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Text Message Apps

Take Your Text Message to the Next Level

Messaging apps for all types of people and purposes

Apps That Let You Send Texts, Pictures, and More for Free

Whether you want to send texts from a different number or a different country, these apps will help you out. You can send text and MMS messages, or even make phone calls, using these free apps.

Text Me! - Texting, Messaging, Phone Call, Number

The app that lets you call, text, or video chat

Text Me! - Texting, Messaging, Phone Call, Number

Text Me! - Texting, Messaging, Phone Call, Number

For people who want to keep up with friends in the U.S. and Canada through texting, calling, and video chatting

TextMe is a messaging platform that allows you to send and receive unlimited texts, voice messages, or pictures. It works with any mobile number in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, along with more than 40 other countries. It's built for texting, but it also allows you to call any number in the U.S. or Canada for free. You can video chat with other TextMe users, getting your own nickname and a U.S. texting number.

Why we love it

This is a great app for your kids to have if they go overseas, since they can call you back home in the States for free. It also works great as a video chat app, and of course the texting is spot on.

Text Free: Free Texting + Calling + MMS

For free texting, calling, and MMS

Text Free: Free Texting + Calling + MMS

Text Free: Free Texting + Calling + MMS

For people who want to keep in touch with friends and family all over the globe without breaking the bank

Textfree Ultra gives you your own U.S. phone number for use on all of your devices, and it offers plenty of features. You can send group messages, pictures, and text. Emoji support along with international calling and voicemail round out the feature set. It's free and unlimited, with real MMS picture messages, allowing you to send images to friends and family even if they don't have the Textfree Ultra app.

Why we love it

The best thing about Textfree Ultra is that it works well even when sending messages to folks who don't have the same app. Incoming calls are free, as are Textfree-to-Textfree voice conversations. You can earn outbound calling images easily, or buy them with in-app purchase.

textPlus: Unlimited SMS Texting + Calling

Free texting, free picture messaging, and a free U.S. phone number

textPlus: Unlimited SMS Texting + Calling

textPlus: Unlimited SMS Texting + Calling

For people who want to text, send pictures, or chat with people in the U.S. or Canada

TextPlus was the original text messaging third-party app, offering free texting, picture messaging, and a free U.S. phone number for nearly a decade. It offers messaging to any U.S. or Canadian number, including text, pictures, or group chat. It works over Wi-Fi, so you don't need a cellular connection. You can even call for free to anyone who has the textPlus app.

Why we love it

If you've got an iPad, iPod touch, or other device that you don't want to link to your cellular device, textPlus allows you to turn that device into a phone for free. TextPlus is especially nice for having a way to make phone calls when cellular coverage is spotty, and it offers inexpensive international calling.

Apps for Secure Messaging

Sometimes, you want to keep your text messages private. These apps offer end-to-end encryption along with other features to protect the security and privacy of your text message communications.

Signal - Private Messenger

Making privacy easy, one message at a time

Signal - Private Messenger

Signal - Private Messenger

For people who want to keep their text messages private

With Signal Private Messenger, your texts are encrypted from end-to-end, ensuring your privacy. None of the communications are stored on Signal's servers, so the government can't spy on them by hacking into the app's data center. You use your own phone number and address book, and the app includes group chat and the ability to send any type of files you want.

Why we love it

I love the fact that Signal is open source, meaning I can verify its security by examining the code behind it. The encryption protocols are top-notch, and it includes both group chat and fast messaging. Best of all, it uses my existing phone number and address book.

Telegram Messenger

Free and secure text messaging

Telegram Messenger

Send messages with Siri

For privacy-minded users who want to send secure text/instant messages

Telegram Messenger is fast, unlimited, secure, and powerful. It uses a distributed network of global data centers to speed your secure message along its way, and uses the strongest encryption allowed by law to keep things private. You can create group chats for up to 5,000 members and share videos and documents using the app. There are no limits or problems with synchronization, since Telegram automatically syncs with all of your devices. Start typing on your iPhone and finish on your iPad or MacBook. It even includes photo and video editing tools for your expressive needs.

Why we love it

I like the powerful features within Telegram Messenger, but I especially like the fact that it uses 2048-bit RSA encryption along with secure key exchanges. Group chats are fast and comprehensive, and it's great being able to share any type of file I need to and know it will be kept secure.

Confide

Self-destructing messages

Confide

Confide

For folks who don't want their messages lingering around forever

Confide offers off-the-record and “self-destructing” communication with text messages instead of images (as with Snapchat). Once messages in the app are read, they disappear for good. What’s more, it effectively deters users from taking screenshots of messages by concealing words until they are swiped and making each word disappear after it’s passed over.

Why we love it

The best feature of Confide is the ability of the app to prevent screenshots from your device. Self-destructing messages are also nice, allowing you to be sure that secret message won't be around forever. Confide takes privacy to the next level, allowing you the ultimate in secure messaging.

Use Your Favorite Social Networking Platform to Send Messages

You have tons of friends on your favorite social networking site, and you want an easy way to chat with them. Thanks to these apps, you can do that. Whether it's Kik or Facebook, or even the growing Viber Messenger, these messaging apps are sure to please.

Viber Messenger – Text & Call

Chat and call freely.

Viber Messenger – Text & Call

Free chats

For those who want a fun messaging and calling app.

With Viber, you can easily chat and call your family and friends up for free over Wi-Fi or cellular. Exchange private messages or set up group chats for sharing photos, videos, links, and stickers. No registration required: Just enter and validate your phone number and you're good to go.

Why we love it

Essentially, Viber functions quite similarly to other messaging apps. But it does have several distinctive features. These include Viber Out (which let you call non-Viber mobile and landline numbers for a free), Public Chats (which let you follow real-time conversations with brands and celebrities), and Viber Games (which let you play casual games featuring Viber characters).

WhatsApp Messenger

Chat, call, and share photos with a free and simple messaging app.

WhatsApp Messenger

Send photos and videos instantly

For those who want a messaging app that offers group chats and multimedia sharing.

If you are ready to try a new messaging app, then WhatsApp Messenger is the one to check out. With Siri support, you can send a message or start a call quickly. Share your photos and videos, customize your wallpaper, and have fun with your messages with this popular communication tool.

Why we love it

WhatsApp Messenger is terrific alternative to your default message app. With a great array of features and options, make messaging fun.

Messenger

Get paid through chat

Messenger

Fast and easy

For those who owe or need cash through Facebook friends.

We all have Facebook and we probably use Messenger. Now it's easier than ever to pay back your friends for that cup of coffee or the lunch they spotted you the other day. Just tap on the $ button and then punch in the amount. Messenger sends the money to the recipient as long as you have a debit card linked to your account, and it's super easy to add one if you haven't already. There's no more room for excuses — pay back your friends and get your money back too. This is all in addition to a fun messenging chat system that is used by millions of people around the world already.

Why we love it

We already use Messenger so having the option to pay back others or get money back without the need to install another apps is great.

Make iMessage More Fun, Cute and Gorgeous with These Apps and Their Sticker Packs

With apps and iMessage games, your iPhone's built-in messenger becomes a lot more useful. Download these apps to bring in your favorite stickers, games, and more to the iMessage experience.

Jetpack Joyride

Endless running and jetpacking

Jetpack Joyride

Vehicle Pick-Ups

For those who like endless games infused with chaotic action.

From the creator of Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride is also a blast to play. You’ll join Barry Steakfries as he breaks into a secret lab to take a number of experimental jetpacks away from a group of evildoers. Barry will have to ascend and descend to avoid bullets and a huge amount of other obstacles. This is a classic and is a great, simple choice to play on the Apple TV.

Why we love it

This endless runner is a classic, and it's superbly done. It's easily played with simple one-touch controls. If you enjoyed Jetpack Joyride on the iPhone, you'll love it on your new Apple TV.

Modern Combat 5 : The Multiplayer eSports Shooter

From Tokyo to Venice, this FPS will challenge you to eliminate your enemies.

Modern Combat 5 : The Multiplayer eSports Shooter

Online Multiplayer

For those who want one of the most deluxe gaming experiences on iOS, and like shooters.

Modern Combat 5 is a first-person shooter set in a modern-day environment where terrorists are trying to rule and governments are corrupt. Your task in the single player campaign is to figure out what's really happening. Meanwhile, the multiplayer mode pits you against the toughest soldiers gaming has to offer, with customizable specialists and amazing weapons.

Why we love it

This game has one of the finest multiplayer action available, and the single-player action is just as good. The graphics are amazing, and the sound effects will put you right in the game. You can make your character truly your own, both through choosing a class and customizing your soldier's skill set and weapons loadout.

Dots & Co: A New Puzzle Adventure

The Dots are back for more

Dots & Co: A New Puzzle Adventure

Connect the dots

For gamers who want to play a beautiful puzzler with a hypnotic soundtrack.

If you’ve played either of those games, jumping into to Dots & Co should be quick and easy. Even if you’re not familiar with the series, you won’t need to labor through a massive tutorial. As the name of the game suggests, its all about connecting dots of the same color. Featuring 155 new levels, gamers will need to solve puzzles featuring 15 different mechanics. You’ll also be able to meet a number of original Companion characters that can help lend you a hand to advance.

Why we love it

The third time is definitely the charm with Dots & Co. The game offers the same fun and addicting gameplay as the first two in the series and brings a set of fun new features. Even if you've never played Dots or Two Dots, the game is easy to learn and will keep you coming back for more.