Software Review

10 Popular And Free Instant Messaging Apps


August 5th, 2019   |   Updated on April 13th, 2021

World over we have seen a spurt in technology and its various forms in the last one decade or so.

Such is the impact of technology that now people do not need to wait for days to get information about the well- being of someone.

You can instantly reach out to them and even see them through video calling on various platforms.

The reach of such instant messaging apps is high and most people use them on a daily basis to get in touch with people in their circle.

However, despite being such a favourite platform only few instant messaging apps are actually reliable enough to trust with this task.

We have compiled a list of the 10 Popular and Free Instant Messaging Apps that have brought a big change to everyone’s life.

These apps are not only very useful but make sure that your smartphone stays protected too.

Using them keeps you safe from any danger and your social circle remains maintained as well.

1. Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger (and chatbots in particular) provide a unique opportunity to acquire customers, nurture leads, segment audiences and deliver highly relevant, targeted content.

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Review: iTunes

Well, I have been using this app & quite satisfied with the performance. I somehow would like Facebook to add this feature in the app where a person can select multiple messages and delete it in one go like you can do it in Whatsapp now. Because it is quite a hectic thing to do if you want to delete messages because you need to select 4 options just to delete one message from the chatbox.

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LINE reshapes communication around the globe, bringing you closer to your family, friends, and loved ones—for free. With voice and video calls, messages, and a limitless variety of exciting stickers, you’ll be able to express yourself in ways that you’ve never thought possible. With over 600 million users worldwide, LINE’s constantly expanding platform will continue to provide exciting new experiences and convenience.

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Review: Lifewire

is a text messaging and voice calling app that adds a social entertainment layer with its networking and gaming features.

Use LINE for free one-on-one and group chats with any of your friends anywhere. Call your friends and family as often as you want with free voice and video calls available domestically and internationally.

The LINE app also includes a collection of quirky and charming cartoon characters and stickers designed to make communications more fun.

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3. Blackberry Messenger (BBM)

Blackberry Messenger (BBM)

BBM® Enterprise is a secure mobile, cross-platform, messaging and collaboration tool. It provides the same user- friendly experience that’s earned BBM millions of fans worldwide – with the end-to-end security enterprise needs.

BBM Enterprise allows users to take advantage of the speed, reliability and privacy of BBM for a faster communication, collaboration and decision making while providing security-conscious organizations enhanced security over corporate data.

BBM Enterprise is the ideal business communication tool because it is mobile and immediate. Unlike enterprise IM tools that were originally designed for use on the desktop, BBM Enterprise offers a truly mobile experience, on a variety of devices.

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Review: engadget

BBM brings friends and family together. You can have fun with features like picture sharing, voice calls, and voice notes. The app can be downloaded for free on Android, iPhone, and Blackberry. In the past, only Blackberry users had access to the messaging application.

BBM has unique features that protect the privacy of the users. For instance, users can take back their photos and messages after sending them. It has a timer that determines how long a photo or message can be viewed before it disappears.

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Pure instant messaging — simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 100 million active users in two and a half years.

Fast: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe.

Synced: You can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again.

Unlimited: You can send media and files, without any limits on their type and size. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device, and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it.

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Review: Capterra

Comments: Telegram has a very comfortable and friendly interface, is easy to use and has nothing to envy to other instant messaging services. Telegram is an application that offers to keep us communicated with our friends, relatives, partners, employees or with any person in general as long as they also have the application. One of the things that has been most useful to me is to be able to have several telegram accounts in the same device and this is something that not all messaging can offer us.

Pros: Telegram is a free and safe fast messaging application. In addition to having no space limit for multimedia files or chats. Allows access to messages from several different devices. It allows third-party applications to connect with the network and this has as a consequence that there are unofficial clients such as the Windows, Mac, Linux and web versions. One of the best things about Telegram is that there is no intention to offer advertisements and also offers bots or applications programmed to perform commands.

Cons: One of the most influential negative aspects is that this application does not have video calls, which makes its competitors look more attractive. On the other hand, it does not hide the last hour of connection, this fact is a very requested aspect since for our convenience the majority of its users prefer not to show the last hour of connection. And finally, Telegram does not allow the information or status message to be established, which for the personal is very important because when entering a meeting I want my contacts to know that I am not available.

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5. Kakaotalk


KakaoTalk is a fast & multifaceted messaging app. Send messages, photos, videos, voice notes and your location for free. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections.

More About KakaoTalk:

  • Chosen by more than 150 million users worldwide
  • Fast, fun, easy way to communicate with friends and family
  • Uses Internet connection (3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi) for calls and messaging
  • Supports: Android, iOS, Windows OS, Mac OS

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Review: engadget

Kakaotalk bears some similarity to WhatsApp messenger. The app automatically synchronizes the contact list on the phone.

Besides the basic messaging function, the app supports fast and reliable video calls. It is popular in South Korea. Additionally, it is free and easy to install.

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6. IMO


Message and video chat with your friends and family for FREE, no matter what device they are on!

  • Encrypted high-quality Video and Voice calls
  • Encrypted Group Video and Voice calls with up to 6 participants
  • Free and unlimited encrypted messages and video and voice calls over your 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection.

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Review: PlayStore

My messages do not go even though I am receiving messages instantly. I tried to fix it by reinstalling the app, but hasn’t worked. Please help to fix the issue, then I will change my rating Hello again, after checking everything I am contacting you again. My Imo app seems to be working , but slow and doesnt show the ticks even though messege is received. it doesnt show sent tick and receive tick. The problem seems to come from the app. I changed my rating , because of your fast response.

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7. Skype

Skype Lite is designed for the India market with new and integrated features, such as support for SMS, native phone contacts and calls, data usage tracking, India focused Skype Bots to help our users be more productive, in addition to many Free Skype features like free messaging, audio and video calls, you already know and love!

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Review: PlayStore

Every time I reinstall the app, it never syncs to the contacts and chats. It’s frustrating to not be able to check to the latest chats.. and there’s no option in the settings as well to make the app sync to the last chats. that’s it’s the main feature, please focus on improving this.

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8. Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

  • Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
  • Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
  • Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
  • Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
  • Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
  • Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
  • Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.

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Review: Capterra

Pros: The fact that Google Hangouts is free is fantastic! It’s also not necessary to provide a phone number in order to use Hangouts which makes it useful when communicating with clients online and want to maintain your privacy. As long as you have a Google account you can use Hangouts through the Gmail username. When using it through your email (not texting with a Google Voice number) you can also see when the other person has seen your message. A very useful feature. When using Hangouts for texting using a Google voice number you can’t see when the recipient views the message but it’s a small price to pay to have the option to text from your computer. Hangouts is also available as an app on the phone and using the Google voice number provides some privacy as you don’t need to give out your personal phone number in order to text.

Cons: There isn’t very much that I dislike about Hangouts. There are only a couple things and they are minor. 1. I wish you could see when a person received your text when messaging a phone number. 2. I wish it was easier to see the time and date of past messages on the computer. 3. I wish you could send more than one picture at a time when using the computer.

Overall: Overall I have had a very positive experience using Hangouts. It’s wonderful as an individual and works perfectly for my business as well. I need to be able to have private chats with clients and this makes it easy to stay connected without providing my personal phone number.

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9. KIK


Kik is way more than just messaging. It’s the easiest way to connect with your friends, stay in the loop, and explore – all through chat. No phone numbers, just pick a username.

  • Choose who to chat with one-on-one and in groups
  • Share pics, videos, gifs, games, and more
  • Meet new friends with similar interests

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Review: iTunes

Ok so I’ve had Kik since 2 years back, it was awesome and worked amazing at that time. So I got a new phone and forgot about it and probably half a year later I got it again, it was great when I opened the app. It worked perfectly and I didn’t have any problems. So as time gone by I noticed a few bugs, example: I own a group so I’m the owner, sometimes when I open the app and a bot joins I try to remove it but it doesn’t give me the option so when I view the members, there’s two of me.

The one that’s the owner and the one that’s a member. So I ask the members if they see two of me in the members and they say no. I tried closing the app and reopening it but it never works so I just wait it out and let my admins do it for me. The update that I hated it when someone leaves a group chat, you can’t private message them.

That update annoyed me a lot because I made some friends in some chats but they left but I can never get in touch with them unless I had them in my contacts which I do not. I’m only see that the bugs happen in the group chats. I really hope they fix them because I love this app!

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10. WhatsApp


WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

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Review: PlayStore

this app is very useful, nice and interesting. my advice, if this app has an update, make sure the menu position does not change. I just auto exit group and report one of my group just because the clear chat menu position is change with report menu. When you always clear your chat…then this app change the position…It will be a problem to users that have set in mind the menu position and how many steps to clear the chat if this app changes the position of the menu.

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