31 Texting Games To Play With Friends

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Want to hang out with your friends but have time constraints? Fret not! You can connect with your buddy right from the comfort of your couch. Video calls, online games, texting are some ways to help you stay connected. Spice up your regular chats and incorporate some fun games to catch up with your buddy.

Grab your mobile phones, charge them fully and send that first Hi. Here are some of the best games to play with friends over text that are sure to get you hooked.

31 Games To Play With Friends Over Text

These games to play with your friends over text would not just help you stay connected but entertained as well. You may also try these games with your crush and get to know them better.

1. 20 questions

In this game, one player has to think of a name, place, or object. And, the other player has to ask 20 yes or no questions to guess what the word is. Simple, isn’t it!

2. Unpopular opinions

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You and your friend go back and forth trading unpopular opinions. If something intrigues you, ask them about it and get the conversation flowing.

3. Truth or dare

This game can never get old. Ask truth or dare to your friend. If they say “truth,” ask a question that they should answer truthfully. And if they choose “dare,” they have to perform any task you give. To ensure they are not cheating, ask them to film the dare and send it to you.

4. Would you rather?

This is one of the most fun games to play with your friends over text. You can ask questions such as “Would you rather eat pizza or burger?” You can learn so much about each other when you play such texting games with friends.

5. Emoji talk

With so many emojis at your fingertips, why use words to convey your feelings? Put together a few emojis to create a message for your friend. Now, ask them to decipher it.

6. In character

If you have a favorite movie, TV series, or book character, you can make them come alive through your texts. While chatting, impersonate them and talk from their perspective.

7. Story builder

You send a sentence and they add the next line

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Write your own story! Include fun characters, situations, and everything that you can imagine. You send a sentence to your friend, and they add the next line. You can continue this game until you reach the conclusion of the story.

8. Lyrics of a song

If you and your friends are music buffs, you may enjoy this texting game. Just send lyrics from any random song and let your friend guess the song, and vice-versa. To make it interesting, include some obscure songs as well.

9. I spy

I spy is an interesting game to play over text because the person on the other end cannot see what you see. Pick any random object placed in the same room as yours and ask your friend to guess what it is. They have to guess by asking questions that can get them closer to the right answer.

10. Trivia

Trivia is a good option to play in-person or over text. Ask your friends some interesting trivia questions, and they will ask you some in turn. And, this is how you learn while having fun with your buddy.

11. Movie lines

This is for all the movie buffs out there. Make a list of some popular dialogues from various movies. Make a video of you enacting them and send them to your friends. Now the fun begins! Let them guess which movie these dialogues are from.

12. Abbreviations

Abbreviations and slang words rule the internet these days. Test your friends’ knowledge with this game. You could also make your own abbreviations and let your friends guess what you want to say. Check online sites to stock up on some of the best abbreviations.

13. What if?

An ideal game for over thinkers! If you are always conjuring unlikely “What if?” situations in your head, get together with your friends to play this game. Go wild and crazy with the scenarios to up the fun quotient.

14. What would you do?

“What would you do if the zombies came for you?” This and many other questions can form a fun text game for you and your friends. It also gives you a chance to know how your friends would react in such situations.

15. Most likely to

Keep asking funny ridiculous questions

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If you think you know your bestie in and out, this is the best game to play with them over text. You just have to create a scenario and ask what they are most likely to do in that situation. To make it uber exciting, just keep asking funny ridiculous questions.

16. Never have I ever

If you are looking for some laughs, this is the game for you. Say, “Never have I ever…” followed by something crazy you think others would not have done. If your friends say they have done something you haven’t done, they get the point and vice-versa. You both get the point if the two of you have done it.

17. Hangman

If you love word building, this is a fun game to play over text. Send underscores for blanks in your word and if your friend gets a letter right, replace it in the word. You can draw an emoji hangman to make it interesting and fun.

18. Riddles

This is a game that everyone knows how to play. It is funnier over text because you virtually have a poker face. Send riddles to each other in turn and solve them. You could give hints if you wish to help each other. And, don’t cheat by looking up on the internet for answers.

19. Do or die

You can reward points when any player picks do

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In this fun game, players have to give random funny situations to each other. Now they have to choose between do or die. You can reward points when any player picks do. This game helps you get a good insight into your friends’ thinking processes and identify who is the boldest.

20. List builder

All of us make lists. If list-making is your forte, play this texting game with your friends. Select a category and start making a list relevant to that category. The last person who adds to the list is the winner of that round.

21. Where am I?

You carry your phone with you everywhere you go. Play this game with your friends while you are on the move. Describe something in your surroundings over text and let your friends guess where you are.

22. Kiss, marry, kill

Name any three random people and ask your friends who they would want to kiss, marry, and kill. You can also play this game with your crush, as it is a good conversation starter.

23. Name game

Select a category. The first player sends a word relevant to that category. The other player has to make a word from the same category starting from the last letter in the previous word.

24. Backward typing

This is a really simple texting game that you can start playing any time with your friends. Simply type a sentence in reverse and ask your friends to decipher it. Your brain gets a good workout too.

25. Categories

This is another simple game you can play with your friends whenever you are bored. Select a category and start naming objects relevant to it. While taking turns, whoever misses naming an object, loses. You can play this game in friend groups too.

26. Quiz

Set up a simple quiz to play with your friends. Use your general knowledge and resources from the internet to put some questions together. If your friends cannot get the answer right, go for the funniest one.

27. Read my lips

Record a video of you saying a phrase or word. But, record it in mute. Send this clip to your friend and ask them to guess what you are saying. Play this game in turns and read their lips next.

28. Fill in the blanks

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Send a text message with a missing word in it. The other players have to guess what the missing word is. They can either guess the word right or get goofy and come up with something silly.

29. Vacation spy

Scout for some popular vacation spots around the world. Drop hints to your friends about a popular tourist attraction at these spots. Now, your friends have to guess which place you are talking about.

30. Rhyme

This game can take your creativity to the next level. Send a text with a line to your friend. They have to text back with a line that rhymes with yours. Text them back with another rhyming line. Who knows, you might end up with a funny poem!

31. Friend tag

If you think you know your friends well, play this game with them. Ask them questions about yourself, which they have to answer. In turn, they will ask you some questions about themselves. For example, “What is my favorite food?” or “Which movie did I last watch?”

These are some of the best texting games to play with friends whether you are bored, want to kill time, or just want to spend some quality time with them. Whatever is the reason, these games can keep you entertained for hours together.

Infographic: Games To Play With Friends Over Text

With every aspect of our lives getting digitized, why not hanging out with friends be added to that list? Although nothing compares to spending time with your friends in person, you could also try having fun in the virtual world. If you want to give it a go, read the following infographic for game suggestions that you can play with friends from the comfort of your home, yet have fun too.

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Key Pointers

  • Texting games such as truth or dare and 20 questions can strengthen your friendship even when you are apart.
  • To make things exciting, play ’never have I ever’ and uncover each other’s secrets.
  • Record yourself reenacting scenes from a movie for a laughter-filled evening.
  • Do or die, read my lips, and many more games as you scroll down.

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Nisha Bharatan

Nisha Bharatan is a freelance writer with experience in writing health and finance content for various Indian and international clients. After completing her engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University, she did content marketing courses to complement her interest in writing. Nisha writes articles centered around kids’ development, their activities, crafts, games, and fun elements that keep children and families entertained....
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