When it comes to keeping in touch with family or friends, you have many options to sift through.  We’ve found some of our favorite messaging apps and want to share them with you.  Some are familiar like Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts and some may be new to you like Kik or Snapchat.  Read on to see what each messaging app has to offer you and find one that fits your needs best!
 
 

WhatsApp

WhatsApp allows you to message your family and friends no matter what OS they are using.  iPhone, Android, Windows, BlackBerry; all these operating systems can message each other without any issues.  You never have to use your messaging plan because WhatsApp uses your internet data plan to allow you to message all your friends.  You can have group messages and send as many photos, videos, or audio messages as you would like!  You can use WhatsApp for free for an entire year and then after that it is $0.99/year, download it from Google Play or the App Store now to give it a try.

Kik Messenger

Kik is one of the most popular messenger apps out there.  With over 150 million downloads, there is no way we couldn’t put it on our list!  Kik allows you to chat with anyone, anywhere, and you never have to share your phone number.  It’s safe and secure.  The built in web browser allows you to share content with other Kik users all within the app.  Manage chat settings so that you are always in control and only chat with who you want.   Kik is available to download for free for iOS, Android, and Windows phones.

Tango

Some people in my family have iPhones and some have Android phones, and we all don’t live in the same city or state so we like to video chat.  That’s where Tango fits in, we use Tango to connect via video chat so we can actually see each other and not have to wait months in between visits.  Tango allows you to send text messages and make voice calls as well, and not to mention easily share photos, play games, and even send music to each other.  Whether your conversations are one on one or group chats, you can really connect with Tango!  All calls whether video or phone calls, and text messages, are free all over the globe making keeping in touch with friends or family members incredibly easy no matter where you are.  You can even update everyone with what’s going on by posting on Tango and it will show in their news feed.  There is so much to discover through Tango and they make it so easy to share with your loved ones that you’ll become hooked before you know it!  Download for free from Google Play and the App Store.

Snapchat

Snapchat may be more of a fun messaging app due to its most popular feature: disappearing after being viewed (unless a screenshot is taken by viewer) or only being available for viewing for 24 hours.  You can also send a text message which will disappear after being viewed as well.  Or you can chat live via video because Snapchat will let you know when your friend is present in the conversation.  Send photos, videos, or text, Snapchat makes it so easy and fun.  Download it for free from Google Play and the App Store.

Facebook Messenger

Not too long ago, Facebook released their Messenger App that allows you to send messages to all your Facebook friends and non-Facebook friends in your contacts.    Easily start up group chats and name them to keep it more organized.  Send photos, videos, and even stickers to bring the conversation to life.  Chat heads allows you to use other apps while you are still using Facebook messenger so you never miss a message.   You can even make completely free phone calls to friends even if they are in a different country, any calls over Wi-fi are free.  You can record voice messages, know when others have read your messages, and even forward messages to friends who aren’t in the conversation.  Now you won’t have to open the main Facebook app if you just want to send a quick message.  Download it for free and start using it today from Google Play and the App Store.

Google Hangouts

Google remains to be the one stop shop giant when it comes to anything and everything on the internet.  It’s one of the biggest email providers and the most relied upon search engine, and now it is the most reliable and trusted messaging app as well.  You can easily send and receive text messages, videos, photos, or video calls with the trusted Google Hangouts app.  It comes packed with emojis and animated GIFs so you can really express yourself during any conversation.  Chat with up to 10 friends via video call and you can even connect with them no matter what operating system they use.  Always stay connected with Google Hangouts no matter what you need to do or where you need to go because you can use it on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone.  The Google Hangouts app is so easy to use and it’s free to download from Google Play and the App Store.

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