Apps for Messaging

Do you frequently text your friends and family members? Do you use different messaging apps for different people, or always the same app no matter who it is going to?

I use three different apps for sending messages, each for different reasons.  There are things I like about each one, and things I don’t.

  1. I use the basic texting app that came with the phone. I use this for most of my friends and all of my family.  I like it because it is easy and convenient to use.  I can use it to send texts or messages to multiple people.  I can send photos and emojis.  I can even send a handwritten message!  One thing I don’t like about the basic texting is that it’s not all that secure.Messaging using the iPhone Texting app
  2. I have also installed WhatsApp.  A few years ago a group of my friends were texting using the basic app and several people wouldn’t always receive the text messages.  It was very frustrating!  So we looked at several messaging apps and decided on WhatsApp.  I especially like it because it encrypts all the messages keeping your info safer.
  3. I finally broke down and installed Facebook Messenger.  I hadn’t wanted to use it because I just don’t trust Facebook to keep my info secure.  I also don’t trust them to not sell my information to their many advertisers.  But, several weeks ago I needed to get in touch with a Facebook friend but did not  have their phone number to text them.  And, so many of my friends are using it too.  I still feel like I sold out!

Which messaging Apps do you use?  Why do you like each one? Let us know in the comments below!

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