The Best Messaging Apps on Android Are Still Worse Than iMessage

Messaging on Android is a mess.

iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS, and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji). The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient.

The same can’t be said for Android users.

In the video above, I tested a number of popular messaging apps on Android to try and replicate the iMessage experience. I found many that came close, but not a single one achieves the perfect trifecta of seamless, secure, and convenient.

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Because there’s no one standard messaging app on Android, users are forced to use multiple messaging apps and remember which of their contacts use which. If privacy-conscious users want to stop using unencrypted SMS, they have to convince their friends and family to make the switch to more secure apps (and actually commit to using them).

Watch the full video to learn why these are the best messaging apps every Android user needs, despite each of them having pros and cons:

I’d love to hear your experiences with messaging on Android. Let me know in the comments below what messaging apps you use, and why. Have you had success convincing your friends and family to switch to your app of choice?

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TL;DR Let’s all just use Signal, cool? Cool.

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