The Mandatory Features to Include in a Social Messaging App
1. User registration
Simplify the User Onboarding to your app by providing an easy account registration process just like Whatsapp. Ask the user to enter the phone number and the verification code he receives on it.
2. Instant Messaging
The bedrock of your app is instant messaging. It is obvious the messaging will take place between two users or multiple users (group chat). If in case, you’re strictly following the model of WhatsApp than you need to store the conversation history as well, if the user logons with another device and if you’re more likely to stick on Snapchat like model than you need to go for a functionality that deletes messages within a few seconds after the reading.
3. Multimedia File Transmission
Yet another important function! Enable your users to exchange or attach images, gifs, contacts, video and audio content. You can also add more to it by enabling distinctive features like text or drawing sharing, allowing them to sync their multimedia and downloads with Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote and others. Albeit, this feature does spike your development cost.
4. Encrypted Chats
Since the encrypted chats have already delved in, launching your app without the encryption would be like belittling your app even before the launch. Of course, every user has their own privacy concern and it should be yours as well as it is extremely important to keep your users’ data safe and secure from third party filtration. To do so, you can invest in superlative encryption technologies like ChatSecure and CryptoCat.
5. Push Notifications
Keep your users active, engaged and connected with your app round the clock through push notifications. You can even allow your users to customize the frequency of notifications they’d like to receive like once in an hour, after every five hours or once in a day. Generally, Firebase Cloud Messaging is used for Android chat development and for iOS Apple Push Notifications, which is native to the iOS platform.
6. Quick Search
Make it easy for your users to search and track conversation long held between their friends or colleagues a time ago. Search features aids and works wonder in using and finding old conversations which are likely to wipe off from memories and wade down in the long lists of chats done.
7. Group Chats
Your chat app should allow users to connect with multiple people at a time and share multimedia files.
8. Voice and Video Calling
Develop a messaging app with calling capabilities and that comes with functionalities like VoIP phone calls, video chats, group calls (group video calls).
9. Profile and Status Sharing
Profile Customization lets users share their original personality with others and status sharing helps them to share their mood. To be honest, this feature is not at all time consuming and only take a couple of hours for your developers to work.
10. Message Broadcasting
Message broadcasting is also an imperative feature that allows the user to create an instant group (one way) and then repeatedly message to all of them at a single shot. The beauty of this feature is the recipient who never comes to know who else has received the broadcasted message and on the same line, he treats it as a personal message.