If the trend is for instant chat applications such as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, we must not forget our good old SMS / MMS which are still very popular. Here are the best Android apps to read, receive and manage your conversations.
On most Android smartphones, the SMS client installed by default is the manufacturer’s house application. They are generally poor in options in addition to not looking very pretty. If some are more successful, that does not prevent all the same from going to see elsewhere if the grass is not greener there. That’s why here we bring you our selection of the best SMS apps for Android in 2019.
Google Messages: simple and complete
Google Messages may often be the default app, but it’s still powerful. It is one of the few that supports RCS today, and the most comprehensive and easy to use.
Conversations can be automatically saved to your Google account so nothing is lost and the app has a dark theme. We do not make more complete, even if its simplicity may hamper the most demanding.
Pulse SMS: encrypted backup
Pulse is often considered one of the best SMS / MMS clients available on Android, and for good reason: its interface with a minimalist design, but neat is beautiful. With it, you will also find many customizations and the possibility of saving your messages in the cloud. This service is chargeable, but end-to-end encrypted, which guarantees increased security of your data.
Chomp SMS: additional functions
Who knew the beginnings of jailbreak iPhone might remember the name: it was the first MMS compatible app, something the iPhone previously lacked. On Android, it looks like the fire Hangouts and offers some interesting features such as the ability to close messages with a digital code, and pop-ups to quickly find conversations.
Textra: the most customizable
At Textra, the great strength is the ultra-high customization of the interface. More than 100 themes are available for this application and dozens of modifiable functions allow you to optimize your use as much as possible. A blacklisted SMS and MMS blocker will allow you to quickly clean up, while an SMS / MMS scheduler will make you never miss a birthday.
Messenger by Facebook: to have one less application
Facebook Messenger is the most used instant chat application in France. Did you know that it also manages SMS / MMS conversations? If you like its interface and its bubbles, you can simply mix your Messenger conversations and your text messages to have one and the same application. All while activating the dark mode if you wish.
QKSMS : l’open source sans pub
If you think that an SMS / MMS application should be open source to avoid any problem for your privacy, QKSMS is for you. The application is open source and does not include any advertising, but do not forget to offer all the features you are entitled to expect: extensive personalization, Dual SIM management, message backup and restoration, blacklist … It even offers the possibility of having your conversations in bubble, and adapts to WearOS. Be careful though: it is not updated very regularly.
Remember that this is our selection and not an exhaustive list. However, do not hesitate to suggest your alternatives in the comments.