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Essential Free Messaging Apps for Android Beginners

Face it, you like the idea of using your new Android device to contact your friends and family members. It is fun, it is free (over the internet) and it is faster than traditional text messaging. As long as the person on the other end has a compatible device or is running the same app as you, sending and receiving messages or even making voice and video calls is a breeze.

While there are tons of Instant Messaging apps (most popular with teens), there are a few essential staples which every Android beginner should start with, and for most, these are enough.

WhatsApp

The app needs no introduction, everyone and their mother uses it. The app has it all, free messaging over an internet connection, ability to send media files (photos, videos etc), simple contacts integration (the app uses your phone contacts and automatically connects you to anyone on your contact list already using the app) and offline messaging. The app is free to use, and is undoubtedly the most popular messaging app on all platforms.

WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: Free
  • WhatsApp Messenger Screenshot
  • WhatsApp Messenger Screenshot
  • WhatsApp Messenger Screenshot

Imo Messenger

Imo recently got out of beta and has been a personal favorite of mine for quite some time. The app allows you to sign into multiple networks (MSN, Skype, Facebook, Yahoo, Google etc) and communicate with all your contacts from one location. The app does have some stability issues at times and can lag on low-end devices. However, if you are looking for an app that combines all your social contacts, get imo.

imo free video calls and chat
imo free video calls and chat
Developer: imo.im
Price: To be announced
  • imo free video calls and chat Screenshot
  • imo free video calls and chat Screenshot
  • imo free video calls and chat Screenshot

Skype

Like WhatsApp, skype needs no introduction either. While the mobile app is not as solid as the desktop version, it has improved considerably and allows users to send messages and make video/audio calls to contacts. File sharing is also allowed, making this an excellent choice for those who already have Skype accounts and want to make international calls from their Android device.

Skype - free IM & video calls
Skype - free IM & video calls
Developer: Skype
Price: Free
  • Skype - free IM & video calls Screenshot
  • Skype - free IM & video calls Screenshot
  • Skype - free IM & video calls Screenshot

Telegram

Telegram has grown from a niche messaging app to a full-fledged popular platform for people to communicate with their friends as well as join communities (or groups). It really took off in 2017 amidst the crypto boom when several ICOs and crypto projects started using Telegram groups to keep their communities informed.

Today Telegram boasts several features, including encryption, and the ability to create bots for automated responses and such. If you’re looking for a WhatsApp alternative, Telegram is among the top choices. However, the app does appear to be restricted in certain countries, but its newer version has started coming with a built-in proxy to bypass local internet rules.

Telegram
Telegram
Developer: Telegram FZ-LLC
Price: Free
  • Telegram Screenshot
  • Telegram Screenshot
  • Telegram Screenshot

Viber

Even though Viber is more of a voip app used for calls, it also has messaging functionality and is quite a popular medium for communication in certain European and Asian countries. Some of your friends might be using Viber, so it’s worth a shot to see if you can connect with some and maybe make a few voip calls now and then.

That’s all for now folks, these essential messaging apps should keep you connected with friends and family. If you’re looking for a bigger variety of apps, check out our list of the top 11 Best Instant Messaging Apps.

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