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How to Change the Galaxy S8 Text Message App



This guide will quickly show owners how to change the Galaxy S8 text message app. Out of the box the Galaxy S8 and S8+ use Samsung Messages, but there are dozens to choose from on the Google Play Store.

All owners need to do is download a third party text message application and set it as the default program in settings. From there the Galaxy S8 will only use it, instead of “messages” which came pre-installed on the phone.

Read: 5 Best Android Text App Alternatives

Above are a few different options we’d recommend downloading. Then read on for the simple instructions to change yours today.

Anyone that has used a Samsung device in the past will feel right at home with Messages, but it’s lacking in features or customization. Which is why most choose to use something else.

How to Change the Galaxy S8 Text Message App

First, 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 good, and a few others made our list linked to above. 


  • Download a new Text Messaging App
  • Go to Settings by hitting the gear-shaped button in the notification bar
  • Select Apps or Applications
  • Click the 3-Dots “menu” button at the top right and choose Default Apps
  • Tap on Messaging app and select which app you’d like to use


That’s it, you’ve now successfully changed the text message application on the Galaxy S8.

More Information

Older Android devices received double notifications if you downloaded a second text message app. That isn’t the case anymore. Android won’t let two be set as “default” at the same time. Additionally, many apps like Textra will have a big Set As Default button at the bottom when you first open it. Making this process easier than ever before. 

From here on out this is the only text app that will be able to send, receive or alert you on text messages. If you chose Textra (or many others) go in and change the font, style, colors, bubble colors, and even the notification icon. You can change these for each contact too, so setup something personal for friends or family members. It’s a level of customization that many enjoy, which isn’t available in Samsung’s own messages app.

20 Best Galaxy S8+ Cases

Samsung Alcantara Case ($20)

Samsung Alcantara Case ($20)

A neat case from Samsung for the Galaxy S8 is the Alcantara case. It's a beautiful and durable hard case that's covered in Suede-like material. It looks good, feels incredibly soft and is "stain-resistant" too. This is our first recommendation of many. Your phone will be safe, and look good doing it. Since it's a fabric the first few days it may shed, but that quickly went away on ours. 

Samsung makes some of the best cases, of course, and this will be no exception. It comes in four different colors and looks pretty unique. Get one for your Galaxy S8+. For whatever reason, most of Samsung's best cases aren't available on their own online shop. If you want one, check out for all your needs. 

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  1. Robin dehn

    08/05/2017 at 1:13 pm

    I use both Facebook messenger and message+ but now I got this s8 and every time I use one i have to make it the default.
    How do I stop it from doing this so I can just use them without getting the stupid popup?

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