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All About the Messages App on Your Phone

All About the Messages App on Your Phone

You can keep in touch with all of your contacts by 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.

The following instructions and features are only available for Samsung phones running on software version Android 8.0 Oreo and up.

Set Custom Tones for Message Threads

You can set custom ringtone tones 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 touch the desired conversation. Touch More Options, and then touch the slider next to Custom notifications to turn them on. Touch Custom notifications, touch Sound, and then choose the desired notification sound for that conversation.

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

Custom notifications for message

Message Customization

When it comes to giving your phone style, Samsung has you covered. To customize the way your Messages appear, try changing the theme on your phone. If you want to change your font for Messages, adjust the font settings.

Note: You can't set background colors for Messages on phones with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Text message with night time background

Create and Schedule

Messages has everything you need to craft that perfect greeting. Just follow the steps below. 

Open Messages on your phone, and then touch Compose in the lower right-hand corner. Select the desired recipient(s), and then touch Enter message. Enter a message, and then touch SEND.

Not ready to send that text just yet? Scheduled delivery is available. After composing your message, touch Add and then touch More Options. Or, if you are using an older phone, touch More Options in the top right corner. Touch Schedule message, and then set the date and time you want your text message delivered. It can be up to a year from the current date.

In the More Options menu, you can use the Schedule message, Quick responses, and Subject features. You can also attach images, videos, audio, contacts, Calendar events, and Samsung Notes to the message.

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

Add to text message

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 touch Delete located on the bottom right. Touch Delete again to confirm.

  • Star Messages: Touch and hold a chat bubble that you want to star or favorite, and then touch Star message. To view the starred mesages, touch More Options (three vertical dots) > Starred messages.

  • Block messages: You can block and delete unwanted messages. Follow the steps above to delete a message, select Block number when the popup is displayed, and then touch Delete. To view blocked numbers and messages or block a number, go to the Conversations tab, touch More Options (three vertical dots), and then touch Settings. Touch Block numbers and messages.

  • Update the app: Touch More Options, touch Settings, and then touch About Messages. If an update is available, touch Update.

Mute or Unmute a Conversation

By default, you are alerted in your phone’s Notifications when you receive a message from a contact. That’s how you always keep up with every reply in your circle of friend’s group chat. But it’s possible to mute any conversation, especially if you’re in a meeting and don’t want to be disturbed with the usual hijinks.

From the Messages app, select a conversation. Touch the Settings icon (the 3 dots in the upper right). Depending on your carrier, the mute option layout may differ; you might have to touch Mute Conversation or the Bell icon. To unmute, touch Unmute Conversation or the Bell icon again.

Mute or Unmute a Conversation

Change the Profile Picture

Profile sharing must be activated on the phone.

Give your messages a personal touch and let contacts see your face by setting a profile picture in the Messages app. From the Home screen, navigate to and open Contacts. Your profile will appear above your Contact list. Touch your name (or the profile icon) to access your profile, and then touch Edit. Touch the Gallery icon, and then touch an album. Touch the photo you want to use as a profile picture.

To crop the picture, touch and drag the box, and then touch Done. You can also add or edit information. To save any changes, touch Save. Touch Back to return to your Contact list. Contacts on your phone will now show your profile picture when you call or text other Samsung phones.

Edit self contact profile

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