More and more people are texting these days.

Our smartphones enable us to instantly communicate throughout the whole world.

Not only is it used for personal connection but also for business and marketing objectives such as verifying your accounts and your purchases, running a promotional campaign through SMS and many more.

But usually, the default or the pre-loaded and built-in options aren’t always the best.

With over literally hundreds of different messaging platforms in the market, it can get confusing what to choose from these.

In order for you to avoid wasting time and energy looking for any texting app in the Play store, we have listed 10 of the best texting apps and SMS apps for your Android smartphone.

Hope it makes your texting experience better.

1. Android Message

Android Message is a messaging app developed by Google and the app is probably already on your phone. It is also highly reliable and has a huge richness of chat.

The app is super clean and has amazing UI, very simple to use and is also RCS-compliant.

Features of Android Message:

  • Clean, intuitive, and comfortable design
  • Easy sharing
  • Audio messages, emoji, stickers
  • Send and receive payments with Google Pay
  • Powerful search
  • See when your friends are typing or check whether they have read your message
  • Share images and videos in high quality, and many more.

They also have a web version too in case you wanna text in your computer (not for me personally).

Price: Free

2. Handcent Next SMS

Handcent is a powerful Texting app with a ton of great features and settings. It has all kind of new features, visual and stability improvements.

They also have a Cloud back-up which will keep your mind at ease and never worry about losing your texts ever again. Handcent really emphasizes on their security and they used the reliable guard to keep your texts secure and safe.

Features of Handcent Next SMS:

  • Ultimate Customization- Gorgeous themes and backgrounds
  • Handcent Anywhere-  You can Send your text messages from any device (your PC, Mac, or Tablet)
  • MMS plus – Share full-size multimedia(pics, audio, video)
  • Pop up- You can also Quickly reply to your messages with the pop-up window
  • Private Box- Your own totally encrypted personal message box
  • SMS Backup
  • SMS Blocker/Blacklisting
  • Scheduled Task
  • Emoji and Stickers

Price: Free

3. Chomp SMS

Chomp SMS has been for a while since the good old days of Android, it is a classic one and it’s also still one of the best messaging apps in the market.

Over the years, it has evolved into an app that really embraces the Material Design while still having a ton of features too.

Features of Chomp SMS:

  • Passcode lock,
  • Scheduled SMS sender (reminders, birthday wishes)
  • Backup
  • Blacklisting / SMS blocker
  • Quick reply popup (even on lock screen)
  • Multi-select picture gallery
  • MMS and GROUP messaging

Price: Free

4. Mood Messenger

Mood Messenger is a new face in the messaging space. But over a short span of time, it has proved it’s worth and is one of the best-rated alternatives to your default Android SMS & MMS App

It is simple, smooth and effective with a user-friendly UI and dozens of awesome features. The best thing about this app is that it is 100% Ad-free.

Features of Mood Messenger:

  • Fully Customizable- (colors, over 100 themes, text size, Animated Emojis, etc)
  • Typing indicator
  • Group conversations
  • Chat Encryption
  • Private conversation and protect them with a password
  • Spam blocking/Blacklisting
  • Animated GIF library
  • Schedule your messages
  • Delay sending to avoid mistakes
  • Pin important conversations at the top of the list

Price: Free

5. Persona 5 IM

If you want a novelty texting app, then Persona 5 IM is your go to because it is the best among them right now. It has an interesting look and a bit more stylish than most of the SMS apps on the Play Store.

They also offer some personalization options too- Color theme, fancy animations, and much more.

Features of Persona 5 IM:

  • Send, receive and delete messages
  • Notifications alert
  • Change the color scheme
  • Cool animations
  • Completely free

Price: Free

Important Note: Persona 5 IM is not available on Play Store anymore

6. GO SMS Pro

Go SMS Pro is a simple, intuitive, personalizing and fun messaging app with beautiful themes, lovely stickers, private box, pop up windows, GO chat (send free SMS & MMS), dual sim support, and much more.

However, your features are limited and the ability to remove ads unless you purchase the premium version which cost just $19.99.

Features of Go SMS Pro:

  • Hundreds of personalized themes and lovely stickers
  • Private box
  • Sticky conversations
  • Pop up new messages
  • SMS blocker
  • Delay to send
  • Identify calls
  • Support disabling all sponsored messages (Pro Features)
  • Advanced Private Box for renaming or hiding entrance (Pro Features)
  • Unlimited cloud storage space for message backup (Pro Features)
  • Free to enjoy all paid themes (Pro Features)

Price: Free/$19.99

7. Pulse SMS

Pulse SMS is a messaging app that is not only for an Android smartphone but seamlessly, across all your devices including PC and tablet (for just $0.99 per month).

It is fast, secure, and packed with all the features and customization.

Features of Pulse SMS:

  •  Fluid animations
  • Password protected
  • Share GIFs with your messages, from Giphy
  • Automatic message backup and restore
  • Blacklist pesky spammers
  • Delayed sending
  • Automated replies

Price: Free/$0.99

8. Textra SMS

Textra SMS is a beautiful, super fast and an alternative to your stock Android messaging app. It is a solid texting app and it also comes with a bunch of great features and highly customizable.

It is also fully compatible with Pushbullet, MightyText, Android Wear and Android Auto (car).

Features of Textra SMS:

  • It has over180+ of material design theme and bubble with app icon colors
  • Dark, light & auto-night modes
  • Scheduled (future) SMS & MMS
  • Quick reply SMS popup
  • Quick voice memos
  • GIFs and 21 text sizes
  • Message blocker/blacklisting
  • Pin-to-top
  • Automatic video & picture compression

Price: Free


QKSMS is one of the OGs and has been around for a couple of years. It is a  beautiful messaging app with a simple UI, ease of use, lightweight and very fast.

The app is also completely ad-free and open source too. (the way messaging app should be)

Features of QKSMS:

  • Dual-SIM
  • Clean- beautiful, intuitive, and clutter-free design
  • Highly Customizable
  • Share your photos and stickers, or join your friends in a group chat
  • Back up and Restore your messages
  • Block conversations and manage your blacklist
  • Reply to your messages from anywhere- Pop Up/Android Wear, etc
  • Full support for TalkBack and Samsung Voice Assistant.

Price: Free


YAATA is a true spirit of Android and one of the very few texting apps that are actually good. It has several customization offers and you can personalize and configure it your needs.

It is powerful, reliable and very fast.

Features of YAATA:

  • Complete Multimedia Support
  • Group Chats
  • Send Delay
  • Chat head
  • Repeat reminds for missed messages
  • Light, Dark, Black, Card-based and Random Palette
  • Create your own themes with customizable contact pictures
  • Timestamp options
  • Archiving
  • Scheduled Message Sending (Premium)
  • Blacklisting (Premium)
  • Auto forward (Premium)

It also has a premium version which allows you to unlock pro features.

Price: Free/Offers in-app purchases


Did you find this roundup of 10 Best Texting apps for Android helpful?

Do you have a favorite Texting app? If you have so, simply let us know in the comments below!

Hopefully, you find something you liked on this list! I’m sure all of you have different opinions and choices which makes sense if it works better for your workflow.

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