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

55. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Create multiple groups, have multiple chats to a minimum of 10 on FB messenger and you'll catch what I meant.

46. GeekMovement unregistered

I have Hangouts, Line, and Kakaotalk on my phone, but use Hangouts the most out of the three at the moment. Always interested in trying out different messaging apps though.

43. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Where's groupme? I don't use it but I know a lot of people that do.

40. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Mostly iMessage. Always love Whatsapp too.

39. AlikMalix unregistered

iMessage exclusevily.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

****exclusively****. Yes we can tell. terrible iOS spellcheck. I'm just picking. The Samsung one can suck too at auto-correct...lol

52. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

He only left out an L. It's spelled "exclusevilly".

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 23138; Member since: May 28, 2014

I use BBM. Great features, especially the privacy features.

47. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Same here

36. sentinel336

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I wish you could use whatsapp for SMS and MMS as well!

35. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

You Just Have to use telegram once, you will fall in love with its tremendous features.

33. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Line all the way! I especially love its Mac app which integrates so well with the mobile version.

32. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I use SMS/MMS since they work to any phones. And only when "better quality" is needed for media or someone is abroad, i use whatsapp since everyone is into it.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; 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.

49. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Ditto. Just a note - you can now download it from the Play Store if you're running 4.1 or above.

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

22. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Where's Google messenger?

25. Landon

Posts: 1249; 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: 346; 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

21. shoman94

Posts: 26; 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.

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). 

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!

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

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

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23138; Member since: May 28, 2014

Probably because it's not cross-platform.

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

9. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

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