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You might be using your native texting app, but instead should be using <strong>Textra</strong>, especially if you like the iPhone interface and emojis.
Textra is really great, it has the full feature set you find in the stock Samsung app (including quick reply), but also features a pop-up notification for replying to a message in the context of the thread. The app is by far the fastest messaging client I've encountered, has extensive color/sound/appearance/notification customization, and the team is constantly rolling out new features. Highly recommend.
Textra is really good. You can even get emojis for different OSes.
Lots of people seem to like YAATA too but I've never tried it
I use Textra! Way back when I had a jailbroken iPhone, I used the messenger app called biteSMS. These guys are the same developers. Quick reply, quick compose, send delay, emoji, and more!, and very clean and minimal.
Textra is also another fantastic alternative. It's free with unobtrusive ads, but is well worth the $1 for its functionality. Scheduled texts, bruh.
Textra or YAATA.
YAATA you can literally customize pretty much everything about the app. Want square contact pictures instead of circle? Done. Textra is pretty on its own. But for function either one is great. YAATA I use personally.
> SMS/Texting: Textra
> Can't beat it. By far the fastest and most reliable app for SMS as of now. Depending on how the new Google Messages update performs, I might switch to that. But for now, Textra is great.
I would also add Whatsapp and Signal if you want end-to-end encrypted messaging (Signal requires both users to have it to be secure - but also works well as regular SMS)
For everyone else who doesn't know what Textra is and is curious:
>Comes with a bunch of great features, notably 100+ material design theme / bubble / app icon colors, dark mode, floating Lollipop style notifications, scheduled SMS & MMS, delayed sending (stop while sending), slide to delete / call, quick snap camera, multi-select picture gallery, quick reply popup, better MMS GROUP messaging, 800+ flat style emojis, voice notes, 21 text size options, SMS blocker / blacklisting and auto video compression.
>Plus 'oh so easy' default or per contact customization for bubble colors, signatures and notifications (icon color, led color, sound, custom vibrations, privacy, reminders and muting).
>Protection from Stagefright! Video messages can contain an exploit called Stagefright that can harm your phone. Textra SMS protects by ensuring new video messages can not automatically run the exploit.
Here is the Play Store link to the app.
This is the reason I am still sticking with Textra as my messaging app. With the quick reply you can see every message in the conversation. Also the ability to customize individual contacts' notification settings is just too valuable.
I use this app [link]
And this app that goes with it [link]
The free version is good enough, and the adds are not terribly intrusive, but I personally bought it because of the added features
Same for me. I switched to Textra from EvolveSMS mentioned earlier and it's great! It's light, fast, easy to use and good looking. Get it at [link]
See if you like Textra or give Hangouts a try if you've never used it or it's been a while. They just recently pushed out v14 which may or may not be available to you yet.
Looks like it was just added
> What's New
✔ MMS support for Project Fi, VPNs and WiFi MMS (if carrier supported). See Settings > MMS > MMS Advanced > MMS Behavior = System
Hope it helps
Jag använder Textra SMS och i det så kan jag maila hela konversationer till vem jag vill och det skickas då som en .txt-fil med textformatet "[dd / mm / yyyy hh:mm] Avsändare: Meddelande". Varje vald konversation skickas som separat textfil.
Det är bara att markera de konversationer man vill ha, öppna menyn och välja "Share as Email".
>or you can use one of a dozen high quality third party SMS apps that allow independent theming...
And you said...
>you're saying I need to install a second set of apps and skins which are universally cancer
Installing a single SMS app and changing the colors in its settings is not... whatever you are thinking.
Have you tried a different text messaging app? (try "Textra SMS") [link] The Google "android messages" app tends to have issues. If other texting apps have the same issue, then check your APN settings. [link]
The only limit is the amount of storage on your phone.
The only time I've had issues with texts (missing them) is all due to my carrier at the time (Cricket aka AT&T). Switched to Mint (T-Mobile) and I haven't had any issues.
As for Messages alternative, everyone seems to like Textra.
The only one I have tried besides the default app is textra sms. After getting the app go into settings and scroll to the messaging section and click on mms. Under the mms section turn on prefer wifi and you should be good to go.
Eu costumo usar o Textra, que dá para cortar as notificações de uma conversa específica. Não apaga as mensagens, mas o telemóvel também não toca por causa delas e podes de vez em quando limpar em massa.
Funciona que nem maravilhas para as 1000000 mensagens por dia que a Vodafone acha que eu quero ler.
I always recommend Textra and Google's Messenger to people who are looking for good SMS clients. Both have clean interfaces and work great with MMS, but Textra boasts tons of customization and Google's Messenger just can't compete with at this point.
Personally I rarely use emoji's outside of texting my friends. Good news is Textra, Whatsapp (and some other apps) have the iOS ones built in. Textra is better than the stock messaging app and even without emoji's I recommend it for you.
Get this: [link]
Then this: [link]
I just ignore the emoji's from the keyboard because like you said they're different. If you need to put in an emoji in something that's not a text message (ex: Twitter) the samsung emoji's are close enough that you can figure out which one to use. You probably won't be doing this very much.
Download Textra and the Textra Emoji extension. I think there's one for iOS-style emojis.
Edit: found it
I'm not a hundred percent sure, but I'm certain it's Textra.
I use the same app on Android, and it lets you customize just about everything (colors, text, font, bubble shape, notification light, etc).
Try Textra. It replaces your stock text messaging app, but still does regular text messaging. It fixes lots of little weird problems like this.
Textra. It seems to work for me and has a T-Mobile specific fix for WiFi calling mms. It does cost $2 for pro but there's a version that's free and ad supported. It's easily worth the money though nothing else at all compares to it.
If you make any other SMS app your default app, it will automatically import all of the messages in your SMS database.
If you're interested in other SMS clients, take a look at Textra if you want lots of customization or Google's Messenger if you want something simple and lightweight.
Textra lets you customize the notification settings per conversation thread, so you could set the default to silent and only allow the ones you want notifications for to have something different.
I haven't used the default message app as I installed Textra SMS as soon as I got the phone. It hasn't crashed at anytime (I've used it on 3 different devices), so maybe your problem is caused by the stock app itself.
You may have to try using a different SMS app, like Textra, Hangouts or similar.
Not a perfect solution to you thought, but it works for me and even better at times. If you're on Android and are okay using a texting app besides the system app, download Textra and it has a feature that you can "schedule" a text to send to someone. You can schedule for any time or date and when that time comes it send the message. I use it all the time to compose a message late at night and then schedule then to send in the morning.
Honestly a lot of people recommend Textra for texting i haven't used it personally but I year good things. Anyway for Facebook i use Swipe for Facebook. It's not the most feature rich app but it doesn't nuke my battery life as Facebook and it's messenger apps tend to do. All of the usual Facebook app functions are there, and the messenger is integrated. It uses a WebView to display the messenger from the mobile site. Rather than the standard app pushing you into a separate app for messenger. Notifications, chat heads and everything still work, I've been using it for a few weeks without issues so far.
> I can't even open a text without it freezing.
Approximately how many texts do you have stored on your phone?
I used to have a Samsung S5 and the texting app gradually got slower and slower as the number of texts I had on my phone increased.
At around ~20k, I switched over to Textra and everything has been smooth since. Went up to ~50k with no issues.
You can't do it system-wide without root, but some apps support displaying other emojis instead of the system ones - e.g. Whatsapp and Telegram use the iOS emojis instead, and Facebook uses its own. The main time I use emojis is when I'm sending SMS, and for that I use Textra, which displays iOS emojis instead if you choose to enable it through this add-on. It's not a system-wide solution but I don't really use emoji outside of Facebook and SMS so it's no big deal, YMMV.
As the Android dev for SMSmart, I personally use Textra SMS for my main messaging app. It has a great material interface and you can blacklist numbers by longclicking on a received message.
Have her try a third-party texting app like Textra. It just replaces the regular Samsung SMS app and she won't need to tell other people to download anything.
This question comes up a lot, and Textra is usually the accepted answer on our user forums.
It compresses the hell out of MMS and there's nothing you can do. I recommend Textra SMS.
What surprises me the most, is that Android users seem to be oblivious to the problem.
Hmm I think you're lucky that you haven't had any lag until now, but if you keep all your messages, it will really slow down the app. (Textra will handle larger quantities of texts much more quickly and efficiently though!)
Curious, did you have an iPhone prior to the Pixel? If you did, did you deregister iMessage? If you didn't, this is likely why you're unable to receive messages. Go to [link] to remove your number from iMessage. If the above doesn't relate to you, then I'd suggest trying a different texting app such as Textra. [link] the default Android Messages app does tend to have issues like this for some reason..
To answer your questions in order and from a personal standpoint:
Standard launcher (Touchwiz) is a fine daily driver (what you use on a regular basis). The issue that you run into, is that with more die hard android users Touchwiz can seem too gimmicky. Personally I hate it, but I've figured out what and how I want MY device to look and feel. Some people love the simplicity of Touchwiz, others hate it.
Stock is, for all intents and purposes, what Google wants to have all their platforms run. Similarly to how Apple simply has IOS across all devices google wants to run each iteration of its operating systems across all device companies (HTC, Samsung, Lg) . What happens however is that each company puts their own spin on top of android. So for instance your running version 6.0.1 of marshmallow that's Google's operating system or OS for short. Then you have Samsung putting their own flavor on top of that calling it touchwiz or Htc with sense.
In terms of launchers. That comes down to what you like and how you feel. Personally? I love Nova Launcher. Launchers are like skins that go on top of your OS. So in essence Googles Marshmallow Os> Samsung Touchwiz>Launchers (Nova Prime in my case). With nova I've set custom gestures, like double tapping to bring up my app drawer, and swiping down to toggle my notification tray swiping up with two fingers to access settings. Simple things like this help me in my day to day operating with my phone.
The one thing I guess your probably going to miss is a Gif keyboard. My wife hated the fact that I couldn't get Gif's what I would recommend is Textra Textra lets you send Gifs, customize the look and feel of your messaging app and do other fun things. There is a paid version that eliminates the adds, but its actually pretty decent. Adds never pop-up on your phone and its free to use.
If you have any other questions feel free to PM me.
I don't really have any tips myself for it, I just kinda poke around and play with settings here and there, but haven't found anything that I'd consider a must do thing.
Outside of my stock camera app replacement, the only other thing I would suggest is changing the stock messaging application, it feels a bit bloated and slow at times, I moved over to Textra SMS ( [link] )
It's a much better app as far as I'm concerned.
They state on [link]
>Fully compatible with Pushbullet, MightyText, Android Wear and Android Auto (car) for enhanced notifications and quick reply.
No. See, Android has an SMS service. These apps act as a simple GUI for it.
This SMS Service keeps all your texts and will still receive new ones even if there is no app attached to it. You will only see your texts / get notifications once an app is communicating with said service.
So, in sum, it's like having an HQ for McDonnalds and a McDonnalds store.
Store might close down, but the food, recipes, etc... will still be at HQ waiting for a new store!
Edit : And if you want a recommendation for a new one, I'm a sucker for Textra
I also recommend Textra (link), I've been using it for years. Settings -> Customize Notifications -> last option, uncheck Show Message Text
That is because you are using the stock ROM and such, no big deal you have a few options;
you could install a different SMS app. I recommend Textra but there is other ones.
you could install Contact Alert. This one works good but you are going to have to mute the default sound in the app itself.
you could install a custom ROM yourself. This option requires a little more work, but is totally an option which will allow for even more customization.
IMHO, just get Textra, you go into each conversation manually and choose customize this conversation and you are good to go.
Does the same happen with other messaging apps? If you're using the default I recommend you step up to Textra SMS it has much more customization options and is a better messaging app overall.
Check out the alternative text app textra. It lets you use stock font with either stock Android emojis or iOS emojis. Its features blow away stock Samsung's.
Si eu am Android 8 si nu am probleme. Incearca sa instalezi textra si vezi daca face si acolo.
Daca nu face in textra atunci sigur e vina aplicatiei default de messaging.
It works the same as your default SMS app, but with more features such as muting conversations (plus notification customization, theming, and a host of other features).
Give it a whirl. Download it and set it as the default SMS app.
I use Textra and this is how I do that:
1: Open conversation--> Press top right drop down arrow --> Customize this conversation --> Notifications --> Notification Sound
Textra is much better than default "Samsung Messages"
I use Textra SMS app and Google Keyboard. I never get the kind of lag you describe. Had the same combo on my Galaxy S4 and never had the lag there either. Could be worth trying?
Don't know if the Samsung app compresses images but I use Textra. It's a few bucks but works very well.
They don't support the new enhanced texting service features (similar to other messengers) but if you're not on a carrier that supports it, it won't matter. T-Mobile supports it but I've never used it.
for the keyboard. You can give it a shot if you want. I found this combo makes texting a lot faster. There's a even an all black theme for the keyboard if you're into AMOLED black themes.
A messaging app.
The most recent update:
WORLD FIRST: Added support for 2700+ (all) of the very latest (Unicode 10) Android, iOS, Emoji One and Twitter emojis.
✔ Improved GIF resizing, so that very large GIFs (including Samsung Live Message GIFs) can be sent via MMS (no other Google Play SMS/MMS app, including Android Messages can resize GIFs this effectively).
✔ Bug fixes.
Edit: Textra has a built-in GiF as well, which means you don't have to use Gboard keyboard app.
I just tried with Textra and I believe it will do what you are looking for...
I was able to both "forward" a text and the is a "share as email" option.
It's a text messaging replacement app. It has a great amount of customization (I can change my texting conversations to look just like iMessage if I want to). I definitely recommend giving it a shot! Also Pulse SMS is a great texting app too, but I've come to like Textra more. [link]
What SMS client are you using to message your friends? Some SMS apps are better at handling group messages than others, with Textra having a setting specifically for this.
were not on apple. the issue is to try other messaging apps rule out device, if still issue, seek carrier about sim and mms, last shot, seek samsung warranty service.
Textra for me. Lovely design and some cool notification settings you can tweak. I don't group text much but it works fine for when I do..
Terrible design choice for quick reply. If anyone's wondering a good alternative, Textra SMS has a really neat quick reply and great color customisation options.
hmm. I'm not sure if the stock messaging app has a size limitation on MMS. But try Textra, it has the option to have no size limit. I sent a 5 megabyte picture and i received the same size image.
I'm willing to wager it's Hangouts.
Even from 4.4.2 hangouts as an SMS client has been sluggish, and poor in the stability department. I mean, 2015, and for some reason a multipage text (2-3 pages) takes 1-2 mins to send?
I switched to Textra and never looked back.
if you just want texts to work over wifi only, Textra worked for me in the past.
if you want to send/receive SMS on devices other than your phone like tablets, desktop, backup phone, etc... you need to use hangouts for SMS integration or look into a 3rd party SMS cross platform app like pulse messenger. The downside to hangouts/pulse is you need an active data connection. if you are out fishing or hiking in a remote area and have only 2G cell service, you'll get no text messages until you get back into town and connect to a 3G or LTE signal. you'll need to keep data on all the time if you're away from home and work, which will make a noticeable difference in battery life VS keeping data off and turning it on only when you need it.
I used to be all aboard the gliding train. Then on a whim I tried a new app called Fleksy. No gliding there, but their predictive engine is unreal and even if I make tons of typos it does a good job figuring out what I want to say. I recently unlocked a badge for typing 500 words completely wrong (that is, every single keystroke) and Fleksy successfully correcting each word.
Plus they have awesome customization options and a great GIF library.
EDIT: Got my app names wrong, fixed now. Also recommend Textra (Android) for a great messaging app.
Try a another app for Messaging like Textra to see if you get different results.
For calling, check your call settings to see if VoLTE and/or advanced calling is enabled/disabled (toggle it on or off). Maybe you don't have HSPA in your area.
Last option may be to get another sim, you might have a bad chip. Should be a free swap in-store.
My S4 used to do that. It may still do it, but I've only been a part of maybe two or three group message conversations in my life, so I'm not sure.
However, my S4 has never run Samsung's version of Android nor any Samsung software at all, so unless it's a hardware or carrier issue, it's not a very meaningful comparison anyway.
You may want to try a different messaging app. Whichever one you use might not handle group/MMS messaging very well. People seem to like Textra, and QKSMS is free and open source.
If that doesn't help, you might try talking to your carrier.
You should check out Textra. I used Google Messenger for a long time as well, and landed on Textra because it has a couple extra useful features, theme features(like bubble color options, and don't require an IAP), and has a much smoother quick reply feature. I also love the quick compose in my notifications.
Not sure that it would do exactly what you need but so far the SMS app I've had the most luck customizing notifications with is Textra.
I believe Textra has some options to have MMS go over cellular only, but am unsure about how it handles SMS. I've never heard of SMS messages not being sent while on a WiFi connection - MMS on the other hand can have issues when on WiFi.
Accidentally sent "What're you up to, darling?" to my mother, rather than my SO(male).... Let me list the problems that make that really bad.
I'm a guy.
I'm not out.
I'm really bad at lying(I passed it off as a joke text meant for a friend)
It still haunts me. I usually think about it at least once every day and the embarrassment is still really strong(s'been a few months, the relationship didn't work out tho). Painful even. Like every time I say or think of the word "darling" or "Sweetie" or "sweetheart"(I like using them, even if they sound odd coming from me) I think about it.
Fun, but totally irrelevant fact: Textra, has a very handy "send delay" feature that lets you set how many seconds a message will sit for before being sent.
If you're looking for an alternative than Messenger app by Google, I'd normally recommend Textra. But I think EvolveSMS is the one for you. I can confirm that it has the option to delete old messages based on a limit. You could also use their archive system if you wish to keep them without compromising memory. It also got a slick design as well ;)
That “little box” is how characters not present in the font are noted (and yes, emoji are characters in a font face). In this case, the iOS skintones are created by two characters similar to how accent marks are written—the base character (in this case a hand) and then the modifier (in this case, the skin color).
If you have a keyboard that can generate that character sequence, you should be able to send it and the recipient (if they're on an iPhone) should see it as you intended—even if your own SMS app doesn't use a font that can display them.
But there are apps that will use the necessary fonts (or use clever tricks to make it seem like they do).
The best known example is probably Textra SMS
"Hi! You've been using Textra for a while now, which hopefully means you really love it!
Any chance of a Google Play review to help other users discover Textra too?
Review at [link]"
you could disable it. Go to app info, then press uninstalling then disable.
Or simply download a 3rd party SMS app like Textra or choose something else by yourself
The one thing I've done in adiition to using Nova Launcher is replace the Hangout app with Textra for texting. It's much cleaner and better imo.
In theory, you'd think the built-in messaging app would work best but I don't think history has shown that to be the case.
If you are so inclined, download Textra and give it a shot.
>Comes with a bunch of great features, notably 100+ material design theme, bubble & app icon colors. Dark, light & auto-night modes, 6 bubble styles, scheduled (future) SMS & MMS, stop during send, slide to delete / call, quick snap camera, multi-select picture gallery, quick reply popup, awesome MMS GROUP messaging, quick voice memos, GIFs, 21 text sizes, blocker / blacklisting, auto video & picture compression and lots more.
>All Textra features are free forever. Occasionally you'll see an ad, or you can choose to make a once only in-app purchase to remove ads forever.
Also, if anyone uses the Textra app for android you can do the same thing. I have it delay sending by 5 seconds, I can't tell you how many typos I've saved because of it. I'm sure other apps have the same feature, and I personally find this more helpful than an email delay as I am very paranoid about my emails and review them 20 times as it is.
Your "Subject: NoSubject" issue is related to the switch to Ting.
> Yes, it's in the default messaging app so it's not the app adding it. Apparently AT&T does not include the subject headed in MMS messages if the subject is blank. T-mobile does and sends "no subject".
Using a third-party SMS app like the one I mentioned to you in PM, Textra, will filter this message. Textra builds on top of the SMS functionality in Android, so it's worth checking out.
Most on here will tell you to try a different messaging app. I will too....try using Textra. I use it on my S7 and I never have issues with sending MMS.
Try it and see what you think.
I can recommend Textra. Been using it for over a year and I love the customization options. Most of my friends and family have an iPhone, so I've been using the iOS emojis to be able to see what they see. You can see the different emoji packs they offer here.
You know what I found worked was using a different Android app for texting. Textra can replace the stock Android app on the Moto and can utilize the WiFi, the other party doesn't need to have it either which is good.
It's a good thing that you're on Android, where if you don't like an app, you can try many others and find your perfect fit. I will recommend textra to you. Maybe a third party app will circumvent your issue. [link]
You can't customize vibration strength on the stock rom. You could try another rom (I know cyanogenmod lets you customize it) or you could try different texting/calling apps which let you customize it (such as textra)
TEXTRA, google messenger is weak and limited https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en_US
and supports RCS
For what it's worth, there are android messaging clients that allow you to use iOS emoji.
Textra is what I use and, in addition to using iOS emoji, it is a really good texting client.
Hmm I never send images through MMS since its not like iMessage. You could try Textra if you want to continue sending photos and what not through text.
Otherwise, if its low quality everywhere else you might need to get it checked because I can't find anything else that might be the cause of this issue. Sorry, good luck!
There doesn't seem to be one overall fix, since this is mostly a carrier-side issue, but there are SMS apps that will temporarily disable WiFi when sending and receiving MMS to ensure it works, Textra being the most well-known one. There is a checkbox in the settings to turn this feature on.
Not sure which other SMS apps can do this, sorry.
It is a free (unless you don't want to see ads after the trial period$3 or$4 I don't remember) app. It feels more like the default messanger but with a customizable aspect to it.
Works without fail.
If you don't mind going third party, Textra has both the delayed send option and ability to customize backgrounds and colors of chats among many other features. It's an extremely awesome app and I think the premium features only costed a buck. Get it!
We second mellofello808's suggestion here.
Textra SMS (Pro version) will win the day. Great customization and several add-on emoji fun packs.
Alternatively (but not as fun as Textra) try Signal if a slightly higher level of communications privacy is desired.
Are you using a third party texting app? I use textra and know there is a setting in there that forces mobile data even when wifi is on, so texts work fine. [link]
This is one of the reasons I started using Textra for Android (a SMS app to replace the native one), which lets you disable SMS alerts for certain senders.
I ran into a couple of bugs and switched away from it, but they've been releasing updated versions with bug fixes, so I'm giving it another try.
Just download textra. Flawless group messaging with iPhone users, good UI, and none of the that constant prompt nonsense of were talking about.
Ad supported version is free and low key; to remove, it's $2.