Best Apps to Keep in Touch with Loved Ones

Communicate with anyone, anywhere, for free. 

These days it seems like we’re all losing touch with loved ones. But luckily there are a lot of easy-to-use communication apps out there, and almost all of them offer some form of free mobile texting, voice or video calling that can be used over both Wi-Fi and data plan. The best apps to connect with friends and family are available on multiple platforms and are used by millions of Australians - there are now 11.1M Australians using messaging apps, up from 9.4M in 2016 (Statistica)!

Here are the 6 best mobile messaging apps for Android and iPhone. 


Whatsapp is the most popular messaging app in the world, and for good reason. It’s very easy to use with none of the extra fluff, and it’s beloved by teenagers and grandparents alike. It lets you text, send photos and video call - individually or in a group. Other cool features include voice recordings and file sharing. And the end-to-end encryption adds an extra layer of security and privacy to your communications. 

Facebook Messenger

Everyone’s on Facebook, which makes its separate messaging app, Facebook Messenger, a convenient and ever popular choice for mobile messaging. Your contacts are automatically imported, and you also have the option to add other ones. There are fun stickers and GIFs that you can use in your messages and video and voice calls are reliable, offering you an easy way to chat with friends and family overseas.  


Viber is another free texting app that, just like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, works between phones, tablets, and computers. It’s a popular messenger app especially amongst millennials and Android users, as it has lots of features like stickers and GIFs and the ability to record and share short video and voice messages. But if all you are looking for is a simple interface that lets you keep in touch with loved ones easily, Viber might not be the best option for you. 


The safest way to keep in touch, Telegram is best known for its heavily encrypted and self-destructing messages. Concerned about privacy issues? This cloud-based app is the Silicon Valley of messaging apps. Amongst its features are file sharing, group chats, and GIF support. You can also make audio calls and send short voice messages. Telegram has the killer feature of both editing and deleting messages even after you've sent them.


The go-to app for group video calls, Skype is still a popular choice for family catch-ups. Got a daughter in Germany and a sister in New Zealand? Arrange for a Skype call. Having been around since 2003, baby boomers are confident enough to use it and there’s no reason to switch to anything else - unless you’re looking for a photo sharing app. In this case, WhatsApp might be a better alternative for you. 

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