Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus: How To Change Text Messaging App

You must know it too – Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are considered among the best smartphones currently on the market. Expected to rank first in the top of best devices in 2017, they come with an overwhelming range of options and built-in apps. As part of the Samsung suite, you can have the confidence that your built-in apps are some of the best options you could get. Some users, however, are not happy with the lack of customization options.

If you want your texting app to be all decorated in the flower-power style, you can’t do it from the built-in version of Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. What you can do, instead, is to install a third-party app, one that comes with a gazillion of editing options. But before you do that, are you sure that the Messages stock app is worth being traded for something else?


Do you really want to change your current text message app?

It is well-known that built-in apps aren’t usually extremely versatile or attractive. That’s because they prefer to focus on quality more than on design embellishments. The latest flagships from Samsung, however, carry a couple of new and interesting features. Looking at a message and then heading the phone to your ear will automatically call the contact who messaged you. If you want, you can also use a dedicated quick control feature that allows you to make a fast call by swiping the display. And these are only two novelties in this chapter.

Now, if the looks are still more important to you, feel free to use the Play Store and download third-party messaging apps that will better suit your preferences. Most of them will give you the freedom to set up a custom background or a general theme, to add color, tweak the font style and size and so on.

We’re not here to tell you what app to use instead of the stock Messages app. We’re here to inform you about the changes that occurred with the latest OS version of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. The previous versions would have allowed you to handle multiple messaging apps at the same time and show you multiple notifications whenever a new message was coming in.

With S8, however, you can no longer do that. Instead, you need to go to the settings and select the default messaging app that you want to use. Even if you add a new app on the smartphone, it will continue to use the built-in version until you say otherwise.


How to change the default messaging app on Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus:

If you already went to the Play Store and picked your third-party app, you must have it installed by now. You can choose to go straight to the smartphone’s settings or, if you haven’t launched it so far, to do it right now. Just pay attention to the first things you see.

GoSMS, Textra, Chomp, and many others have different initial settings. While some of them will ask you to decide on the default settings the first time you open it (Textra has a big “Set as Default” button), others will skip this part.


So, assuming you’ve skipped the initial settings and you still don’t have it as the default app on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to Settings;
  2. Select the Device option;
  3. Tap on Applications;
  4. Enter the Default Applications menu;
  5. Select the Messaging App from the list;
  6. You’ll get a list with all the messaging apps currently installed on your smartphone;
  7. Select the one you are planning to use – if all you see are the Samsung Messages and the Google Hangouts apps, it means you haven’t actually added any third-party app;
  8. Tap on the app you want to use from now on;
  9. After you have selected it, you can leave the menus and that was all.


The next time you’ll get a message on Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, it will be displayed from the new, third-party app that you selected as default. Go on and personalize it however you want – that’s why you added it in the first place, right?

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