How to Change Galaxy S7 Text Message App

This guide explains how to replace the Galaxy S7 text message app for users using Samsung’s latest smartphone. Now that both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been on the market for several weeks, users are enjoying what they have to offer and have many questions. Here’s how to change the default text messaging app.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 is an impressive device with an excellent display, great new camera, IP68 water resistance, SD card slot and more. It is strong enough to do almost anything. Today we’re going to show users how to do something as simple as replacing the “Messages” app with different text.

Like most manufacturers, Samsung has its own text app specifically for Galaxy phones. It’s called “Messages” and it’s a pretty good stock option. Messages features Google’s Material Design touches and it pairs pretty closely with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But most stock apps aren’t very attractive, don’t have many features, and aren’t customizable. Instead, download one of the many 3rd party text apps we’ll detail below.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge preloaded with the “Messages” app has a lot to offer, but it could still be better. It has some backup options and a few quick controls like swipe to call or hold the phone to your ear during a conversation and it will call that person, but that’s it. It is still limited compared to the vast majority of third-party text messaging apps on the Google Play Store. Below are a few of our favorite text apps.

When you replace your stock app with something from game store possibly themes or backgrounds, font, changing the look of message bubbles, colors and much more. It all depends on which app the user decides to try and the link above details a few good options, then the guide below will help you replace the messaging app with something a little more useful.


In recent versions of Android we have a special option in settings that turns one text app on and off the other so users won’t get double notifications like in the old days. It doesn’t allow both to be set to “default” at the same time. What we’re going to do is download a new text app, set it as default, and make sure all its setup is as it should be.

First you’ll want to go to the Google Play Store and download one of the many different third-party text apps. Textra is my favourite, GoSMS or Chomp are popular and a few people have linked our list above. Download and continue with the instructions below. Most will change the default app settings for you. text when you first turn it on and adjust the settings there will be a big “Set as Default” button at the bottom. Click that and you’re ready. If the text app you’re trying isn’t giving a chance by default, here’s how to make the changes.

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It can be started by the owners go to settings and under the column “” go to App. This will take us to another screen (as shown above) to choose which app you downloaded. If none are installed, only Samsung’s stock option will be displayed alongside Google Hangouts. Tap which app you want to use (we chose text) and you’re done.

This now sets this app as the only app to send, receive and notify incoming text messages to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Apps like Textra allow their owners to change the font, style, colors, balloon colors and even the notification icon. Be creative and adjust as you see fit. Some are easier and more customizable than others, so try a few.

There are countless excellent text messaging apps available on the Google Play Store, and a few of our favorites are linked above. Give them a try and see what works best. While you’re here, check out the awesome accessories for the Galaxy S7 below.