19 Best Messaging Apps

Google Duo

Google Duo

Appsreview Score:
95/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Slick and simple.
  • Good video and audio quality.
  • Cross-platform.
  • Knock Knock preview feature.

Cons:

  • Requires signup.
  • No way to reject a call with a message.
  • No way to accept a call without video.
  • Some Wi-Fi connectivity issues in testing.

Bottom Line:

Google Duo is the new, simple video calling app that brings you face-to-face with all the people that matter most. With Duo, Google delivers on the promise of an easy-to-use video chat app, but itR

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Google Duo is the new, simple video calling app that brings you face-to-face with all the people that matter most. With Duo, Google delivers on the promise of an easy-to-use video chat app, but it’s a bit too simple to compete, and it isn’t integrated tightly enough with Google’s ecosystem.

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Messenger

Messenger

Appsreview Score:
98/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • No hidden fees, but data usage may apply if Wi-Fi isn’t available
  • A large selecti

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  • Easy to use
  • No hidden fees, but data usage may apply if Wi-Fi isn’t available
  • A large selection of stickers, GIFs, and emojis
  • High definition video chat
  • Ability to personalize group chat with a name and photo
  • Payment feature is a safe and secure way to send money to family and friends

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Cons:

  • Takes up storage space
  • Frequent notifications, although there is an option to turn some notificatio

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  • Takes up storage space
  • Frequent notifications, although there is an option to turn some notifications off
  • It can drain your device’s battery quickly
  • Terms and conditions must be accepted before you can use Facebook Messenger

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Bottom Line:

Facebook Messenger is the perfect way to stay in touch without extra costs. The stickers and GIFs are a fun way to break up the day and it’s always exciting to see what a friend has sent. The vo

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Facebook Messenger is the perfect way to stay in touch without extra costs. The stickers and GIFs are a fun way to break up the day and it’s always exciting to see what a friend has sent. The voice messaging is a great feature for when you just don’t feel like typing out a long story. The video chat option is the perfect alternative to those that don’t have another video messaging service.

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Google Allo

Google Allo

Appsreview Score:
98/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Excellent interface.
  • Snappy, crisp user experience.
  • Simple setup.
  • Integrated Google Assistant puts

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  • Excellent interface.
  • Snappy, crisp user experience.
  • Simple setup.
  • Integrated Google Assistant puts Google search powers in your chat.
  • Snazzy sticker packs.

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Cons:

  • Not integrated with existing Google messengers.
  • Disappointing SMS support.
  • Finicky search.
  • The web

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  • Not integrated with existing Google messengers.
  • Disappointing SMS support.
  • Finicky search.
  • The web version doesn’t work without a paired phone and is limited to Chrome.
  • Lacks third-party stickers and extras.

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Bottom Line:

Google Allo is a beautifully designed app that lets you chat and send media to your friends, and the Google Assistant adds search to the conversation. It faces daunting competition in the crowded messenger space, however.

Pidgin

Pidgin

Appsreview Score:
97/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Supports a lot of chat and IM protocols
  • Full of features, including all that is needed for a good i

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  • Supports a lot of chat and IM protocols
  • Full of features, including all that is needed for a good instant messaging tool
  • Supports a great number of third-party plug-ins, which can be installed to enrich the app more and extend the number of features
  • Clean and powerful interface

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Cons:

  • Not primarily a VoIP application
  • Carries one security threat: passwords are stored in plain text
  • No version available for Mac, and for some Linux distributions

Bottom Line:

Pidgin IM is a multi-protocol IM (instant messaging) app that is basically developed for the Linux environment, but with also a version for Windows. With Pidgin, you can log on to your numerous acco

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Pidgin IM is a multi-protocol IM (instant messaging) app that is basically developed for the Linux environment, but with also a version for Windows. With Pidgin, you can log on to your numerous accounts using the same interface and communicate with different protocols, like AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, IRC, MSN, ICQ, Jabber and many other IM and chat networks. It is a great tool for heavy communicators with popularity across the networks and even for office environments. Pidgin is open-source and therefore free.

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Telegram

Telegram

Appsreview Score:
100/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Secured transmission of messages with the provision of end-to-end encryption for maintaining the pr

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  • Secured transmission of messages with the provision of end-to-end encryption for maintaining the privacy of your chats.
  • To transmit extremely secured information, it provides the option to self-destruct our messages once it has been read by the recipient. This option is pretty useful for communicating personal details like passport number, bank account number, credit card details, etc.
  • Ability to use this app on multiple devices.
  • Provision of unlimited cloud storage and our messages can be accessed from the cloud.
  • Ability to share videos of size up to 1 GB.
  • This app is 100% free and no ads are displayed.
  • Messages sent through this app occupy very little space and so it can work with any type of internet connection (of any speed) i.e. it offers extremely reliable communication facility.

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Cons:

  • This app doesn’t provide the option of voice messaging.
  • With several communication apps already popular, this app will find it difficult to gain popularity.

Bottom Line:

Telegram is a multifunctional application for communication and data exchange, which is based on a special encryption protocol MTProto.

Text free – Free Text + Call

Text free – Free Text + Call

Appsreview Score:
96/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Unlimited texting
  • Supports push notifications

Cons:

  • No group texting

Bottom Line:

TextFree Unlimited is incredibly easy to use, and it provides unlimited free texting. Most of all, you don’t have to pay extra to pick your own area code. That’s a lot of big benefits for an a

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TextFree Unlimited is incredibly easy to use, and it provides unlimited free texting. Most of all, you don’t have to pay extra to pick your own area code. That’s a lot of big benefits for an app like this. On the flip side, TextFree Unlimited doesn’t support group texting, which is definitely a drawback, but we still think this is a great download.

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Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie

Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie

Appsreview Score:
86/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Allows video chatting at any pace
  • Has tons of features

Cons:

  • Has a small learning curve

Bottom Line:

Users of Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie can stay in contact with friends (and anyone else on their contact lists), exchanging video messages in real time or when it’s convenient. For example, on

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Users of Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie can stay in contact with friends (and anyone else on their contact lists), exchanging video messages in real time or when it’s convenient. For example, one user can send a video message, and the recipient can respond when it works for them, continue the conversation. In contrast to FaceTime or Skype, where users have to be present at the same time, this app lets users have a video conversation on a delay. To spice things up, you can add filters to the videos and add text messages and doodle on-screen.

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Snapchat

Snapchat

Appsreview Score:
99/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  •  Allows you to interact with people that you might have missed when you might just to talk to each

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  •  Allows you to interact with people that you might have missed when you might just to talk to each other
  •  Snapchat prevents the risk of people hacking into it’s servers, unlike some e-mail providers and other social media
  • Snapchat prevents the risk of people hacking into it’s servers
  • Prevents other snapchatters from screenshooting your image.

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Cons:

  •  People can be on it way to much. It can become a distraction.
  •  You can only see a picture for so

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  •  People can be on it way to much. It can become a distraction.
  •  You can only see a picture for so long so it can give a bad message to teenagers and they might think they can get away with inappropriate pictures they could send to other people.
  • Can teach users that things they send arent there forver and they can easily disappear which isnt quite true.

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Bottom Line:

SNAPCHAT is a photo-messaging app that allows users to put a time limit on a sent picture, text, or video so the recipient can see it for only a few seconds before it disappears, though replays are av

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SNAPCHAT is a photo-messaging app that allows users to put a time limit on a sent picture, text, or video so the recipient can see it for only a few seconds before it disappears, though replays are available for purchase via in-app transactions.

Users can add friends from their device’s address book and Facebook friends list, or they can enter specific usernames. To send a picture, users take a snapshot using the in-app camera, set a time limit, select recipients, and send. By tapping and holding their own image in the selfie cam, teens enable facial-recognition software that allows them to add animated effects to their selfies.

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Imo free video calls and chat

Imo free video calls and chat

Appsreview Score:
93/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • You can make high-end video and voice calls
  • The app encrypts all your calls. This would ensure priv

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  • You can make high-end video and voice calls
  • The app encrypts all your calls. This would ensure privacy of your calls
  • Hundred and thousands of stickers make it one of the best options.
  • Group chat features.

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Cons:

  • You cannot use it without internet connectivity. In fact, that is the issue with all instant messengers.
  • It uses quite much of battery.

Bottom Line:

Imo is a good and decent tool for video calling and voice chatting. Unless it brings hundreds of millions of users into its base, it will still be running up or trying. But it is a serious candidate f

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Imo is a good and decent tool for video calling and voice chatting. Unless it brings hundreds of millions of users into its base, it will still be running up or trying. But it is a serious candidate for personal communication with friends and family, or for business. It is completely free and not heavy, so it doesn’t hurt to have it on your device.

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Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger

Appsreview Score:
85/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Voice Chat and high quality video
  • Updates from the social networks
  • Compatible with MSN Messenger
  • Interesting add-ons
  • Rich options panel

Cons:

  • It is a bit cluttered
  • Advertising is omnipresent
  • Problems of spam

Bottom Line:

Yahoo! Messenger is the instant messaging program Yahoo!. With it you can talk with users of Yahoo!, Facebook and also MSN (Live Messenger), as well as to make video and voice calls.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

Appsreview Score:
70/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • It allows free phone calls to any WhatsApp user.
  • It uses your mobile number to identify you, so no

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  • It allows free phone calls to any WhatsApp user.
  • It uses your mobile number to identify you, so no need to register.
  • Free SMS and MMS to other WhatsApp users.
  • Group text messaging.
  • Works on most smartphone models.
  • Most popular IM app around with more than a billion users

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Cons:

  • No video calls allowed.
  • Limited options with the instant messaging
  • Limited options with document sharing

Bottom Line:

WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, is commonly used in mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry), but sometimes like to use it on PC, right?. With the release of WhatsApp for PC can be don

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WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, is commonly used in mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry), but sometimes like to use it on PC, right?. With the release of WhatsApp for PC can be done at the end: you only need to install a small app to chat with your friends on your computer with Windows or Mac. Works well, true, but it is far from being perfect.

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ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice

ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice

Appsreview Score:
70/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

Cons:

Bottom Line:

ooVoo Video Call Text and Voice is an application and free only available for Windows, developed by ooVoo LLC.

Telegram for Desktop

Telegram for Desktop

Appsreview Score:
97/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Useful notification customization options
  • Strong focus on security and speed

Cons:

  • Must have a Telegram account on a mobile app

Bottom Line:

Long before WhatsApp arrived to the web, Telegram already had a Desktop version of its messaging app focused on security. You may not have as many features as Skype, but still is light years ahead of WhatsApp, which you do not yet have a Desktop client.

ICQ

ICQ

Appsreview Score:
80/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

Huge community of users
Integration with social networks
Voice and video Chat
Fast and lightweight
Games center

Cons:

It offers nothing really new
Spell checker in English only
Advertising is omnipresent

Bottom Line:

With almost one hundred million users, ICQ is one of the instant messaging programs most used in all over the world. The seventh version brings interesting new features to this classic rival Messenger.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

Appsreview Score:
95/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

  • Video calls in group
  • Allows you to send messages to offline contacts
  • Nice simple interface

Cons:

  • No Audio Calls

Bottom Line:

Convenient messenger with a set of all desired functions.

Viber

Viber

Appsreview Score:
87/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

Overall, the biggest pro is its video quality and call quality. Also, the fact that you can effortle

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Overall, the biggest pro is its video quality and call quality. Also, the fact that you can effortlessly transfer your phone call to your desktop application. The UI is easy to navigate and it knows what the consumer is going to be doing on their app: talking to friends. It’s overall the best you can get it messenger apps.

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Cons:

Even though the call quality can be great, that doesn’t exclude the fact that it can randomly

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Even though the call quality can be great, that doesn’t exclude the fact that it can randomly drop after as little as three minutes. The Stickers can make it feel cheap and if you want better ones you will need to buy them. Also, it tends to crash on older Android devices. Some devices it works better on then others. As of my Galaxy S7 it works great on but on other devices that are a lot of weird issues said to be happening.

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Bottom Line:

So Should you vibe?

Yes, overall Viber can be a great experience and a good substitute to WhatsApp.

Skype

Skype

Skype Logo
Appsreview Score:
98/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

Eine der größten peer-to-peer-Kommunikation-apps aller Zeiten. Es haben die beste Sprachqualität

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Eine der größten peer-to-peer-Kommunikation-apps aller Zeiten. Es haben die beste Sprachqualität und video-Qualität, die Sie bekommen können aus jeder beliebigen anderen app. Sie haben ein einfaches layout und die Navigation durch alle Funktionen ist ein Kinderspiel. Dies ist keine Zweifel in meinem Kopf, die beste Kommunikation app, die Sie herunterladen können, auf dem Windows, Android, IOS.

Videokonferenzen in der Gruppe. – Chats. Anrufe zu Handys.

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Cons:

Gibt es nicht eine Verwaltung für chat-Räume kann ein problem sein, wenn Ihr unhöflich sind die L

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Gibt es nicht eine Verwaltung für chat-Räume kann ein problem sein, wenn Ihr unhöflich sind die Leute in den chatroom. Und Sie können keine Notrufe tätigen. Erfordert eine gute Verbindung. Hoher Verbrauch von Ressourcen. Einige Funktionen sind bezahlt.

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Bottom Line:

Funktioniert Skype immer noch herrscht? Ja, Skype hat schon seit über 13 Jahren und hält immer noch als eine der besten Kommunikations-apps aller Zeiten. Es hat die beste Qualität und die beste video-Qualität bekommen Sie nicht von einer anderen app.

Skype

Skype

Skype Logo
Appsreview Score:
98/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

One of the greatest peer-to-peer communication apps of all time. It have the best voice quality and

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One of the greatest peer-to-peer communication apps of all time. It have the best voice quality and video quality you can get from any other app. It have a simple layout and navigating through all of the features is a breeze. This is in no doubt of my mind, the best communication app that you can download on the Windows, Android, IOS.

Videoconferencing in group. Chats. Calls to phones.

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Cons:

There isn’t an administration for chat rooms which can be a problem when their are rude people

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There isn’t an administration for chat rooms which can be a problem when their are rude people in the chatroom. And you can’t make emergency calls. Requires a good connection. High consumption of resources. Some features are paid.

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Bottom Line:

Does Skype still reigns supreme? Yes, Skype has been around for over 13 years and still holds up as one of the best communication apps of all time. It has the best call quality and the best video quality you can’t get from any other app.

Skype

Skype

Appsreview Score:
98/100 Points
User Rating

Pros:

One of the greatest peer-to-peer communication apps of all time. It have the best voice quality and

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One of the greatest peer-to-peer communication apps of all time. It have the best voice quality and video quality you can get from any other app. It have a simple layout and navigating through all of the features is a breeze. This is in no doubt of my mind, the best communication app that you can download on the Windows, Android, IOS.

Videoconferencing in group. Chats. Calls to phones.

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Cons:

There isn’t an administration for chat rooms which can be a problem when their are rude people

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There isn’t an administration for chat rooms which can be a problem when their are rude people in the chatroom. And you can’t make emergency calls. Requires a good connection. High consumption of resources. Some features are paid.

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Bottom Line:

Does Skype still reigns supreme? Yes, Skype has been around for over 13 years and still holds up as one of the best communication apps of all time. It has the best call quality and the best video quality you can’t get from any other app.