Use the Samsung Messages app on your Galaxy phone

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Keep in touch with all of your contacts using the Messages app on your phone. It's never been easier to share photos, send emojis, or just say a quick hello. There's so much you can do with your messages, like mute conversations or assign special message tones for certain contacts.

Note: The following instructions and features are for the Samsung default messages app, which is available on Samsung phones running software version Android 9.0 Pie and up. These instructions do not refer to carrier or third-party apps.

Set custom tones for message threads

You can set custom ringtones for different contacts, so you'll know right away if it's your mom or your best friend messaging you.

Open Messages on your phone, and then tap the desired conversation. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Notification sound. Next, choose your desired notification sound for that conversation.

List of conversation options with Notification sound highlighted

Note: The notification settings on your phone may vary based on your carrier and whether your service is active.

Message customization

When it comes to giving your phone style, Samsung has you covered. To customize the way your Messages app appears, try changing the theme on your phone.

If you want to change your font for Messages, adjust your phone's font settings.

You can also set a custom wallpaper or background color for individual message threads. From the conversation you'd like to customize, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Customize wallpaper or Customize chat room. Tap the Gallery icon to choose an image, or you can tap a color to just change the background color. On some phones, you can also change the bubble opacity and the text contrast.

Customize chat room highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Change the font size

You want to catch every word in your messages, but the font's a little small. Adjust the font size for individual messages without affecting the general font size setting for your phone.

Open a message that you’d like to view from the Messages app, and then use two fingers to pinch in and out on the screen. The font will automatically become larger or smaller. Any changes you make will only affect texts displayed in the Messages app, and the last size you selected will be saved until you change it again.

Text message with the second message larger then the first

Create and schedule a message

Messages has everything you need to craft that perfect greeting, including options to schedule a message in advance.

  1. Open Messages on your phone, and then tap Compose in the lower right-hand corner.

  2. Select the desired recipient(s), and then tap Enter message. Write your text, and then tap Send.

  3. To schedule a message, write the text, and then tap Add (the plus sign). If you don't see the plus sign, tap the arrow on the left side.

  4. Then, tap Schedule message. Set the date and time you want your text message delivered. It can be up to a year from the current date.

A list of icons for text message with Schedule message highlighted

Note: If you exit a message before you send it, the message will be automatically saved as a draft.

Messages app settings to know

Here are some useful tools and settings for the Messages app that you might not have known about. Use them to get the most out of your texts and messages.

  • Search: Use the Search icon to find a message thread you are looking for.

  • Delete: Touch and hold a message you want to delete, and then select the message(s) you want to remove. Tap Delete located at the bottom, and then tap Delete to confirm.

  • Star Messages: Tap and hold a chat bubble that you want to star or favorite, and then tap Star message. To view the starred messages, go the Conversations tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Starred messages.

  • Block messages: You can block and delete unwanted messages. When you get a sketchy text, select Block number at the top of the conversation. To view blocked numbers and messages, or to block a number, go to the Conversations tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings. Tap Block numbers and messages.

  • Update the app: From the Conversations tab, tap More options (the three vertical dots), tap Settings, and then tap About Messages. If an update is available, tap Update.

Mute or unmute a conversation

By default, you are alerted when you receive a message from a contact. But you can mute any conversation, especially if you’re in a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed.

From the Messages app, select a conversation, and tap More options (the three vertical dots). Depending on your carrier, the mute option layout may differ; you might have to tap Mute Conversation or the Bell icon. To unmute, tap Unmute Conversation or the Bell icon again.

A blue bell highlighted next to a thumb tac in the Messages app

Note: The Bell icon will appear blue when the conversation is unmuted and clear when the conversation is muted. You can still view messages when a conversation is muted; you just won't get notifications when texts arrive.

Change the profile picture

Give your texts a personal touch by setting a profile picture in the Messages app. You can select from preloaded icons or your own photos.

  1. From a Home screen, navigate to and open Contacts. Your profile will appear above your Contact list.

  2. Tap your profile icon at the top, tap Edit near the bottom, and then tap Gallery.

  3. Select the photo you want to use as a profile picture. You can also choose a preloaded icon or take a photo using the Camera app.

    Edit Contact profile screen with profile image options
  4. Crop the picture, tap and drag the box, and then tap Done. (You cannot crop an icon.) You can also add or edit information to your profile page.

  5. To save any changes, tap Save. Contacts on your phone will see your profile picture if they're using a Samsung phone.

Note: Profile sharing must be activated on the phone for others to see your icon.

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