Update (05/14/18): This list currently has Drupe as an entrant. It is a really good contacts and dialer app. However, recent security vulnerabilities are causing a big fuss about the app. The security vulnerabilities are gone, allegedly. Thus, we’re leaving the app on here for now, but with a warning to our readers to click that link and check out what happened. We have also moved Drupe to the bottom of the list as a bonus and added a different app in our top five.
Dialer apps and contacts apps are a bit of a niche market. In most cases, the stock dialer and contacts app is more than good enough most of the time. However, there are some cases where it may be necessary. The Note 8 occasionally freezing while using the contacts app is a good example. In any case, there are a bunch of decent options, but only a few really good ones. Also, we considered doing separate lists for contacts apps and dialer apps. However, generally speaking, if you get one, you get the other too. Both lists would pretty much have the same apps. Thus, we’ve consolidated it into a single list here. Here are the best dialer apps and contacts apps for Android.
addappt is a capable contacts app. It features all of the usual stuff, including the ability to quickly call and text your contacts. Additionally, the app contains some social media features such as updates, photos, emoji, and more. This one is best for those who like to keep it personal, although those looking for a minimal contacts app may need to look elsewhere. They also don’t store your address book or messages on their servers. That’s always a plus. It’s had its ups and downs, but it’s honestly not half bad.
ExDialer is one of the better dialer apps and contacts apps. This one features support for 30 languages, includes a smart dialer (with T9), and boasts a faster, lightweight experience. It also includes a variety of plugins, gesture controls, and little Easter egg commands to make things easier. It rounds out the experience with a simple, easy, Material Design UI. The free version is a five day trial. The full version is a separate unlocker app that coasts $3.99.
Metro Phone Dialer and Contacts takes a few design cues from Windows’ Metro UI. It features solid colors, a simple UI, and enough features to make it good. That includes a customizable UI, themes, contact searches, and more. It’s a little lighter on features than most. However, that can be desirable if you need something simple that just works. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases. There are ads, though, and we would’ve liked a pro option to remove them.
Simpler isn’t as popular as some other dialer apps or contacts apps. It probably should be. Simpler features an improved caller ID, functions to control duplicate contacts, social network support, over 40 themes, and more. It also has call blocking, offline backup, and tools to clean up your contact list a little bit. The app rounds everything up in a simple, good-looking Material Design interface. There really isn’t much wrong with this one aside from a bugs here and there. The app is free to download with an optional pro version available via in-app purchase.
Truecaller is one of the most popular and powerful contacts apps and dialer apps. It even works as an SMS app. It includes a laundry list of features for the dialer, contacts, and SMS portions of the app. That includes an SMS spam filter, call blocking, dual-SIM support, and a lot more. It also boasts the best caller ID out there. The interface uses a basic Material Design. We’re not going to complain about that! The only real downside is the price. This is one of the only dialer apps or contacts apps with a subscription. It’s not necessary to use the basic features, but $17.99 per year is a little steep for our tastes.
Drupe is one of the most popular dialer apps on mobile. It features a modern, beautiful interface along with a call recorder, smart dialer, call blocker, and methods to deal with duplicate contacts. It can even send GIFs to people when you call them, but both people need to have Drupe installed for that to work. The app covers all of the basics and does many of them better than the stock app. It has the occasional bug, but nothing serious. It’s free to download for the most part. Some features require purchase via in-app purchases.
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