Change the Text Message Application
The stock messages app is decent, but there are tons of different apps owners can use with more features or customization. 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 my favorite, GoSMS or Chomp are pretty fancy as well. Download one, and you’re set. Most change the default app settings for you so you can use it instead of the built in messages app. Textra will have a big “Set as Default” button on first launch near the bottom. If not, here’s how to do it yourself.
Head into settings and under the “Device” column navigate to Applications > Default Applications > and tap “Messages” to change the default text message app. If none are installed, only Samsung’s stock option will be displayed, as well as Google Hangouts. Tap which app you’d like to use (we chose Textra) and you’re all done.
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