TextNow is one of the world’s most popular texting apps, and has been downloaded over 250 million times.

But why do people use TextNow, and what about it makes it so popular?

In this article, I’ll be going over 5 common uses for TextNow, and some of the possible reasons why someone may have it installed on their phone.

Let’s get to it!

1. To Maintain A Separate Number For Certain Contacts

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One common reason that people often use TextNow (even when they have their own working cell phone number), is to maintain a separate phone number for certain contacts.

For example, if they commonly sell things on Facebook marketplace, they may not want these people having their actual phone number.

So, certain categories of people that they expect to contact them may be given their TextNow number, rather than their real phone number.

TextNow allows you to freely change your phone number whenever you’d like, so this can be a great way to quickly sever connections if someone begins harrassing you, or you otherwise don’t want to hear from anyone anymore. Dedicated people can get past blocked numbers, so TextNow offers a great alternative!

2. To Lower Their Monthly Bill

In some cases, people may be charged extra for sending an excessive number of texts, or even be charged per call.

This is especially common when contacting people that live in other countries, as international texts may impose additional fees.

TextNow operates over the internet, rather than using your cellular service. The platform itself is also entirely free to use unless you decide to pay for their premium features.

While WhatsApp is traditionally a more popular option for international messaging, TextNow serves this purpose well too.

So, lowering your monthly bill is another reason to use TextNow!

3. To Hide Conversations From Others

This is the one people don’t like to hear, but the fact of the matter is that TextNow is sometimes used for this purpose.

If someone is in a relationship and is being unfaithful to their partner, they may go to great lengths to hide the conversations that they’re having with other people.

Additionally, if they are with someone that regularly goes through their text messages to see who they’ve been talking to, they may use TextNow to ensure that these messages are not found.

While it’s not fair to jump straight to conclusions, seeing TextNow on your significant other’s phone may be cause for concern.

However, it’s also likely that they may have TextNow installed due to one of the other reasons listed on this page.

So, continue reading to discover other reasons why someone would have TextNow installed!

4. To Text Over Wi-Fi

As mentioned earlier, TextNow operates over the internet, rather than relying on cellular service from your phone.

While they offer wireless phone service, the app itself can be used with just a regular Wi-Fi connection.

This means that even if you don’t have cellular data, you are still able to send texts and receive calls as long as you have a connection to the internet.

This can be useful if you are in a rural or remote area that cell towers do not reach, but you still have access to a home internet connection.

Alternatively, TextNow can be very useful if you are using an unlocked phone that does not have an active plan with a cellular provider.

Both of these are perfectly legitimate use cases, that can be extremely helpful in the right circumstances!

5. To Avoid Spam And Promotions

Finally, one other reason that people may use TextNow is to avoid spam, promotions, and advertisements from other companies.

If you’ve ever been asked to give your phone number when signing up for something, this one makes a lot of sense.

Rather than giving them your real phone number when signing up for an offer, you can simply give them a TextNow number instead. This way, you can have all of these messages sent to your TextNow number, keeping your real number completely separate.

In fact, some people use TextNow only for this purpose – they don’t actually send messages or calls themselves at all.

They may even turn notifications from TextNow completely off in order to avoid being bothered by spam at all.

So, if you want to keep your texting app free from company messages, using TextNow is a great way to achieve this.


With over 250 million downloads, there are certainly more reasons why you may want to install TextNow on your phone. However, in this article I’ve covered some of the most common ones.

If you are a TextNow user yourself, I’d love to know why you’re using the app as well.

Finally, if you have any other questions about TextNow, please ask them using the comment form below – I’ll be glad to help as soon as I can.

Thanks, and wishing you the best!

– James McAllister

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James McAllister

James is the owner of JamesMcAllisterOnline.com. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on JamesMcAllisterOnline.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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  1. I just finished reading your article about TextNow and I must say, it’s spot on! 🙌 You’ve covered some really common and interesting uses for the app. 📱

    I totally get why people use TextNow to maintain a separate number for certain contacts. It’s super handy, especially when you’re selling stuff on Facebook Marketplace and don’t want random people having your actual phone number. 📞 Privacy is important, right? 😉

    And the fact that TextNow helps lower monthly bills is a total game-changer! 💸 International texts can be ridiculously expensive, but with TextNow operating over the internet, it’s a wallet-saver. Plus, who doesn’t love free features? 🆓

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  2. Now, let’s talk about hiding conversations from others… 🙊 We’ve all been there, right? Although it’s not the most ideal reason to use TextNow, I can see why some people might resort to it. But hey, let’s keep an open mind and remember that there could be other legit reasons too! 🤔

    Using TextNow to text over Wi-Fi is genius! 📶 It’s perfect for those remote areas where cell towers are scarce, or if you’re rocking an unlocked phone without a cellular plan. Stay connected even without data? Count me in! 💪

    And last but not least, avoiding spam and promotions is a total win with TextNow. 🚫📢 Giving out a TextNow number instead of your real one when signing up for stuff is such a smart move. Keep your personal number spam-free and enjoy peace of mind. 🙅‍♂️

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