Change the default messaging app on your Galaxy phone

Galaxy S22 Ultra showing Set default app screen

Newer Galaxy phones come with at least two built-in messaging options: Samsung Messages and Messages by Google. Both apps have intuitive interfaces that make it fun and easy to send texts to your contacts. Some carriers provide their own messaging app (like Verizon’s Message+), and there are plenty of third-party options available as well. However, even if you have multiple apps downloaded, you can only have one set as your default messaging app.

Switch the default texting app

Maybe you like your current messages app but want to try out something different. Just switch the default app, and you’ll be ready to send texts, emojis, and images through the new app. In these examples we'll show you how to switch to Samsung Messages.

  1. Most messaging apps will need to be set as the default app to operate, and will prompt you to set it as the default when you open them. Open the message app you want to set as the default app.

  2. A popup should appear asking you to switch the current app to the default messaging app.

    Note: Some apps, like Facebook Messenger, will only show this option on first launch of the app.

  3. Choose your desired app, and then tap Set as default. That’s all you have to do to make it your go-to service.

Samsung Messages pop up on a Galaxy phone

However, if this isn’t working, there’s another way to assign a message app as the default. 

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Apps. Tap Choose default apps, and then tap SMS app.

  2. Select your desired message app. In this case select Samsung Messages, the icon with the three horizontal dots. Your changes will be applied automatically, and you can begin using your preferred app to send texts and group messages.

Samsung Messages selected under Default SMS app on a Galaxy phone


  • With both the Samsung Messages app and the Google Messages app, you can send and receive messages over Wi-Fi or data.

  • You may need to grant permissions (SMS, Contacts, Media, Make Calls, etc.) when you switch messaging apps.

  • If you usually open your message app with a shortcut on your Home screen, or from your favorite apps section of the Home screen, you'll need to replace the shortcut to the old app with a shortcut to the new one. 

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