Have you ever thought about what it was like to live without social messaging apps to connect in your grandparent’s era? They had to write letters to connect with one another. They had to go out and meet friends in-person to know about one another’s health. It was a time-consuming and tiring process. Now think can you imagine living without social connectivity with one another? Big no, right? In this era of social networking, no one likes to write a letter or go out and invite a friend to a party. Today we have instant messaging apps – one click on the send button and boom – your message is delivered. And the best thing is most of the text messaging apps are totally free. You don’t have to spend money on postal services and tickets. In this article, I am going to tell you about top messaging apps to connect instantly.
WhatsApp is the most used instant messaging apps in the world with about 2 billion active users. This App is free and is available for iOS, Android, Windows, Nokia, and Blackberry. The most amazing thing is that Facebook was almost beaten by WhatsApp but then Mark Zuckerberg bought the app for $22 billion. You might be thinking why WhatsApp is so famous?
In my opinion, it is because of the simple and striking graphical interface with updated calling features.
Some of the main features of WhatsApp are:
- Group Chatting
- Voice calling including group voice calling up to 8 people
- Video calling including group video calling up to 8 people
- Voice notes
- Documents transfer
- Share images and videos
Another advantage of WhatsApp is that it is available for almost every platform.
WeChat is second most used instant messaging app in the world. It is also free for both iOS, Android and Windows. According to ZDnet WeChat daily active users for WeChat exceeds 1 billion. WeChat is basically a Chinese app. People of China uses WeChat uses this App as an alternative of WhatsApp.
Main highlights of the WeChat are:
- Instant messaging,
- Group Chat
- Adding contacts using QR code
- Instant translation from Chinese to English and Vice versa
Facebook Messenger works just like any other messaging app. In the past, Facebook didn’t have any messenger apps, people had to log in to their accounts to send a message. To get rid of this issue Facebook introduced Messenger which is supported in iOS, Android, and Windows.
You can chat with whoever you want even if they are not your Facebook friends. Even this app has a voice calling and video calling feature.
Recently, Facebook totally revamped the messenger interface. Now the app looks more simple and clean.
Do you worry about your privacy? If yes, you should be using Telegram Messenger instead of other messaging apps. Although WhatsApp chats are encrypted end to end since it is the most used app hacking is frequent. In Telegram Messenger chat is encrypted and you can enjoy secure conversation with your friends and family.
Before the rise of Google’s Android OS, Blackberry’s BBM messenger was among the top messaging apps. Even today many people use BBM because of its privacy and interface. On May 31st, 2019, Blackberry said goodbye to BBM Consumer and introduced BBM Enterprise for messaging.
People who were addicted to BBM Consumer, instantly, switched to the new app. This apps has mixed reviews on Play Store and Apple Store. But still, its users are in millions.
Hike Messenger is free to use and almost contains all the features of WhatsApp but on top of that, it has some other fun features as well. You can send pdf, gif, docs, and other files up to 100 MB. Voice Calls, Group Chats and Voice Notes can also be enjoyed.
Let’s talk about a funny feature of this app, a robot named Natasha is also added in this app, whenever you are bored you can ask her some funny questions. Another good thing about Hike Messenger is that the more you use Hike messenger the more you get free text messages to send people offline.
Have you heard about this app before? I can bet most of you have not because this app is now paid. Once it was a free app but then developers decided to make it paid. I still don’t understand, why?
Once an app becomes paid, its number of users decreases, and people automatically shift to free apps having the same features. Anyways, a huge number of Slack users still use this app and it is compatible with, iOS, Android, and Mac.
The user interface is brilliant and it allows you to send all sorts of files to other slack users.
Kik Messenger is free and compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone (RIP). This app is actually famous in countries like Syria and Iraq. The interesting thing about this app that it does not require your phone number. Adding a phone number is optional, you may just sign up using a username and password. You can enjoy all the features included in WhatsApp like sending images, audio, video, group chats and etc.
It even has its own browser that’s what makes it different than other messaging apps.
Google Hangouts is a sort of professional messaging app to stay in touch with your colleagues during office time. This app is pre-installed in most android phones therefore the number of downloads of this app is huge. You can send stickers, pictures, and videos using app. It also allows voice and video conferencing with your colleagues. So, you can use this app to have a video or voice conference with your colleagues.
LINE is a Japanese based messenger. It is a free app, available for Android and iOS devices. Support for Windows phones has ended. Many famous celebrities use LINE Messenger. Around 217 million people use this app to stay in touch with their loved ones. It has all the features included in WhatsApp and other messaging apps used to connect instantly.
So these were top messaging apps to connect instantly. If you think I’ve missed any famous messaging app please tell me in the comment section. Thanks for reading.