How to Use the Samsung Messages App

Stay in touch with friends and family through the Messages app

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 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, here's how to change it back:

  1. Open the phone's Settings app.

  2. Select Apps & Notifications > Default apps > SMS app.

  3. Select Messages.

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

How to Start a New Samsung Messages Chat

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

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Messages app.

  2. Tap the text message icon in the lower-right corner.

  3. Select the people you want to add to the chat from the Contacts, Groups, or Recents categories. Or, go to the Recipient field and either enter a name to select them from your contacts list or manually enter a phone number. You can also tap the person icon in the upper-right corner to open your contacts.

  4. Tap the Enter message field, and type your message.

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

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

How to Schedule a Samsung Message

You can schedule messages for delivery up to a year from the current date. This feature is great for sending everything from business-related texts to messages acknowledging special occasions to friends and family.

  1. Tap the Messages app and select the text message icon.

  2. Tap the Enter message field, and enter your message.

  3. Tap the add icon (+).

  4. Select Schedule message.

  5. Choose the date and time to send your message.

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. Tap the Messages app and select the text message icon.

  2. For emojis, tap the smiley face to display the emoji keyboard. For GIFs, tap GIF. For stickers, tap the square smiley face icon.

    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.