Top 11 Best Mobile Messaging Apps in 2017

Mobile messaging apps are more popular than ever as they add social networking features, improve security and compete to meet the demand for free mobile calling and texting services. Established mobile apps like Facebook Messenger, Apple Messages and  internet calling service Skype still dominate, but they have a bevy of promising competitors. Almost all offer some form of free voice calling and free mobile texting, either over Wi-Fi or the user's smartphone data plan.

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.

The best IM (Instant Messaging) apps today do mostly the same things but it’s the different user interfaces and those little extra functions of each app that lead to serious competition between them.


An app that truly needs no introduction, WhatsApp has managed to make its way to phones around the world, whether they run Android, iOS, Windows or any other OS. It is by far one of the most convenient Instant Messaging apps and is used by millions of people every day. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 1 Billion)

Setting it up is easy, messages are delivered instantly, images are compressed before being forwarded and now the app also supports free voice calling which works well most of the time.

All in all, if you’re looking for a good Instant Messaging app to keep in touch with all your friends or create group chats, it doesn’t get much better than WhatsApp. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


Viber encourages you to "Connect. Freely" with its app for Windows 10, Mac and Linux computers, and iOS, Android and Windows phones. The app lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users on any device or network, in any country. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 500 million).

The Viber app is known for its ease of use. It reads your phone settings and contacts and immediately enables the app. Viper offers HD-quality voice calls, video calls, and messages with text, photos and stickers.

Make calls to friends without Viber at low rates using the companion ViberOut feature. Public accounts are available for businesses. Download For: AndroidiPhone.

#Facebook Messenger

Facebook's own foray into the mobile messaging field is Facebook Messenger (Android, iOS), a dedicated messaging app that builds on Facebook's existing chat network and adds more mobile messaging features. Users sign in via Facebook and can send other users the usual chat messages, as well as voice messages and voice calls to other Messenger users. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 1 Billion).

On Android, Messenger has a neat "Chat Heads" feature that pops up in the screen to allow you to chat even when other apps are on-screen. Facebook also offers a slimmed down Messenger Lite intended for older Android devices that offers a slimmed down core messaging experience for older phones with less memory and processing power. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


Telegram is a cloud-based messaging service that promises fast and secure messages. It is accessible from all of your devices at the same time. You can send messages, photos, videos and files of any kind with Telegram, and organize groups for up to 5000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 100 million).

Telegram specializes in messages and does not offer calls or video calls. Telegram is available as a web app, for Windows, MacOS and Linux computers and for Android, iOS and Windows phones. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


LINE is a mobile messaging and voice calling app with social networking and gaming features that add a social entertainment aspect to messaging. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 500 million).

Use LINE for free one-on-one and group chats with any of your friends anywhere. Call your friends and family as often as you want with free voice and video calls available domestically and internationally.

The LINE app includes a collection of quirky and charming cartoon characters and stickers designed to make communications more fun. The core communication features are all free, but LINE offers premium stickers, themes and games for a fee. LINE Out purchases let you talk to anyone anywhere. 

LINE is available as a Windows and MacOS desktop app and as a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows phones along with other platforms. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


WeChat is a messaging App that is developed by Tencent in China. This app is used for social chatting as well with some different additional features. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 100 million).

WeChat gives special features to find friend such as shake the bottle and view nearby. By shaking your smartphone, you will get a new friend around you, or view nearby by using GPS functionality. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


KakaoTalk works a lot like WhatsApp by automatically synchronizing your contact list on your phone to your contact list on the app. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 150 million).

Other than its basic IM functions KakaoTalk supports video calling which is fast, reliable and fun overall. KakaoTalk is also compatible with Android Wear and is currently the most popular IM client in South Korea, so its definitely worth a try. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


While Microsoft's Skype (Android, iOS, Windows) is most known for its video and voice call functionality, the app also boasts a reasonably robust instant messaging system. It lets you send text, photos and even short video messages to other Skype users, even when they're not online. Additionally, you can use Skype Credits to make calls to mobile phones and landlines. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 500 million).

Cross-platform functionality between desktop and mobile, business-friendly features in its professional versions, and its sheer ubiquity have kept the old warhorse relevant even in the face of stiff mobile competition. Microsoft is also looking to increase the power of bots in Skype, as it works to enable artificially intelligent programs to handle tasks like reservations. Download For: AndroidiPhone.


Snapchat has grown immensely over the past couple of years, mainly due to the large teenage fan following the app managed to gather with their unique take on Instant Messaging. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 500 million).

Snapchat basically enables live video conversations with selected friends with the added twist that all video messages can only be viewed for 10 seconds before they are deleted from the company’s servers (as claimed). Download For: AndroidiPhone.


Kik is another popular IM app for Android which doesn’t depend on phone numbers for contacts. Instead, you can add people via usernames and hold group chats with up to 50 people. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 100 million).

Apart from sending text messages, you can also share images and even funny GIFs and memes. If you want an Instant Messaging client that’s fun to use, KiK is the way to go. Download For: AndroidiPhone.

#Google Allo

Not content to rest on its laurels, Google just released another messaging app that adds AI assistant functions to your everyday chat and SMS app. Google Allo (Android, iOS) has your typical mobile messaging features such as chat, photo messaging, stickers, emoji, and a doodle/annotation tool for photos, but the standout addition is its use of Google Assistant, a Siri or Cortana-like in-app assistant that can suggest quick message replies, or find information relevant to your chat conversations, such as nearby restaurants, the weather report, and more. 

Additionally, there's an Incognito chat mode that features end-to-end encryption, private notifications, and self-destructing messages. (Price: Free, Number of Installs: Over 10 million). Download For: Android, iPhone.

In summary, having some popular messaging Apps on your smartphone is a good idea, especially for those top 11 the best messaging apps. Since those apps have different additional features from one another instead of social chatting. Thereby, you can feel different taste and different look from each app above. You can learn more about the ‘5 biggest messenger apps’ by checking out the following new infographic from
Top 11 Best Mobile Messaging Apps in 2017 Top 11 Best Mobile Messaging Apps in 2017 Reviewed by Tech Ugly on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Rating: 5


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