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6 Best Offline Messenger Apps Your Android Should Have

6 Best Offline Messenger Apps Your Android Should Have

Online messaging apps are trendy and people prefer to use popular apps such as WhatsApp or SnapChat, but no matter how popular the online messaging apps become there is always space for text messaging.

Offline text messaging is still the most used feature of the smartphone. Luckily, there are a multitude of apps that you can use on Android phone to send offline text messages. They are visually appealing and they offer several useful features. Below are several Android apps which can offer excellent features, fresh visuals, and offline texting.

1. Chomp SMS

This is one of the best and most popular messaging apps available for Android phones. The app offers excellent customization features, as well as a lot of options for free themes.

You can choose any theme to personalize the app according to your taste. It allows the users to send scheduled SMS, delayed messages, group MMS, blocking unwanted numbers, quick replies and group MMS.

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The app allows you to customize the SMS notifications. You can customize them according to the contacts, and set up vibration patterns for alerts. You can also use LED colors. Chomp SMS is free for Android phones.

2. FireChat

FireChat is an effective instant messaging software for offline messaging. You do not need to have an internet connection or even phone coverage to use this app, which makes it highly convenient.

The app offers the feature of instant chatting with any of the contacts. The app has multi-hop capabilities which allow it to offer an extended range of peer-to-peer communication.

You can use the “everyone” mode which allows you to keep an eye what everyone is talking about. You can create live discussions with thousands of other users. FireChat allows you to choose a distinguished username and an avatar and does not have any major impact on battery consumption.

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3. Handcent SMS

This excellent app offers several exciting features. Handcent has been improved tremendously with new updates. There are a number of skins and themes to choose from and send texts.

The app allows you to save contacts to the cloud. It also has a private message box if you wish to keep the conversation private. It has the feature of scheduled SMS, Emoji icons, and group MMS.

4. Signal Offline Messenger

Signal Offline Messenger is a Wi-Fi direct based app that works offline. It allows you to stay in touch with your contacts even when there is no internet connection. You can send messages to individuals or you can communicate with a group.

The app is completely secure as the messages are delivered through the signal app which is considered safe. It allows sending texts, audio messages, pictures, and video messages. The messages are sent instantly, without any delay. The app also stores old chats and you can access them whenever you want.

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5. Bridgefy

Bridgefy is another great Android app that allows users to stay in touch with their contacts even if there is no internet connection. By having this app you do not have to worry about situations where you may find yourself without an internet connection.

The apps have three working modes which make it highly convenient to use. You can keep the chat private and the text messaging is secure as it is encrypted. The design and outlook of the app are beautiful. The layout is user-friendly and extremely easy to use. It also allows management of the contact list.

6. Hike Messenger

Hike Messenger is an excellent medium for communicating and sharing files even when there is no internet connection. The app offers hidden mode, which allows the user to hide the chat and keep it private.

There are hundreds of free stickers that you can use to make your conversation more colorful. You can create groups with up to a thousand members. The app also allows free calls. Even if the contact is offline the messenger is able to send the message as an SMS.

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These are some of the excellent Android apps that can help you in stay in touch with your contacts whether you have an internet connection or not.

Featured photo credit: Telefoon Pranks via telefoonpranks.nl

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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