It is said that virtual socialization is the curse of this century. It is rare, these days, to have a social life without keeping in touch with your friends and family on some form of online platform, and new applications are developed for this task everyday. Instant messengers are great for this form of communication.
They use an internet connection to allow you to send unlimited texts and other forms of multimedia to people across the world in the blink of an eye. All of these messengers have their own perks and exclusive features, let’s take a look at our top five recommendations :
Top 5 Instant Messengers for iOS and Android
With kik, you can send unlimited texts and different forms of multimedia, including pictures, videos, gifs, sketches, emojis, even your web history to your contacts. You can create or join different public groups to find people who share the same interests and hobbies as you; or be a part of private groups where you can talk to multiple friends at the same time. You can use the ‘Meet new people’ feature to be randomly connected to a stranger and chat with them for fifteen minutes, at the end of which you can add them to your contacts to continue conversing.
In addition to these features, and what makes kik our top recommendation is the fact that it is much more than just your regular Instant messenger. The app also has an inbuilt browser which means you can surf the web and play games while chatting with your friends. You can also discover various bots to play games with, get information from, or chat with when you are bored.
The app is completely free to download from the Google Play store and the Apple app store for Android and iOS respectively.
Whatsapp might not be the most popular messenger in America, but internationally, it is one of the most widely used apps. It requires you to provide a working phone number to set up an account, and then it syncs with your phone contacts to make a contact list for you; which means that in order to add a contact to your Whatsapp you’ll have to save their number on your phone. The requirement of a phone number makes Whatsapp a more personal messenger. You can set a profile picture, a bio, and update stories that disappear within 24 hours. You can send unlimited texts, pictures, videos, audios, documents, contacts (from your phone book), location (including your current location and your live location), etc. You can also do voice calls and video calls, and create group chats.
The app is free to download from the Google play store and the Apple app store for Android and iOS respectively. The two versions differ a bit in terms of display, but offer all the same features. The iPhone version is built to resemble iMessaging, while the Android version has a distinct green look.
Next on our list is the Facebook messenger. You would obviously require a facebook account to use the messenger, but that’s the best part of this app – you won’t have to start from scratch and convince all your friends to join a new messaging app, since pretty much everyone already has a Facebook account, and if you have the messenger app on your device, you don’t need the facebook app too. The facebook messenger lets you communicate with people who are already on your facebook Friend list, as well as with people who are not added to your friend-list. (Those texts go to a separate folder named ‘Others’ though.)
The good and bad thing about Facebook messenger is that it has more features than anybody will ever require. You can send texts, pictures, videos, audio, and all sorts or other things including GIFs and stickers, etc. You can customize chats with a specific user – change their names, notification ringtone, colour scheme, etc. You can create and join group chats and play games inside the app, and compete with your friends. Messenger also has the stories feature similar to Whatsapp, Instagram, and Snapchat, however it isn’t really that popular on facebook.
You can download the app from the Google Play store for Androids and the apple app store for iOS.
Viber is quite similar to Whatsapp in terms of setting up your account, which means that you only need your phone number and no usernames or codes. All people from your phone contacts who use Viber will automatically be added to your Viber contact list. You can sent texts, photos, videos, audio, and other forms of multimedia to your friends. You can jazz up your conversations by using emoticons from a large collection that the app offers. More advanced and interesting emoticons and stickers and paid, so you’ll have to see if you want them.
You can join or create group chats with unlimited number of members, and you can make voice calls and video calls. What’s extra interesting about Viber is that you can also call people who are not on Viber; these are paid calls though, so you’ll have to top up your account before making those calls, but they’re still pretty cheap.
You can get the app on the Google play store for Android and the apple app store for iOS.
Our final recommendation is the Line messenger. In addition to texts, photos, videos, audios, stickers, and other usual media, Line allows you to make calls, and Group voice calls, and group video calls (much like Google’s hangouts). Line also has the automatically delete messages after a while, like Snapchat, except it allows you to customize the time after which the conversation will be deleted, so it’s more convenient that way. Another helpful feature is that Line goes easy on your data, and you can smoothly run it even without Wi-Fi, as it lets you alter the quality of the media that you are sending or downloading to save your data.
In addition, line offers much more than just regular instant messaging features; it includes services like a digital wallet (Line Pay), a news stream (Line today), videos on demand (Line TV), and digital comics (Line Manga and Line Webtoon). You can download the app from Google Play store for Android devices and the Apple app store for iOS.