Communicating on your phone has gone for a long way past simple SMS messages and voice calls. Now we have social messengers, secret messengers, professional messengers, and power-packed messengers, so it tends to be hard to settle on which services are worth your time.
If you need a little help choosing what to use to ask your friends if they’re free for coffee or fuming with gifs about the latest episode and what morons your most loved characters are being, here are our favorites.
Adaptable and Data-Light
WhatsApp is one of the best and most popular messengers in the world, with scramble multimedia chat, VoIP voice and video calls, and a drop-dead setup.
We prefer WhatsApp more before it got purchased by Facebook, but the service itself is still not bad, widely-used, and in many places is more reliable than SMS, so it’s still well worth its spot as our top proposal. now you can get it from Google Play Store without any charges. just visit there and download it.
Signal has been standout amongst the most well-trusted secure messaging systems on the block for years. It’s totally free and uses end-to-end encryption protocol to guarantee your privacy with every message you send.
It uses your effectively existing phone number, so there are no additional hoops to jump through like a new password or username. it is free at Google Play Store you just need to download it and use it.
For Professionals and Pro-Members
We’ve used Slack for our in-company chatting for length of time I’ve worked at Android Central, and I was shocked to discover that Slack was available for regular users alongside its corporate use,
but whether you simply want to Slack your classmates with some choice gifs or need to converse with your boss about your timetable, Slack is awesome and I adore it. it is also free at the Google Play store.
Get Your Game Chat On
Discord is part IRC chat, part message board, and all magnificent. It is focused more at group chatting than individual chats, yet it’s accessible on just about any platform you can think of,
it’s not difficult to manage, share, and moderate, and its gamer-centric focus has made it extremely exceptional responsive service that’s snappy to update and expand. it is free at Google Play Store.
I’m Not Dying
Reports of Hangouts approaching “death” are exceedingly exaggerated, and while the classic Hangouts app might be sunset in a few years, the Hangouts service will proceed with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet,
the latter of which we’ve been appreciating for our team meetings for months. Hangouts are still one of the easiest to adopt because it uses your Google account. it is free at Google Play Store.
Because Everyone Has Facebook
Facebook has done some pretty despicable things over the most recent couple of years, but Facebook Messenger continues to be one of the more-used messenger apps around by the basic value of everyone and their grandmother having a Facebook account.
It has some decent features, but it also has some annoying and obtrusive ones, too. it is free at Google Play store.
Snapchat may be better delegated as a social media network, but Snapchat is based around messaging and millions fell in love with its self-deleting photos and ease of use as a way to trash talk frenemies, send pictures/videos that you don’t want spreading around the school, and obviously its numerous selfie filters.
you can download it from Google Play Store and enjoy it.
Security is Vital
Regardless of whether you’re intending to do on your messaging service is a discussion to some buddies and maybe plan some jewel heists which means surprise parties and you should care about your messaging service is secure and dependable. Of the 8 services listed here, all but LINE support two-factor confirmation, and few of them support encryption for messages, including Whatsapp, Signal, and Snapchat.
Self-deleting messages and notifications of when messages are screenshotted or reshared give Snapchat some additional appearance of security, but there are ways around those protocols and Snapchat’s had issues of self-deleting photos not getting deleted from their servers previously. On the other hand, the ability to delete specific messages permanently from a group chat is a decent feature on Signal that I wish would come to more services, but at least services like Whatsapp being able to unsend a message a couple of minutes after an accidental send is pleasant.
How many friends can you persuade to switch?
The problem with picking a messenger app is that normally you can’t just use one. Some friends will be on Facebook, some will be on Whatsapp, and there’s that one weirdo that still uses Hangouts. You can try and guide your friends towards one platform or another, but remember that you may need to compromise and pick a platform your friends already use.