Instant messaging is our favorite mode of communication. We can send text and visual messages to another party for free over data. There’re several third party apps designed for the purpose. They will let you know whether the recipient read the message or not within a few moments.
These are our favorite iOS apps for communication.
iMessage is the default messaging app for Apple iPhones. It allows you to send texts, photos, videos and audio messages for free with data connectivity. You can share current location and personalize messages with animation effects, stickers etc. But its service is limited in between iOS devices. The messages are encrypted & deliverable to iPhones, iPads and Mac devices.
Signal is a fabulous messaging app to protect your privacy. No one else can read your contents as they are secured by an advanced end to end encryption protocol that adopted by most of the instant messaging apps at this moment.
Using Signal you can send messages, attach any kind of files, make group chats, make voice and video calls. You can also create encrypted groups for private conversations with friends and others. It is a free and open source software.
WhatsApp is our favorite choice for fast and real-time communication. It lets you send messages, create groups, make group chats, make calls and more. All your communications are encrypted including calls, messages. So only you and the person you’re communicating with can read and listen to them.
WhatsApp is conscious to experiment and introduce latest features to its subscribers. You can send photos, video, audio or any other file via WiFi or cellular data. Just connect your phone to Mac or computer and read, send messages from them.
Slack is a perfect tool for team management and communication. It lets you send messages, make calls to other team members with advanced features and security. Premium users can secure their account with two-factor authentication and provide limited account access to the guests.
Slack also allows you to make voice, video calls with up to 15 participants and stores even large size files on the cloud.
Messenger is not just for Facebook users. It enables you to send messages to anyone in your phone book or enter a phone number to create a new contact.
It can be used to send messages, create group conversations, record and send voice messages, make free calls and more. You can customize messages with attachments, animations, stickers, preview media files and forward them to others who’re not in the conversation. Inform people where you are through location tag and turn off notifications when you are busy, sleeping or just need a break.
With Skype, stay connected with your friends and family anywhere in the world. Skype is launched as a desktop-only app in 2003 and it became popular within a short period of time. Now it works across operating systems and platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Linux.
Skype is well designed and lets you send messages, attach files, Add voice records, make calls, start group chats and much more. It also enables you to quickly capture photos, videos and personalize them with emoticons, stickers, annotations etc.
Kik may be a less known app in the list. It is a simple and easiest to connect with your dear ones. Unlike other tools we already discussed, Kik doesn’t provide voice call facility to the users. But it is a lovely app for sending messages and making chats.
Kik lets you make individual as well as group chats, share any type of file you want, start or join groups and more. It doesn’t require your phone number, just pick a username to start using the service.