10 Nigerian Chat Apps You’ll Get Addicted To


If you like chatting, there are several apps that will make every day enjoyable for you and keep you glued to your mobile device all day long.

10 Nigerian Chat Apps You’ll Get Addicted To

10 Nigerian Chat Apps You'll Get Addicted To

In this post, we take a look at 10 of such chat apps in Nigeria

1. Badoo

Badoo is a location-based chat app. With this app, you can find people based on age, location, and gender.

The app is quite popular in the dating community in Nigeria because it offers Nigerians the opportunity to chat with people nearby and rate their photos. Badoo has an ‘Encounters’ feature which you can swipe to see different people’s photos and say either yes or no. If you say yes and the user on the other end also says yes, both of you will receive a notification.

In Nigeria, Badoo is said to have millions of users with a significant percentage of these users located in Lagos and Abuja. In 2015, the BBC reported that Badoo was the most downloaded dating app in Nigeria during 2015.

You can download the app if your phone uses the Android and Apple operating systems. It is also available on Windows phones.

2. Tinder

Another popular location-based chat application is Tinder. One of the features that make the app popular is its simplicity. Tinder displays pictures of people in your vicinity and you can either swipe right to “like” the person or swipe left to continue searching. In the event of a match, Tinder will notify you and you can begin sending messages to your match.

Unlike Badoo, Tinder doesn’t feature bells and whistles because it is developed to ensure simplicity in all aspects. This makes it popular as a dating app for those who want to keep dating simple.

In Nigeria, Tinder is embraced in states like Lagos and Abuja. You can download the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

3. Telegram

Telegram is an instant messaging and voice over app. The app was created by Russian entrepreneur Pavel and Nikolai Durov and it is available for download on the Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS, and Linux.

The app is quite interesting and you can easily send and exchange messages, photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files of any type.

Telegram shares similarities with Whatsapp, however its advantage over Whatsapp is that Telegram based groups can accommodate up to 2000 people, unlike Whatsapp which is limited to 250 people.

4. Zoosk

Zoosk is another fascinating app. It currently has a user base of over 26 million. It is also available in 25 languages and in more than 80 countries including Nigeria.

One of the exciting features of Zoosk is its ability to matchmake individuals by using a smart algorithm to identify and match users based on their patterns of behaviour.

Zoosk can be downloaded on your mobile phone if you use an Apple, Android and Windows phones.

5. NAIJing

NAIJing is an interesting chat app that many Nigerians use for online dating. The app is mobile only and there’s no desktop version.

Similar to Badoo, the NAIJingapp offers the familiar bells and whistles. NAIJing was launched in December 2014 although it is still facing some teething problem as it is quite susceptible to hacking and bugs.

The Google Play Store reveals thatNAIJing has over 100,000 installs and it is available for download on Android phones, iPhone and BlackBerry devices.

6. Facebook

Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world. And one of its excellent features is its chat application.

In 2014, it was reported that Facebook had 26 million monthly active users in Nigeria. And every day, more and more Nigerians are joining Facebook and using it to share content, chat with friends and dating.

The Facebook app is available on every mobile device, including Apple, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows operating systems.

7. 2go

2gois a mobile social networking application that can be traced to South Africa. The app was created in Johannesburg although the company is currently based in Cape Town.

The app was initially a mobile website and was used to upload and share the students’ timetables and lectures with each other. But when the founders left in 2008, the new management decided to evolve the app from a students-only model to a platform that developing markets in Africa could use.

Currently, the 2go app supports over 1,500 different devices including Android, Apple and Blackberry and feature phones. In Africa, there are over 50 million registered users while Nigeria has more than 13 million active users.

The 2go app can be used as one-on-one as well as a group chat app. There is also a paid chat room facilities which makes use of the 2go’s GoCredits currency, which can be spent on games and other content. Unlike 2GO, the Omegle app is a free online chat room where random strangers can anonymously meet from around the world and have fun.

8. Whatsapp

WhatsApp Messenger is an extremely popular chat application in Nigeria. The app is owned by Facebook and it is free to use.

These days, Whatsapp is one of the easiest ways to communicate because everyone has a Whatsapp app on their phones. In addition, the app is also accessible from desktop computers although you will need to provide your phone number.

As of February 2018, WhatsApp had a user base of over one and a half billion making it the most popular messaging application at the time.

9. Instagram

Popular called IG, Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook. The app allows you to upload pictures and videos to the app. These pictures and videos can be edited with various filters and organized with tags and location information. You can share these publicly as posts or you can share with your pre-approved followers.  You can also browse other users’ content by tags and locations, and view trending content.


Twitter is an online news and social networking platform where you can post and interacts with messages that are known as “tweets”.

As a registered user, you can post, like, and retweet tweets, but if you’re unregistered, you can only read them. The app also has a chat feature and you can send messages to other users on the app.


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