Best text messaging SMS replacement apps for Android

Best text messaging SMS replacement apps for Android
The beauty of Android is that you can ditch most of the stock apps, if you like, and replace them with third-party ones, in case you aren't satisfied with what Google or the default phone manufacturer overlay are offering you. This goes not only for alternative browsers, galleries, music and video players, but even for dialers and text messaging applications.

Yep, if you don't like Google Hangouts, or whatever the phone maker has plopped on your unsuspecting soul, you can swap the default text messaging app with something readily available on the Play Store, and some of those apps will serve you better, and look as you please, introducing skins and themes into the mix. 

There's no shortage of apps that manage your phone's Short Message Service (SMS), or, as they are commercially popular, text messages. In addition to various themes and layouts, you can get a bunch of extra functionality like scheduled group messages, batch delete, tabbed layout, and many more. The most popular ones like Go or Handcent, might already seem a tad bloated, but we've rounded up some other of the fine text messaging replacement apps for your Android phone in the slideshow below, too.





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20 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

SMS apps are so last 5 years ago...

2. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I really like the G3's stock text message app.

3. Cicero

Posts: 1102; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Textra is another one. Did you notice that the post with android not ready for 64 bit is now removed? Strange. Anyhow it was so partizan opinion and so full of hate one.

4. ervman1

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

+1 for Textra! awesome sms app

10. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Textra is what I use as well. Really love the design and features.

11. itsmekalyan

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

+1 Textra

18. AFnerdTP unregistered

textra for me, as well.

5. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

why did you erased the "Is Android really 64-bit ready?" article?

6. hakoreh

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2014

what about Textra?

7. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

QKSMS is a really nice one but it's still in beta..

8. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I love 8sms. But I rarely text anymore.

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hover chat(formerly ninja sms) is also good, but i use chomp now

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6305; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Hangouts?

13. Caspid

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Hangouts is pretty slow. e.g. when starting a new conversation, it searches through all of your contacts (even those without phone numbers). Also ugly with no customization at all. My vote goes to hello sms. Minimalist and the most efficient for texting purposes.

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Chomp is the champ, of the lot.

15. iamoa unregistered

is it just me or the girl in picture is really cute?

19. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Nope, it's not just you.

16. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

mySMS is the best one I've ever used. Also comes with desktop, web, and tablet clients so you can text from any of those too.

20. joe_jo63

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

How come no one can make a sms app that allows someone to text anyone they choose even if they don't have the app. I have tried many. To send pics, vids, ect it sends that person a link to what you tried to send them. I know no one that wants or will click a link to see pics or watch a video. Can someone help with this and tell me the best with most features to get?

21. myspace

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I really like this fairly new texting (and instant messaging) app, called invi. I think it has a whole lot of potential. It has 'mini apps' that open in a half screen that allow users to browse and share media while texting. And you can text people without the app too, so coool

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