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TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

TextNow, Inc.

Unlimited calling & texting with a free local phone number!

4.3
742K+ Reviews 10M+
Free
33.4MB
  • Editor's Choice
  • Free
  • Feature Rich
  • Fresh
  • In App Purchases
4.3
742.2K+ Ratings
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Editor’s Review

  1. Easily create your own phone number & make completely free calls to US & Canada as often as you like
  2. PassCode keeps all your messages under a secure lock & makes all communication extra safe
  3. Earn free money by completing super easy offers & call anywhere in the world practically for free

Reviewed by Laura S on January 16, 2018

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Review Highlights

  • useful

    in 4,470 reviews

    This app is very useful and it works I love it

  • easy to use

    in 3,619 reviews

    This is a great app easy to use and it's free

  • too many ads

    in 786 reviews

    It runs so slow and gets locked up all the time. So many ads make it so hard to use

  • great service

    in 724 reviews

    Great app and great service!

  • best texting app

    in 621 reviews

    I love it the best texting app by far

  • free calling

    in 604 reviews

    Love the free calling and texting best app ever

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Top Features

App Description

Google Play

Local US or Canada Phone number
Give your friends your very own phone number they can call!

Unlimited Text & Picture Messaging
You can send as many text messages as you want to US & Canada - FREE!

Unlimited Calling to USA and Canada
Make unlimited free phone calls to any phone number in the US & Canada!

Cheap International Calling
TextNow offers low-cost, international calling to over 230 countries. Stay connected longer with rates starting at less than $0.01 per minute. Add money or earn free money by completing offers to your account and make low-cost international calls.

Features:
- Make and receive voice calls
- Emojis, stickers and gifs
- Full picture messaging : send, receive and save pictures!
- Video messaging: Send videos to your friends and family
- Voicemail Transcription: transcript of your voicemail
- Caller ID
- PassCode: keep your messages under lock and key
- Google SmartLock: no need to remember your password
- Call Forwarding
- Signatures: add your own personalized signature to each text
- Customizable text-tone, ringtone & vibration
- Customizable backgrounds
- Assign individual contacts their own ringtone & background
- Quick Reply to easily (and quickly) respond to friends
- Home screen widget to launch TextNow, compose a new message or quickly make a call
- Unified inbox: send and receive your texts, SMS and GIFs directly via TextNow - use TextNow as your one-stop SMS texting app!
- One number, multiple devices – Send messages and make calls on your computer or tablet, then access them from your phone while on the go.
- TextNow.com - text from your computer too! All messages seamlessly synchronize with your mobile device.
- Turn your Wi-Fi enabled tablets into a phone.
- Elastic calling to protect you from dropped calls. Elastic calling is TextNow’s unique ability to have our calls choose the best possible route for your call to improve quality

Is it really free?

There is no catch. No yearly or monthly fees! It is completely free! Download today and start sending and receiving your unlimited texts, pics, videos, and SMS messages.

How can all this be free?

The app comes with a few ads. If you don't like ads, you can purchase a subscription to remove them. Join the 100 million people who have already found a better way to talk & text free.

People who love TextNow

"If you want an unlimited texting without the high priced carrier based texting plans, then Textnow is the app for you." 4/5 rating --AppAdvice

"Anyone needing an unlimited number of texts, we’d recommend TextNow as our app of choice" --AppAddict

“TextNow works like it should and it is simple to send and receive text messages.”
--LifeWire

What’s New

Google Play

  • 6.16.0.1

    March 12, 2019 - Fixed a bug where the mute microphone button while in a call could appear to be off when the mute function is actually on and working.
    - Fixed a bug where the screen would turn off while in a call with speakerphone active if you moved your hand too close to your device.
    - Group conversations no longer show a random phone number in the conversations list.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.17.0.1

    March 19, 2019 - Fixed a bug where the mute microphone button while in a call could appear to be off when the mute function is actually on and working.
    - Fixed a bug where the screen would turn off while in a call with speakerphone active if you moved your hand too close to your device.
    - Group conversations no longer show a random phone number in the conversations list.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.16.0.1

    March 12, 2019 - Fixed a bug where the mute microphone button while in a call could appear to be off when the mute function is actually on and working.
    - Fixed a bug where the screen would turn off while in a call with speakerphone active if you moved your hand too close to your device.
    - Group conversations no longer show a random phone number in the conversations list.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.15.0.3

    March 7, 2019 Fixed a bug where watching videos to earn credits wasn't properly rewarding credits earned.
    Fixed a bug where videos couldn't be recorded from the New Message screen.
    Various performance improvements.
  • 6.14.0.3

    February 28, 2019 - Fixed an issue where the app could crash if trying to record a video without microphone permission
    - Fixed an issue where certain contacts couldn't be unblocked
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.15.0.3

    March 7, 2019 Fixed a bug where watching videos to earn credits wasn't properly rewarding credits earned.
    Fixed a bug where videos couldn't be recorded from the New Message screen.
    Various performance improvements.
  • 6.14.0.3

    February 28, 2019 - Fixed an issue where the app could crash if trying to record a video without microphone permission
    - Fixed an issue where certain contacts couldn't be unblocked
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.13.1.0

    February 22, 2019 - Fixed a bug that was causing users to be logged out of the app unexpectedly.
    - Fixed a bug correcting the back-button behaviour on mobile while on the TextNow Support site.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.12.2.0

    February 20, 2019 - Fixed a bug that was causing users to be logged out of the app unexpectedly.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.12.1.1

    February 12, 2019 - Fixed a bug where incoming calls would vibrate instead of playing a ringtone.
    - Fixed a bug where missed calls would occasionally be shown as "Unknown Message Type".
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.11.0.2

    February 10, 2019 - New improved messaging features! When starting a new conversation, if it's to a contact you've had a previous conversation with, the New Message page will show a preview of your last texts to your contact.
    - Fixed a bug with the Sign In With Google button wasn't being displayed properly on the login screen.
    - Fixed a bug related to avatars assigned to your contacts not updating properly.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.12.0.1

    February 6, 2019 - Fixed a bug where incoming calls would vibrate instead of playing a ringtone.
    - Fixed a bug where missed calls would occasionally be shown as "Unknown Message Type".
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.11.0.1

    January 30, 2019 - New improved messaging features! When starting a new conversation, if it's to a contact you've had a previous conversation with, the New Message page will show a preview of your last texts to your contact.
    - Fixed a bug with the Sign In With Google button wasn't being displayed properly on the login screen.
    - Fixed a bug related to avatars assigned to your contacts not updating properly.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.10.0.1

    January 23, 2019 - Fixed a bug where icons on the menu bar and widgets were the same as the background color on Android KitKat devices.
    - Fixed a bug where Google Smartlock was not working properly on Android Oreo devices.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.9.0.1

    January 18, 2019 - Fixed a bug where icons on the menu bar and widgets were the same as the background color on Android KitKat devices.
    - Fixed a bug where Google Smartlock was not working properly on Android Oreo devices.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.8.0.1

    January 10, 2019 - Fixed a bug where two or more ringtones could be played at the same time when a call is incoming
    - Fixed a bug for Android Oreo and up where Floating Chats wouldn't swap between conversations
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.7.0.1

    December 17, 2018 - Fixed an issue where outgoing calls over data could stall on the dialing page without connecting
    - New feature: call phone numbers sent in a message text by tapping the number, or add the number to your contacts app
    - Improved icons on the main menu
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.8.0.1

    January 10, 2019 - Fixed a bug where two or more ringtones could be played at the same time when a call is incoming
    - Fixed a bug for Android Oreo and up where Floating Chats wouldn't swap between conversations
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.7.0.1

    December 17, 2018 - Fixed an issue where outgoing calls over data could stall on the dialing page without connecting
    - New feature: call phone numbers sent in a message text by tapping the number, or add the number to your contacts app
    - Improved icons on the main menu
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.6.0.3

    December 13, 2018 - You can now preview images and videos in a conversation from the main Conversation page! Tap on a preview to see it full size.
    - Simplified contact avatars, and the same avatars will appear for the same contacts online at TextNow.com.
    - Improved font size consistency for better handling of large text sizes for accessibility.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.7.0.1

    December 17, 2018 - Fixed an issue where outgoing calls over data could stall on the dialing page without connecting
    - New feature: call phone numbers sent in a message text by tapping the number, or add the number to your contacts app
    - Improved icons on the main menu
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.6.0.3

    December 13, 2018 - You can now preview images and videos in a conversation from the main Conversation page! Tap on a preview to see it full size.
    - Simplified contact avatars, and the same avatars will appear for the same contacts online at TextNow.com.
    - Improved font size consistency for better handling of large text sizes for accessibility.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.5.0.2

    December 5, 2018 - Fixed a bug that could cause the app to crash when setting or changing ringtones.
    - Fixed a bug where notifications could still show for conversations that had been muted.
    - Removed "Recommended Apps" from the main menu.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.4.0.0

    November 22, 2018 - Fixed a bug that prevented the Floating Chat notification from being dismissed
    - Fixed the root cause of a significant number of crashes
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.3.0.4

    November 22, 2018 - Fixed a bug that could crash the app if you received a call when the calling permissions were disabled
    - Improved the "Activate Data Plan" screen
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.2.0.3

    November 14, 2018 - Fixed a bug that prevented some users from placing outgoing calls.
    - Fixed a bug where floating chats wouldn't appear even after allowing the correct Android permission.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.3.0.4

    November 22, 2018 - Fixed a bug that could crash the app if you received a call when the calling permissions were disabled
    - Improved the "Activate Data Plan" screen
    - Various performance improvements
  • 6.2.0.3

    November 14, 2018 - Fixed a bug that prevented some users from placing outgoing calls.
    - Fixed a bug where floating chats wouldn't appear even after allowing the correct Android permission.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.1.1.0

    November 9, 2018 - Users running TextNow on Android OS 8 (Oreo) and above will receive notifications sorted by category. Users will be able to control how these notifications get categorized, how they're shown on your device, and when they get shown.
    - Many fixes for problems pertaining to Android 8 (Oreo)
    - Various fixes and improvements for other Android versions.
  • 6.1.0.4

    November 6, 2018 - Users running TextNow on Android OS 8 (Oreo) and above will receive notifications sorted by category. Users will be able to control how these notifications get categorized, how they're shown on your device, and when they get shown.
    - Many fixes for problems pertaining to Android 8 (Oreo)
    - Various fixes and improvements for other Android versions.
  • 6.0.4.0

    October 31, 2018 - 6.0.4.0 is the final TextNow release for users running any versions of Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0 to 4.0.4) and Jellybean (Android 4.1 to 4.3.1). Users of those Android versions will still be able to use TextNow, but will not receive any further updates to the app.
    - Reduced the instances of dropped calls when switching from wifi, data and voice networks.
    - Floating Chat toggle now accurately shows whether chat heads are on or off.
    - Various performance improvements.
  • 6.0.3.0

    October 29, 2018 - TextNow is refreshing our look! In this release we're packing in a new app icon, new logo, and a new default theme color for you to enjoy, with the same great service under the hood.
  • 6.0.2.0

    October 26, 2018 - TextNow is refreshing our look! In this release we're packing in a new app icon, new logo, and a new default theme color for you to enjoy, with the same great service under the hood.
  • 6.0.1.0

    October 18, 2018 - TextNow is refreshing our look! In this release we're packing in a new app icon, new logo, and a new default theme color for you to enjoy, with the same great service under the hood.
  • 5.75.1.0

    October 12, 2018 - Fixed a bug where the end call button could be hidden by the in-call dialpad
    - Improved call rating screen for more detailed feedback
    - Various performance improvements

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TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

TextNow: Free Texting & Calling App

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