Best Free Texting Apps For Android 2018

Not everyone uses WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger: in some cases a good old SMS message is always preferred. We’ve put together a list of the best apps to achieve this.

A lot of you probably have unlimited texts in your data plan, but let’s face it, they aren’t used much with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger which are so popular. Maybe you want to give up Facebook and WhatsApp after data privacy issues. So it makes sense to download an SMS app to get a better texting experience with improved security, personalization and more.

Best for fun features: Mood Messenger

Mood Messenger is a newer messaging / SMS / MMS app which is ideal for casual users. It offers a host of cool features from internet messaging apps such as animated emoticons, location sharing, keystroke and chat heads. It’s also suitable for creatives who love customization with a plethora of themes and backgrounds available. Best of all, the app is free and has no ads.

Mood Messenger - SMS & MMS
Mood Messenger - SMS & MMS

Best for themes: GO SMS Pro

GO SMS Pro is a great all-inclusive text messaging app. It really helps you get the most out of these unlimited SMS plans. There are advertisements, but you often have to click on the animation-advertisement feature to see them. You have great features, but the best part about this app is the themes and stickers.

The themes of the GO SMS Pro app are really well designed and integrate well with its interface. You have to download each one from Google Play, but once you do, they’re easy to set up. Many of them are free, but if you want specialists you have to pay extra.

The “Send Timeout” option is a good idea to activate in case you make a mistake. This happens often. I received a lot of messages that I wanted to retrieve quickly. If you’ve ever sent a nasty word to a contact, you’ll probably want to use the blacklist feature to prevent that from happening, well… you get the point.

GO SMS Pro - Themes, Emoji
GO SMS Pro - Themes, Emoji

Ideal for personalization: Handcent Next SMS

It takes a few minutes to set up, but Handcent Next SMS has some great customization features that give you a seamless personalized experience, making texting enjoyable and looking like instant messaging apps like WhatsApp or WeChat.

You will notice that it is a really clean experience. You have the impression that you can move quickly through its functions without cluttering your screen. It also has features like party e-cards or text messages for birthdays or holidays. You can even take inspiration from heartfelt messages made public by other texters.

The customization features really make Handcent shine and we highly recommend that you take advantage of them. You can use a skin for their interface and you can choose from a few good ones, which they update frequently. There are also some interesting themes. The in-text personalization features really keep you coming back as it changes the way you interact with texting in general.

Handcent Next SMS (best SMS with MMS)
Handcent Next SMS (best SMS with MMS)

Best for simplicity: Android messages

We’re not Hangouts fans, which complicates the simple process of sending texts, but Android Messages is another story. It harnesses many of the finer qualities of Hangouts while reducing clutter. Messages has an eye-soothing interface, and in addition to sending texts, you can take photos and record audio messages from the app.

This is a typical Google app because it describes the basics of what it should do.

Messages
Messages

Best for Multiple Devices: MySMS

MySMS is covered with rave reviews from the press and users. 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 number.

It supports group messaging and MMS, scheduling, exporting and saving messages, and connecting to services like Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Many of the advanced features require a premium subscription, but at just $ 9.99 per year, MySMS is hardly going to break the bank.

mysms - SMS from your PC
mysms - SMS from your PC

Ideal for security: Signal Private Messenger

If you like to err on the side of caution, Signal Private Messenger is hard to overlook. It’s super secure – you can’t even take screenshots of the app. Signal Private Messenger 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 text message content as it passes through data centers. Signal only handles encrypted content so your messages are secure in transit. All your attachments are also encrypted.

Signal - Private messaging
Signal - Private messaging

Best full service: SMS SMS

chomp SMS has been around for a long time and has become one of the most popular SMS apps for Android. Its features include a large number of emoticons, passcode app locks, messaging locks, intense privacy options, blacklists and quick response popups, not to mention plenty of customization options, as well as Pushbullet and Android Wear compatibility.

Chomp SMS
Chomp SMS

Best Look: QKSMS

QKSMS is one of the prettiest SMS apps we’ve seen. It offers material design as well as a range of themes, night mode, personalization, quick responses, group messaging, message scheduling, etc. 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 an in-app purchase of $ 1.99.

QKSMS
QKSMS

Best all-rounder: EvolveSMS / Pulse

EvolveSMS is the Google-inspired SMS app we wish Hangouts to be. EvolveSMS is feature rich, with support for multimedia messages (including GIFs) and even smartwatch compatibility. The default orange interface is very pretty, but you can also grab more themes if you want to drop a small coin for the customization pack.

Swiping between conversations and a navigation drawer makes it easy to navigate and offers plenty of pre-loaded and free customization options. If you want an SMS app that does it all, use Evolve.

EvolveSMS (Text Messaging)
EvolveSMS (Text Messaging)

The developer of EvolveSMS has created not one, but two SMS apps, and frankly the second deserves a spot in the list as well. Pulse SMS offers a complete SMS application for your phone for free with all the following advantages: user-friendly interface, personalization, multimedia content sharing, contact management, blacklist, etc. It also allows you to use it from other devices, such as your laptop, for an additional subscription fee.

Pulse SMS (Phone / Tablet / Web)
Pulse SMS (Phone / Tablet / Web)

Are you using your unlimited texts? Do you prefer any of these apps over WhatsApp or Messenger? Let us know in the comments below!