Did you just get a brand new Galaxy S6? The stock text messaging app isn’t the most beautiful app ever created. That’s why some users have decided to switch their default text messaging app.

Today, we’re going to teach you how to switch your default Galaxy S6 text messaging app – including some of the most popular alternative texting apps available today.

Step 1) Download a New Text Messaging App

Before you switch your defaults around, you’re going to have to download your new text messaging app first. There are dozens of popular alternatives for the S6. Here are a few of my favorites:

Textra: This app was under the radar until the recent Material Update. Today, it looks very similar to the default Android text messaging app (which is different from the default Samsung app). It’s attractive, minimalistic, and fully supportive of group and picture messaging. Download it for free.


Hello SMS: Hello SMS has the same circular contact buttons as Textra and the default Android app. But it works more like Gmail than a text messaging app: you tap different tabs along the sides to switch between conversations. It’s simple and good for those who frequently switch between multiple conversations. It’s also free to download.

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Google Messenger: This is my personal favorite texting app. It’s more colorful than the other options listed here, but still maintains that attractive material design interface. It also seems to be the fastest texting app out there for Galaxy devices. For years, Google Messenger was only available on Nexus devices. Google finally decided to share it with the Android world for free.

Other Apps: Honorable mentions go to GO SMS Pro, mysms, MightyText, Handcent SMS, and Chomp SMS.

Download any of these apps and move onto step two. You can also download multiple apps to see which one you like best, then delete the others.

Step 2) Change your Defaults

Start by firing up your messaging app for the first time by tapping its shortcut. Ideally, that app will actually change your defaults for you. It will ask if you want to switch out your default app with the new one. Just click Yes.

If that doesn’t happen, then you’ll need to follow the steps below:

-Go to your S6 settings menu (tap the gear icon after pulling down the notifications bar)

-Not all Galaxy S6 settings menus are the same. Search for “Default Messaging App” to bring up the right settings menu.

-If you don’t want to search for Default Messaging App, then I don’t know what your problem is. But you can find the default messaging app menu on most S6 devices by going to Connections > More connection settings > Default messaging app, or by going to Device > Applications > Default Applications > Messages.

Once you’re at the menu, just choose your chosen new default messaging app. Now, any time you send texts, you’ll send them through that app.

The Galaxy S6 is a beautiful smartphone with one of the most stunning screens ever created. Still, the text messaging app is one of the ugliest parts of the device. By following the steps listed above, you can easily change the default app on your S6.



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