Top 8 | Best Free Android Text Messaging 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

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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