Put your messages in floating bubbles on your Samsung phone

Floating notification settings on Galaxy S21 Ultra One UI 4.0

While text messages are a fun and convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends, having to constantly open your messaging app to read and reply can get repetitive. With the Bubble feature for One UI 3, One UI 4, and One UI 5, you can make your messages appear as little popups. Your most recent messages will remain in the bubble for you to view, and you can tap the bubble to open the conversation in a popup window. Now it will be easier to reply to texts while still enjoying your phone's other features and apps.

Turn on bubble notifications for the Samsung Messages app

In order to make texts appear as bubbles, there are two different settings you need to enable. Once you do that, your conversations will have a new look and functionality.

Note: These instructions are only for the Samsung Messages app. If you are using an app provided by your carrier or an app you downloaded, the options may be different, or the app may not support bubble notifications.

  1. To begin, navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. Tap Advanced settings, tap Floating notifications, and then choose Bubbles.

  3. Next, navigate to and open the Samsung Messages app.

  4. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

  5. Tap Notifications, and then tap Notification categories. Then, tap a conversation. Tap Bubble settings for this app.

  6. Tap All to have all conversations appear in bubbles, or Selected only if you'd like only some conversations in bubbles.

Bubbles chosen under Floating notifications

The next time you receive a text message, it will appear as a bubble! You can drag the bubble around the screen and tap it when you want to reply.

Turn on bubbles for individual conversations

Maybe you want bubbles to only appear for certain contacts, such as your best friend. In this case, just turn on bubbles for individual conversations in the Samsung Messages app. Every other text message will appear regularly.

First, make sure you've turned on Selected only bubble notifications. Please see the previous section for details.

When you receive a text, swipe down slightly on the notification to expand it, and then tap the square icon that appears to switch bubbles on or off.

Message on the Notification panel with Bubble icon highlighted

Note: If recent conversations do not appear on the Notification page, you can try using the steps in the previous section to turn on bubble notifications.

Turn on bubble notifications for the Android Messages app

The Android Messages app can use bubble notifications as well. Your text messages will appear as bubbles that you can drag around the screen.

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. Tap Advanced settings, tap Floating notifications, and then choose Bubbles.

  3. Next, navigate to and open the Android Messages app.

  4. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Settings.

  5. Tap Bubbles, and then select your desired option. The next time you receive a message, it will appear as a bubble!

All chosen under Bubbles in Messages

Turn on bubble notifications for the Facebook Messenger app

You can also use this feature with the Facebook Messenger app!

  1. To begin, navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. Tap Advanced settings, tap Floating notifications, and then choose Bubbles.

  3. Next, navigate to and open the Facebook Messenger app.

  4. Tap your profile picture in the top left corner, and then scroll to and tap Chat heads. You may need to open your phone's Settings to turn on Chat heads.

Chat heads switched on in Facebook Messenger with a Galaxy phone

The next time you receive a Facebook message, it will appear as a bubble! You can drag the bubble around the screen and tap it when you want to reply.

Remove a bubble popup

If a conversation is finished or you no longer want to chat, you can remove the bubble popup from your phone’s screen.

Simply touch and hold the bubble icon and then drag it toward the bottom of the screen. An X will appear once you reach the bottom; drag the bubble on top of the X to delete the popup. Release your finger when you’re done.

Removing bubble notification on Galaxy phone
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