8 Communication Apps for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Texting and driving is dangerous. Luckily, a wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Media Receiver allows you to use your favorite communication apps without touching your phone. You may have already seen our list of top entertainment and navigation apps. If you’re looking for an alternative to Apple’s iMessage or Android’s Messages App, here is a list of other free communication apps for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

1. WhatsApp

Perhaps the most globally popular messaging app, it’s no surprise that WhatsApp also works with CarPlay and Android Auto. You can send and receive messages hands-free by simply tapping the message as it appears on your screen and using your voice to draft and send replies. If you’re using another app when the message comes in, it will appear at the top of your screen so you can easily draft a response without switching between apps. 
 
Get the App: 
Apple CarPlay 
Android Auto 

2. Facebook Messenger

If Facebook is one of your favorite apps for keeping in touch with friends and family, you’ll be glad to know Facebook Messenger works in the car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Get notifications of new messages and simply hit the “play” button to listen to them. You can even send an automated “I’m driving right now” message to let the person know you’re not able to respond right away. 
 
Get the App:
Apple CarPlay
 
Android Auto 

3. Telegram

With similar features to WhatsApp, Telegram is another popular communication app that claims to be the fastest messaging app on the market. The platform has a simple, fast, and secure software that syncs across all your devices. If you prefer this interface over other messaging apps, it is available with both CarPlay and Android Auto. 
 
Get the App: 
Apple CarPlay 
Android Auto 

4. Pulse SMS

Another private texting app, Pulse provides a beautiful platform with all the features and customization options you could want. Pin your favorite contacts to the top of the list, apply themes to individual conversations and send texts from the comfort of your car. They don’t collect or sell your data and there are no ads, which is a plus.  
 
Get the App: 
Android Auto

5. Kik

One of the original messaging platforms, this app allows you to chat one-on-one, join groups, share photos and videos, or add new friends by scanning Kik codes. You can easily use the app in your car with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. 
 
Get the App: 
Apple CarPlay 
Android Auto 

6. Hangouts

This Google communication platform allows you to message friends, start free video or voice calls, and join group conversations. Users don’t even need a phone number to chat via Hangouts, and it’s available with Apple CarPlay. 
 
Get the App: 
Apple CarPlay

7. WeChat

This communication app doubles as a social media platform, connecting one billion users all over the world. You can chat and make calls with friends, share your location, update friends with your favorite life moments, use mobile payment features and more.  
 
Get the App:  
Apple CarPlay  
Android Auto

8. Signal

Millions of people use this private messaging app every day for instant communication from anywhere in the world. Stay connected by sending and receiving high-fidelity messages, use HD video and voice calls, and share moments with friends and family.  
 
Get the App: 
Apple CarPlay  
Android Auto

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