Third party messaging apps

iOS & iPadOS

What are good replacement text messaging apps?



Submitted by dennis on Friday, July 26, 2019

In reply to by X2

No others don't need the app. Although why you wouldn't have it is beyond me. Where do you go to customize it?

Submitted by Dawn on Friday, July 26, 2019

Hi! I'd check out messenger. That's what I use for my family/friends. Plus, if they have Facebook accounts already, that's a bonus. Although I don't think you need a Facebook account to uq it.
You can make video/audio calls on there too & send audio messages. I think you can use it with your phone number. That's all I use for my family/friends, mainly because pretty much all of them have an Facebook account. And also, as I'm sure is the case for many people out there, my family/friends have a mixed bag of Os.'s some use Apple & some use Android. Hope this helps!

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Friday, July 26, 2019

Other apps to consider include:

1. Telegram Messenger
2. Viber Messenger

Submitted by Remy on Friday, July 26, 2019

There's also Skype, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp and Lime. All of them work just fine on IOS.

Submitted by X2 on Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hi, I meant customize as in privacy and it notifications. To customize the privacy, go to the settings of the app and scroll down to privacy. For example, you can set face ID, touch ID, or passcode whenever you open the app. And also in a conversation, you can turn on disappearing messages, which basically means when someone reads the message, it disappears, sort of like snapchat, in terms of messages. Notification sounds, you can set as the text tones/ringtones that come with the iPhone. To do that go to settings and scroll down to notifications, then look for notification sound. You can also set a dark mode in the app, voiceover reads it as dark theme, it’s a button you can toggle. You can also toggle read receipts/typing indicators. The app also has a feature where notifications won’t appear in your notification center, it’s called screen security, if you toggle that on, it will hide the notifications from your notification center. Basically this app is aimed for private messages. All the privacy features that you can customize can be found in the settings of the app and under privacy. I don’t like messenger because Facebook stores your messages and they can see the conversation between you and another person. This might not be a big deal for you or for anyone else, but for me, I like my privacy.

Submitted by dennis on Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hi, are the settings in the app it self or do I go to settings on the phone and look for signal there?

Submitted by X2 on Saturday, July 27, 2019

hi, no, the settings within the app. Open the signal app and vo should automatically place you on the settings button. If not, you can find it at the top left corner of the app. Let me know if you need anymore help.

Submitted by dennis on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hi, a few more questions. 1 will it play a notification sound on a call? 2 how do I get it to see more than the few notification tones the app has built in?

Submitted by X2 on Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hi, I haven’t used the calling feature as I only use the app mostly for texting. As for notification sounds, i’m afraid that’s all it has, I could’ve swore I thought it had more, sorry. But since those are the default text tones for iPhones, that’s why it has a super short list. Unless you purchase a text tone from the iTunes Store , It might show up but I’m not too sure. And if you don’t want the notifications going off while you’re on a call, just go to the settings in the app and go to notifications and turn off “Play while app is open”.