I sent I wanted to quickly get back. If you've ever accidentally sent a swear word to a contact then you probably want use the blacklist function so it doesn't go, get the point. 

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GO SMS Pro gives you some great theme options. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best for customization: Handcent Next SMS

It takes a few minutes to get set up but Handcent Next SMS has some excellent customization features that give you a seamless personalized experience. This makes texting a bit more enjoyable and is reminiscent of messenger apps like WhatsApp or WeChat. Handcent Next SMS changes the way we interact with texting and for that it is quite unique.

When you use Handcent, you notice that it is a really clean experience. It feels like you can move quickly though its functions without clutter everywhere distracting you. And coupled with this simplicity you have more complex features like festive e-cards or text messages for birthdays or holidays. You can even get some inspiration from heartfelt messages made public by other texters. 

The customization features really make Handcent shine and we highly recommend you take advantage of them. You can use a skin for their interface and there are a few good ones to choose from, which they update frequently. There are some pretty neat themes too. But the in-text customization features really keep you coming back because they change the way you interact with texting in general. Changing these features is easy and you can be pretty comprehensive with it. 

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Handset Next SMS really allows you to create a messenger-like experince with texting. / © ANDROIDPIT
Handcent Next SMS Install on Google Play

Best for simplicity: Google Messenger

We're not fans of Hangouts, which complicates the simple process of sending texts, but Google Messenger is another story. It makes use of many of Hangouts' finer qualities while cutting out the clutter. Messenger has an eye-soothing interface and, as well as sending texts, you can take photos and record audio messages from within the app.

Google Messenger is a typical Google app in that it nails the essentials of what it should do.

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Google Messenger looks great and is easy to use. / © Google
Android Messages Install on Google Play

Best for multiple devices: MySMS

MySMS comes garlanded with rave reviews from press and users alike. It's available for Windows, Mac and web browsers as well as Android, which means you can post from a computer or tablet using your Android phone's number. 

It supports group messaging and MMS, message scheduling, message export and backup, and connects with services such as Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive. Many of the advanced features require a premium membership, but at just US$9.99 per year, MySMS is hardly going to break the bank. 

MySMS is a popular cross-platform app with good PC and tablet integration. / © Computer Communication
mysms SMS Text Messaging Sync Install on Google Play

Best for security: Signal Private Messanger

If you like to err on the side of caution, it's hard to overlook Signal Private Messenger. It's super secure – you can't even take screenshots of the app. Signal Private Messenger (also known as TextSecure) encrypts your personal communications with end-to-end encryption protocols as soon as you register your number.

As you may recall, the NSA has a habit of intercepting SMS content as it passes through data centers. TextSecure only handles encrypted content so your messages are safe in transit. All of your attachments are also encrypted.

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Signal Private Messenger is the most secure messaging app on Android. / © Open Whisper Systems
Signal Private Messenger Install on Google Play

Best for comprehensive service: chomp SMS

chomp SMS has been around for a long time, and has become one of the most popular Android SMS apps. Its features include a huge array of emojis, passcode app lock, message locks, intense privacy options, blacklists and quick reply popups, not to mention a ton of customization options, plus it offers Pushbullet and Android Wear compatibility.

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chomp SMS has it all: features, customization options and Android Wear support. / © Delicious Inc.
chomp SMS Install on Google Play

Best for Android Wear compatability: Textra SMS

Textra SMS is a great SMS app, which makes excellent use of Material Design. It has more features than most stock SMS apps, including floating notifications, quick reply popups, and a heap of signature and notification types. Textra SMS features more than 100 different themes and app icon colors, making it one of the most customizable messaging apps available. What's more, it's compatible with PushBullet and Android Wear.

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We love the look of Textra SMS. / © Delicious Inc.
Textra SMS Install on Google Play

Best looking: QKSMS

QKSMS is one of the prettiest SMS apps we've seen, offering Material Design plus a range of themes, night mode, customization, quick replies, group messaging, message scheduling and more in an ad-free environment. The basic app is free but if you want to unlock all the color options and advanced features, you can get premium mode in exchange for a US$1.99 in-app purchase.

QKSMS is both pretty and pretty good. / © QK Labs
QKSMS - Open Source SMS & MMS Install on Google Play

Best all-rounder: EvolveSMS

EvolveSMS is the Google-inspired SMS app that we wish Hangouts was. EvolveSMS is feature-packed, with support for multimedia messages (including GIFs) and even smartwatch compatibility. The default orange interface looks great, but you can also grab more themes if you're willing to drop a little coin for the customization pack.

Swiping between conversations and a navigation drawer make it a breeze to navigate, and there are plenty of free pre-loaded customization options. If you want an SMS app that does everything, go with Evolve. 

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EvolveSMS follows the Android style guidelines. / © AndroidPIT/Klinker Apps
EvolveSMS (Text Messaging) Install on Google Play

Bonus app: MightyText add-on

MightyText is not an SMS app itself, but is on this list because it's an awesome tool for sending and receiving texts via your computer. MightyText does not have an app component on your Android device, but is an extension for your existing SMS app.

So you can pick an app you like the look of from this list and give it the MightyText touch to read and reply to messages from your computer screen. Other nice features include built-in SMS backup and restore options.

MightyText lets your read and reply to messages from your PC. / © MightyText
SMS from PC / Tablet & MMS Text Messaging Sync Install on Google Play

Do you agree with our list of the best text message apps for Android? Are there any that you can't believe we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.



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  • invi should definitely be on this list, their UI is super clean and it has some really cool features like a built in meme maker.

  • With Snapchats evolution into a basic kind of AR, overlaying stuff onto things that are not your face i.e. real world settings- they have paved the way for storytelling that is visual and imaginative -definitely fun. Along similar lines, Augray just launched the worlds first AR messenger app Tada Time that seems to take this capability much further. They also enables you to create and customize 3D avatars of yourself and pop them into the real world so its both imaginative and personal. I tried it out - the vanity factor of having one’s own avatars makes it pretty addictive, but I’ve also had fun making avatars of other people and sharing with them :) .

  • Back to Chomp after trying Textra, only because Textra failed to "translate" emojis from my one big emoji contact's Samsung stock app into the iOS style emoji pack on my phone - received unicode symbols instead. Chomp shows her Android emojis perfectly as iOS, but Textra not so (?)

  • Yes you have missed Microsoft's SMS organizer. Best in SMS auto categorization, auto reminder creation, however not much intuitive UI.

  • I use sms mostly for official communications and stuff, and my job means I receive hundreds of text messages every day.
    I find SMS Organizer particularly useful ( search for SMS organizer by trailblaze in playstore) - it lets me create my own folders for sms, so I can easily organize my inbox. It can automatically move sms to these folders (once I create the appropriate rule), and even delete sms automatically once set the rules properly.

  • Wikinsta Feb 12, 2017 Link to comment

    Here are the top 30 SMS app, You should try

  • Ken Weiss Feb 11, 2017 Link to comment

    Definitely add invi to this list! I've been using it for a few weeks and i can easily say its the best text messaging experience I've ever had.

  • Best Texting APPS for Android

  • rahulrr Aug 3, 2016 Link to comment

    Download Connect! Messenger which is the world's most fastest and secure app and free of cost and it can also connect you with the telegram users.
    You can download it by visitin the play store and by searching Connect! Messenger or

  • I like messaging app that came with my phone just fine, but I am not getting notifications anymore. May have something to do with using a user profile instead of owner profile - long story. Does anyone think an app like google messenger would give me notifications when I get a text, and not have the same glitch? I dont use MSM much. I juzt need for regular old texts. I have FB messenger. Will I need to shut that down?

  • Cgvmellii Jun 15, 2016 Link to comment

    The best SMS Apps - I know one pretty good messages apps .See here :

  • Pls & Pls how can I make one of the free texting app work on my BlackBerry 10 OS eg mysms, mighty text, & QKSMS etc......

  • for best messaging app experience i would like to recommend

  • Download the Hi! Messenger from the play store which is the world's fastest messaging app and it can also connect to telegram user and the best part is it is free of cost. Just visit the play store and search for Hi! Messenger or visit

  • Go SMS Pro is horrible. I just downloaded it and it was the worst. ADS EVERYWHERE!

    Want to change theme? $1.99
    Want to change font? $1.99
    Want to add features? $1.99
    Want to customize your experience? $1.99
    Want to remove ads? $7.99

    NO? Then deal with cluttered and confusing layouts jammed packed with ads until you pay for something.

    • IAPSNJ Sep 4, 2016 Link to comment

      I used to like it, the free version because of the individual ringtones for people. Then it started more aggressive Ads. Like Videos that just start playing, even when the phone is sleeping or charging. Now looking for a replacement.

  • Riz May 2, 2016 Link to comment

    Best sms app I would recommend is Texter SMS Pro

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