Google Allo

Google, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Social Networking 26.0 Sep 21, 2016 Jan 22, 2018 196.2 MB iOS 9.1 or later 17+
New in version 26.0

• Bug fixes: Performance improvements for a better chatting experience.


Google Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, Smart Reply, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant.

Smart Reply
Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style.

Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text.

Say it all with the perfect sticker. Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.

SHOUT or whisper
No more typing in ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.

Meet your Google Assistant
Google Allo brings you the Google Assistant. Find restaurants nearby, share videos to watch, and get answers, right in your conversation with friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.

Incognito mode
Send messages with end-to-end encryption, use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet, and control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats.

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** Some features not available in all countries

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Needs some important updates
t.miz on 6/18/2018
Needs flexibility to have option to send sms or allo message. Google hangouts allows this. Also, messages falling through the cracks..... Responses not being received. Great features, but Not ready for prime time yet. The number one problem is it doesn't integrate with non allo users text messaging
Good SMS app
Jef Maci on 6/9/2018
Love the ability to Google and interact within the app for quick information
I HATE the in-app browser...
Snaver on 6/4/2018
Like all google apps, this opens all links in google’s stupid in-app browser, rather than an external browser, so that google can track everything your doing, thus losing all automatic logins, tools, etc. that the external browser has.
Awful mistakes
oni void on 5/28/2018
This app is completely awful and has proven to be a waste of my phones capacity
oh my hell kick me again on 5/26/2018
Every time I open Allo Google gives me a new code what the hell is going on
Contact trouble
sagharshm on 5/18/2018
My contact don’t appear on the list,in spite of letting allo to access them.what can I do?
Good, but doesn’t work on Fitbit Versa
Thadarizona on 5/18/2018
Have been using Allo for a while now and love it. I recently got the Fitbit Versa and unfortunately I cannot get Allo notifications on it. Will gladly give it 5 stars once notifications are available on the Versa.
Unable to verify number
ZombiebyNight on 5/18/2018
I’m unable to even verify my phone number. App crashes every time I press the country code selection field. Disappointing!
Amazing app but there is one thing
hdkrjrbr on 5/17/2018
The app is really useful and will even say it is better than iMessage if everyone was on it because there is this really cool gif feature what it does is when you are texting you can search for different gifs instead of having to download them. My family, friends and I would send random gifs to each other that are really funny. It even has a bitmoji feature where you can take a picture or customize your own little character so it creates stickers for you to use that kid of look like you. The only reason this app isn’t five stars for me is that it isn’t universal meaning you can’t just text a random phone number.
Simple but no contact photos
Vulcan_Knoeledge on 5/16/2018
This app is simple to switch to and a great alternative to iMessage for people with android devices. One issue I have with the app is there is no option to use your own contact photos which is annoying google please fix!
No edits or replies
CleverMoe on 5/11/2018
I moved over here after Telegram got blocked by the Iranian government. This doesn’t even compared to Telegram. Telegram had channels and custom stickers and replies and message editing. This has neither the option to edit messages nor one to reply to them. Sending a GIF or a picture is entirely disorienting because the picture gets stretched till it’s the width of the whole chat. The edit text size is a neat gimmick but that’s about it
Needs a lock for recording.
Hilary Reed on 5/9/2018
Love the audio quality. Please add a lock for the record button so that it does not have to be held during recording. Thank you so much.
Would be better...
Mdmy1371 on 5/8/2018
If it had channels and if we could mention someone in group chats. Like @jack hey, ...
Reply option
khashayarj7 on 5/7/2018
Please add reply option in chat like whatsapp.
Too many bugs
johnlenin1 on 5/5/2018
Allo’s performance with images is woeful. Images in chats often appear in a low-resolution format only and won’t download the full-resolution version. Other times the thumbnail in the chat is full-resolution but when you tap to see the full-sized image all that appears is a black box. When you enter the app, it stops any music or radio stream you might have been listening to, even if you haven’t tapped on a video clip to play. More troubling, even though I have background app refresh turned off for this app, the battery usage screen in the Settings app shows that Allo has used 8% of my battery over the last 7 days, *with 8 hours in the background vs. 55 minutes on screen*. I’ve toggled the settings off and on and reinstalled the app, and it made no difference on my iPhone X. In addition, I have notification sounds turned off, yet there is an audible noise each time a message is received, whether the phone is locked or not, whether the app is in the background or not. The predictive text is good for a laugh, but I doubt that was the developer’s goal. The only positive thing I can say about the app is that the near constant crashes I used to suffer through seem to have stopped finally.
Jamal_Hassan on 5/2/2018
Even I’m not able to Signing in the App, After selecting Country & typing Phone No I’m tapping on next button but it seems that Next is not working.
Very good
mehdi🙋🏻‍♂️ on 5/1/2018
Please add the Reply option to your excellent application. Thank you ❤️
Very convenient!
Jen in Japan on 5/1/2018
My niece works on a cruise ship, and it’s great to be able to communicate with her even when she’s out at sea.
M.reza-gh on 4/30/2018
Please add reply option
marmarr.__ on 4/30/2018
Hi,, if there was an option that massages could be replied it could be better more 🙏🏻
نظر on 4/29/2018
هنوز جا برای بهتر شدن داره
Thaliac16 on 4/26/2018
This app has been by far the best messenger I’ve ever used. With the bubble option of making your text bigger or smaller and the stickers and the blobs and the option to change the theme!!! Please I beg you don’t kill it!!! I don’t wanna use any other messenger!
I Love Allo but...
Anthony Berryhill on 4/23/2018
Come on, Google. You have the funds, technology, and manpower to make this app optimized for the iPad Pro. This is the only reason why I am giving it 1-star. It is pure laziness to not have an app optimized for the #1 tablet.
Notification Sound Problem
Safya malik on 4/23/2018
The notification sound is too low and sometimes would not sound at all. I also would love to see the option to delete your texts from every party’s phone like in “Viber” app.
nick3nick on 4/21/2018
Now “Chat”? 🖕Google
philipsism on 4/20/2018
RCS is not the future. It won’t be able to compete with iMessage or Whatsapp. I’m done with you Google, changing messaging apps like you change underwear. It’s over.
Google stopped development of this app
Notapaidreviewer on 4/19/2018
Just announced. Time to uninstall.
Why does Google have THREE call/text apps??
zmon on 4/15/2018
1. Google Voice 2. Hangouts 3. Allo They all essentially do the same da*n thing. Google —going—> Downhill. No, seriously. Open Letter to Google: Negotiate with Apple to share the iMessage protocol, or at least make your texting appS (PLURAL) compatible with iMessage. Team up and make Facebook Messenger and What’s App and the 10,350 other call/text apps obsolete. Speaking of the latter, thanks for making that total 10,353. Not.
Good replacement for Messenger
Create Nickname YES (NO) on 4/15/2018
Stopped using messenger, had my friends switch to allo. Now they make their friends switch. Great app!
Mahdi Akbari on 4/9/2018
this app is awesome , but it need to be updated for more options like - custom gif,secret chats, Channels, Supergroups , free file sharing ...
Logs out every time
IceBlueLugiaas on 4/8/2018
Functional and decent app in general but every time the app refreshes, it logs me out and I have to get a verification code sent to my number to log back in. It’s annoying and unnecessary. Please fix.
Great app
troyador on 4/8/2018
I love it
Lack of features...
CoolGuy_1994 on 4/7/2018
It's nothing compared to competitors like what's app and telegram.
Can't tag other members in a group.
geek.iyer on 4/6/2018
Tagging members using @ doesn't work. Typing @ just brings up "google" and none of the other members name. Please fix this. Also please add reply to a message feature.
App crashes when looking at photos
LCAppReview on 4/4/2018
The app crashes when swiping through photos within a conversation.
Backing up
Speedy kla-kla-kla-klackston on 4/3/2018
I read many troubleshooting articles on how to restore from a back up and none of them helped or worked. I’d like this app a lot more if I could get it to restore to a previous back up
I don’t get it
GGGG1970 on 4/1/2018
So google has hangouts with both video and chat baked in. Now they have Allo and duo. Separate app for message and video. I don’t get it. So why won’t I just use hangouts? Why download 3 separate apps that hangouts can do? Seriously google? This is why Apple beats google for social media interface.
App keeps crashing when viewing photos
Tom484848 on 3/12/2018
I love this app, but as of recently the entire app crashes when I attempt to click on a photo someone has sent in the group chat. This is a very frustrating issue to deal with and I hope it can be resolved soon.
Used for work
Nharvey26 on 3/1/2018
We connected our “message us” on our google business page to Allo so we can get messages when away from the office. It’s been a great tool for customers to contact us easily, but I wish there was a way to set an auto reply so if it’s after hours, someone doesn’t have to always be available via the app all hours of the night.
Can’t use. Won’t stop crashing.
justinsepulveda on 2/27/2018
See title. Have to reinstall often and I lose conversations.
Some images from android not loading properly fro
Maxus07 on 2/27/2018
Enough said
Nimichan12386 on 2/25/2018
I do not want to go back to iMessage after using this app! I love that we can change the theme fitting the situation! Like a darker one for night! And if we get bored one one theme we can go to another. Which brings me to the suggestion of adding more themes? Or even letting us customize our own themes! That’d be pretty cool :) I also love the stickers, they are adorable and perfect for keeping the conversation a little more fun! Overall I this is my favorite messaging app could not recommend this enough.
Half baked
A.J.Rodriguez on 2/17/2018
Out of all the possible options to message friends from telegram , Signal, WhatsApp or iMessage. Google has allo which doesn't feel as it's complete, copy and paste an image sometimes generates links and gifs don't work from iPhone gallery. But this is what you'll expect from Google. At least get rid of link to number and put it to Gmail that way you can use multiple devices. As of 2/17 gifs still do not play.
Crogor on 2/17/2018
I actually use this texting app an it’s smooth nice and fast when sending and doesn’t freeze up when typing
Ignores Do Not Disturb
judson888 on 2/15/2018
This app ignores do not disturb mode, and will create sounds even when it is turned on. In general the app is fine, but not great.
Love It but
Mrtejano on 2/12/2018
I wish It would get their act right. What I mean is that I wish they would actually show who has this app and who doesn't. My phone shows that every contact on my phone has this app which is not true.
Can I just use Allo to send/receive GV sms?
Ticonci on 2/10/2018
Is it possible?
It needs a lot of work
Meazhj on 2/7/2018
1. Please add sms fallback, don’t care about the difficulties. Apple is able to do it with iMessages, Google should be able to enforce it through android as well. I’d like Allo to be my default messaging app but can’t because of this issue. 2. The screen looks too colored with the search bar and other icons. 3. Give me the option to turn off creepy google assistant. 4. Give me an option to completely customize my chat theme and interface like Textra does. 5. Integrate better with apps like Spotify like iMessage does so that I can click on a Spotify icon within Allo, search for a song, and send it to the person I’m texting without ever having to leave Allo.
fairies68 on 2/6/2018
This is the best chat app ever, texting is boring after playing with this.
SMS fallback on existent
Super grizz 22 omega on 2/1/2018
I understand what google is trying to do with RCS but why not make this sms fallback compatible as well? It would make the app so much more accessible and would give people a solid reason to use the app. That reason being. It works to message anyone wether they have the app or NOT. The application itself isn’t half bad it’s smooth the features are thought out well and google assistant is always a pleasure... The insane way they were able to cut out a majority of people I message by not using the fallback makes this very tough to get other people to use since it is locked together. With RCS which again I’m excited for RCS but it’s so little and far between to be something extremely useful. 😕
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