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7 best free texting apps for Android

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 months ago

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

1. Google Messenger – best for simplicity

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
Messenger Install on Google Play

2. MySMS – best for multiple devices

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. 

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

3. Signal Private Messanger – best security

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

4. chomp SMS – most comprehensive

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

5. Textra SMS – best for customization

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

6. QKSMS – best looking

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.

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QKSMS is both pretty and pretty good. / © QK Labs
QKSMS - Material SMS Messenger Install on Google Play

7. EvolveSMS – best all-rounder

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 Install on Google Play

Must-have add-on: MightyText 

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.

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MightyText lets your read and reply to messages from your PC. / © MightyText
SMS Text Messaging -PC Texting 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.

Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Here's what I need:
    A free text message app (like my default Android Text messaging function) that allows me to
    mark texts as UNREAD like with emails.
    Do any of the above fit this criteria?
    And if not, does such a text message app exist for Android?
    I know I'm not alone in really wanting this ) :

  • Have a see of this, http://goo.gl/5UhFFT, which tells how to Send Text Messages from PC to iPhone/Android/Nokia.

  • This misleading since NONE of these enable you to send Free SMS.

  • Thanks EvolveSMS was the solution I was looking for. Was displeased with the Samsung app, which bogged to standstill with every text (Began with lollipop, still an issue with 5.1.1 no solution I tried fixed ) and Google Messenger just too stripped down to be useful for business. I purchased the $1.49 upgrade to attach vcards, which works great for me, but free version is exceptional as is. Very pleased with EvolveSMS.

  • wenQ 1 month ago Link to comment

    To send Text Messages from PC to iPhone or android, I think mobikin is a good choice, you can get help here, http://goo.gl/xA3FSO

  • Good app for sending and receiving SMS in Android: http://tinyurl.com/text-from-computer

  • Iassjky 1 month ago Link to comment

    I know one good texting messages app -- like this :
    http://goo.gl/CnEE69

  • This post is very recent. They probably missed this cool new app I found on the playstore called Share Via SMS - SVS.

    I would like to recommend the app called Share Via SMS also known as SVS. It launched 2 months back and is doing really well.

    The app lets you send images using sms without any internet required literally. No need of GPRS, 3G, LTE or 5G. They claim its as easy as select, compress and send. The app also lets you send short audio notes over sms. I think that;s pretty cool.

    Just search for Share Via SMS - SVS to gett to the app.

    I hope I don't get banned for sharing a link here.

  • Cooee Messenger is awesome. its free and very fast also you can send pdf file, words documents , videos , recorded message, Movies instantly , you can chat with friends , I am using it. massive speed of messenger Thanks All

  • Txtr is awesome. It's free too :)

  • Hello Everybody,
    I see everybody is posting their app here. So I'm going to post my favorite.
    WowApp!

    Accounts can be created here: www .wowapp. com/w/wow.app/

  • Text Now app. Free on Google's play store!

  • Try this it work
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sms.ahmadibrahim.free

  • Abhi B 2 months ago Link to comment

    I am planning to build a messaging app for internal communication. Please suggest

  • nice app. Thanks for the information .Cooee Messenger.

  • Do try Bucko for endtoend encryption on top of textsecure systems. Supports SMS and MMS chatting. Peer to peer chat/groups can be added. For sms you can send message to anyone by making this app you default sms client. If you are concerned about privacy you can use chat system with other users who use bucko. You may invite them to use the app.
    APK here bucko.in/Bucko.apk

  • Great app. Thanks for the information - Cooee Messenger.

  • you should also try WowApp .Searcj it on Google and find out more about it. It has lots of useful features. The bigger your network gets the more money you make without any cost.
    If you want an invitation email me at ecazacu1984@yahoo.com
    .

  • Hi, I am looking for a simple feature in a messaging app. When I multiple unread (new) messages, I would like to go through the list via a 'next' function without having to click on a message then back then next message. Any of the apps support that or am I overlooking something that is already available ? Thx.

  • MostHated 4 months ago Link to comment

    I just installed a new rom on my note 4 today and went to download Hello SMS again only to find out it is completely gone. I was very disappointed. Switched to EvolveSMS after seeing it here, so far I like it, but really liked the way Hello SMS always had the icon tabs to the left to switch conversations without having to swipe first, but its ok.

    It is very much worth noting that the app Pushbullet is far superior to MightyText in most ways (which I used for a long time until I found PushBullet). It allows you to not only text from your pc, but also send and share files, links, etc back and forth through all your devices and PC, see all phone notifications on PC, and things of that nature. I use it throughout the day nearly every day. Very useful!

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