Our Top 10 Mobile Messaging Apps Right Now

Emailing and calling have become a thing of the past, or so it seems, with instant messaging apps taking over as the primary means of staying connected quickly and at no cost. There are not only used to send and receive text messages, but also images, videos, audio files, documents, and business cards. But, with hundreds of mobile messaging apps available online, how can you choose the best of the best? Here's a list of the 10 most popularly used messaging apps around the world.

1. WhatsApp

A name known around the world, WhatsApp is by far, the best messaging app to have on your device. It allows users to send and receive texts, make voice and video calls, share images and videos, send documents, and more, to any part of the world - for free. Its end-to-end encryption makes it incredibly safe to use and since the app offers cross-platform use, it works well on Android, iOS, and Windows as well as MacOS and Windows PC’s.

2. Viber

With a catchphrase that reads “Connect. Freely”, Viber delivers a unique connectivity process that encourages users to always stay connected. The app is compatible with multiple platforms including Mac, Windows, and Linux PC systems along with Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones and tablets. Viber is relatively easier to use as compared to its competitors and brings creative stickers for making your chats more personal. The app also allows high-quality calls locally and internationally.

3. LINE Mobile Messaging

Whether it's messaging or calling, LINE offers one of the best and most creative experiences available online. It brings a completely new feel to the otherwise ordinary messaging world. Users can chat one-on-one or create groups to chat with multiple people simultaneously. It even allows free domestic and international voice and video calls. The app holds a large number of stickers, themes, and games to make every conversation stand out. With LINE Out, purchases can be made to unlock premium items. The app is compatible with Windows, Android, iOS, and MacOS.

4. Snapchat

Offering the most unique messaging experience, Snapchat stands out as one of the most popular apps online. Although it doesn't bring the conventional text messaging, it does let you send and receive multimedia messages. Every image that is shared instantly disappears within a few seconds. The content that can be shared include images, videos, and come with a number of filters and effects to make every conversation even more memorable. The app is compatible with devices running Android and iOS.

5. Google Hangouts

Previously known as Google Talk, Hangouts is freely available for everyone with a Google account. The app lets you message and call friends and family for free - both locally and internationally. You can either choose to have a one-on-one conversation or create groups of up to 100 people for messaging and up to 10 people for calls. You can even share images, media content, stickers, GIFs, emojis, and more.

6. Voxer

Voxer is an easy to use push-to-talk app that works like a walkie-talkie. It lets users share quick voice messages and listen to them as and when you choose. The voice message is either played through the device's speakers or is saved like a voicemail. Users can also send text and photos with high-quality encryption and security. The app works well on all cellular networks and Wi-Fi networks. The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices including Apple Watch and Samsung's Gear S2.

7. HeyTell

Another push-to-talk app is HeyTell which encourages users to send instant voice messages to other users. It is extremely easy to use with a “Hold and Speak” button that is used to click and speak into. Recipients receive a push notification when a voice message comes in. There is no need to sign in or create an account and is compatible with all platforms including iOS and Android. It is free to use but does come with in-app purchases for premium items.

8. Telegram

Using a cloud-based platform, Telegram lets users send and receive secure messages to any part of the world. Messages can be sent from all devices simultaneously. Users can send and receive messages, images, videos, and other files and documents. Create groups of up to 5000 people and share your memories with all your friends and family. The app doesn't have any calling features and specializes in messages only. The app is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux platforms.

9. Talkatone

Featuring an intuitive design and UI, Talkatone is a useful communications app that offers users with free text messages, free calls and a phone number that can be utilized for free via the app. Available on both Android and iOS platforms, this app comes with a simplified design that is similar to a normal mobile UI. Make calls and send text messages by simply tapping your phone book and swiping through your contacts to make calls and take calls. Sending SMS is similar to a normal phone and can be accessed by clicking on the SMS tab on your phone, which would automatically open the Talkatone app. The app gives users with free minutes to call every month, only to Canadian and US numbers.

10. Silent Phone

Silent Phone is a uniquely designed, encrypted calling and messaging service that is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Transfer files including PDF, doc, MOV, JPG and PNG files, send voice memos, voicemails, and experience high quality, secured conference calls with up to 6 people, that includes video calls, and communicate with people all over the world. Thanks to its high-level security and privacy the Silent Phone app is ideal for multinational companies, businesses as well as for government utilization. The app also comes with an auto-destruct feature that “burns” texts messages from one minute to three months.

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