How to Use the Samsung Messages App

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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The Samsung Messages app is a good option for users who are texting with several other Samsung users, as everyone can take advantage of features specific to Samsung devices. Newer models such as the Galaxy S8, or models running Android 8.0 Oreo or later, have some interesting features, including gifs and stickers.

Here's how to make the most of the Samsung messages app on your device.

How to Set Samsung Messages as Your Default App

Samsung Messages will typically be the default messaging app on any Samsung smartphone at setup, but if you've changed your default setting at any time it's very easy to change it back.

  1. Tap the three-dot menu option in the top right corner, then tap Settings.

  2. Tap About Messages, then tap App Info.

  3. Tap Messaging App, then tap Messages if it isn't already the default app.

  4. Tap the back key until you return to the Messages homepage.

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, users can tap the messages option directly from their contacts app. However, the following steps may be more convenient.

  1. Open Messages and tap the messages icon at the bottom right corner.

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

  3. Tap Compose.

  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 Identify Important Chats in Samsung Messages

Samsung messages don't allow users to create custom names for chats, so the easiest way to keep track of important threads is to pin them to the top of the Samsung Messages homepage.

  1. Tap a messages thread.

  2. Tap the three-dot menu option.

  3. Tap Pin to top.

  4. Tap the back key until you return to the Messages homepage.

Another easy way to identify specific chats, especially group chats, is to make sure all the numbers are stored in your contacts under distinctive names.

How to Add Emojis, Gifs, and Stickers to Samsung Messages

  1. When adding text to the text box:

    • For Emojis: Tap the smiley face to the right to bring up the emoji keyboard.
    • For Gifs: Tap gif.
    • For Stickers: Tap the square smiley face option for stickers.
    • For Emojis: Swipe right to find more options in the same emoji type. Tap the emoji icons at the bottom to find different emoji 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.
  2. Once you've made your choice, tap the text box or the keyboard icon in the bottom right corner to return to the keyboard.