How to Choose a Texting App for Your Android Phone - dummies

How to Choose a Texting App for Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Traditionally, Android phones come with one texting app. It’s usually called Texting, although Messages, Messaging, and Text Messaging are also popular. The Google Hangouts app can also handle text messages, and it might be your phone’s only texting app.

However things work out, you can set the official texting app for your phone by following these steps:

  1. Start the Settings app.

    Choose the Settings app from the apps drawer.

  2. Choose More or More Settings.

  3. Choose the Default SMS App command.

  4. Choose the text messaging app from the menu.

    If the only option available is Hangouts, that’s your SMS app.

The app you choose is the one that receives text messages. You can still use any text messaging app on your phone to compose and send messages.

You can also disable the receipt of text messages from the Hangouts app. Use this procedure if the preceding steps don’t work:

  1. Start the Hangouts app.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow or Menu icon.


  3. Choose the Settings command.

    If you don’t see this command, display the main Hangouts screen: Touch the app icon in the upper-left corner of the screen until the main screen appears.

  4. Add or remove the check mark by the Turn on SMS option.

    If you choose to remove the check mark, Hangouts no longer catches incoming text messages.

You cannot disable Hangouts from being your phone’s main texting app when no other texting app is available.