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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 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 tap the desired conversation. Tap More Options, and then tap Custom notifications. Tap the switch at the top of the screen, and then tap Sound. Next, choose your desired notification sound for that conversation.

Custom notification settings for Messages

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.

Note: You can't set background colors for Messages on phones with Android 9.0 Pie.

Text message with night time background

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 set 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.

Message to mom with second message larger

Create and schedule a message

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

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

Or, to schedule a message, write the test, and then tap Add (the plus sign or arrow). Tap More Options, and 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 options

In the More Options menu, you can also use Quick responses and Subject features, or 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.

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: Tap and hold a message you want to delete, and then tap Delete located on the bottom right. Tap Delete again 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 mesages, go the Conversations tab, tap More Options (the three dots), and then tap Starred messages.

  • Block messages: You can block and delete unwanted messages. When you get a sketchy text, select Block number when the popup is displayed, and then tap Delete. To view blocked numbers and messages, or block a number, go to the Conversations tab, tap More Options (the three dots), and then tap Settings. Tap Block numbers and messages.

  • Update the app: From the Conversations tab, tap More Options, 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 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 next to a thumb tac in Messages app

Change the profile picture

Give your texts a personal touch 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. Tap your profile icon, and then tap Edit. Tap the Gallery icon, and then select an album. Select the photo you want to use as a profile picture.

To crop the picture, tap and drag the box, and then tap Done. You can also add or edit information. To save any changes, tap Save. Contacts on your phone will see your profile picture if they're using a Samsung phone.

Edit Contact profile screen

Note: Profile sharing must be activated on the phone. You can also use preloaded icons or take a picture right then and there to use as a profile picture.

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