TextNow App Review

  • Our Rating: 5 / 5

Updated 05-16-2023

Google Play Downloads 91,972,387
Developer TextNow, Inc.
Screenshot From Our TextNow Review


Are you able to text without Wi-Fi? With TextNow you can. It’s one of the few apps you’re able to do that with. You can also make unlimited free phone calls to any number inside the United States or Canada. TextNow taps into the Sprint network, so anyplace they reach, this app can reach also. Your sound quality and connectivity will be exceptional.

There’s more. TextNow can be used to send pictures and emojis, video messages, and transcribe your voicemails. Can you think of any other free apps that do all that? Customize your texts and ringtones. Change your backgrounds. Connect all your texting apps together in one place. All you’ll need to do after that is click the icon on your home screen.

TextNow is promoted as phone service for everyone. You can set up at the App Store, Google Play, or by going to TextNow.com. The app has over 50 million installs.


  • Local US or Canada Phone number
  • 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
  • Conference calling
  • TextNow.com, enables users to text from a computer as well.
  • One number, multiple devices, all messages synchronize.


  • Convenience of using the app with multiple devices.
  • Save money.
  • Great for seniors, kids, or those who want another number for privacy/work.
  • Free version available.
  • Paid subscription to opt out of ads.


  • Requires Wifi or data to function, unless paying for the subscription.
  • Several users had issues with incoming calls people could not hear them but the user could hear the person who called them.
  • Some who paid for the subscription found they could make outgoing calls when not connected to Wifi, but would not receive notifications for incoming calls until back on Wifi.
  • Free version contains ads.


Call and message any US or Canada number with a real phone number using Wifi or data, no phone service required. Enable tablets to be used as a phone without a monthly cell phone plan, and text from a PC with TextNow.com. Subscription plans are available to enjoy an ad free experience as well as additional features.