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Top 5 FREE Messaging Apps for Android

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Here are 5 of the Best Messaging Apps for your Android to replace your Stock SMS app. 1. Pulse SMS (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xyz.klinker.messenger 2. Textra SMS (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra 3. YAATA (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=rpkandrodev.yaata 4. Mood Messenger (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calea.echo 5. Android Messages (FREE) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging _____________________________________________________________ Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed
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Shannon920 (20 hours ago)
I've gone between GoSMS, Evolve and now,Mood Messenger. Out of all 3, Mood Messenger is my absolute favorite with Evolve coming in second. Very clean customization interface, all of the bells and whistles you want for free, a private box, and easy to use. I hope they never get rid of this!
mobile Apps (2 days ago)
Handcent Next SMS is a lovely the next generation of Texting App. Download the app Handcent Next SMS here >> http://mobileapplicationbangalore.com/handcent-next-sms/
Denita Mcfarland (8 days ago)
I want to forward texts from android to iphone. which one would you or your followers recommend? Thanks
XGAMERK (14 days ago)
Google hangouts
brandnew38 (16 days ago)
Verizon Messages
OfficialmONEy (22 days ago)
Been using Textra for a couple of years. I like it alot.
RC Cars & Stop Motion (26 days ago)
Hai, I have an android app.. It works both online and offline.. Please review my app.. This is my email : jobbonu87@gmail.com
W.C. Jr McCullars (28 days ago)
What about privacy settings?
Ravi Ravi (1 month ago)
does it need internet after downloading it
William Jeckson (1 month ago)
https://techstribe.com/messenger-for-sms-app-for-android This Message giving you a simple and easiest way to communicate with your friends by audio calls or Audio messages. yes, you just need to press the icon of Speech. If you are missing someone deadly then why are you waiting for, just click on the video icon and start a video call where you can see for seeing.
Why do you people use SMS?
fm1224 (1 month ago)
Read a lot of the comments...people asking bout SMS organizer by Microsoft....it's ONLY available in the country of India....NOTE! don't ask me why!
Luis Comic (1 month ago)
I actually _really_ like hangouts.
dat tran tien (1 month ago)
What is the theme you use???
FariDaBadBoi (1 month ago)
Seems like you forgot to me mention : Sms organiser
Victor Martinez (1 month ago)
I've been using Textra for years!
Terry Tung (1 month ago)
mysms is like pulse that is free. only with a pretty ugly icon. it even have a tablet app for your tablet. i use that tablet app apk on my second phone, so that both phones can send and receive texts with the same phone number!
Adams Fils (1 month ago)
How do I get my app reviewed here?
CaptainVane (1 month ago)
Textra and MightyText for messaging from my PC and tablet
Jon Boy (2 months ago)
Iphone lok
T Mackall (2 months ago)
Ive used most of them, mood is my shit. Peace
cmonson80 (2 months ago)
Android user here.  iMessage is still the best.  which is the only thing I miss about iOS.
molimits2 (2 months ago)
I love Textra. They just get what user experience is about.
Weber123531300 (1 month ago)
molimits2 It would be better If I could recieve picture messages
Groud Frank (2 months ago)
5 free messaging apps? They must all be from Google.
hector Rivera C. (2 months ago)
Textra is a great app. I've been using it for a couple of years. Be nice if you can change how you scroll on the message but that's a personal thing. I rather look up seeing them. Coming in than looking constantly looking down. Textra is great
John Edmonds (2 months ago)
Or just buy an iPhone 😂 iMessage had literally all of this lol.
HOKUM (16 days ago)
John Edmonds - Just tried setting up iMessage with iPhone to sync text messages to brand new 6th gen iPad and I finally gave up in disgust. A menu items was missing and no amount of cleverness could get it to appear. There is really nothing Apple offers that's worth all of the limitations they impose on their users. CM Browser on Android blows away both the Facebook app and Safari for using Facebook which is a bit insane. Apple creates limitations to keep app makers from surpassing its products. When I charge my Android tablet it looks like an aquarium but I couldn't get that basic function on iPad. Not to mention the pain transferring files was between iOS and Windows, athough I think they have ironed that out and now iTunes isn't deciding to delete my files from my computer without my permission. 😔
TopGunAce23 (2 months ago)
Textra was my fav sms app worked like a charm. Then I changed phones and It wouldn't send pic messages. reached out to Textra, didn't get any response. Reach out to the phone manuf..no action...reach out to my carrier..sent me through the whole troubleshooting, and at the end of the day was told that it was the app....I even upgraded textra
Legend of the Zygote (2 months ago)
Inuse Textra now... It doesn't have an indicator that a new message is there. The font remain the same, even on new messages. Am I missing something?
Cevensities (22 days ago)
Legend of the Zygote It does have an indicator, you need to go to settings and turn on that feature. It even lets you choose the color of your notification icon.
antmiket (2 months ago)
Pulse SMS is really great. If you are coming from iOS, it is the next best thing. Actually better in one aspect: I have a Pulse app on my Windows computer so I can text/mms from there. All messages synced in the cloud. It is also very clean and responsive, looks and works great.
Robert Ortiz (2 months ago)
Were you able to activate the Advance mode in Android Messages?
DeadofWinter321 (2 months ago)
Mood messenger is by far the best texting app I noticed. Has themes, over 100 different fonts to choose from and if you ever have any issues with the app, you get assistance the quickest. My least used SMS app (I switch it up from time to time) is Textra. It's more boring to use than Android Messages.
Speedsk8r (2 months ago)
Textra is awesome, I've been using it for about a 1 and a half good stuff👈🏾🤘🏾
Daniel Cardenas (3 months ago)
invi is a really cool and SMS app to try out
Jeewaka Dineth (2 months ago)
Daniel Cardenas thanks. Bht sadly not available for my country.😥
Daniel Cardenas (2 months ago)
Jeewaka Dineth https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.invi
Jeewaka Dineth (2 months ago)
Daniel Cardenas where can I find that?
Jonaq Niveer Sarma (3 months ago)
SMS Organiser by Microsoft? It's getting better by the day. The UI is somewhat ugly though
mel johns (3 months ago)
Mood, textra..
Benjamin Sam (3 months ago)
Come on!! Where is the SMS organiser from Microsoft...imho it's the best out there, very productive!
iTechUOutGuy (3 months ago)
I use TextNow. I tried to use Facebook Messenger but the app is so cluttered now. I might go back using Hangouts and Google Voice. Who knows.
Red Heart (3 months ago)
where is microsoft sms organizer
Yonathan Cherkos (3 months ago)
Mood Messenger is the best ......tnks....
Charles Yeo (3 months ago)
I envy the countries where SMS is pretty much unlimited with the phone plan. It costs too much to use sms here and everyone uses LINE or whatsapp
antmiket (3 months ago)
I like the LG stock messaging app on my G6 for simplicity. I have used Textra and ChompSMS which are nice customizable sms/mms apps. But my new favorite is PulseSMS. Being able to use it on my Windows laptop, G6 and iPad makes it a great iMessage replacement (I recently gave up an iPhone for the G6). Definitely worth the money for the lifetime subscription.
EmperorOfNyte82 (3 months ago)
I wish Google Voice would integrate with a third part app :( I never use my carrier number.
Rahul Kumar Sahoo (3 months ago)
I use SMS Organizer, you should check that out.
Sam Ashok (3 months ago)
You should try out Microsoft's SMS App. Really better than all messaging app featured in this video. The Name is "SMS Organizer" Try it. you wont be disappointed.
angel flores (3 months ago)
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jamel Singleton (3 months ago)
+1 Like button for pronouncing GIF correctly.
Gillian Collins (3 months ago)
Do all of these apps allow you to send texts using wifi?
Ashwin Mothilal (3 months ago)
SMS Organiser from Microsoft????🙄
Tejas Bobe (3 months ago)
You missed sms organiser
Richard Shelton (3 months ago)
Android Messages doesn't support GIFs, correct?
shiestjoo (3 months ago)
i use pulse. it's nice
Sékou SIDIBE (3 months ago)
Mood Messenger is the best !!!!!!! So much features, incredible !! Private mode included !!!!
Sékou SIDIBE (2 months ago)
Isn't it the best ??
Jeewaka Dineth (2 months ago)
Sékou SIDIBE I also use mode. 😍
RodimusPrime29 (3 months ago)
Love using Textra....have been using it for a while & absolutely love it!
Brian West (3 months ago)
I been using Textra for years. This is the first video I've ever saw that said Textra wasn't that customizable. Lol
Robert Eden (3 months ago)
do any of these allow an archive to a standard format (say XML) based on date, to get it out of the main SMS store database?
Bryan Belew (3 months ago)
Lost interest when you said "jifs."
Riley Coleman (3 months ago)
iMessage = Best
Leo Y (3 months ago)
Does Textra has the option to schedule a message when you buy the PRO version?
Brian West (3 months ago)
Leo Y.M Yes
Steven Zeh (4 months ago)
Ever heard of Signal?
CocainaBlaze (4 months ago)
SMS is archaic AF.
Mathäus Wegert (4 months ago)
I think Google's approach is way too simple for my taste. I wish you could get better options on stock Messenger.
Mathäus Wegert (1 month ago)
Yeah, I agree. That's one of the greatest reasons I hear why Apple users stick with Apple products, is because of iMessage. So it's a small thing, but small things make the user experience enough to stay within an ecosystem.
coffee 7 (2 months ago)
yea no effort put into it at all .. i dont understand why cant they make an app that looks exactly iMessage , and make it work together..its just somehow the developers always seem to make the apps look smoother and nicer for iOS
ofthesic0133 (4 months ago)
Coming from an ex iPhone user, messaging on Android is a fucking nightmare. Any media sent can't be viewed unless it downloads and saves to your camera roll. What kind of shite is that? WhatsApp is a nightmare, you'll have a folder filled with 1000 images in a week.
Maxwell Weinbach (4 months ago)
Stock Samsung messenger.
Humaiz Azad (4 months ago)
Best Gallery app?
Himanshu Gupta (4 months ago)
I used Pulse, really great app also I think "SMS Organizer" from MS must be added here, its also great app, what you think..
Deepak Sharma (4 months ago)
Try Microsoft's SMS Organiser
Yuval88fish (4 months ago)
idk about other places, but in israel whatsapp is the go to messaging app. litteraly everybody is using it
Lues (4 months ago)
SMS in 2017?! Wtf
fuckingalaskamiright (4 months ago)
How the fuck did you know I got a OnePlus 5T
tom mc (4 months ago)
Sorry I havnt been on here for a while, was this android authority??
Rhey Lewis (4 months ago)
Mood
Jeremy Soo (4 months ago)
Said Gifs wrong, un-subbed.
Pyramid Head (4 months ago)
I use Textra SMS for my SMS/MMS needs and with Windows 10 and Cortana on your Android device you can send and receive messages on your computer.
Harsh P (4 months ago)
Merry Christmas.
BuilderBro9000 (4 months ago)
0:15 I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here but the creator of "gif" does not reserve the right to alter the English language because nowhere is there a "j" or even a "j" sound in the words "Graphics Interchange Format" so people that say "jif" need to learn to say it properly
Ryan Barrett (3 months ago)
pronounced graficks inetrchanJ format. so theres a j sound at the end of interchange.
BuilderBro9000 (3 months ago)
Matthew Davisson Try pronouncing "Graphics Interchange Format" out loud and ask someone who has good hearing if they heard a single "j" sound. Their answer may surprise you ;)
Matthew Davisson (3 months ago)
BuilderBro9000 I guess you have never heard words like giant, gigantic, giraffe, or gingersnap???
Brad Nerdy Nay (4 months ago)
I go between Textra SMS, EvolveSMS, ChompSMS and Android Messages. Now, I'm going to download Yaata SMS to see what has changed!
Ronand Almazar (2 months ago)
Brad Nerdy Nay me too bro.
Manny Success (4 months ago)
Just started Yaata and so far it's really good but all of the other options are good too. Shout out to the developer of Yaata for creating the app by himself. I upgraded to premium just to show love.
Nived Ullas (4 months ago)
What widget ate you using
Murlikrishna Chippa (4 months ago)
SMS Organizer by Microsoft is the best SMS app, it's free no in app purchase, clean and useful.
Avenge LT (16 days ago)
Murlikrishna Chippa except that it's only avalanche in India 🙃
Alex Wong (4 months ago)
But can any of these support group messaging?
Alexander Kot (4 months ago)
Using SMS in 2k17? O_o
selw0nk (4 months ago)
You are missing Signal Private Messenger
Jerry Huang (4 months ago)
Wow, I don't use any or heard of any of these apps. I use whatsapp, wechat, line, fb messenger.
Dany V (4 months ago)
What's an SMS?
Douglas Smith (4 months ago)
Messaging...Used Textra, but seemed to be overridden by the stock app on my LG G6 for some reason , even when I shut off the Lg app in settings...
Jeremy C. (4 months ago)
why you exposing your phone#
Yener (4 months ago)
here in europe no one is using SMS i dont know why the US is still using this olddated format!
Darwin Cruz (4 months ago)
Textra because I bought it way way back. :)
Shaun (4 months ago)
thank you
Looods (4 months ago)
Curious, why would anyone use SMS when there are tens of internet messengering apps like what’s app, telegram, Allo, and so many more??
Jason M (3 months ago)
SMS can be sent to pretty much anyone using a cell phone.
Matthew Davisson (3 months ago)
Looods I literally only know a couple of people who use WhatsApp. That's not very universal. I know about 30 that use allo.
Looods (4 months ago)
John Doe haha to start my question had no ill intention but regardless this is the internet haha Two what’s app has over a billion users it doesn’t get anymore “universal” and internet is just part of life (to those who’ll watch this video so to those without an internet connection this video is irrelevant anyway). I get your point though, still I have no clue why anyone would use sms.
John Doe (4 months ago)
Looods maybe it's because SMS universal and doesn't require an internet connection....oh wait, that's exactly why
Rix Morales (4 months ago)
For me, Android Messages is still the preferable one, though I would appreciate if it would allow sending text messages through Internet, and a web app
Andrew Griesmann (4 months ago)
You could have stopped at Pulse. It's the best.
Darek (4 months ago)
Gifs, not Jifs! 😋
Yassir Rossel (4 months ago)
Make a top for the most useful mobile apps
thesmart1 (4 months ago)
It's "Gif" not "Jif" 😱
thesmart1 (1 month ago)
Tech for Kings it stands for "graphic" interchange format, not jraphic...
thesmart1 (1 month ago)
mikecantreed nice to meet you Fag!
pat 1 (2 months ago)
I thought it was gif
DuckPin2011 (2 months ago)
No one cares what the creator calls it. In case anyone cares... "jif" is already taken.
Tech for Kings (3 months ago)
thesmart1 thankfully, the creator has already settled this idiotic debate. Hint: you're WRONG!
Raymond Erazo (4 months ago)
Android messages....
MrRiggyRiggs (4 months ago)
Textra, end video!
Himanshu Chamoli (4 months ago)
Paid video?
Raresch Oprea (4 months ago)
Hy there to you all. I have a question about those app, if you could answer me. I search for a messages app that can combine chat entries from the same contact in the same windows. So, if a contact in my list has more numbers and gives me a SMS from different numbers, I would like to see them in the same window and to have the whole conversation in the same place. Also, I would like to have the option to reply to a specific number, the last one or the one that I have select, and not use the feature of sending a message to all the numbers that contact has, but only to one of the numbers. Do you know if any of those apps have this feature? Or any other app? Thank you very much for the answer, and Happy Holidays!
MARTY SINCE87 (4 months ago)
I used textra for years

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