The new Samsung Note 8 is a high on the list in consideration for best smartphone of 2017. The new phones come pre-installed with a variety of Samsung apps. These apps are easily recognizable; as they feature well know Samsung designs and operations.
One app, in particular, the Messages app, has been updated to offer modern conveniences. One large problem with stock apps is that they do not typically allow a wide range of user customizable options and generally only offer basic features. This can make them last pick apps for smartphone users.
However, the new stock apps featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offer many more user controls. For example, you can easily transition from texting to calling. If you are reading a message from a particular person you would like to make a voice call to, you can simply put the phone to your ear. Your phone will automatically engage a phone call with this person. There is also a quick swipe control that will allow you to access the contact and easily start a phone call from the Messages Application.
- Messages are a top notch built in option. However, it still pales in comparison to other third-party options. In some Messages Apps that you can download from Google’s Play Store, you have many more customizable options. This can include changing your background, themes, text styles, and colors. You can easily create a Messages app that is custom built to your preferences.
- It is hard to say which messaging app would be the best choice when replacing your Messages App. This decision will be based on your personal needs and preferences. However, you can always try out many different apps to decide which bests fit your preferences. Once you have decided which app you prefer, you will want to set this new app as your default choice for sending and receiving messages.
- In older Android operating systems, you could have two default apps running at once, which would mean you would automatically get notifications to both the stock Messages app and the third-party app of your choice immediately after download. However, the new version of the Android operating system does not allow this feature, so you will have to set the new third-party Messages replacement as your default Messages app.
How to change the Note 8 text message app
- Open the Google Play Store and do a search for messages apps
- Download a few different apps. You may want to try Textra, Chomp or Goss, as these are some of the most downloaded options.
- Open the app you choose. The app will instantly provide you with tutorials or customizable options, which you should pay close attention to.
- For example, when you open Textra, you will see a large button offering the option to set the app as your default messaging app.
- If this is not an easy option in the app that you choose, there is a way to manually set the app as your default Messaging app. you will want to follow the following steps in order to begin receiving text message notifications to your new third-party messaging app.
- Open the General Settings on your Note 8
- Select Device
- Now, select Applications
- Click Default Applications
- Select the Messaging App- this will open a list of all the messaging apps you have downloaded to your smartphone.
- If you do not see the third-party app, you may not have downloaded it. You will want to return to the Google Play Store and ensure that you downloaded the app of your choice.
- Select the new app. This will set it as your default Messages app.
- Now, just exit from the open menus.
Now, you’re Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus text notifications should send directly to your new third-party Messages app. You can then take the time to customize the color, font, and theme of the app. You can also pin this new app to your home screen.