5 best communication apps in the world

COVID-19 has changed the way people communicate. 

Due to social distancing implemented by governments worldwide, people have turned to communication and messaging apps to stay connected with their family, friends, and colleagues. 

When you use good messaging apps, it’s almost like being physically present. Popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger saw a spike in the number of users due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Both these apps comprise many features, but if you’re looking for something specific to take your conversations up to another level, we might have some other options for you too. 

We reviewed and tested the best communication apps in the world and came up with a list of the top five messaging apps that will change the way you virtually communicate.

These are the ones we recommend: 

  • Whatsapp
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WeChat
  • Snapchat
  • Telegram

 

WhatsApp – The Most Popular Messaging App 

 

Whats app

This app needs no introduction. With a total of 1.5 billion active users (as of October 2020), WhatsApp is deemed as one of the best communication apps in the world. It offers tons of features – instant messaging, free voice calls, video calls, group chats, and an intuitive interface. 

You can also download a desktop version for Windows and Mac Operating Systems or use WhatsApp Web. 

Key Features: 

  • Supports Android, iOS, Windows 10, and macOS 
  • Free of Cost (no in-app purchases)
  • Voice Chat
  • Video Chat
  • Group Chat
  • End-to-end Encryption
  • Send/Receive Multimedia Formats – GIFs, Videos, etc.
  • Send/Receive Files – PDF, Docx, etc. 

Our Take On The App: 

Given its easy-to-use interface and popularity in many countries, it is undoubtedly the best messaging app for iPhone and Android users. 

Team Idea Usher considers WhatsApp to be one of the best communication apps in the world. We highly recommend it and give it a rating of 10/10. 

 

 

Facebook Messenger – The Second Biggest Messaging App 

Messenger

 

1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger (as of October 2020) and the number keeps growing. Facebook is the largest social networking platform in the world, and with Messenger, you can reach out to anyone who has a Facebook account (which means you can pretty much reach out to anyone in the world!) 

It’s a great way to connect with your contacts and Facebook friends. 

Key Features: 

  • Supports Android, iOS, Windows 10, and macOS 
  • Free of Cost (no in-app purchases)
  • Voice Chat
  • Video Chat
  • Group Chat
  • End-to-end Encryption
  • Send/Receive Multimedia Formats – GIFs, Videos, etc.
  • Send/Receive Files – PDF, Docx, etc. 

Our Take On The App: 

The animated stickers, GIFs, Chat Themes, and the nickname feature make the chats interactive and fun. The Chat-Head feature for Android creates a chat pop-up on the home screen. One can use this feature and easily chat with someone while simultaneously using other messaging apps. 

Facebook Messenger has also come up with Messenger Lite, made for users who have slow internet connection or older Android devices. 

The newest 2020 update includes Room – a feature that helps you create group video chats, Watch Together – a feature that allows you to watch videos with friends, and Polls

Team Idea Usher considers Facebook Messenger to be one of the best communication apps in the world. We highly recommend it and give it a rating of 10/10. 

 

 

WeChat – China’s Most Used Messaging App 

We chat

 

WeChat is among the most popular messaging apps, with 1.2 billion active users (as of October 2020) in China and overseas. This app has gone far beyond simple chat features and is known as the app for everything

Key Features: 

  • Supports Android, iOS, Windows 10, and macOS 
  • Free of Cost (contains in-app purchases)
  • Voice Chat
  • Video Chat
  • Group Chat
  • Send/Receive Multimedia Formats – GIFs, Videos, etc.
  • Send/Receive Files – PDF, Docx, etc. 
  • Other Functionalities – WeChat Search Engine, Newsfeed (WeChat Moments), E-Wallet, WeChat Pay, Mobile Top-up, Book a Taxi, Movie Tickets, Hotels, and much more. 

Our Take On The App: 

WeChat has a plethora of features, but most of them are not available outside China. This is a major drawback. 

Yet, WeChat is one of our top picks from our comprehensive list of messaging apps because it explored new heights and did not limit itself to chat-features only.

Team Idea Usher considers WeChat to be one of the best communication apps in the world. We highly recommend it and give it a rating of 10/10. 

 

 

Snapchat – Fun Filters, Chats, and Much More! 

snapchat

 

Snapchat has approximately 290 million active users (as of October 2020) and is a popular messaging app amongst the younger generation. 90% of Snapchat users age from 13 to 24. The picture-chats, filters, and the personalized comic strips called “Bitmojis” make Snapchat a fun way to chat. 

The messages disappear once the chat is closed (unless saved), and the person is notified if someone takes a screenshot of the conversation or picture. This ensures great security. 

Key Features: 

  • Supports Android and iOS
  • Free of Cost (contains in-app purchases)
  • Voice Chat
  • Video Chat
  • Group Chat
  • Send/Receive Multimedia Formats

Our Take On The App: 

Snapchat is one of the few messaging apps that are available for mobile devices only. The incompatibility with Windows and macOS may serve as a limitation for some users. Apart from that, it is a great app – especially for the millennial generation. 

Team Idea Usher considers Snapchat to be one of the best communication apps in the world. We highly recommend it and will give it a rating of 10/10. 

 

 

Telegram – All Chatting, No Ads. 

Telegram best communication apps in the world

 

With approximately 200 million active users worldwide (as of October 2020), this app has started gaining popularity and will become one of the most popular messaging apps soon due to zero ads. 

Its features and flexibility are one of its kind. It allows you to create and manage groups of up to 200,000 members (Wow, right?!) 

It also includes in-built quiz modes and polling features that help make the chats more engaging and attractive. 

Key Features: 

  • Supports Android, iOS, Windows 10, Linux, and macOS 
  • Free of Cost (no in-app purchases)
  • Voice Chat
  • Video Chat
  • Group Chat
  • End-to-end Encryption
  • Send/Receive Multimedia Formats – GIFs, Videos, etc.
  • Send/Receive Files – PDF, Docx, etc. 

Our Take On The App: 

Telegram has interactive features like most apps these days, but its intuitive interface takes it a step further. The best part is that it supports all platforms, including Linux too. Not to forget, the massive groups are a great feature too!

Team Idea Usher considers Telegram to be one of the best communication apps in the world. We highly recommend it and will give it a rating of 10/10. 

Conclusion

Although there are other great apps too, these were our top 5 picks for you. Install these apps and elevate the way you communicate with your friends, family, and teammates.

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