The new HTC 10 has a lot to offer buyers with a great design, excellent sound, fingerprint scanner and all aluminum body. It also runs a very close to stock version of Android. However, things are still changed here and there, and as a result this guide will explain how to change the default text message app on the HTC 10.
HTC’s new 10 smartphone was announced on April 12th with a release date in the US set for early May. Once more owners get their new phone, they’ll have lots of questions about small little tasks.
Most stock text apps aren’t all that appealing (we’re looking at you Samsung) and they’re not very customizable either. Thankfully the power of Android means you can download any of the hundreds of text messaging replacement apps from the Play Store, set them as the default option, and use them with ease. You can even change the notification icon, add quick compose features to the notification bar and more. Lets get started.
On the HTC 10 the dedicated app for text messages is called “messages” and it looks pretty stock with Android 6.0 material design interface aspects, but it isn’t very customizable for the most part. It works good, but there are better options all over the place, and many owners choose to install something else.
When you replace your stock app with something from the Play Store you’ll probably be able to customize it with themes, change the look of the message bubbles, customize font, and more. It all varies on which you choose to download, and the link above details a few of our favorites, then the guide below will help you change it.
While the HTC 10 has a theme store that changes the look of everything already, including the text app, it’s only visual. Some of the 3rd party options on the Play Store allow for tons of customization unlike anything else. Our favorite is Textra, which is what we’ll be switching to below, but other good choices can be found like ChompSMS, GoSMS and others.
Starting with Android 4.4 KitKat in late 2013 Google made changing the stock text message app on Android devices extremely easy. There’s a dedicated option in settings that turns one on and the other off, so you won’t get double notifications from both the stock app, and the new one you install.
First things first is you’ll want to navigate to the Google Play Store and download one of the many different third party text apps. Textra is our favorite. Download it, and you’re set. Some even change the default app settings for you, like Textra does, or just follow the next few steps.
Head into settings by pulling down the notification bar and tapping the gear-shaped icon, or just find the settings app in the application tray. From here navigate to “Apps” then select the three dots up top which is settings and select “Configure Apps”.
In here we then choose the option labeled as “Default Apps”. Then owners will see options to set the default browser, phone app and lastly the text app. If your messaging app of choice didn’t set this, tap Default messaging app and select which one you downloaded. In our case, that’s Textra. Don’t select any of the other pre-installed apps.
We’re all done. Now all text messages incoming or outgoing will default to Textra, and owners won’t receive double notifications. Head into Textra (or the app downloaded) and customize it as you see fit. Textra allows for the colors, bubble colors, font, text size, notification icon and even a pop-up notification to all be changed exactly to your preference. It’s very powerful, which is why it’s the main text client we recommend.
Now enjoy a better, faster and more customizable text message experience on the new HTC 10 smartphone. While you’re here, check out some nice official HTC 10 accessories below.