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The 10 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

Let’s face it, our most used PCs are smartphones. As our dependence on mobile technology grows, so does the need for constant and instant communication with our family, friends, and even work colleagues. Messaging apps have grown to provide rich services and interaction with others, from free text messaging, to voice and video calling, and even photo and file sharing. Here are some of the best messaging apps you will find on both Android and iOS.

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WhatsApp

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One of the most used messaging apps in the world, Whatsapp is very easy to set up and it’s free. You can chat, and share things like your location, photos, documents, and contacts. You can also make video and voice calls. The set up requires you to grant it access to your contacts, so it can automatically populate your contact list. One of the things that is so attractive about this app, other than its massive popularity, is the addition of end-to-end encryption for privacy and security. It also supports GIFs and Snapchat-like editing features for fun.

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Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has its own separate messaging app that makes it very convenient to chat with friends and family. It will automatically populate your contacts, but you can also add a contact, or allow someone to add you as a contact, by scanning a unique code. There are plenty of free stickers and you can send GIFs. The video and voice calling is clear and very reliable. On Android, the “Chat Heads” feature allows you to keep a chat icon floating on top of your screen, which is very convenient.

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Line

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Line is a very popular app, especially in Asia, with more than 600 million users. This app is feature rich. It combines a timeline similar to Facebook, where you can post and your friends can comment on your posts, in addition to having all the standard features of a messaging app. Calls to landlines, and Line to Line free video or voice calls are available. There’s also a very healthy store of stickers packed with Line characters that are famous in Asia. Group chat allows for chats of up to 200 participants. You can, similar to Twitter, follow artists and brands on Line. It also allows the user to set up albums and share them with friends. Recently, Line introduced encryption to chats as well.

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Viber

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This is a very popular app that will automatically add your contacts. It allows for text messaging, as well as sending stickers and emoticons, making video and voice calls, and of course sharing your favorite photos. Color coded encrypted messaging is also available. Viber Out is a feature that allows you to make international and domestic calls at low rates. Viber to Viber calls are always free.

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Hangouts

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Google Hangouts is available on all Android devices and can be set as the default messaging app. It’s also available on iOS, and you can use it on your PC or laptop. This makes it an ideal way to chat with friends and family. Needless to say, the app requires you to have a Google account, and it allows you to share photos, GIFs, make video calls, and also make group calls. This app is very popular, partly because you can use it on your desktop, as well as your mobile devices.

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