Best Alternatives SMS Text Messaging Apps For Android
There are plenty of choices for SMS app replacements, backup/restoring your SMS and MMS messages and even more.
One of the great advantages of having an Android phone is being able to customize to your heart’s content, and that includes everything from getting a new launcher to replacing your SMS app. If your stock SMS app doesn’t do everything you want it to, or you just want to try something new, you should give one of these a try.
Google has a couple of decent alternatives in the form of Hangouts and Messenger, and your phone may already come with one of these apps pre-installed. Hangouts is the hub for all communications in the Google ecosystem – from chat (erstwhile GTalk) to audio/ video calls and, of course, plain-old SMS.
Messenger by Google is the new SMS app that ships with Nexus devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s perhaps our favourite ‘simple’ SMS app thanks largely to the Material Design UI. It comes with basic features like threads and the ability to block senders.
Both Hangouts and Messenger are solid apps that work well, but if you want extra features such as password protecting texts and messaging scheduling, then you might want to try third-party SMS apps. The best part is all these apps use Android’s central messaging repository to store texts, so you can switch anytime between apps without leaving any messages behind. Here are 5 alternative SMS apps to install and bring texting back to basics on Android.
Chomp SMS is an SMS app which has been around for a long time, and progressed alongside of Android to become one of the most popular Android SMS apps of today. Some of its features include a huge array of emojis, passcode app lock, message locks, more intense privacy options, blacklists, quick reply popups, not to mention a ton of customization options, as well as Pushbullet and Android Wear compatibility.
Handcent SMS is another popular free option which brings full SMS and MMS support powered by the Handcent network. It features an integrated spell-checker, optional quick-reply, and advanced security options. You get full support of over 20 different language and can improve/export vCards straight through the app. Similar to Chomp, Handcent is highly customizable and there is a variety of pre-made templates to choose from.
Textra is simply the best SMS app for Android because it combines beauty, simplicity and utility in a neat package. The app can completely take over your SMS and MMS needs. The best part is that the app is very light on resources, so you will get instant response and lightning fast functionality from the app. The app also includes more than eight hundred emoji if you are into sending sweet looking emotions. There is even a reply popup for you to instantly reply to texts regardless of what you are doing at that time.
This is as official as it gets, Hangouts is made by Google, and it clearly shows how much they want you to use Google Plus. Sure Gmail is amazing and GTalk was a great software/app for Android, but Hangouts doesn’t know what it wants to be. On one hand the app likes to be a good messaging app while on the other it becomes an intrusive online messenger. We really liked the emoji and group call features but there is no option to appear offline unless you turn all connectivity off.
SMS Text Messaging may not be strictly just an SMS app but it has one unique feature that trumps all. The app allows you to connect your smartphone to your PC and send and receive SMS on your PC. This is an amazing feature if you get tired of typing with your thumbs and want to reply as fast as you can. Sure you can attach a keyboard with your smartphone but that is way too messy to pull off. This app comes in handy when there is a no-phone allowed policy in an office. Simply put the phone under a book and enjoy lengthy and fast conversations via texts.