Samsung and Google Messages are preinstalled on the latest Samsung smartphones.
Because of its Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol support, the Samsung Galaxy S22 series differs from many of its siblings in that it has Google Messages set as the primary messaging app.
On the surface, both apps function similarly. For example, you can view your messages on one screen, search through them, and compose a text message. However, you may not be aware of some unique features of Samsung Messages.
WHAT ARE THE CAPABILITIES OF SAMSUNG MESSAGES?
Messages from Samsung can be created and scheduled for individuals or groups. The app lets you personalize your messages by inserting multimedia and colorful backgrounds. You can also use the following features:
- Look for messages
- Messages can be starred and pinned for easy access.
- Messages can be blocked or deleted and recovered within 30 days.
- Organize messages into categories.
RCS may be available in Samsung Messages on some Samsung phones. RCS is a texting standard that makes message delivery faster and easier. For example, parties in a chat can enable read receipts to notify each other when they have viewed a message.
You can also enable typing indicators, auto-download chat attachments, and send high-resolution media files.
RCS is available on most Samsung Galaxy smartphones running newer versions of One UI. However, your carrier’s network and region determine whether or not it works on your phone.
The native messaging app for Samsung phones is Samsung Messages, which can be found in the Galaxy Store. Unfortunately, you cannot install the app from the Google Play Store if you do not own a Samsung phone.
To use all of Google Messages’ features, you must make it your default messaging app. When you launch the app, you will be prompted to do so. Tap OK; your phone will automatically switch to Samsung Messages as your default messaging app.
You cannot set custom notification sounds, use categories, or delete messages if you use the app without making it your primary messaging app. We reveal five tips to help you get the most out of Samsung Messages.
Troubleshooting: Issues on Samsung texting tips and tricks
|You can’t send or receive texts.||Check your data or Wi-Fi connection. Make sure that you have a texting plan with your carrier.|
|You’re not getting notifications for texts.||Check your notification settings. Make sure that you have enabled notifications for the Messages app.|
|Your texts are not being delivered.||Check the recipient’s phone number. Make sure that you have typed the number correctly.|
|You’re receiving spam texts.||You can block spam texts from specific numbers or from all unknown numbers.|
|You want to use more advanced features like RCS.||Make sure that your carrier supports RCS. You can also download a third-party messaging app that supports RCS.|
CUSTOMIZE YOUR SAMSUNG MESSAGES CHAT ROOM
Preset colors in Samsung Messages can spice up conversations in your chat room. You can also use an image from your Gallery app as the conversation background.
If you have trouble reading messages, increase the size of the bubbles, the opacity of the bubbles, and the text contrast for all or just one conversation.
To personalize your chat room, you must already be conversing with someone. Create and send a new message if you don’t. You can then customize it.
- Launch the Samsung Messages application.
- Open the chat room that you want to personalize.
- Select Customize chat room from the three-dots icon at the top of your screen.
- Change the background of your chat room by clicking on the colored circles.
- Drag the circle to the left or right under Bubble opacity to make your text bubbles more or less transparent.
- Drag the circle to the left or right under Text contrast to make your text more or less sharp.
- To use an image as your background, tap the Gallery icon.
- Samsung Messages automatically saves your current chat room settings. To make your settings appear in every other conversation in the app, tap Apply to all chat rooms.
- Tap Reset to restore the chat room to its original state.
MESSAGES ON A TIMELINE
When you’re not ready to send a message but want to remember it, Samsung Messages lets you schedule it for later.
You can schedule a message to be sent the same day, but the time must be at least six minutes earlier than your current time.
- Start Samsung Messages.
- To compose a new message, tap the icon.
- Tap + to add a contact from your address book.
- Alternatively, type the contact’s name, and the phone number will appear. Tap it to include it in the Recipient list. If you still need the recipient’s phone number in your contact list, enter it in the Recipient box.
- Fill in the text box with your message, then tap the arrow next to it.
- Select Schedule message after tapping +.
- Set a date and time in the new tab that appears. To save your message as a draft, select set schedule later. Your message will be sent once you are fully prepared.
- Tap Done, then the paper plane icon, to schedule the message.
- A small clock appears beside your message to indicate it has been scheduled. If you want the message to be sent right away, select it and tap Send now.
ORGANIZE YOUR MESSAGES FOR QUICK ACCESS
If you need to find a message quickly, mark it as a favorite, pin it to the top of your messages list, or organize it into categories in Google Messages.
Within a chat room, you can only start one message at a time, not the entire chat. You can, however, categorize and pin multiple chats simultaneously.
GENERATE IMMEDIATE RESPONSES
Quick responses allow you to respond to texts without having to type anything. For example, you can create short texts to respond to common messages to save time.
Samsung Messages generates quick responses for you by default. You can, however, delete and rewrite them or add new quick responses.
- Start Samsung Messages.
- Select Settings by tapping the three-dots icon.
- Navigate to More options > Quick responses.
- Enter a new quick response in the text box. Tap + to include it in the list.
- Tap and rename an existing quick response to edit it. Choose Save.
- Tap the red — sign to remove a quick response from the list.
RESTORE DELETED MESSAGE
Google Messages needs a recycle bin. So unless you have a backup on Google Drive, Samsung Cloud, or your computer, once you delete a message, it’s gone forever.
Samsung Messages’ recycle bin keeps deleted messages for 30 days before permanently deleting them. The bin is enabled by default, and you can disable it from the app’s settings menu.
Your messages have nowhere to go and are permanently erased when it is inactive. But all is not lost. There are numerous methods for recovering deleted texts from Samsung phones.
Samsung Messages is a helpful app for managing your messages. With the ability to personalize your chats and create quick responses, you have everything you need to keep conversations interesting.
However, Samsung’s RCS is not available to all users, and the messaging app is only available to Samsung users. So if you’re looking for a better messaging app, Google Messages might be the answer. Here are a few of our favorite Google Messages tips and tricks that you should try.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is text messaging available on Samsung phones?
When you use Google Messages on specific Galaxy devices, you can: Text messages can be sent and received from Galaxy tablets and watches. Send group messages to and from Galaxy devices for new or existing conversations. Likewise, messages for current group chats can be sent and received.
What is Samsung’s texting app?
Newer Galaxy phones include at least two messaging apps: Samsung Messages and Messages by Google. Both apps have simple interfaces that make texting your contacts enjoyable and straightforward.
What is the distinction between Samsung and Android messages?
Interface. Under each conversation, the Google Messages app displays a single line of the most recent text, whereas Samsung displays extended length in two lines. In addition, upon launch, Samsung messages organize conversations from the bottom half of the screen for easier one-handed control, while the top half displays unread messages.
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