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The top 10 messaging apps for Android (and how to choose the right one)

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Updated July 2021

A quick Google search for “what are the best business messaging apps for Android” will spit back tons of results. You could read listicle after listicle but still end up exactly where you started—wondering which app is not only the best but the best for YOUR business. 

We’re here not to simply list out your options but to help you actually choose the one that best suits what your business needs. 

As a business ourselves specializing in digital communication, we know a thing or two about business messaging. At the same time, we recognize that our software isn’t right for everyone. And that’s cool. A one-size-fits-all tool doesn’t exist. 

Hence why exploring your options is so important.

If your business needs include integration with other apps, a laser focus on security, the ability to administrate users, or if you’re looking for a tool that lets you do multiple things under one subscription, let’s chat. RingCentral could be perfect for you. 

If not, or if you’re looking for something more basic, keep reading to explore other good candidates.

Below, we’re going to break down the following:


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Business messaging apps for Android: How are they different from personal messaging apps? 

Not all messaging apps are built equal.

Here are the key differences between consumer apps (like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger) and business-focused apps (like RingCentral):

Business-focused apps are built with security at top of mind. 

The last thing you want to skimp on is the protection of your company’s data. Messaging apps built for businesses know this and uphold rigorous security certifications as well as follow authentication processes that simply aren’t as big a deal for consumer-centric apps. 

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Business-focused apps can integrate with your other software. 

This is super important for managing your communications and preventing information silos. Not all apps integrate with everything though—something to look out for when shopping around. Some messaging apps integrate with project management tools and email automation software, for instance, to send your team or group channel updates whenever there’s been an update on a particular project.

Here’s an example of how Mailchimp syncs up with RingCentral’s messaging app to send a team updates when an email newsletter has been sent out: mailchimp ringcentral business messaging integration

 

Business-focused apps offer analytics. 

Unlike with consumer-centric apps, you can measure the effectiveness of your business’s communications. These insights can help you make important decisions, like what your teams talk about the most, the best channel to interact with each other, and the type of content that receives the most interaction. 

Business-focused apps have administration capabilities. 

Administration lets you define exactly who your users are and who can communicate with whom, e.g., the help desk team with employees, sales reps with leads, and so on. 

Business-focused apps often offer more than just messaging. 

That’s because we’re generally conscious of the fact you don’t want to be paying for 20 different tools every month when just three could do the same tasks.


Must-have business app features for your Android device

Like we mentioned earlier, no one messaging app is going to work for every business. There are some key functions, however, that every business can use and should look out for when making a decision.

So what is the best text messaging app for Android? Based on the above criteria, we rounded up five different text messaging apps—at least one of which is sure to work perfectly for your business.


The 10 best messaging apps for Android

Okay, so we’ve established there are big differences between the features, functionalities, security, and overall quality of consumer vs. business-focused apps. We’ve also noted the non-negotiables—things your business messaging should definitely have.

Now it’s time to jump into the top five best Android messaging apps for small to medium businesses.


1. RingCentral (our personal favorite
😉)

Best for: businesses looking for something scalable that integrates with their existing tech stack, allows real-time collaboration, and gives you several tools with just one software (like video conferencing and phone calling solutions)

 

RingCentral is a leading all-in-one team messaging, video conferencing, and phone calling app. Some of the things that make it so awesome are that it:

Want to see for yourself if RingCentral would be a good fit? You can book a quick 15 to 20-minute product tour to see it in action.

Here’s what RingCentral’s customers have to say1:

“Very well-integrated app incorporating phone, video, messaging, calendar, task listing, and minimalist project management. Works seamlessly around the world with [the] same phone number. Good integration with Google Workspace. These two are the only infrastructure most SMBs will need.” — Joshua P.

“If you’re a system admin, you need to learn it well enough to teach your users. They will use different features and have different preferences, so learn them all if you can. RC has a huge library of online videos and training if that’s your style. Their phone support tries to be overly helpful! In my opinion, the chat support is the best.” — Robin P.

“RingCentral meetings and calls are […] friendly and seamless. Connects to all the apps we use anyway for messaging, video, storage and email. Cloud integration is also very good. No complaints on security either. Best for small sized teams and BUs.” — Al E.

🏆 Did you know: 

RingCentral is a PCMag’s Editors’ Choice Award winner because of its reliable service and easy-to-use app (among other reasons)!


🕹️ Get a hands-on look at how RingCentral works by booking a product tour:

💰 You can also use this calculator to see roughly how much your business could save by using RingCentral to support your team’s communication with each other—and clients.



2. Android Messages

Best for: micro-businesses that just need to be able to relay messages to each other as quickly and easily as possible, without the need for real-time collaboration

Android business messaging app

Google’s Android Messages is a free text messaging app known and loved by many for its lightweight features and straightforward interface. While the app does have a reasonable list of features, including theming, backup, and search, they’re kept pretty minimal. It rocks a “Material Design,” meaning it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at and easy to use too. 

Some neat facts about Android Messages:

Here’s what Android Message’s customers have to say2:

“I absolutely love this app. It’s so much better than my default messaging app. I love the fact that I can use Wi-Fi as well as the Cellular Service. It really helps when I don’t have service because I can send the texts by using my Data.” — Isaac D.

“This app would get a 5 star [rating] if it was not missing one major feature—SCHEDULED MESSAGES.” — Scott S.

“I like it a lot. More than using WhatsApp because of the emojis and gifs access. The only thing is that I wish to have a way to make reference of old messages on the conversation, just to help bring more sense to the conversation.” — Felito G.


3. Chomp SMS

Best for: businesses who are looking for something simple but a tier above Android Messages, value customization, and mainly send text-only messages (not so much audio/video)

Chomp business SMS messaging app for Andrioid

Chomp SMS is an OG app that’s been around for a while now and has some of the best customer reviews on this list. Like Android Messages, it’s built on Material Design principles but offers more robust features. 

Its most noteworthy features are:

Here’s what Chomp SMS’s customers have to say3:

“Wonderful text messaging app! If you go into settings you can customize all kinds of features. You can basically customize everything including the font size, text color, bar color, etc.” — Francine E.

“Most flexible theming features but missing a major feature SEARCH in conversations!” — Homayoun Y.

 “Can’t attach video to any message. Says 6 second video is too large… Kind of disappointing…” — Liz W.


4. Handcent Next SMS

Best for: on-the-go teams who want to text from anywhere on any device and have it sync across all of them. If your team’s work phones double as personal phones, the advanced security options will come in extra handy as well

handcent business android messaging app  

 

Handcent Next SMS is right up there with Chomp SMS as a top text messaging app for Android. It has a lot of similar features, including bulk messaging, advanced privacy settings, backup and sync functionality, tons of emojis, and customization options.

The thing that really sets Handcent Next SMS apart, however, is Handcent Anywhere: a feature that lets you send messages from wherever you are and from any device, whether it’s a computer, phone, tablet, or even smartwatch. According to reviews, it’s a bit buggy at times but overall a pretty slick feature. 

In addition to Handcent Anywhere, the app comes with the following features:

Here’s what Handcent Next SMS’s customers have to say4:

“I have used this app for all my texting needs for a number of years, and it only gets better. It has options that most default messaging apps are missing, like the ability to set a scheduled message, rather than just sending one now.” —  Daaave W.

“One of the best messaging apps on e market. Easy to set up, easy to use. Great themes. Overall, I recommend. The only thing is I wish the emojis were a little more imaginative, or maybe more to choose from. That’s my biggest complaint!” — Scott T.

“Customer service very helpful, responding immediately when I reached out for help installing on my wearable. App now on my Galaxy watch and I am so happy with it I will probably invest in the paid version. Thanks again!” — Karen E.


5. MightyText

Best for: businesses who rely a lot on sending quick professional bulk messages to colleagues and clients, from either their phone or desktop. The Gmail plugin makes it a great pick for Google Workspace users as well

mightytext android business messaging app

Named one of Time Magazine‘s “Best 50 Android Apps”, some of MightyText’s top features include:

Here’s what MightyText’s customers have to say5:

“Works fantastically with lots of options. For an old geezer like me it is so much easier to use my computer to respond to text than the small keyboard on my phone. In particular I like the way it sends my text messages to my email inbox as well which I am far better at looking at more often during the day.” — Alan G.

“What a lifesaver! I don’t have to carry a different work phone to see my work messages. As with all of the other great reviews, I am thrilled to have complete control over where and how I receive and respond to text messages to my work line.” — Gerry B.

“There are advantages to this app and disadvantages, like everything else. I like being able to send text from my computer instead of having to pull out the phone, and I can see who’s calling and what’s being texted. There’s a limit on the number of conversations, though, and I’ve noticed it doesn’t completely sync the prior conversations. For me, that’s a problem because I need to have the entire conversation in front of me when I’m on the computer.” — Jenna L.


6. SimpleTexting

Best for: Sending SMS marketing campaigns, especially through vibrant picture and video messaging

simpletexting business messaging app

SimpleTexting is a fairly new app with mixed reviews. While customers rate the marketing features well, it seems to have a few problems that need fixing before it becomes a serious competitor for apps like Chomp SMS or Android Messages. 

However, there’s no need to blacklist the app entirely as once these are fixed, SimpleTexting could become a great business messaging app. It does, after all, boast a number of great features for Google Pixel and other Android device users. 

Here are some of the best:

Here’s what SimpleTexting’s customers have to say about it6:

Love the app – great way for me to get notifications and quickly respond to messages! – Brian E.

Great app and UI. Would like to see more marketing type features like other companies have. Coupons, posters, landing page to send to customers – Julian M.

Mixed review. While the web interface and usability of the online text management portal is pretty good… the App kinda sucks. Not reliable… and has some limitations. Hence the low rating. If they get this fixed. Their text mgmt solution would be 100% the bomb – Dan L.


7. Flock

Best for: Businesses that share a lot of files and like to keep information all in one place flock android business messaging app for android

Flock is a handy organizational tool and texting app that helps to stay on top of projects, especially for businesses regularly using social media. It’s used by a number of leading businesses including McDonalds and Namecheap. Hillan Klein, COO of Namecheap said “Flock is our virtual office – a central hub where everyone can work together, drive through action and, ultimately, succeed as a team”. 

So, what’s so great about Flock?  

Here’s what customers on Google Play have to say about Flock7:

One of team collaboration apps that is very useful and easy to use. I love to use Flock in desktop and mobile apps, the update is very seamless – Siska G.

Good tool for work. Coming from bitrix24, this was a game changer. My only complaint is the mobile version doesn’t sync with desktop or web. I close my chats when I’ve responded, I don’t really like that I have to do it twice – Azfar R. 

Great app for team collaboration whether you want to chat with your team at work or with members of communities/groups that you are part of. It’s the only app my team uses to chat, video call and share files and it also integrates perfectly with Google Suite and Jira – Sayali A.


8. Mood Messenger

Best for: Businesses and clients looking for a user-friendly app to share YouTube videos and personalize conversations with a nice aesthetic (before app update)

mood messenger android business messaging app

Created by the Marseille start-up Caléa, Mood Messenger quickly became a popular instant messaging service because of its cool emojis and predictive texting. However, the business model has its benefits, too. It’s important to note that a new update seems to have caused several issues, and has created a number of negative reviews. 

But, the positives of the app include:

Here’s what customers think of Mood Messenger8

Been using this app for years. Love that it’s completely customizable and I can back up messages. Only negative I have to say right now is sometimes I don’t get my texts until I open the app to check… Once that’s fixed, I’ll give it 5 stars – Vanessa G.

Been using it for years…..best I can find. You can search messages by words or phrases. It also has a “send later” feature that is really helpful. You can personalize the individual colors and style. You can also have individual backgrounds for each person you text – Ebony A.

Terrible after update. Cannot send batch messages – Ritwick P.


9. TextMagic

Best for: Small businesses that want a professional mass text-messaging platform for sending SMS texts to your customers, staff, and suppliers from Android devices

textmagic business app for android

Unlike Mood Messenger, TextMagic is a chat app specifically designed for small businesses. It prides itself in having 100,000+ happy customers since 2001. However, like Mood Messenger, a recent update may have caused some issues. Here are some of its key features:

Here’s what their customers said about it9

Love it. Beautiful clear interface, very affordable, works perfectly – Laurrie K.

Excellent app. Brilliant for keeping in touch with our customers – Wesley S.

It was working fine, although a little slow to load. But when I did the last Android update 2 days ago, no one can hear me on my phone when I make calls unless I restart the phone – Jenn W.


10. Salesmsg

Best for: Handling leads and connecting with customers (specifically made for small businesses looking to improve their sales) 

salesmsg business messaging app for android

Business messaging doesn’t need to be fancy. Salesmsg might not win any awards for its aesthetic or groundbreaking ideas, but most customers find that it’s simple and gets the job done without glitches. Thus making it more user friendly than Mood Messenger or TextMagic. It sticks to simple features, but does them well. 

The main ones include:

Here’s what customers thought of Salesmsg10

Awesome app, lets me handle all my leads and appointments from one place. I don’t need to give out my personal cell. Clean, simple, and easy to use – Justin Z.

Very quick and efficient customer service. Pleased with product – Jason H.

It works. Nothing sensational – but nice that it works largely glitch free – Moe D

The final verdict: What’s the best business messaging app for Android users?

RingCentral, of course! Okay, we admit it, we’re a little biased. The truth is that all of these apps for Android phones—remember that you may need something else for iPhone, Mac, or other Apple device users—are great for different reasons. The best business messenger app for you depends on the type of business you have and what features are most important to you. 

Smaller businesses can benefit from apps that focus on sales leads, whereas businesses looking to expand their marketing strategy should use a SMS/MMS messages app that works well with videos. Whichever way you lean, you’re sure to find an option on the Play Store and as for other app purchases, that channel also provides handy user reviews.

Just make sure to check the latest updates before making any decisions, as some of these business messaging apps have been reprimanded for glitches. The best business messaging apps work smoothly every time, regardless of whether new features have been added or not.

 


1play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glip.mobile&hl=en_CA

2play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&showAllReviews=true

3play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p1.chompsms

4play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handcent.app.nextsms

5play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.texty.sms

6play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simpletexting.mobile&gl=GB&showAllReviews=true

7play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=to.go&gl=GB

8play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calea.echo&gl=GB&showAllReviews=true

9play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=textmagic.com.textmagicmessenger&gl=GB&showAllReviews=true

10play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.salesmessage.arcadia.app&gl=GB&showAllReviews=true

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