How to Use the Samsung Messages App

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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The Samsung Messages app is ideal if you frequently text with other Samsung users, as everyone can take advantage of features specific to Samsung devices. With newer models, starting with the Galaxy S8 and later, it's possible to include GIFs and stickers in your messages.

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 running Android 8.0 or later.

How to Set Samsung Messages As Your Default App

Samsung Messages is typically the default messaging app on any Samsung smartphone at setup, but if you changed the default setting at any time, it's very easy to change it back:

  1. Open the Samsung Messages app.

  2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the app window, then choose Settings.

  3. Tap About Messages.

    Messages menu, Settings, About Messages buttons on Android
  4. Tap App Info.

  5. Tap Messaging app, then tap Messages if it isn't the default app.

    Samsung Messages app with Info button, Messaging app button, and Messages default checkbox
  6. Close the Messages Settings.

How to Start a New Samsung Messages Chat

There are several ways to start a new chat in Samsung Messages. In addition to the steps below, tap Messages directly from the Contacts app. However, this way may be more convenient:

  1. Open Messages and tap the messages icon in the lower-right corner.

  2. Tap the contact(s) from your contacts list you wish to add to a chat.

  3. Tap where it says Enter Message.

    Message icon, contact icon, Enter message field in Samsung Chat app
  4. Type a message, then tap Send.

To add a new contact to an existing chat, open the message, then tap the three-dot menu option. Tap Add/remove and add the desired contact(s). This method can also be used to remove contacts from a chat.

How to Send GIFs, Emojis, and Stickers on Samsung

If you have a newer Samsung smartphone, it's possible to add extras to your messages:

  1. When adding text to the text box, select one of the following:

    • For Emojis: Tap the smiley face to the right to display the emoji keyboard.
    • For GIFs: Tap gif.
    • For Stickers: Tap the square smiley face option for stickers.
    Emoji, GIF, and Sticker icons in Samsung Messages app
  2. Make your selection:

    • For Emojis: Swipe right to find more options in the same emoji type. Tap the emoji icons at the bottom to find different options, such as food, animals, sports, and others.
    • For GIFs: Scroll through the GIFs vertically, or scroll horizontally through the GIF options at the bottom of the keyboard.
  3. Tap the text box or the keyboard icon in the lower-left corner to return to the keyboard.