Our readers use Google Messages more than any other texting app

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What you need to know

  • We asked our readers what they use as their primary texting app.
  • Of 6300 responses, about 50% voted for Google Messages.
  • WhatsApp was in second place with 16% of votes, while many expressed that they prefer Textra.

Texting is a big part of how we communicate, which is why it's important to have a messaging app that works for you and the people that you're texting. This is why getting RCS on iMessage has been such a big deal lately. While iMessage and Google Messages are used primarily in the U.S., it would increase interoperability between two of the biggest OSes and their respective texting apps.

And to further the point, we asked what our readers prefer to use as their primary texting app, and out of a whipping 6300 votes, about 50% were for Google Messages. WhatsApp was unsurprisingly the second most popular, although trailing behind with 16% of votes.

Texting App Poll Responses

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A lot of comments threw around other texting apps such as Textra, which seemed to be a popular option among the best text messaging apps, despite its lack of RCS support. And while many comments indicated which single app they preferred, one reader, Ry, notes how which app they use depends on who they're talking to:

It depends on who I'm texting with -- my messaging has become segmented.In general, for SMS/MMS/RCS is on Google Messages if I'm on Android (and on iPhone, I'll use their default Messages/iMessage app).But--I have groups (mostly work) on Slack. I have groups on Discord. I have groups on Telegram. I have groups on WhatsApp. I have groups on Facebook Messenger.

Another reader also notes how much of a mess it can be when juggling between messaging apps:

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That also highlights a downfall with apps like Signal and WhatsApp. While they offer great features and make it easy to message friends and family in other countries, they require that the person you're texting uses the same app.

That said, until we can all agree on what we want, it looks like we'll be juggling messaging apps for some time.

Derrek Lee
News Editor

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

  • Isn't Google Messages currently Googles default messenger, for Android?!?
  • Wasn't on my U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S21 bought from Samsung's website.
    The default is still Samsung Messages app
  • For Google phones, sure. My note 20 ultra did not have Google messages, but had Samsung's equivalent instead. Both support rcs, so it's a moot point at the end of the day.
  • Likewise to the other comments, Oneplus put their own messaging app on their phones, as well. I used it for a while, but ended up switching to Google Messages.
  • Given Google's track record with messaging applications and platforms, my guess is a large # of Android Central's readers are going to be looking for a new messaging app in 1-2 years :-P
  • I've been through the messaging wars with Google (hangouts, Allo ect). For most of the time SMS and MMS were sufficient to talk to people. Then Apple threw in iMessage and what that has caused. I did what's app before the great FaceBook takeover. So my friends and acquaintances are on all types of messaging apps. For peace of mind I find RCS with Messages works well, especially now that RCS is being standard on Android. Apple doesn't have an incentive to go to RCS as a business solution. Hopefully Apple will realize to support RCS before the carriers switch exclusively to RCS and turns off SMS/MMS. Granted i'll be a 102 before that happens.
  • Of course Apple will support RCS, as the fallback from iMessage, just like it falls back to SMS/MMS today. That will happen when RCS is the carrier standard and the carriers turn of SMS/MMS.
  • I've never seen an Android site care so much about iMessage. Must be an USA thing, and has no value anywhere else in the world.
  • Wait.. What? People are (willingly) (still) using WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger? Seriously?