Messaging apps have become a prominent part of our daily lives in the present times. Such apps have facilitated communication in the simplest and most affordable way. In Nepal, almost every smartphone owner uses messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Viber, etc to text, chat, and video/voice calls. Today in this article, we are picking the Top Messaging Apps in Nepal.
Top Messaging Apps in Nepal
Number one on the list is Facebook Messenger. Almost every messaging app user in Nepal is familiar with Messenger. This also has to do with the popularity of Facebook in Nepal. So, every Facebook user tends to have the Messenger app installed on their phone. The app lets you send texts, voice messages, media files, voice/video calls, etc. You can also unsend texts and media files. The time limit is within 10 minutes after sending.
The app is developed by Meta Platforms, Inc., previously known as Facebook Inc. It has over staggering 5 Billion downloads on Google Playstore with a 4.1 stars rating.
Viber has become a homegrown name in Nepalese households for messaging. The app has been immensely popular over the years due to its free calls. It was one of the first messaging apps to provide both text and free call service over the internet in the context of Nepal. There are over 10 million Viber users in Nepal.
This messaging app provides all the messaging services such as texting, voice messages, voice/video calls, etc. On top of that, it also consists of additional features such as Viber Lenses, Viber Notes, Channels, etc. It has over 1 Billion downloads on Google Playstore with 4.5 stars rating.
WhatsApp Messenger is also a very popular messaging app in Nepal. The Meta-owned messaging platform has been popular since the Symbian OS era of Nokia. It has all chat and messaging features like texting, voice/video calls, files, media sharing, etc. The app’s use in Nepal for official purposes is also significant. It was first a texting app and added a voice call to service in 2015.
The app is developed and managed by Meta Inc. On Google Playstore, it has a whooping 5 Billion plus downloads and a 4.3 stars rating.
The 4th on our list is Telegram. This messaging app is one of the first to bring end-to-end encryption to chats. It is popular as it lets users send documents and media files up to 2GB in original format. Also, it is an effective tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork. For more privacy, it also offers ‘Secret Chats’ which self-destruct automatically from both devices. Likewise, it also has voice/video calls, texts, etc.
It has over 1 Billion downloads on Google Playstore and carries a 4.4 stars rating.
Facebook Messenger is the most popular in Nepal due to its link with Facebook. Viber users seem to rise more and more each year alongside WhatsApp. All of the apps have a huge user base and have their own special features.
As a part of our daily lives, messaging apps have changed the way of communication. But with more usage, there come spam and data breaches too. Spammers are targeting people on WhatsApp, and Viber by sending them fake lottery winning notices. Also, fake calls have become quite common, done in order to lure people for stealing money digitally. Hence, users have to be aware of such spam calls and messages. You should never share your personal details with random people on the internet.