Top 8 Best Free Android Texting Apps

These days, with all the messaging apps out there, it almost seems as though the SMS has been forgotten. Apps like WhatsApp allow you to send SMS messages through your carrier if you or the recipient is not online within the client, which almost reduces SMS messages to your average IM. There are however a bunch of great free text messaging apps out there for Android users, for those who still communicate mainly via SMS. Many of these are third party apps that look to replace your existing SMS system on your device, and many offer the kind of functionality and features that the average Android device cannot quite match. Not everybody uses WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, after all! There are many of our readers out there that still prefer the good old SMS and want to take full advantage of the free text plans they have on their current cellular setup. Checkout some of our favorite text messaging apps below, and then tell us yours!

8. GO SMS Pro (Free)

GO SMS Pro is certainly one of the more popular and colorful text messaging apps currently available for Android users, and there is good reason for this. It includes a huge range of themes and customization options to choose from, and some excellent features such as SMS blocking, delayed texts, dual SIM support and a whole lot more. There is also a neat emphasis here on security, with a privacy box that allows you to send encrypted messages to your friends. And of course, as mentioned above, the app is very colorful as third party SMS apps go, and boasts a range of great emojis and stickers to choose from. While it can seem bloated at times, GO SMS Pro is well worth checking out. – Download from Google Play

7. Mightytext (Free)

It would be remiss of me not to mention MightyText when coming up with a list of the best free Android text messaging apps, but I should note right at the top that this isn’t exactly an SMS app in itself. It’s basically a neat application or tool for sending and receiving texts via your computer, and ccan then be synced up with your Android device so that you can access them on either. There are built in backup and restore options too, meaning that no matter what terrible fate befalls your PC or your smartphone or your tablet, your messages will remaind safe and sound and can be accessed from anywhere.  – Download from Google Play

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6. EvolveSMS (Free)

Another excellent option when it comes to meeting your SMS needs and texting desires on your Android device is EvolveSMS, which is a Google-inspired alternative to what you might have been using to send text messages up to this point. It is jam packed with a range of great features that look to appeal to just about every user, with multimedia messages fully supported and even compatibility with smartwatches. There are customization options when it comes to themes, which is great since the default orange theme isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. Navigation here is a breeze when swiping is involved, and the actual choosing between different customization options is quite easy thanks to the well laid out presets that will help you choose. There are one or two text messaging apps out there from third party developers that can be said to “do it all”, and EvolveSMS is certainly one of these. – Download from Google Play

5. QKSMS (Free)

I’ll state this right here: this is a list of Android apps that are looking to replace one of the stock functionalities of your device, so the influence of Material Design in terms of the UIs seen here is going to be pretty heavy. QKSMS is one that makes excellent use of this, but at the same time offers a range of different themes and customization options to keep everyone happy. There is group messaging, message scheduling, and a whole lot more – all of which is produced in this clean and simple environment free of clutter and free of ads. – Download from Google Play

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4. Textra SMS (Free)

Customization is a word thrown around quite often when discussing the relative merits of the Android platform, but doesn’t seem like something that you would talk about when discussing the best text messaging apps. Textra SMS is living proof of the contrary, however: it is yet another app that makes great use of the Material Design approach, meaning that it will at least visually be in line with some of the other apps you are using on your Android devices. And as we say, there are loads of different customization options, including floating notifications, quick reply popups, customizable notification types and a whole lot more. – Download from Google Play

3. Google Messenger (Free)

While Hangouts tends to violently divide people, especially those that use Skype as a verb, Google Messenger is a hard app to hate. Where Hangouts tends to overcomplicate things in certain areas, especially when it comes to sending messages, Google Messenger does the exact opposite. It provides the better communication functionality of Hangouts, only without a lot of the clutter that is typically involved, with a clean Material design UI that is a joy to navigate and involves very short loading times indeed. The Google Messenger app allows you to send texts, take photos and even record audio messages within the app, so should be considered an essential go to app for most Android users. – Download from Google Play

2. MySMS (Free)

Let’s move on to MySMS, which is one of the better options if you’re using multiple devices to manage your text messages. It is another app that takes advantage of the Material Design approach to interfaces proffered by Google, and does so very well indeed. It’s available not only on Android but also on the Mac, Windows, and within web browsers which makes it easier than ever before to manage your SMS messages, even when not on your Android device – you can text people from your Android’s phone number, too. The app supports group messaging, MMS, scheduled messages, backup andcan even connect with other servies such as Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive. – Download from Google Play

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1. Chomp SMS (Free)

While Chomp SMS sounds exaclty like one of those happy go lucky third party apps that tend to breeze in and out of your life, it actually represents what is perhaps the most comprehensive free text messaging app out there at present for Android users. Part of the reason for this is because it’s been around so long, and has such had lots of time to improve and fine tune its layout, system and functionality, of course picking up a wide and faithful userbase in the process. The app features a range of features, such as emojis, passcode locks, message locks, blacklists and quick reply popups. It’s one of the most comprehensive options out there, as I say – perhaps the most comprehensive option – with a truckload of different customization options to satisfy even your most tweak-happy Android user. The app is also compatible with Pushbullet and Android Wear, as well as other services that you may be using. – Download from Google Play

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