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.

* Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply
** Some features not available in all countries

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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.
Too many bugs
johnlenin1 on 3/3/2018
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. 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.
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. 😕
Main messaging app with family
Cuba950 on 1/28/2018
I love the messaging app, it’s compatible with android and iOS which family members love cause we all have different devices. Love its usefulness but I wish and truly wish it would support sms messaging so I don’t have to leave between the two services. Even Facebook messenger works with sms and that’s reason I didn’t give it 5 Stars. Also, give more themes or make themes customizable
Fun to use. Useful as Walkie Talkie
Awful Pretty on 1/24/2018
Great app for my wife and I to stay in contact throughout the day. App has only two annoying quirks that we routinely encounter. 1. When the voice conversation is set to “auto play” any message received by the other person, when I’m in the middle of recording my own outgoing message, will cancel my outgoing message with no warning when the other person’s message starts to play. This is extremely annoying when a 30 second outgoing message gets interrupted in second 29 and I have to start over. 2. I have a difficult time activating record mode with my fat fingers. Sometime I feel the vibration as if recording has started. I even feel the vibration when I let go of the button - just as if it recorded - but sadly it didn’t. Would really appreciate having a larger record button with tactile feedback that you can depend on. Thanks for the great app.
Version 26
Pu$$y muncher on 1/23/2018
Version 26 has completely ruined allo for my iPhone 7. It constantly freezes, send messages minutes after I have replied, and doesn’t load messages from others. I don’t know what happened but it needs to be fixed ASAP.
Gifs not working
Jscott491 on 1/23/2018
Solid all around but the other user constantly says gifs do not work on the receiving end
New Update disables app
~Sarah Mae~ on 1/23/2018
The new update...Which I believe is 26.0...Makes the app unable to use. I did the update this morning and I can not view or send messages. Messages that do get sent to me come up in my notifications but once I open the app...Nothing. Can’t see or do anything.
New update is the worst
iphone6sgal on 1/22/2018
Just updated Allo and the app is at its worst. I am getting notifications for new messages but when I open the app, the chat and texts just don’t load. It’s a blank screen. Even the texts that I send, do not appear on the screen. Unable to view anything.
good overall, lots of potential
Someguywholikesdominos on 1/22/2018
- share location is whack - there should be a more in depth vote/poll command - should have custom backgrounds (uploadable) - could have better web compatibility and more friendly interface
Works well.
Bill from mass on 1/21/2018
Bravo google.
Why use this?
MpowerSkills on 1/17/2018
You would use this app for group chats across different operating systems, if you didn’t know other options existed. Worst messaging app I’ve ever used. Messages are received in a different order than they are sent and the web version of convo’s doesn’t mirror the in app chat, if you send a video it will take somewhere between 30 minutes to infinity to upload and send. The web version only works if you have a smart phone with the app open and running. Crazy bad stuff. You also can’t do useful things like send your friends money.
Está bien
IsaApple11 on 1/17/2018
En líneas generales está muy buena, debería arreglarse un problema con la posición de los botones de activación y desactivación de funciones en la configuración que aparecen corridos en la lista.
Great app
B. Gunter on 1/15/2018
I am an iPhone user and I enjoy this app more than iMessage, Apple’s messaging platform. One thing I wish could change if possible is to be able to use the app without having to invite another person to download the app. I’d like to use this as my primary messaging platform, but only if another user wants to use it. I would also love to be able to customize my own themes.
Hangouts is better than this
Curly678 on 1/13/2018
I have one request. I should be able to use google allo with someone who has no phone number. I should be allowed to use my gmail account as a second option.
Great app
Fran6870 on 1/13/2018
I love this app! Make an iPad compatible version please!
drdeathxxx on 1/11/2018
I wanted to like it, but I have an iPhone SE, and the keyboard plus word suggestions take up more than half the screen real estate. I can only see one message with the keyboard visible. There wasn’t an option to disable word suggestions either, so I would have to live with it or use private messages, which would defeat the purpose as the only feature I like is integrated Google Assistant. I’ll come back in a few years when I get a bigger phone, maybe.
Love Google Assistant in Allo
iArjunk on 1/11/2018
We all chat but Allo has the Google AI built in which makes more and more interesting to chat and use AI work for you! There is just no end to what Google Assistant can do for you, I just asked for a fact abt Canada and AI after providing the facts, asked me if I am interested in a fact to be sent every day and gave me options to select the time to send it. Isn’t that awesome!
Pretty good missing some stuff
EvilKingJoshva on 1/11/2018
More stickers, maybe custom stickers, the ability to search through messages and send texts
MikeTheDub on 1/10/2018
Not a bad chat app, good for groups who like to spam emojis and gifs (that's my friend circle in a nutshell). Suffers from UI clutter, and the suggested replies are rarely useful (and cannot be disabled).
To get started, tap “continue”
Hop on slop on 1/9/2018
I am not prompted on phone or pc to click any continue alert. FAIL: To get started, tap “continue”
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Aiman.muhammad on 1/8/2018
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Camera is blackout!!
Starrwind on 1/7/2018
When opening the app. I cannot take a picture. The camera inside Allo shows a black screen.
Good but
spirited wings on 1/6/2018
I'd be flipping in circles in amazement and happiness actually is be ecstatic if this particular app had the ability to converse with iPhones face time. I'm going to say this.. That and or iPhones messaging home app.. To be able to do that would be very very cool especially not putting it in pro or add on but just part of the free app you've got here... That would be so awesome. I don't know if anyone agrees but that's my suggestion that would be more then a5 Star. Dev, what do you say about it?
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