Download Text Messaging - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Send free text, audio and video messages from your Android phone

    8
    35473 votes
    • PROS: Lets you send photos, audio, video, location, and links, Group messaging, Works across different platforms, Support for Android Wear, Syncs with web version, Free calls, Save chats automatically to Google Drive
    • CONS: Only works if the other person has the app
  • Messenger

    (Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    13570 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • imo free video calls and chat

    9.8.000000011461

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Another messaging app you don't need

    8
    6018 votes
    • PROS: Voice and video calls, Share photos, Group chat, Completely free!
    • CONS: Offers nothing new
  • Telegram

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    705 votes
    • PROS: Supports group chats, Share videos up to 1GB, Send batches of photos, "Snapchat" style Secret Chat, Higher level of privacy compared to WhatsApp
    • CONS: Voice messages supported but no voice calling, Small user base compared to WhatsApp
  • Viber

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    Call and text free over 3G and Wifi

    8
    3185 votes
    • PROS: Very simple to use, Notifies you of contacts who are on Viber, Decent call quality, Send photos and videos, Stickers and emoticons to liven up chats, Group messaging with up-to 100 people, Hold & Talk feature
    • CONS: You may have to convince friends to switch to Viber
  • imo for Windows 10

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Stay in touch easily with imo for Windows 10

    8
    914 votes
    • PROS: Simple manageable interface, Unlimited free voice and video calls
    • CONS: Limited customisation and contact management options, User base smaller than major rivals
  • Skype for Windows 10

    14.34.81.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    7
    1769 votes
    • PROS: Supports video chats, texting and instant messaging, High quality video chats, Automatically imports contacts from Microsoft accounts, Lots of emoticons, Free group video calls and screen sharing
    • CONS: Interface looks a bit sparse, Contacts may need editing after importing
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    798 votes
    • PROS: Clear, nicely designed interface, Lots of customization options, Support for text, voice and video chats, Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing..., Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording
    • CONS: Sometimes adding contacts is difficult, You can't download new interface themes, Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!
  • TextNow - free text + calls

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Free SMS texting, picture messaging, calls and voicemail

    9
    47 votes
    • ICQ

      10.0.12341

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac
      Windows Phone

      Chat, play and share files with your friends

      7
      1162 votes
      • PROS: Easy, quick installation, Nice interface design, Loads of smileys, animations and other eye-candy, Text and video chats, Integration with social networks
      • CONS: Video chat is not embedded in the conversation window, Social networks must be configured on the program's website, No innovation over other IM apps
    • TeamSpeak

      Client TS3 3.0.16

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Talk with your friends or enemies while battling it out on the net

      7
      2489 votes
      • PROS: Excellent voice quality, Very handy for online games
      • CONS: Poor design, Sound can be tricky to configure
    • Kik

      10.4.0.6032

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android
      Windows Phone
      Java
      BlackBerry

      Basic chat app that aims to be more than just a messaging service

      7
      193 votes
      • PROS: Play games in the app, Easy to use, Send videos, images, sketches and memes, Bots
      • CONS: Limited features, Basic user interface, A lot of spam
    • Send Bulk SMS

      8.2.1.0

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Post boundless text sms from PC to phone

      5
      86 votes
      • WhatsApp Messenger

        (Nokia Series 40) 2.11.75

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Java
        BlackBerry

        Send free text messages with WhatsApp on your Nokia phone

        5
        3910 votes
        • PROS: Send free text messages, Works over WiFi or 3G, Very simple to set up and use, Lets you share images and video
        • CONS: Only works if the other person has WhatsApp installed, No location sharing , No group chats
      • ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice

        varies-by-device

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Free App for Smart Callers

        9
        57 votes
        • PROS: Free text messaging and video calls, Ability to send pictures
        • CONS: The interface is rather confusing, Calls are rather expensive
      • SMSGadget Bulk SMS Sender

        1.2

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        SMSGadget Bulk SMS Sender - Send thousands of messages in a single click!

        6
        13 votes
        • PROS: Easy to use, Simple and quick setup, Manage mobile contact numbers from the application, Auto check for duplicated mobile numbers when sending messages
        • CONS: Exporting sent messages can be complicated, No ability to integrate with other software, Sending multiple SMS messages can be slow, Getting used to the interface can take some time
      • QQ

        varies-with-device

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Android
        iPhone
        Mac

        Free social messaging app

        8
        7 votes
        • PROS: Free download , Translation feature
        • CONS: Low Western user base , Some technical concerns
      • mysms

        1.0.4

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Android
        iPhone
        Mac

        SMS from Windows

        6
        100 votes
        • PROS: Available on every major platform, MMS support, Syncs contacts and messages, Text other mysms users for free
        • CONS: Have to trust mysms with your contacts, Not many advanced features
      • Truemessenger

        1.12

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        A Free Anti-Spam Text Messaging App

        8
        27 votes
        • PROS: Helps avoid text messages from unwanted contacts, Free app
        • CONS: Only available on Android, Depends on Truecaller’s database
      • Text SMS Software (Multi USB Modem)

        9.0.2.3

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A Great Tool to Manage and Send Bulk Messages from Your PC

        8
        7 votes
        • PROS: Sends multiple messages at once, Doesn’t require an Internet gateway, Highly interactive GUI, Messages can be personalized using an Excel file
        • CONS: Interface needs more customization options, Not for people who don’t deal with too many messages, Spam filter functionality isn’t the greatest, App not updated frequently enough
      Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
      #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
      19.8.00000001146160188.3Android, Windows, iPhone
      2(Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device135708.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
      3varies-with-device354738.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
      4varies-with-device31857.7Android, Windows, iPhone, Mac
      5(Nokia Series 40) 2.11.7539105.5Java, BlackBerry
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