Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 Android/iOS: We live in a world of instant messaging where time and distance do not matter anymore. With the latest messaging apps installed on our phones, people can reach friends instantly no matter where they are in the world. It’s easy to see how mobile chat applications have made communications and our lives so much easier. Let’s get started with the Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 Android/iOS.
Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 Android/iOS
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There is a slew of mobile chat apps available nowadays that can cater to different users with their own unique needs. If you are not familiar with the latest, here is a rundown of some of the most popular instant messaging applications today.
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Viber is certainly one of the today’s most popular chat applications. Set up is pretty easy, all you need is a SIM card and phone functionality. It requires your phone number to log in and syncs with your smartphone to help you find other contacts who are also using the app. Viber allows you to send texts, photos, voice messages, videos, stickers and emoticons for free to fellow Viber users. Users are charged a fee when calling landline phones and non-Viber numbers.
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Another popular messaging app of today’s mobile generation is WhatsApp. It’s easy to set up and automatically syncs with your contacts. The app is ad-free and offers many features. You can send text messages, voice, photos and video messages to other WhatsApp contacts. WhatsApp requires phone functionality and therefore will not work on all devices. It can be used for free now, this application takes the number 2 spot on our Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017.
Aimed at security-conscious users, Telegram is quickly gaining attention. The app features encrypted chat messaging and a Secure Chat mode that provides end-to-end encryption so that only the sender and receiver can read their messages. Messages can be set to self-destruct. Users can create and join group chats of up to 200 users. The telegram also allows video and document sharing.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotalk&hl=en – Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/dotalk/id1085356464?mt=8 – iOS
Although fairly new, DoTalk is a game-changer in the world of messaging apps. DoTalk is a talk and translates app that aims to remove the language barrier by allowing users to chat with anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. The chat features real-time messaging that can be translated into 90 languages. You can use the mic to speak and your message will be translated in real-time. DoTalk is free to use and more features will be added in the coming months.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.orca&hl=en – Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/messenger/id454638411?mt=8 -iOS
Coming on number 4 spot in our Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 list is facebook Messenger, As one of the most popular social networks today, it’s no surprise that Facebook has its very own messaging app – Facebook Messenger. By signing in via Facebook, users can send friends to chat messages, voice clips, and videos. The app also features Chat Heads that pop up on the screen allowing users to chat even when using other apps. Facebook Messenger also has its arsenal of stickers for users to best express their emotions.
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Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/wechat/id414478124?mt=8 iOS
With over 400 million users, WeChat is without a doubt one of the most popular messaging apps around. The app has dominated the Chinese mobile web, providing users with free instant messaging, voice and video calls, multimedia messaging and group chat. WeChat has fun features like People Nearby, Friend Radar and Shake – features that allow users to find people to chat within the immediate area.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.naver.line.android&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/line/id443904275?mt=8 iOS
The reason this application is our Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 list is because the line is a very popular app, especially in Asia, with more than 600 million users. This app is feature rich. It combines a timeline similar to Facebook, where you can post and your friends can comment on your posts, in addition to having all the standard features of a messaging app. Calls to landlines, and Line to Line free video or voice calls are available. There’s also a very healthy store of stickers packed with Line characters that are famous in Asia. Group chat allows for chats of up to 200 participants. You can, similar to Twitter, follow artists and brands on Line. It also allows the user to set up albums and share them with friends. Recently, Line introduced encryption to chats as well.
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Since its inception, Skype has pretty much ruled the instant messaging world. While the app is widely known for its voice and video calls, it also allows users to send photos and short video messages to fellow users even when they are offline. Skype Credits are also available which allow users to call landlines and mobile phones.
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Coming on number 8th position on our Top 15 Best Messaging Apps 2017 list is ooVoo. ooVoo is yet another instant messaging and voice calling app that a lot of users find useful in their day to day communications. The app allows you to talk with up to twelve people at a time making it a great app for groups of friends from different locations who want to catch up. When linked to your Facebook account, ooVoo uploads your friend’s list to the contact page. While service is free between ooVoo users, calling mobile phones and landlines will cost an amount.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/google-allo-smart-messaging/id1096801294?mt=8 iOS
Allo is the newest chat app from Google. The main attraction is Google’s new Assistant feature. Allo makes it possible for iOS users to enjoy Google Assistant. It offers typical features such as photo sharing, emojis, and stickers, but the main feature is Assistant. You can have a conversation with Google’s Assistant, and it functions in a similar way to Siri or Cortana.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.shapeservices.impluslite&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/im-instant-messenger/id285688934?mt=8 iOS
For people with accounts on every service, IM+ may be the solution. This app allows you to send and receive instant messages from a wide variety of services. If you have accounts with Google, AIM, Twitter, ICQ, Yahoo, Facebook, Live, and more, you can add them all to IM+ and chat from just one app. If you’re still relying on older messaging apps, or have many lingering accounts that aren’t WhatsApp or Line, then you can aggregate them all in IM+ and simplify your life.
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Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/signal-private-messenger/id874139669?mt=8 iOS
Signal, from Open Whisper System, is one of the most highly recommended apps when it comes to chatting encryption and security. This app has military grade encryption for all your messaging and voice calls. It supports sending texts, voice calls, group messages, and sending media attachments. Edward Snowden famously recommended this app, which makes it a top pick for people who are looking for security, first and foremost.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snapchat.android&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/snapchat/id447188370?mt=8 iOS
Snapchat has risen in popularity with the young crowd and celebrities alike. It allows you to share photos and videos that self-destruct. You can send a friend a “snap” for a brief period of time before it disappears. Its most famous feature is funny filters for your video snaps, and it also offers photo editing. It’s definitely the most fun way of delivering bite-sized communications to date.
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Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kik.android&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/kik/id357218860?mt=8 iOS
Kik is another popular IM app for Android which doesn’t depend on phone numbers for contacts. Instead, you can add people via usernames and hold group chats with up to 50 people.
Apart from sending text messages, you can also share images and even funny GIFs and memes. If you want an Instant Messaging client that’s fun to use, Kik is the way to go.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imo.android.imoim&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/imo-free-video-calls-and-chat/id336435697?mt=8 iOS
Those who have been using smartphones for more than just 3 years would know that IMO has come a long way from being an IM client that allowed people to use their existing accounts from one app to an app that has its own online community.
Today the app offers its own free voice and video calls along with quick Instant Messaging between groups and contacts. You are also likely to find several of your friends on IMO, so it is a good IM app overall.
Download for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&hl=en Android
Download for https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/hangouts/id643496868?mt=8 iOS
Coming to the end of our Top 15 Banned Android Apps 2017 list, Always staying on top of things, Google also has Hangouts designed to bring people together. Hangouts allow users to talk and “hang out” with up to ten people. The app can be used via Wi-Fi and mobile networks. It allows for easy sharing of photos and has its own collection of emojis. With Hangouts, you can video chat using your smartphone or tablet.
What mobile chat app do you use? You might want to consider making the switch and use one of these apps to discover something new.