Dial A for Android: the best dialer apps for Google's OS

Yes, Android smartphones are great, they run various apps and whatnot, but let's not forget that the word “phone” still has a prominent presence in their names. Although we are texting or using a given app way more often that we use our smartphones to call, this doesn't mean that one should turns it back to the fundamental feature that initially kickstarted mobile phones as a whole.

Instead, the abundance of customization options in Android should be viewed as a blessing, as it allows fans of the platform to use a third-party dialer app. Frankly said, the plethora of users surely use their stock dialer app and never bother to look for a replacement on the Play Store, but this doesn't mean that the more tech-savvy ones should resort to sticking with the default dialing tool.

With this in mind, we decided to check out what are some of the more refined, polished, and feature-rich dialer apps for Android. Check them out below and feel free to comment and share your thoughts on the matter.

Ready Contact List

Ready Contact List is among the more recent dialer apps that hit Google Play, but is has all the bells and whistles to put most of its rivals to shame. Apart from sporting beautiful, head-turning interface design (conforming to Google's Material Design guidelines), the app has many a novel feature on board. First things first, swiping left will take you to a compelling alphabetical search dial, which will quickly get you to the contact you are looking for. At the same time, the main screen of the app shows you an aggregated view of your most commonly used contacts and your call history. 

Download: Ready Contact List (Android)

DialApp: KitKat Dialer

This dialer app also relies on the "swipe left for message, swipe right for call" principle that is fundamental for many an Android dialer app. Quite simple and intuitive, DialApp is one of those apps that feel like a mix of good features and ideas from a bunch of similar apps. We have call history, we have groups, we have favorite contacts, we have various themes and, we have Tiny Contacts (contacts that automatically get deleted after a certain period of time), we also have Android Wear support aboard. The app syncs directly with your Google account, so you'll be in familiar waters right away.

Download: DialApp KitKat Dialer (Download)

Oftly Dialer

Okay, this is as simple as it gets. Once you open Oftly, you are greeted by your favorites contacts atop and the remaining ones (duh!) sorted in alphabetical order right beneath them. Two buttons at the app's very bottom allow you to invoke either the dialpad or check out your recent calls, while a search button at the top allows you to look for a specific contact... and that's it. You'll find no customization options (the app is even devoid of a Settings menu), nor you'll be able to interact with the app in any other way than tapping contacts. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though -- Oftly is absurdly light and fast. At the end of the day, isn't it this that matters the most?

Download: Oftly Dialer (Android)

ExDialer - Dialer & Contacts

This is one of the more popular dialer apps that are available for Android devices. It flaunts a pretty impressive bag of features along with it, including a T9 algorithm for predicting contact entries, support for more than 30 different languages, smooth performance, swipe to call/text (similar to Samsung's TouchWiz), and most notably, support for different plugins and themes (you can even snatch a nifty Material Design theme). The latter would probably appeal to those who like to customize each and every section of their smartphones.

Download: ExDialer - Dialer & Contacts (Android)

Dialer +

Another fairly popular dialer app, Dialer + is another worthy replacement of your stock app. Similar to ExDialer, it comes with a number of features. T9 prediction, several themes, curious circular icons for your contacts, gesture-based search, widgets, and auto-assigning Facebook pictures to your contacts are just a few among the numerous traits it provides you with. In order to make full use of the Dialer +, you'll be prompted to also download Contacts + and Messages +. 

Download: Dialer + (Android)

Dialer One

If you, for some reason, miss having a sidebar in your stock dialer, the Dialer One is here to deliver. When you launch the app, it will greet you with a list of your recent calls, and if you want to access your contacts and messages, you'll need to open the sidebar by swiping right. Dialer One sports a minimalistic and clean interface, which is greatly customizable. Making phone calls and sending messages can be done by swiping right or left, respectively.

Download: Dialer One (Android)

PixelPhone PRO

One of the more beautiful and eye-grabbing dialer apps for Android is PixelPhone PRO. The Play Store description of the app boasts that it comes with an interface that will bend to all of your customization-centric whims. It also supports dual-SIM devices and allows you to assign various actions to different contact groups. On-board support for various themes and plugins is yet another neat characteristic of PixelPhone Pro. All in all, if you are into customization, this could easily become your default dialer of choice.

Download: PixelPhone PRO (Android)

KitKat Dialer

One of the biggest merits of KitKat Dialer is that it's unbelievably lightweight. You'll hardly encounter any issues while navigating through the app. Another notable thing is that the recent calls and the contacts are positioned in one and the same list, with the recent ones being on top and your contacts right below them. It is packed with a fair amount of additional features, which will only aid you in you dialing quests. 

Download: KitKat Dialer (Android)

Reactiv Phone Dialer

Frankly said, it's a pity that Google's own dialer is exclusive to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, as it's arguably the best app of this kind available for Android devices. Alas, you'll have to resort to a third-party dialer if you to have a Google dialer of some kind on your device. Reactiv Dialer is one of the apps that emulate the Google dialer to some extent. It comes with some simplistic, neat visuals and animations, and despite the relative lackluster of features, the app is worth mentioning.

Download: Reactiv Phone Dialer (Android)

Bonus: Old School Rotary Dialer

Okay, the once-dominant rotary dial phones are already being exhibited in museums, but their charisma is still alive and kicking (sort of). Thus, a number of Android apps exist that try to emulate the feel of these fascinating retro devices, because why not? Old School Rotary Dialer comes with a full-blown rotary dial, comprising T9 predictive search. So, if you want to call your mom, for example, you should begin with the first digits of her number, then slowly swipe with your finger as you input more and more until the contact entry pops up and you press the Call button. Mildly compelling.

Download: Old School Rotary Dialer (Android)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I liked Dialer +.

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Let's get back to classic style...... This is what I call, wireless telephone. http://pictures.content4us.com/products_high_res/BXL-RT10BL_ACTION.JPG

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Ready Contact List is superb in looks.

11. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

What are good dailers with a "one handed" option that will shrink and move the dialer closer to the thumb of my dialing hand??? Thank you. (SwipeDialerPro has this 1 handed operation)

15. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

But only in the Premium version.

2. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

ex diler is seriously amazing for tow reasons 1- it has ton of features 2-it is super fast and fluid even on old devices 3- the best collection of themes 4- the free version is more than enough so you dont need to upgrade

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

As much as I hate touchwiz, I've to give it the credit for its intuitiveness, the dialer especially is very user-freindly.

13. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Why don't you like TouchWiz? (in your opinion)

18. Smilingeddie

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Try copying a number from your call log to the dial screen so you can edit it, e.g. because you accidentally transposed digits or you need to remove a prefix to return a call. Try arranging your contact groups so the ones you use most often are at the top. If you have photos of contacts, it puts them in a stupid little postage stamp size image in a middle of a screen full of wasted space. I'm in the thread to try and find solutions to some of the functionality deficiencies in the current TouchWiz. Its a mess. A pox on Samsung Mobile's senior management for removing this stuff without bothering to check whether it was being used first.

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

What I hate about TouchWiz is that the dial pad that appears after you have connected your call is too far up the screen. It makes it difficult to enter DTMF tones when on a call like navigating your voice mail menus. Because the dial pad is so far up the screen, I find it very easy to trigger the proximity sensor and cause the screen to blank out when entering DTMF tones. It's too bad that all of these dialler apps only work when you are not already on a call. Once you are on a call, you can only use the default dial pad.

4. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dexetra.dialer Dialpp is also very good Contextual aware Dialer..

5. oyalinkaya

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

CallApp's Caller ID has been the best for me so far. It has neat integration with almost all social networks (facebook, twitter, linkedin, instagram, g+,...) and it is an caller identifier. Let's say someone, who is not registered in your contact list, has registered his/her phone number in any social network. When that someone rings you, Caller ID gives you his/her name and latest photo on the social network. Saved me many times. play.google. com/store/apps/details?id=com.callapp.contacts

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1259; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

exDialer Pro for me...

7. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Swipe dialer is missing PA

10. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I tried Ready in BETA and loved it. I bought the full version and have no regrets. You can customize color of the background and buttons and a couple other under the hood tweaks. It's not overkill, and I love how smooth it functions. Also, some pretty sweet custom ringtones included. Can download for free and upgrade in app, so give it a look!

12. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Dat Old School Rotary Dialer though. Classy.

14. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I was shopping around for car tires this weekend and found out how terrible the stock KitKat dialer is. Normally looking the number I dial up is a good thing. Except a was calling several locations with the same business name. Only the business name was listed and I couldn't tell one location from the next. Overall the new dialer is really hard to use and requires a lot of clicks/presses.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I use Dialer One....but I like the comments about the others. Might be time to test some of these out...

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