How To Remove Default Messaging App On Android?

Many Android users are unhappy with the default messaging app installed on their device and would like to get rid of it. To remove default messaging app on Android:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > See All Apps 
  2. Select your current default messaging app.
  3. On the app page, tap “Open By Default”.
  4. Tap “Clear Defaults” on the next screen.
  5. Launch your favorite SMS app and set it as default as suggested by the app. 

See also: How Do I Change The Default Dialer For Android?

What is the default messaging app for Android?

Google Messages, previously Android Messages, is the default messaging app for Android devices running version 5.0 (Lollipop) or later.

Google Messages supports the following messaging standards:

  • SMS (Short Message Service)
  • MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
  • RCS (Rich Communication Services aka Chat) – the more recent internet-based standard. 

What is the default messaging app for Samsung?

Samsung Messages is traditionally the default messaging app on Samsung Galaxy devices.

However, Samsung has now made Google Messages the default messaging app on Galaxy S21 smartphones. In fact, Google has created a redesigned Messages app specifically suited Samsung’s One UI interface. 

See also Google Messages vs Samsung Messages: Which Is Better?

What happens if you remove the Messages app?

You can only remove the Messages app if you’ve changed your default SMS app to a different app than the one that comes preinstalled on your phone.

For example, if you’ve installed Google Messages and have set it as your default messaging app, once you uninstall it, the initial messaging app that came preinstalled on your phone will automatically become the default again.

So in Xiaomi devices, the stock Messaging app will automatically become the default if you uninstall Google Messages. 

Your text messages won’t be deleted and will appear in the other app. Likewise, If you change your default app to another messaging app, your messages will appear in the new default app.

To revert to using Google Messages, you’ll need to set it as default again. All the messages that appeared in the alternative app will then appear in Google Messages. 

Can you disable SMS on Android?

You can’t completely remove the SMS feature from your Android phone as it’s an integral part of the Android OS. That said, you can:

  • Uninstall or disable an SMS app
  • Ask your carrier to block or disable the SMS service
  • Block SMS from specific or unknown numbers except those from your contacts (depends on the features provided in the SMS app) 
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb mode so you’re not alerted about text messages (all notifications are silenced) 
  • Put the device in Silent mode so you won’t get sound alerts from text messages
  • Turn off notifications and deny all permissions for the messaging app(s). 

How do I change my default text messaging?

You can change your default text messaging app on your device as follows:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Default Apps.
  2. Tap on “SMS App”.
  3. You’ll see your current default SMS app selected. Choose and tap the app you want to set as default.

How do I change my default messaging app on Samsung?

Here’s how to change the default messaging app on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Apps > Choose Default Apps.
  2. Tap “SMS App”.
  3. Select the desired messaging app (e.g. Samsung Messages) to set it as a default. 

How do I remove Messenger as my default messaging app?

You can remove Messenger as the default messaging app on your Android phone and set another app as default:

  1. Launch Messenger app > Tap on your profile image.
  2. Go to Settings > SMS.
  3. Toggle on the switch > the message “Change default SMS App?” will show
  4. Tap on “See Default App Settings” > Tap “SMS App”.
  5. Select Google Messages or whatever messaging app you want as default.
  6. When prompted to make Messenger your default texting app again, just close the popup. 

How do I set Messenger as my default SMS app?

You can set the popular social media Messenger app as your default SMS app on your Android device as follows:

  1. Launch Messenger app > tap on your profile picture to open Settings
  2. Scroll down and select SMS > toggle on the SMS switch.
  3. In the next screen, tap Messenger  and select “Set As Default”.
  4. The following SMS Settings screen lets you adjust things like notification sounds. 
  5. When done, go back to Messenger’s home screen to view your text messages. 

What is “select default messaging type”?

“Select Default Messaging Type” is a setting found in the Samsung Messages app on Samsung Galaxy devices with support for Google’s RCS / Chat features.  

The setting lets you configure the messaging standard to send messages by default. There are three available options:

  • Automatic: try to send the message via RCS (chat),  but if not supported convert the message to SMS/MMS  
  • Text or Multimedia messages: send messages as SMS or MMS 
  • Chat Messages: send messages using RCS (requires internet) only

When “Automatic” is selected and you and the other person both have access to RCS and the internet, you’ll communicate through chat. Otherwise, messages will send as sms/mms. 

For this reason, the Automatic option is generally recommended as the message will go through even if there’s no data connection on either end.

See also: Why Does My Phone Send MMS Instead Of SMS?

How to access messaging type setting?

You can access the setting on your Samsung Galaxy device as follows:

  1. Launch Samsung Messages app.
  2. Tap on 3 dots on the top-right and go to Settings>Chat Settings.

The setting “Select Default Messaging Type” will be there and you can configure it. 

What is Dual Messenger?

Dual Messenger is a Samsung Galaxy (One UI) feature that lets you run two instances of the same messaging app with two separate accounts. For instance, you may have a home and a work messaging account that you keep separate.

The Dual Messenger feature works with popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, and Telegram.

To access and configure the feature on a Samsung device:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced Features > Dual Messenger.
  2. Select the messaging app you want to set up a second copy for

See also: what is a dual app on Android?

How do I turn off messaging on Android?

While there is no dedicated setting to turn off SMS messaging entirely on Android with one switch, you can stop sending and receiving messages on Android by trying the following methods:

1. Uninstall or disable the messaging app(s)

You can try uninstalling all the messaging app(s) on your Android phone if the option is present. If the option to uninstall is not there, you can try disabling the app:

  1. Long press the messaging app (e.g. Google Messages).
  2. Tap on “App Info” in the menu that appears; this opens the App Info page.
  3. Tap Uninstall/Disable if the option is available and not grayed out.
  4. Repeat the above steps for all messaging apps on your phone.

2. Deny permissions for messaging apps

To remove messaging on your Android, you can deny all permissions for the messaging apps installed on your Android device as follows:

  1. Long press on a chosen messaging app and tap “App Info”.
  2. Tap “App Permissions”.
  3. Deny all permissions by tapping on each and selecting Deny.
  4. Navigate back to the “Other Permissions“ section.
  5. Uncheck all permissions.
  6. Repeat the steps for all other messaging apps on your phone.

3. Turn off Notifications

One approach to getting rid of messaging on your Android is to prevent notifications from the messaging apps:

  1. Long press the messaging app and tap “App Info”.  
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Toggle off the main “Show Notifications” switch.
  4. Repeat the steps for all other messaging apps on your Android phone.

4. Block the contact in the messaging app

You can also block all messages from a person via the block option in your messaging app. For instance, in the Google Messages app:

  1. On the main screen, long press on a conversation.
  2. Tap on the three dots > select “Block”. 
  3. Uncheck “report Spam” > tap OK. 

5. Turn off Chat features (RCS)

If you use RCS or Chat Features in the messaging app, you can disable them. Here’s how this can be done in Google Messages app:

  1. Open Google Messages.
  2. Tap on three dots > Settings > General > Chat Features.
  3. Toggle off “Enable Chat Features” >  confirm by tapping “Turn off”

Can I delete Messages app and reinstall?

Google Messages is a pre-installed app on many Android devices (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy S21 series) and typically cannot be uninstalled. 

However, you can: 

  • disable the app and set an alternative messaging app as default e.g. Samsung Messages
  • Uninstall updates, clear app data, then re-install app updates. 

If on the other hand, Google Messages didn’t come preinstalled on your device and you downloaded the app from Play Store, you can uninstall it and then reinstall from Play Store.

You can check if Google Messages can be uninstalled as follows:

  1. Long press on the Google Messages app > tap the app info icon.
  2. In “App Info”, check if the uninstall option is there. 
  3. If so, tap Uninstall. 

Does uninstalling Messages delete messages?

Uninstalling Google Messages will not delete your text messages.

Likewise, if you switch between different text messaging apps on your device, you will not lose your messages. 

That’s because SMS messages are stored in a special SQL (Structured Query Language) database on the device, which all messaging apps access.