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How to set your default SMS app for Android



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Unlike iOS, you can use third-party apps to perform important functions, such as text messaging. To set up a new default SMS app on your Android phone:

First, you need to install the replacement SMS app that you want to use. There are many SMS apps in the Play Store. Textra SMS is a popular program that we'll use here as an example:

 Installing Textra by Google Play

Once you have your SMS app installed, there are two ways to set it as the Default. You can do this from the app when you start the app for the first time, or you can do it later from your device's Settings app.

Set the text app as default when you first start it

Click "Start Using Textra" and agree to the required permissions.

 Start textra

Once the app launches, click "Start Using Textra" Below, a button will appear asking if you want to use it as the default app. Tap the button and then Yes to confirm.

 Confirm text as default app

And now is your default sms app. Almost all apps will ask you to set them as your default app when you first use them. For those who do not (or if you have used the app for a while and now want to set it as the default), use the technique in the next section.

In Preferences, set a text app as default. 19659008] Start by going to the settings of your device.

 Go to the Device Settings

There you must search for a setting called Default Apps. Since each manufacturer organizes the settings differently, we recommend that you conduct a search.

In the Default Apps setting, tap the "SMS App" option.

 search for standard apps

You'll see a list of apps that support SMS. Select the app you want to set as the default (in our case Textra). You may see a hint similar to the one below. When you do this, tap "OK".

 Select the default app.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your default SMS app on your Android phone.

 changed the SMS app to Android

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