Testing Tengi – The Chat App That Gives Back

I’ve been using Tengi, “the chat app which gives back” for a couple of weeks now.

As I mentioned in my first post, I’m partial to communicating via text be it on my blog, social media or via a messaging app on my phone.  The written word gives you time to think, to formulate your response.  It can be ignored until you have time to respond.  It can be discreet and unobtrusive.  Phone calls are often time consuming, inconvenient and potentially expensive.  Don’t get me wrong, I love an hour long chat with my mum, my sister, my best friend . . . But there are so many times where text is just quicker and easier.

Tengi works in much the same way as many other messaging apps on the market – it’s free to download and messages are sent for free via your data connection.  You can chat to individuals or set up group chats (the Tengi Bloggers group consists of ten of us which I must admit is quite a struggle to keep up with at times).  Once or twice other members of the group said that they had bit of the chat missing – messages didn’t always seem to appear but I can’t say this is something I experienced myself.

The biggest selling point of Tengi is the fact it offers you the chance to win a share of the advertising revenue just for downloading & using the app – the more you use it the more entries you get.  Tickets are give when your friend joins, when you’ve chatted for a certain amount of time or even when your friend wins. The draw happens each Friday and if you are lucky enough to win you can instantly claim that as a cash prize.

Of course this is all pay off for the biggest downside – the advertising.  At first I found it supremely irritating, it felt so intrusive sat there in my inbox as an unopened message begging me to open it up and read.  I thought it was going to be a deal breaker however you very quickly got use to it, like a loudly ticking clock eventually you just stopped noticing it was there. And, for the chance to win a bit of cash, it’s probably worth putting up with!

Other niggles include a heavy drain on battery life.  Dave quickly deleted the app after it used up a good chunk of his battery in one day.  I’ve found it to be a bit hit and miss to be honest, it hasn’t drained my battery heavily enough that I felt the need to remove it but it’s worth bearing in mind.

The notifications were hard going initially but I soon worked out how to mute those so I could read messages in my own sweet time rather than when the incessant ping insisted.  The interface feels quite basic but is perfectly functional and you quickly get used to it.  Like many of these things, it just takes a day or so to get it set up in a way that suits your own needs and preferences.

To my mind, if you can put up with the advertising and can convince all your mates over to the dark side, then Tengi is definitely worth a try.  The chance to win money for something you’d be doing anyway?  Got to be worth considering.

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  1. Nicola Lynch
    May 24, 2016 / 9:04 am

    I've been using this for a while and it has improved but it's still slow to get messages through. You can see them come in the notification bar but then it's a couple of mins before they appear on the app. It's just my Mum and I that use it out of my contacts but we've both won small amounts 3 or 4 times (between £5 and £25) so it's been worth that at least! It wont replace others apps full time though I don't think. It just hasn't got the same interface as more popular chat apps.

    • Tengi
      May 24, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Hi, on the notifications delay, this sounds like something is wrong. If you'd like us to take a look at it, drop us an email at support at tengi.org and we'll see what we can do.

  2. Tengi
    May 24, 2016 / 3:28 pm


    Thanks for the review. Some good stuff in there.

    I thought I'd spend a few minutes answering some of the stuff in here so you can see what we are up to.

    1) Once or twice other members of the group said that they had bit of the chat missing – messages didn't always seem to appear but I can't say this is something I experienced myself.

    If they are using iOS, then this is a bug where sometimes the end of the message was being cut off 🙁 It's fixed and should be in the new update in a few weeks. We accidentally introduced it in our last update. Oops!


    I just want to check that the advertising you are referring to is the advert chat row you get in the 4th position of the chat window?

    3) Battery Performance

    We've made some improvements in the Android version of the app which should come out soon which help a bit with battery when you are in poor connectivity. Chat apps are quite battery impactful because they stay connected quite a bit so if you aren't usually running a messaging app, you'll see an impact. Let us know if it's significantly more than you've experience with other messaging apps though!

    4) Glad you figured out how to mute notifications if you were finding them annoying, Do you think we need to improve how to find this option?

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks for your reply!

      1. That's great news that the bug will be fixed – as an android user I didn't have any problems but it made a group chat tricky at times.

      2. Yes that's the one 🙂

      3. My husband and I are both regular users of Whatsapp and he found Tengi was significantly more draining on his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – a battery usage check showed it to have been responsible for 25% of the battery usage and he'd only sent a handful of messages.

      4. No I think it was fairly obvious to be honest.


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