Handcent Next SMS messenger

Contains adsIn-app purchases
4.6
60.8K reviews
1M+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

A great replacement android text messaging app for stock SMS text messenger.
It's secure with upmost privacy protection.
Best SMS app with ultimate message customization
Encrypted chat - Reliable guard to keep texts safe
Texting from any system/device with 'Anywhere'
Cloud backup - never worry about long texts again
Built-in chatGPT support
Lots of Stickers, emojis, and gifs to choose from
Wear OS device support(Dependent on phone app)
Group or mass text to send a message to multiple recipients
Support for foldables, like Samsung fold
Support for most android version (4.4 to 13) and Lineage OS 19
Dual SIM support

Security


For every update, it'll be scanned with *VirualTotal* 60+ mainstream anti-virus engines to make sure it's safe. Protecting data privacy is our top priority.
Conversations now can be encrypted as per your need

Messenger Customization


The theme store offers over 200 themes to choose from with new ones updated weekly.
You can personalize text messages, fonts, stickers, colors, ringtones, LED colors, vibration patterns, etc.

Handcent Anywhere - best private texting on computer and tablet.


Cross-platform texting on all systems and devices, which is one and only on the market. Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, android, computers, tablets, and smartwatches all have their own separate apps. You can send texts anywhere you are without the phone.
Go to aw.handcent.com and start chatting & messaging. Group text is also supported

Wear OS


Receive and reply messages on all android-based smartwatches, along with the features like voice to text, etc.
Support Wear OS , Galaxy Watch series with Tizen and both square and round watches

Need to work with the phone app, doesn't work as a standalone app

MMS


MMS is fast and stable, can receive all kinds of MMS messages and also share full-size multimedia with MMS plus.
Share multimedia messages with your friends. MMS plus can act as a multimedia android text messaging downloader, save multimedia files on our private cloud server.

Pop up text


Quick reply text messages within a pop up window.

Private Box


An encrypted text message box that can only be opened by unique passcode. All texts in private box can only be viewed by yourself. Best way to protect you while messaging & texting.

SMS Backup


Never worry about losing your texts or messages with our backup service. Restore all your private messages (SMS / MMS) and settings when you switch to a new phone or reset your phone.


Search


You can search text messages by time, message type and etc.
All SMS messages with text are searchable

SMS Blocker/Blacklisting


Block all unwanted or spam SMS & MMS messages in our private android text messaging app.

Spam filter


Automatically filter and block potential spam messages

Scheduled Task


Schedule texts & messages to be sent at a given time.

Emoji


You will love animated emojis that also comply with the newest emoji standard.

Stickers


Now integrated with Giphy. You can send messages with stickers by using quick search. Handcent is the best sms messenger with stickers.

Drive mode


To read texts or mute during drive to ensure driving safety with Android Auto support

Text to Speech


Read texts out loud with support for repeated reminder

Sticky on top


Handcent Next SMS messenger pins your private contacts on top based on your SMS & MMS needs.

Other messages improvements.
Built-in ChatGPT to let you talk to AI as a conversation thread
Group Messaging Chat: Create a group with friends/contacts, all contacts will receive the message while texting. Send mass text messages with stickers to all members of the group. You will love the simple group and mass SMS & MMS messaging.

Other free features: Bulk Mass SMS & MMS, group text, text snippets and etc. to improve your productivity
Updated on
Feb 1, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Messages and Contacts
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

4.6
60K reviews
Shawn Powell
February 29, 2024
Awesome with 2 Big Issues! So like many on Android, FB Messenger stopped with SMS messaging. Default Samsung SMS is terrible. So I went looking. I love the customization. It LOOKS exactly how I want it to look. Icons for the person, etc. I Swype with my phone. With this app, it glitches during WAY WAY WAY too often. A pause that's big enough to screw up the words all the time. 2nd, pictures sent come up as a play video on high res. Or too low resolution if like normal. People complain about it.
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Handcent
March 1, 2024
Thank you for your kind review and support. If there are any issues or suggestions please contact us at help@handcent.com. Love from Handcent - the best free messenger app with group text message, stickers & private texting.
John Merchant
February 29, 2024
I've been using the basic free version for about a decade and have enjoyed it so far. I'm sure there's cool features that come with the paid, but I haven't needed or used them. I like the message opening in its own half-sized pop-up window and being able to customize my background. There may be other apps that do this, but there wasn't back when I first installed it.
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Handcent
March 1, 2024
Thank you for your kind review and support. If there are any issues or suggestions please contact us at help@handcent.com. Love from Handcent - the best free messenger app with group text message, stickers & private texting.
Oluluann501
February 15, 2024
Great app. Would like to know what the highlighted -(minus) is next to one of my message threads and how to get it off of that private box. Other than that, I love the app and all the different customizations that are available for every single thing is really cool. A little overwhelming, but hella cool. Especially the pause before sending feature. I catch a lot of typos in those few seconds, so I can pause to fix them & have actually saved face a few times.
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Handcent
February 18, 2024
Thank you for your kind review and support. If there are any issues or suggestions please contact us at help@handcent.com. Love from Handcent - the best free messenger app with group text message, stickers & private texting.

What's new

Upgraded for Google new Wear OS app guidelines