How to Use the Samsung Messages App

Stay in touch with friends and family on your Galaxy phone

All Galaxy phones come with the Samsung Messages app. It's ideal if you frequently text with other Samsung users, as everyone can take advantage of features specific to those devices.

Plus, starting with the Galaxy S8, it became possible to include GIFs and stickers in your messages. Here's what you need to know to get started.

Instructions in this article apply to the latest version of the Samsung Messages app built into Samsung devices. Some features are only available for phones with Android 8.0 or later.

How to Make Samsung Messages Your Default App

Samsung Messages is typically the default messaging app on any Samsung device. However, if you changed the default setting at some point, it's easy to change it back. Here's how:

  1. Open the phone's Settings app.

  2. Select Apps & Notifications > Default Apps > SMS App.

  3. Choose the app you want to use by default.

    Screenshots of a Samsung phone with Messages set to the default SMS app

How to Start a New Samsung Messages Chat

What to send a quick message to your crew? Here's how:

  1. Open Samsung Messages, and tap Compose.

  2. Select the people you want to add to the chat from the Contacts, Groups, or Recents categories.

  3. Enter your message.

    Message icon, contact icon, Enter message field in Samsung Chat app
  4. When you're ready, press Send.

If you exit a message before sending it, it's automatically saved as a draft.

How to Send GIFs, Emojis, and Stickers in Samsung Messages

If you have a newer Samsung smartphone, it's possible to add GIFs, emojis, and stickers to your messages. Here's how:

  1. Compose a message and bring up the Samsung keyboard.

  2. For Emojis, tap the smiley face to display the emoji keyboard. For GIFs, tap Gif. For Stickers, tap the square smiley face option.

    Emoji, GIF, and Sticker icons in Samsung Messages app
  3. Tap the text box or the keyboard icon in the lower-left corner to return to the keyboard.