Due to the availability of smartphones, the demand for SMS or traditional phone calls has disappeared. That place has been taken over by messaging and calling apps. Almost all smartphone users use one or more messaging and calling apps for necessity.

There are differences between messaging apps and traditional text messaging. Everyone has a different definition of the ideal messaging app. But most people choose to message and call apps that are used by family and friends. Let’s take a look at the top ten messaging calling apps for smartphones.

Telegram

Topping the list of messaging apps for smartphones is the privacy and speed-focused messaging and calling app, Telegram. Telegram can be used on both mobile and desktop.

Telegram chats can be stored in the cloud. There is also no size limit for shared files. That is, you can share files of any size through Telegram.

Telegram’s chats are protected by 256-bit Cynic encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie-Hellman Secure Key Exchange. Along with sticker and gif support in Telegram, there is also the facility for photo and video editing.

Telegram’s most outstanding feature is its advanced group chat system. A maximum of 200,000 people can be added to a Telegram group Telegram, powered by donations, is a completely free messaging app and is committed to protecting user data.

WhatsApp

Easy to set up and free, WhatsApp has overtaken all other apps on this list as the most popular messaging app on smartphones. In addition to normal chatting, WhatsApp can share photos, documents, contacts, and even locations. A maximum of 8 people can join the same audio or video call on WhatsApp.

As WhatsApp is primarily based on phone numbers, it automatically adds all WhatsApp users whose phone numbers are in the user’s contact list. Despite its huge popularity and being controlled by Facebook, WhatsApp offers top-level privacy and security thanks to end-to-end encryption.

Facebook Messenger

Those who use Facebook regularly, are somehow aware of Facebook’s messaging app, Messenger. If you have a Facebook account, you can use Messenger on your smartphone with just one click. Messenger can also be used on the desktop through the website. The ability to chat outside of apps like Chat Head has taken Messenger’s popularity to another level.

The features of Messenger cannot be overstated. Along with the 24-hour post, story, location, photo, and video-sharing facilities are available.

Recently, the facility of the room is being added to the messenger, where a maximum of 50 people can join the same group call even if they do not have a Facebook account through the link. A vanishing message feature has also been added. Group chat can be opened with a maximum of 250 people in Messenger. Also, you can join up to 50 people in free audio and video chat.

Snapchat

Popularized by celebrities, the app, Snapchat, is hugely popular among today’s young society. But Snapchat is very different from other traditional messaging apps. In terms of features, Snapchat’s list is smaller than other apps, but all the features are at the fingertips of the users. As a result, the popularity of Snapchat did not collapse in the crowd of so many apps. On Snapchat, users can use an avatar as their profile picture instead of their own photo.

Snapchat features voice calling, video messaging, photo messaging, and simple text messaging. Sent messages on Snapchat vanish after being viewed, making it impossible for a third party to view a conversation between two people. Also, if someone takes a screenshot of the chat, Snapchat informs the sender of the message on the other end. There are various live filters for taking pictures or recording videos, which are hugely popular among users.

Snapchat’s most popular feature is Stories. Stories are 24-hour-duration posts that can be viewed by the poster’s followers. This feature became so popular that Facebook was forced to add the feature to their apps, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Also, this groundbreaking feature of Snapchat shakes up Twitter and even LinkedIn. As a result, stories have been added to the platforms.

Discord

The Discord app released in 2015 was originally designed for video gamers. Discord app currently has more than 56 million monthly regular users as well as a total of 250 million users. Up to 10 people can join voice calls simultaneously in private group chats on Discord, which allows gamers to facilitate team management while gaming.

Discord has the facility of group chats called channels, in which different sub-groups can be created for different types of chats. In addition to groups, subgroups also have separate settings, making group chatting more flexible. However, Discord does not use end-to-end encryption. So for those looking for a secure and privacy-focused messaging and calling app, Discord might not be the ideal choice.

Signal

When it comes to chatting encryption and security, Open Whisper Systems’ app, Signal App, can be a great choice. The app provides military-grade encryption for all messaging and voice calls. The app has the facility of text, voice calls, group messages, and attachment sending. Experts like Edward Snowden called the Signal app the most secure messaging app. The Signal app has an image editor, stickers, and even the ability to react to messages with emojis.

Viber

Although the popularity of Viber as a messaging app has decreased in the crowd of numerous messaging apps, the app is not lagging behind in terms of features. With over 1 billion users worldwide, Viber easily ranks among the most popular messaging and calling apps. Viber has numerous features like normal messaging, self-destructing messages, group chatting facility, video messaging, and chatting. There are additional features like stickers and world news. But Viber is not for those who prefer a simple and clean interface for messaging or chatting.

Line

The line is the most popular messaging and calling app on the Asian continent with over 600 million users. Apart from the general messaging features, this app can be compared to Facebook. Posts can be posted on the Line app and friends can also comment on the post.

Free landline calls are also possible using the Line app. Line users can also send messages to each other as well as audio and video calling. Line Apta has stickers with line characters, which are hugely popular among users. A maximum of 500 people can join the same chat group.

The Line app also has a feature to follow artists and bands Along with an album set up in the Line app, you can also share with friends. There is also the facility of watching YouTube videos while on a call with friends.

Skype

There was a time when Skype ruled the market of messaging apps alone. But not being able to update itself with the times, this once popular messaging and calling app has fallen behind quite a bit. In addition to text chatting, Skype also offers video and audio calling. One of the main features of Skype is that users can also call real phone numbers using Skype for a fixed fee. The app is cross-platform supported. The usual chatting app features like stickers, file sending, etc. are there.

WeChat

China’s most popular app, WeChat, has more than 1 billion users. In addition to messaging, the app has the facility of photo sharing, and audio, and video calling. There is a facility for location sharing with friends. The WeChat app is full of many other features like payments, and games. The app can even be used on Wear OS and Apple Watch.

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