27 Fun and Engaging Texting Games For Loved Ones

Are you in need of great texting games or fun games you can play over the phone with your friends or other loved ones? Check out these fun texting games!

Like it or not, phone calls have become as rare as a good Adam Sandler movie.

Texting has slowly replaced phone calls, mainly because of the convenience that it offers.

You can’t always talk on the phone, but you can almost always stay in touch via instant message apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Telegram.

But even texting can get boring sometimes.

Which is why we all need those fun texting games, i.e., games you can play on WhatsApp with a boyfriend, girlfriend, or any other friend or loved one.

Whether you’re looking to spice up your conversation with a crush, keep yourself entertained while commuting, have a laugh with friends, or just keep boredom at bay, texting games are a great way to stay connected and have fun while at it.

The best part is that unlike apps, texting games are free! Plus, there are no annoying ads and no in-app purchases.

Ready to check out some awesome games to play over text? Let’s get started.

List of Texting Games

The following are fun and interesting games you can play over the phone with your friends and other loved ones:

1. Story Time

Test your creativity and imagination by playing this fun texting game.

  • Start by sending a sentence to the other person, for example: “Once upon a time.”
  • Then, He or she has to add onto your sentence, for example: “lived a burping butterfly,” followed by another sentence from you.
  • Go on repeating this until you have some semblance of a story.

You could make this game more challenging by adding limitations.

For example, you can set a limit of six words or 140 characters (Twitter, anyone?) per message. Or agree to finish the story in 20 lines each or more, depending on how much time you have.

You can even add a romantic or naughty twist if you’re playing with a special someone.

At the end of it, read your masterpiece out loud. Maybe it will be good enough to publish, who knows?

2. Would You Rather

This fun texting game is a great way to get a peek into the psyche of the other person, especially if it’s someone you’ve just started seeing.

In this game, you hit the other person with two scenarios and ask him/her which one they’d rather choose.

Remember to make it a tough one so that they have to wrack their brains to answer the question.

Here are some awesome examples:

  • “Would you rather give up ice cream for life or the internet?”
  • “Would you rather be 15 again, knowing what you do now or be 60 and a millionaire?”
  • “Would you rather travel the world and make less money or be a millionaire and go nowhere?”

You can even add in some bizarre ones like “Would you rather know when you’re going to die or how you’re going to die?” or some naughty ones like “Would you rather have sex with someone who never showers or someone who hasn’t brushed in 3 months?” Or “Would you rather have great sex that lasts a minute or so-so sex that lasts 30”.

Doesn’t that sound fun?

3. 20 Questions

Everyone has played this classic game at some point or another.

  • All you have to do is think of a person, object, food, place, or animal, and the other person has to guess what or who it is by asking you 20 yes or no questions.
  • You could make it easier by sticking to one category, like famous people, animals, authors, etc. Ready to test your power of deduction?

The best thing about this game is that it makes a good texting game for couples, as it helps you learn more about your partner.

4. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is way more fun as a drinking game, but it is equally a great game to play over Whatsapp or any other app.

The rules are simple, You text the other person with a “Never have I ever” scenario. If the other person has, he/she loses a point.

To make it more interesting, you can tell each other the story behind the experience.

Of course, you can still play this game as a drinking game, preferably over a video call to avoid cheating.

Here are some fun scenarios that you can text:

  • “Never have I ever thrown up on someone.”
  • “Never have I ever gone skinny dipping.”
  • “Never have I ever thought of a threesome.”
  • “Never have I ever gone commando.”
  • “Never have I ever Facebook stalked an ex.”

Let the drinking begin!

5. Translate the Emoji’s

Emojis have become the backbone of texting.

Sometimes, they are seriously better than words at expressing what you’re feeling.

While most emojis are easily decipherable, have you ever thought about how difficult an entire conversation with just emojis would be?

This texting game is all about sending cryptic emojis to the other person and getting him/her to translate what you’re saying and then respond with more emojis.

Think puppy, chicken drumstick, peach, pizza, and poop emoji. What could that possibly mean? Honestly, there’s no point in this game, but that’s precisely what makes it fun!

It is best played on apps that allow emoji messaging such as WhatsApp, Skype, and any other messenger app. Also, keep it in mind that emojis come out differently across phones.

6. Game of Names

If you have plenty of free time and are looking for a 2-person texting game that can go on indefinitely or until one person yields and says “Please, no more,” try the game of names.

  • Basically, you choose a category (places, actors, animals, movies, etc.) and a letter.
  • For example, if you pick places as a category and the letter “L” you could start off with London (A place that starts with L).
  • The other person has to pick a place with the last letter of the previous word, so in this case something with the letter “N” like Netherlands, you then continue with the letter “S” and so on and so forth…

Hours of entertainment guaranteed!

7. Truth or Dare

Who can forget everyone’s favorite game, truth or dare? It translates into a texting game surprisingly well.

The rules stay the same; you ask the other person to choose between the two and depending on which one they prefer, you either hit them with a very personal question or a crazy dare.

If they do choose a dare, ask them to either send you a video or a Snap to prove that they went through with it.

This game is a sneaky but great way to get to know someone you’re crushing on and depending on your relationship; the dare can range anywhere from flirty to downright kinky!

8. Sing It to Me

How fun would it be to have an entire conversation only using song lyrics?

This texting game is perfect for music aficionados.

Here’s an example of what a lyrical conversation would look like:

“Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you.”

“What do you mean?”

“You took my love and broke my heart.”

“Is it too late to say sorry?”

Make it harder by sticking to just one artist, genre, or band.

If you need fun texting games to play with your crush, Sing It to Me should be on the list.

9. Guess the Movie

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

All you have to do is quote movie dialogues (common or otherwise) and have the other person guess which movie it’s from.

Of course, you have to trust that the other person won’t Google the answers. “You are tearing me apart, Lisa!”

  1. Kiss, Marry, Kill

This game is always a hoot and a half.

Pick three famous people or three people you know in real life to make it more exciting and have the other person choose who they’d kiss, marry, and kill.

You could also try the R rated version where “kiss” is replaced with you know what.

Add a follow up “Why” question to make this one even more scandalous!

11. Unscramble

If word games are your thing, you will love this one.

Use the dictionary and pick a random word, preferably a long one.

Now each person needs to unscramble and break up the word and use the letters to make as many individual words as possible.

Set a time limit and a point system (longer words get more points) to make it more exciting.

12. I Spy

You’re probably wondering how this classic road trip game found its way on this list but trust us, it’s easier than it sounds and it works.

As with the real-life version, you pick something that you “spy” around you and the other person has to guess what it is.

To make things a tad easier, you can either tell them your current location or send them a picture of your surroundings.

Let the guessing games begin!

13. Trivia Game

The Trivia Game is a pretty straightforward game that is designed to kill two birds with one stone; pass the time and test your knowledge.

Simply pick a topic, for example, world politics, science, pop music, etc. and ask each other trivia questions based on these categories.

Try to pick something that you both are passionate about and of course, referring to Google is forbidden and punishable! Seriously though, don’t do it.

14. Friends Tag Questions

This personal trivia game is a great way to put your partner in the spotlight and test how well he/she knows you.

Ask them questions like:

  • “What’s my favorite thing to eat?”,
  • “What’s my current favorite song?”,
  • “Who was my first kiss with?”

If the other person guesses correctly, they get one point, and if they guessed wrong, they lose a point. The person with the least number of points has to take the other one out on a fancy date or get punished in some other way.

15. Guess Where I Am

This fun 2-person texting game is silly but fun!

You basically send the other person short hints about what you see around you, and they have to guess where in the world you are.

Limit it to say five guesses and then make the grand reveal.

The best part is, you could just be lazing around in your room but still make it impossible for them to guess where you are.

It all comes down to how cryptic and confusing your descriptions are.

Rather than asking cliché questions like “what are you wearing” or “wyd,” try playing this game with your crush or lover instead.

16. Abbreviations

Isn’t it ironic how abbreviation is such a long word? Anyway, we digress.

This texting game can be tough, but the answers can also make you laugh out loud.

You abbreviate whatever you want to text to the other person and have him/her guess what you meant to type.

For example, you could text “IACWMD” (I am cuddling with my dog). Maybe your friend will guess it’s something like “I am crying with McDonald’s.”

As I said, it can be hard but also downright hilarious.

Try and offer some hints if they just can’t seem to figure out what you’re trying to say.

17. What if

From the hypothetical to the crazy, to the downright personal, this open-ended texting game can lead to an exciting conversation and a lot of intriguing revelations.

All you do is come up with a “What if” scenario and ask the other person what they’d do in that situation.

Try to make it as crazy as you can to keep it entertaining. Here are some of our favorite questions:

“What if there’s a zombie apocalypse tomorrow?”

“What if you could go to Mars and never come back?”

“What if you could go back in time?”

“What if we were stuck together on an island with nothing to eat?”

The possibilities are endless!

Once again this is a good texting game to play with your crush, as you could slip in a lot of fun questions.

18. Rhyme Time

If you’re in the mood for a silly, playful game, try this one.

In this fun game, the aim is to have a conversation that rhymes and still makes sense.

Here’s an example of a rhyming conversation:

  • “I’ve eaten too much. My stomach is big!”
  • “Are you human or are you a pig?”
  • “You talk as if you’re a twig.”

This one can make your brain work overtime. Consider yourself warned.

19. Lightning Fast

Want to know what’s on his/her mind? Try this word association game.

You simply text a word, and he/she responds with the first thing that comes to their mind when they read the word.

You never know what their subconscious self will come up with and you can always stop at any message to ask them more about it.

It’s almost like a psychology test, and that’s what makes it more fun!

20. Fill In the Blanks

There’s nothing more romantic than two people who can finish each other’s sentences.

To play this game, you simply send him/her an incomplete sentence and have them fill in the blanks.

The best part is, you can be as innocent (You think I’m cute when ___), as naughty (When you see me next, you will ____), or as kinky (I love it when you _______) as you like!

21. Reverse It

If you’re looking for a real time waster, try this confusing but entertaining texting game. In this texting game, your entire conversation has to be in reverse, something like this:

“Yeh stahw gniog no?”

“Mn. Uoy llet em.”

“Tnaw ot hctac pu?

This one is particularly helpful when you hit a mid-day slump and feel like your brain isn’t working anymore. All that reverse reading can get the brain juices flowing.

22. Guess the Picture

This bizarre game will task your brain, but the fun is worth it.

To play this texting game, you zoom into anything around you, and we mean really zoom into it, and the other person has to guess what it is.

Some good ideas are your dog’s ear, your flooring, or your nose in the mirror!

23. Riddle Me This

Riddles have been around for ages for a reason.

They make you think, and they’re very entertaining.

Just look up some uncommon riddles to text the other person and give them a 5-minute deadline to answer. Whoever gets the more answers correctly wins!

It’s also a fun way to tease each other when you get them wrong.

24. Confession Time

Sometimes it’s just easier to confess things when you’re not face-to-face.

For this texting game to be fun, you have to both promise to be sporting and honest.

  • Start off with simple questions that won’t put the other person in a spot.
  • As the game progresses, you can get more personal and try to get them to divulge deep dark secrets, embarrassing incidents, wild fantasies, etc.

Anything goes!

25. Category Fun

To play this game, all you do is pick a category and come up with as many things as you possibly can that fit the category.

The person who either runs out of things to type or takes longer than a minute loses!

For example, if your category is “Something red,” you could start off with strawberries, followed by lipstick, tomatoes, ladybird, roses, blood…you get the point.

26. Take a Trip with Me

Feel like testing your geographical knowledge? Try this entertaining game.

You start off with the letter “A” and complete this sentence.

“I am going to ___ (Antarctica), and I’m taking an ___ (apple) with me.”

The other person then does the same with the letter “B,” “Bangladesh” and “a bubblegum,” maybe?

Continue until you’re bored or done with all the letters and try to make it as exciting and funny as possible.

27. Text Strip Poker

Well, it’s not poker, but it’s just as much fun if not more!

Firstly, only play this game with someone you have been with for a while and trust 100 percent.

Start off by mentioning how many pieces of clothing you have on.

Next, you start by asking a question related to your relationship

For example,

  • “What was I wearing when we first met?”
  • “What did we eat on our first date?”

If they answer your question correctly, it’s their turn to ask you a question.

Every time someone gets an answer wrong, they have to take off an item of clothing and send a picture as proof.

Be warned though; things will get steamy fast!

There you a go, a list of fun games to play over the phone with friends and loved ones. When playing with the right person, these texting games can transform a dull day into an entertaining one!

Before you go, if there is any fun game that can be played over the phone we haven’t mentioned, be a dear and add it in the comments section.