Which is your preferred messaging app?

Which is your preferred messaging app?
As a category within app stores, messengers are among the most popular, and that's not at all surprising. After all, the smartphone remains a tool primarily built for communication, and nowadays you can chat with anybody, anywhere, with the device in your pocket. It's almost scary how most of us take this for granted when even a decade ago this was considered an incredible step forward for our species.

Naturally, demand breeds competition, and today you can grab an instant messenger from app developers from all over the world. As can be expected, some such are better suited for this or that culture, so it's quite likely that if you call China home, you'll have WeChat, and if you're from Latin America, you'll have most of your contact within WhatsApp. Almost universally, most of you will have Facebook's Messenger, too.

We've rounded up a dozen messengers, mostly based on their popularity, but have also included some niche options like Telegram, which lets you communicate securely. Which one do you prefer?

Which is your preferred messaging app?

Facebook Messenger
9.32%
Viber
5.49%
Whatsapp
54.38%
Snapchat
1.19%
Google Hangouts
7.72%
BBM
8.91%
Skype
2.12%
LINE
2.74%
KakaoTalk
0.36%
KIK
0.62%
WeChat
1.09%
Telegram
6.06%

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44 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Whatsapp all the way. Light, quick, easy and reliable.

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

RELIABLE ++

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That, plus good features and support. Pricing is good too and only complaint is that they need to allow signing in from emails or something. I live in the UK/Canada a lot and it gets messed up a lot switching sometimes.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Telegram is also very light, quick and secure. It can be a good alternative for whatsapp..try it once

27. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

That is what I tell my friends too but none of them seem to bother trying it once. I use Whatsapp + BBM

41. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I still use BBM. Whatsapp is my less used messenger. Somehow the mental security you feel when using BBM is worth it.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Obviously most of the people uses Whatsapp but IMO Telegram is the best messenger but it don't have publicity.

11. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

It's the main messenger app in my country. It has some cool features too.

19. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I agree..I use both but when one uses Telegram, he/she just admits how awesome it is

7. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

LINE is excellent

8. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Line the best

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Whatsapp, not because I like it, but because I have to...

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here, everyone I know uses it so I kinda have to

20. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah this is the sole reason why I have whatsapp in my phone, otherwise Telegram all the way

29. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

+1 And I am sure that is the case with most people

12. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

In my country, virtually no one uses whatsapp.. Most hses fb Messenger and viber. I'm from PH

16. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

sorry kabayan, i use whatsapp all the way as well as my friends. #batanguenohere

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I use iMessage.... Doesn't seem to be an option.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Probably because it's not cross-platform.

15. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I love Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Windows Phone's messenger is CRAP. So, I always use Whatsapp. But when I HAVE to use FB messenger, I use my old iPad Mini 2. but, WhatsApp all the way!

18. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I'm surprised iMessage isn't listed (even if only available within iOS). It is integrated with one's phone number (so no need to maintain separate contact subfolder), does not scale down photo / video, can see status of message (if delivered / when read/ when other party is typing), and does not use carrier message allotment (for those like myself without unlimited). 

21. shoman94

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

TEXTRA... How can that not be on the list?

24. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

It's a Text Messaging app.. Not online

34. Prabs

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Textra is the best for SMS, agreed! But Whatsapp is what I use outside of that since it's much faster and very reliable. I uses SMS now only when friends don't have Whatsapp.

22. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Where's Google messenger?

25. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That's what I use. I love it!

31. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

You mean Gtalk, it's been changed to Google Hangouts.

48. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Uh, no. Google killed Gtalk back in January. The current choices are the (bloated) Hangouts and Google Messenger (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en ). +1 for Messenger

23. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Whatsapp.. But I have Facebook Messenger and Skype too.. Line is buggy, WeChat and Viber is cluttered, and Hangouts feels plain.. Nothing so special

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, I'm using the generic Google Messenger app that they released last year with Lollipop but that's not even an option. I simply want a clean GUI and be able to text and send attachments. All this talk of awesome features from other messaging apps.... I just don't get it.

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