WhatsApp (Android, iOS: Free)
WhatsApp has several features that combined make it a very popular mobile messaging app: it features remarkably simple setup and automatic syncing with your phone’s contacts, as well as being a feature-rich, ad-free experience. Users can send text, photo, voice, and short video messages to their WhatsApp contacts, and the app has continually added new features to its suite of tools, such as emoji and more recently. It’s also important to note that messages are fully encrypted between WhatsApp users. The application requires phone functionality, so it will not work on all devices. Although WhatsApp previously had a subscription fee, it is now completely free, although this has raised some concerns about privacy and data sharing with third parties.
Facebook Messenger & Messenger Light (Android, iOS: Free)
Facebook’s go-to in the field of mobile messaging is Facebook Messenger (Android, iOS), a specialized messaging app that builds on Facebook’s existing chat network and adds more mobile messaging features. Users log in through Facebook and can send other users the usual chat messages, as well as voice messages and voice and video calls to other Messenger users, with additional features such as GIF support and photo sharing and locations. Facebook also offers a reduced version of Messenger Lite designed for older Android devices, which offers a reduced basic messaging experience for phones with less memory and processing power. And Facebook is planning to add chat extensions that promise to let you bring your favorite apps to Messenger. Just be sure to manage your settings to prevent Facebook from sharing your data.
Kik (Android, iOS, Windows: Free)
Nowadays Kik is a useful messaging application to chat with several friends or with other users. Therefore, it can also be used to meet new people, since in this we can share ideas and connect with other users. There are plenty of tools online that you can use to find your friends that use the Kik app. Also, this App is completely free in which you can chat for hours with different people.
Telegram (Android, iOS: Free)
Telegram (Android, iOS), a mobile messaging app for the post-Snowden era, is aimed directly at the security-conscious user. Telegram offers fast chat messaging, with client-server encryption for standard chats. A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so that only you and your recipient can read it. You can even set the messages to self-delete. You can share videos, documents and participate in group chats of up to 200 users.