Gone are the days of writing long letters just to let your friends and relatives know how you’re doing and then waiting for weeks or months to get a reply. Fast forward a few decades and we had SMS messaging via our mobile telephones. These days, even the humble SMS message has become an almost antiquated method of communication. Even the revolutionary email has taken a back seat to newer technology.
With the rise of smartphones, short messages have become the simplest method of communication. We’re no longer restricted to snail mail and those awful queues at the post office. We can send long or short messages to anyone, anywhere as long as they have a digital device with an internet connection.
With the hundreds of messaging apps available, it’s not an easy task to find one to suit all of your needs. We’ve found some of the best messaging apps to help you get communicating like a modern day marvel.
One of the most popular and easiest to use messaging apps is WhatsApp. This is a no-frills app that allows you to make video and voice calls to anyone who has this app on their smartphone, tablet or computer. One of the best things about this app is that it ad-free so no annoying pop-ups. You can send messages, files, create groups so you don’t need to send multiple messages and it’s free. The only drawback is that it doesn’t have a GIF gallery built in so any files or photos you send or receive will need to be saved separately.
Facebook has been with us since 2004 and has paved the way for many incredible social media apps. Their private messaging has evolved into their Messenger app and it functions just as well as many apps we love to use for communication. You can send and receive messages, phone calls and even have video calls making Messenger the perfect extension of those who love using their Facebook account. The best part is, the team at Facebook are constantly coming up with upgrades and improvements to make your experience an even better one.
Viber is one of the most comprehensive messaging apps you can get. You can download and use it on any digital device and it is perfect for video and regular phone calls. If you don’t want to actually place a call, you can send a short video or audio message to your intended recipient making it perfect for sending messages in different time zones. Viber also implements end-to-end encryption for security and it includes stickers and GIF’s for those moments when words simply aren’t enough in a message.
With Viber, you can also send money making it great for parents with traveling kids and it enables you to create groups so you can choose one to communicate quickly and directly to your work, school or social connections with ease.
Snapchat is another great messaging app with a bit of a twist. This app allows you to send multimedia messages. However, these files disappear after a pre-determined time. This means you don’t need to worry about your photos or other messages being stored in someone else’s smartphone indefinitely. Snapchat also allows you to send and receive messages, video and phone calls and send other information to your recipient.
Skype has been around for quite some time and it is most widely known for its phone and video calls. This app also has great messaging capabilities. You can send and received documents, photos, voice recording, and short messages as well. This is often the app used for business conferences as it is quite stable and works well. Once an app for computers, it is now widely used on smartphones, tablets and other digital devices.
Some people prefer to remain anonymous or, at the very least, offer as little of their personal information as possible. Kik is an app that allows the user to do just that. You can create a username with just a few basic pieces of information and remain totally anonymous. In this way, you choose who can connect with you and who can’t. Like many other apps, you can send and receive short messages, including photos, GIFs and even play games.
Almost everyone today has a Google account and Google Hangouts is an app that allows you to connect to all of your various other Google features such as Google Docs. This app allows you to share videos, photos and music as well as send stickers and emoji’s in your messages. With Google Hangouts you can control who you communicate with and share your location with your contacts. With Google Hangouts, you can also send texts to users who are not using this app.
With Telegram you get all the regular features you get with most Instant Messaging apps, however, this app offers a little extra security by keeping your chats locked. This app also features messages that expire before disappearing and you can create or join group chats, video and voice calls as well as the standard sending and receiving of messages. If you like the added extras of GIF, emoji’s and stickers, then you’ll love using Telegram.
If you want a nice, secure instant messaging app, but don’t necessarily want to register with a real phone number, Silent Phone may be the app for you. The main focus of this app is security and encryption so you can be sure your message remains confidential. You can send videos, documents and photos with ease and communicate via video or voice chat as well.
Messaging apps have made communication faster and easier. If newer apps aren’t constantly trying to entice us to join, then our existing apps are frequently evolving and upgrading. Stay in touch with family and friends, conduct your business affairs and stay in touch with the world out large. Messaging apps are here to stay so make the most of them.