16 Of The Best Chat Apps To Use When You Want To Instantly Connect With Your Friends

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Have you ever wondered how it would have been to survive without social networking in the long back era of our grandparents? Leave it!

Just tell me, can you imagine your own life without connectivity with one another? No, right? And the reason is we have become way lazy to go and invite a friend for a party – a simple free online text message and done.

Hmm, I am talking about smartphones and their messaging apps. Most of the chatting Apps being free in the market are therefore making great business and some of them are used massively.

These chatting apps have different features, notification graphics, customization, and so on. Among those, I am going to take you on a tour of the ten best smartphone chatting apps.

Best Chatting Apps



WhatsApp is the most used chatting app used nowadays.
It is free initially and is supported on iOS, Android, Windows, and others.
The most surprising thing that happened was that WhatsApp had almost beaten Facebook but then Mark Zuckerberg bought WhatsApp for $19 billion.

WhatsApp is having a  simple and attractive interface with a calling feature. Supports group chat, sending audio, video, and images in a matter of seconds. And as it is supported in almost all smartphones, it is the most used chatting app.

While WhatsApp provides strong encryption of all your data, keep in mind that it’s still possible to hack it using spying apps. For example, it might be possible for hackers to see when you were online using these methods.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Now, who is going to open a browser to log into Facebook, updating that browser? There are slow loading issues and all. In that case, Facebook provides you Facebook for free and is supported on both iOS and Android. You can chat with your Facebook friends with whom you don’t want to share your numbers. Even this app contains features in addition to video calling features as well.



Well, how many of you have heard of this chatting app? I can bet some of you have not and so here I am to let you know that slack was initially a free chatting app but then it became a paid app. Once an app becomes paid, its usability decreases as users automatically get attracted to the free apps which have more or less the same features. Slack is compatible with iOS, Android, and both Windows and Mac desktops. With its brilliant interface, you can send all sorts of files through it like gifs, pdfs, docs, video, audio, and all.

Telegram Messenger

Telegram messenger

Are you a privacy freak? Then certainly you should use Telegram Messenger for messaging – it’s free and private. Chat in encrypted form with this app and enjoy secure conversations avoiding hackers or government snoopers. Interesting, isn’t it?

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We chat is a free chat app. Android and iOS support this app and according to BBC news, around 250 million users use WeChat. You can add contacts using a QR code through this app, can enjoy group chats, and even chat in the Chinese language which is a special added feature to this app, unlike other chatting apps.



Kik is a free app and is compatible with iOS and Android. Kik is actually famous in Syria and Iraq. It does not need your phone number to use this app as it is optional, you may just sign up using a username and password and enjoy all the chatting features like sending images, audio, video, group chats, stickers, etc. Interesting thing is that this app has its own browser.

Google Hangouts

Google hangout

Now it is something sort of a professional kind of app to stay in touch with your colleagues during office hours even if you don’t have their number. Even this app consists of stickers, pictures, location settings, and voice/video conferencing as well. So, use this app if you want to have professional video conferencing with your colleagues. If you ever need to delete any photos from Hangouts, it’s easy to do.



LINE is a free app; iOS and Android devices support this app. It is developed in Japan. Though WhatsApp is more used, Line offers even more features and many renowned celebrities have their Line accounts like Taylor Swift! Yeah, actually it allows you to do voice calls over the internet and messaging with a minimum fare but the main thing which makes it stand apart is that it has inbuilt features like users can be added to another just by using a QR code or shaking their phones.

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Another chatting app available for Android and iOS is BBM. Here you just only share your unique BBM pin instead of your personal information and connect to the other person through his BBM pin. So there is no need to share all the personal data and information for chatting and connectivity through this app.

Hike Messenger


Well now comes Hike. It’s free and almost contains all the features included in WhatsApp but then it has got some funny and entertaining features added to it as well. Like stickers of all the Indian languages – stickers containing local languages used by us, students on a daily basis – and this is what makes it different. You can send pdf, docs, GIFs, and other files up to 100 MB in Hike. Group chats, voice calls can also be enjoyed. And you may talk to a robot named Natasha when you are bored i.e. even some sort of Artificial Intelligence is included in this app. And the most beneficial thing is, the more you use Hike the more you get free SMS which you can use for the people offline to send messages.

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Now, let’s look at some new chat apps that you might not have heard of.

New Chat Apps

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Hike, Telegram, etc are the most popular and most used communication apps of this smart generation. These apps have connected billions of users across the world and made communication fun and addictive. They have some best features to share and communicate with. But the users are looking for new ways that are more than just communication. Luckily there are some developers who are addressing the needs of such users and created some innovative apps for Android and iPhone that are best and worth trying.

Glide: Video Chat Messenger

best new chat apps for android and iphone -glide

Glide is one of the fastest-growing communication apps. With its rich features, it had attracted more than 10 million users. Glide is different from other chatting apps. It is a video chat messenger app that lets you express your words in the form of short videos.

Glide lets you share real-time moments with your friends and family at a lightning speed. With Glide, you can share your best moments instantly with a just single tap. You can even add filters to create even more fun.

The best thing about Glide is its blazing speed which is a must for multimedia apps.

The app is available for free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. So download it now and start sharing the real-world moments.

Link: Glide for Android/Glide for iOS

Group Me


Group me is another new innovative smart messaging app that’s second on our list. With GroupMe, you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family by creating separate groups and can have fun together. It offers a simple way to stay connected with those who matter most. Whether they be Family, Roommates, Friends, Coworkers, Teams, Bands. Faith Groups, Events, and vacation groups.

With GroupMe, you can be sarcastic by sharing instant memes and gifs from across the web. Raise your sarcasm levels with GroupMe app and enjoy the fun together with your pals.

The app is available for free on Play Store and App Store.

Link: GroupMe for Android/GroupMe for iOS

ZapZap Messenger


ZapZap is in the list of new chat apps for 2017. This app uses the Telegram APIs for communication. There are groups of 23 types of categories where you can meet people. Apart from this, you can send self-disappearing messages. This app will overcome the problem of sending large files, using this app you can send files up to 1.5GB.

You will receive the notification as soon as your friend installs the app. And thanks to the developers for developing this app so smartly that it consumes very less battery.

Link: ZapZap Messenger



Whisper is something more similar to a social network that’s safer and more secure. It is a platform that lets you connect with nearly 30 million Whisper users. Whisper lets you share secrets, express yourself, and meet new people. It’s a social media where people share their thoughts easily and you can chat with the ones who share common thoughts like yours.

You can join thousands of whisper groups and can whisper your ideas. Try whisper and be a part of secured social media.

Link: Whisper for Android/Whisper for iOS

OoVoo: Video call, Text, and Voice


This new chat app for Android and iOS is the fastest-growing messaging app. With its unique features, it has attracted 50 million users making it to the charts.

OoVoo is similar to many chat apps that offer text, audio, and video calls. The thing that differentiates ooVoo from others is its superior chatting technology.

You can make group video calls with nearly 12 people at a time. OoVoo lets you make rich video calls with the help of its patented technology that is less prone to call drops.

You can make group calls funny by adding live masks and sharing funny moments. You can mock your friends and make fun of them.

Text messaging can be entertaining with its powerful GIF and meme search.

Link: ooVoo for Android/iOS


new chat apps of 2017 - airtime

Don’t get confused with the name. Airtime is not a clone of FaceTime which is only available to Apple fanboys. Airtime is far better than FaceTime when compared to features.

With Airtime, you can make rich group video calls. You can even watch and share videos from YouTube and Vimeo and watch them together with your friends.

Using Airtime you can share your favorite music with dear and near ones. With Airtime sharing, media is more entertaining and more social.

Unlike ooVoo you are restricted to 6 people in video chat.

Airtime is available for free to download on iOS and Android.

Link: Airtime for Android/Airtime for iOS

Final Words

So here is the list of the best new and popular chat apps. If you have children and they have a smartphone, make sure to install a parental control app to know how your child uses it. Check this app list.

If you have something to add then let us know by dropping the comments below.

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  • Prienka Bakshi

    Prienka Bakshi loves learning about new technologies. She writes articles on technology as a freelancer. She follows latest technology news and upcoming gadgets.

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Prienka Bakshi

Prienka Bakshi loves learning about new technologies. She writes articles on technology as a freelancer. She follows latest technology news and upcoming gadgets.

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