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Best Text Messaging Apps for Android in 2022

Android Messages with a dark theme
Android Messages with a dark theme (Image credit: Android Central)

Text messaging is a big part of phone use for many people, and while all phones come with native messaging clients, they can be painfully, horribly bad. Some native text messaging apps also don't handle MMS the way we'd like, while others are laid out poorly or just lacking in features. Thankfully we have the option to use one of many, many third-party SMS clients on Android — some are minimal messaging apps, and others offer features above and beyond the rest.

There's an app for that

There are so many different SMS applications on the Play Store, but sometimes you don't need to really look too hard. Google's Messages (opens in new tab) app is pre-installed on many devices and is a great way to send text messages to your friends, family, and whomever else you wish. There are a couple of great selling points for using it when looking at desktop notifications and replies, and the fact that it's free.

However, the bare-bones app may not be for you and in that case we would recommend Pulse SMS (opens in new tab). This comes from the makers of Talon for Twitter, and is just as customizable, if not moreso. All of your conversations are encrypted from end-to-end and you an easily set up and take advantage of the web app to leave your eyes on your computer and not your phone.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.