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Textra SMS for Android

By Delicious Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 20, 2014

Textra SMS offers more than 800 up-to-date emojis, animated GIFs, and a customizable layout. It utilizes Lollipop Material Design, including a Dark Mode and the ability to set custom colors for contacts, bubbles, and notifications. Version 2.15 adds new themes, bubble colors, and other customizations, and a battery drain issue has been fixed.

Pros

Customize Look: Tapping Customize Look in the Settings let us quickly change text size, activate Dark or Black Mode, choose colors, and more.

Quick Compose: The new Quick Compose feature let us send messages from the Notifications Drawer.

Mobile contacts only: A nifty option shows only mobile contacts when composing new messages.

Blacklist: Long-holding a conversation and selecting "Blacklist" adds threads to the Blacklist.

Cons

Newer devices only: Textra requires Android 4.0.3 or above.

Big: At 3.4MB, Textra isn't a lightweight. Despite improved battery use, it may not be the best choice for memory-challenged devices or those who keep multiple apps open.

Bottom Line

Textra SMS is good looking and a good performer that can easily replace the default SMS/MMS app in the latest Android devices. If you're not happy with your current texting app or just want a better user experience, Textra SMS belongs on your shortlist of new apps.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.49

New font option, 'Gilroy', see Settings > Customize Look > Text Font

Bug fixes.

General

Release November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 3.49

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,201
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Want a beautiful, super fast and highly customizable alternative to your stock Android messaging app?

Well today is your day. Textra is simply outstanding!

Comes with a bunch of great features, notably 180+ material design theme, bubble & app icon colors. Dark, light & auto-night modes, multiple bubble styles, scheduled (future) SMS & MMS, stop during send, slide to delete, slide to call, quick snap camera, multi-select picture gallery, quick reply popup, awesome MMS GROUP messaging, quick voice memos, GIFs, 21 text sizes, message blocker / blacklisting, pin-to-top, automatic video & picture compression, plus heaps more!

Customize your preferred theme & bubble colors, signatures and notifications (icon color, LED color, sound, vibration, privacy, reminders and muting) PER CONTACT as well.

Get all the latest (Unicode 9) 2000+ Android, Twitter, Emoji One & iOS style emojis including diversity (skin tone). Just pick your preferred emoji style and express yourself!

New: Copy Partial Text inside a bubble, tap a bubble to check out this great new feature!

It's pretty special; try it, tell your friends, shout from the treetops, but most of all enjoy it.

Fully compatible with Pushbullet, MightyText, Android Wear and Android Auto (car) for enhanced notifications and quick reply.

DUAL SIM: Textra now fully supports dual sim devices for Android 5.1 and above for both SMS and MMS.

All Textra features are free forever. Occasionally you'll see an ad, or you can choose to make a once only in-app purchase to remove ads forever.

Support, Knowledge Base & Feedback @ https://textra.uservoice.com

Simple. Beautiful. Fast.