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Best text messaging SMS replacement apps for Android

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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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posted on 08 Aug 2014, 08:11 2

1. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

SMS apps are so last 5 years ago...

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 09:03 1

2. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)

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

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 09:30 8

3. Cicero (Posts: 924; Member since: 22 Jan 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.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 09:32 3

4. ervman1 (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

+1 for Textra! awesome sms app

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 14:51 1

10. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 15:14 1

11. itsmekalyan (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

+1 Textra

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:30

18. AFnerdTP (unregistered)

textra for me, as well.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 09:56 1

5. Antimio (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 10:04

6. hakoreh (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2014)

what about Textra?

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 10:47

7. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 12:02

8. wkm001 (Posts: 143; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)

I love 8sms. But I rarely text anymore.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 13:41

9. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 16:49 1

12. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


posted on 08 Aug 2014, 19:41 1

13. Caspid (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 21:28

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Chomp is the champ, of the lot.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 23:02 1

15. iamoa (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2014, 23:49

19. tettech (Posts: 69; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Nope, it's not just you.

posted on 08 Aug 2014, 23:46 1

16. jdrch (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 11:53

20. joe_jo63 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 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?

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 13:36

21. myspace (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 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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