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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.
This is because the Google Messages app has identified this number as an automated number. However, they're not correct 100% of the time.
If you want to reply anyways, you will need to download a different SMS application that won't block you from replying. I'd recommend Textra, but any app will do. As you say you're on a Huawei device, you could also try the SMS app that came with the phone.
Of course, this is only temporary and you can resume using Google Messages later, it is my SMS app of choice as well.
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.
> 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)
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.
Found the solution on my own. Textra SMS which I was already using as my default SMS client does it.
Long press on a conversation, select the conversations you want to export then press the 3 dots in the top right hand corner and choose Share as Email.
If you send it to yourself you get an attachment in .txt format with all your messages.
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.
The best option I would suggest is Textra. This will not be system wide, but it covers text messages which is really the main place. You will need this:
Textra iOS Emoji
The app itself is free and probably the most elegant and customizable app for text messaging ever! The emoji plugin is always updated with the latest iOS emojis so even if your android version doesn't support the latest unicode emoji, you can still view and send!
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
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.
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
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]
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".
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.
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]
>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.
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.
To add to this Textra is the only messenger I pretty much use just because of how customizable it is. It works great and you can theme it to your liking, even the icon you can customize. Here's a link
If anyone is curious, the app used here is called Textra and the phone is most likely (based off the UI and the resolution of the screenshot) a 2018 Samsung Galaxy A7... God I need to get a life.
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.
Try Textra. It replaces your stock text messaging app, but still does regular text messaging. It fixes lots of little weird problems like this.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Download Textra and the Textra Emoji extension. I think there's one for iOS-style emojis.
Edit: found it
You may have to try using a different SMS app, like Textra, Hangouts or similar.
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.
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.
Give Textra a try. When we see this issue, it's usually got something to do with default apps and how they talk to the network.
If it persists, we'll take a deep dive into the network logs.
There are a lot of people experiencing this problem.:
Messages App deleted all my texts
It seems that you can use the Textra SMS app to recover your messages.
I never bothered to download it. I know. Very original comment.
I did not see any reason to use Allo. My family all uses traditional SMS (texting). I pick my current favorite SMS app and use that. Right now I am using Textra SMS.
textra, here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en_US
but as OP said, its under the edge lighting and the message app needs unchecked. Also in the app itself you can turn off notification when at home.
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 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.
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 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"
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..
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also recommend Textra (link), I've been using it for years. Settings -> Customize Notifications -> last option, uncheck Show Message Text
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
They state on [link]
>Fully compatible with Pushbullet, MightyText, Android Wear and Android Auto (car) for enhanced notifications and quick reply.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
I don't know about fonts, but if you're interested in emojis while texting Textra SMS and Chomp SMS are 2 sms/mms based messages clients that have emoji addons including an iOS emoji pack. I prefer Textra as far as look. You can a one time fee to remove ads forever otherwise it shows a small non-intrusive ad banner at the bottom every once in a while.
I know this isn't probably what you were looking for as an answer, but at least with this method you can have iOS emojis while texting.
I am using an app called Textra for when I text via SMS. That one has the function if you press the "+" icon which you also use to add pictures and such. There is an option for delaying.
I posted in some other posts, Hvae you tried a different messaging app? If not, try Textra!
YEars ago, I had similar problems with my Nexus 5 when I was on T-Mo. Switched to Textra and haven't had an issue since.
I use Textra SMS myself. I just like the customization mostly. I don't do too much other than basic texting so I can't say much about features.
You can do this on Android with Textra
On iOS with a Siri shortcut
I actually love scheduling SMS -
Well just to check, I've just installed Textra ( [link] ) from the Play store and switched to using it as the default app, all my previous RCS messages are instantly visible - including any media that was sent with messages. I don't send MMS messages ever, because they cost 55p a message in the UK. They might well be working on an RCS message store - because right now they are clearly being stored in the Android SMS message store, and that's the internal storage on the phone, which could fill up very quickly if people are taking advantage of the ability to send large media with RCS. Working on a proper message store, would allow RCS media to be stored on an SD card instead of filling up the phone storage. Especially since messages is lacking the functionality of other messaging apps - purging older messages.
I use textra and many do. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en_US
I found google messages power hungry using too much resources.
I highly recommend Textra SMS. It does have what you're looking for and then some. Customize colors, text bubbles, backgrounds, ringtones and all this for each contact. copying msgs made so much easier, etc. It has a very clean UI too. Definitely worth a try.
I remember reading about that a few years ago. It looks like it's still in development but they don't say anything about security. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra
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
TEXTRA, google messenger is weak and limited https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra&hl=en_US
and supports RCS
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ;)
"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]"
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.
It's amazing! Loads of customization options.
No. God no. Textra forever. This should be the default Android SMS app - [link]
Link me: Textra
I use Textra. It has many customization options and a few neat little features that others don't seem to have at least last I tried them. There's a free version that has some mostly painless ads, the paid version is a couple dollars I believe.
Google has one called simply Messenger that gets the job done, but doesn't have as many options.
I should mention that if you're new to Android check out Google Opinion Rewards. Periodically Google will send you surveys that are multiple choice and a couple questions long that take 30 seconds. The reward is in credit on the Play Store which you can put toward paying for apps or movies or in app purchases or whatever you prefer!
May not be able to with the default messages app. Textra though has the option to toggle 'show contact' and or 'show message text'. [link]
textra textra textra
Its called Textra SMS
Textra! Quick reply, deep customization. It has no real competition. Get it and don't look back [link]
It could also be Textra.
Textra - My preferred SMS app. I don't really care for the features others have and just want a nice looking SMS app.
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Solid Explorer - The file manager I use now. The encryption and fingerprint support is pretty cool.
Inbox - A nice looking and simple e-mail client
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Action Launcher 3 - A great launcher with really nice features
Chromer - A nice way to open links without needing to go to Chrome itself
There’s literally dozens of SMS replacement apps in the Play store. Someone recommended Textra. I also like Pulse. Signal is very cool as it also has encrypted end to end on top of regular SMS. Several of these also let you schedule.
Edit: added links
Textra is the answer to your first problem.
Textra, Simple and fast.
Mate that is textra, one of the finest android sms apps. Git gud
Hard to say which one is best but you're in luck as there are many mature & stable roms to choose from:
Blisspop - CM 12.1 based many features, Chroma - AOSP based & a popular pick, Euphoria - AOSP based with CM12.1 theme engine, LiquidSmooth - another AOSP based rom, MinimalOS - CM based with some commits and fixes from AOSP, SimpleAOSP - AOSP based also with CM12.1 theme engine, XenonHD - AOSP based but the device and kernel are from CM
Those are just a few and all perfectly capable of playing Clash and watching Youtube. They all have similar customization options--some more than others but you'll have to look into if you want anything specific.
You'll also want a custom kernel which will add additional features to the rom like LED notifications, USB-OTG, Double tap to wake etc. Some of the roms may have their own specific one but a few off the top of my head are:
Franco, Hellscore, Taurus, & Quanta
You'll need to research a bit about which kernels are compatible with which roms & their features.
Since you're starting fresh the easiest way to get everything setup is using the Nexus Root Toolkit to root your device (instructions & guides on that page), then install a custom recovery like TWRP, then just flash the rom & kernel that you downloaded on your phone from the custom recovery. Remember to follow the install instructions from whatever rom you choose.
Since you still have a week to go, figure out which rom you'd want to try out. Personally, I use Chroma+Hellscore. I don't know if there are any essential apps specifically for the Nexus 4 but on /r/Android some recent popular apps are:
Pushbullet - lets you send and receive texts/files/links to your computer,
Textra & QKSMS - Alternate messaging apps,
Fleksy or Swiftkey - Alternate keyboards,
and of course the many apps you can read Reddit on
Hope that helps, enjoy your Nexus 4.
Many will say no, but Textra https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra
, others will say android messages.
Swiftkey https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey for a wildly customizable keyboard of
all sizes, others will say Gboard.
>I suggested 2 of which you asked of.
You should get together with the creator of Textra for Android and bring this to Android. :D
Kinda off topic but coming from iOS I can see why you're not looking for a third party app. But that's the beauty of android. Apps don't necessarily feel "third party." Many are build beautifully with material design and can often beat their google counterpart's feature-wise. Also in android you set apps to be used by default, kinda like in windows how you can set specific programs to open certain kinds of files. Basically you find the app to fit your needs
Apps I recommend
Textra - The pixel comes loaded with google's messenger app, which I actually used to use for a long time and is very nice, textra just has the upper hand in customization and design (dat dark theme). Also has setting to view emojis in iOS style if you're into that.
My Study Life - Excellent if you're a student, allows you to set tasks and track your progress
Inbox - Not sure if the pixel is loaded with gmail or inbox but make sure you download google's inbox app, it's basically a better interface for gmail. inbox.google.com is the web interface
Relay for Reddit, Boost for reddit - Both are bomb reddit apps, try them both
Google's clock app is sufficient and basic, I use it. However other alarm apps on the store do have more features to make sure you get out of bed
LASTLY, DEACTIVATE YOUR iMESSAGE AND FACETIME ACCOUNT DAYS BEFORE RECEIVING PIXEL OR IMESSAGE WILL CAUSE YOU TO MISS TEXT MESSAGES
Edit: changed to iMessage/Facetime not iCloud
Calendar: Today Calendar, Google Calendar
Launcher: Nova is great, but if you want simpler, check out Google Now Launcher or Action Launcher 3.
Keyboard: Google Keyboard, Chrooma Keyboard, or Fleksy (might be abandoned)
Email: Official GMail client, supports most mail services, Inbox if you just need GMail
Weather: Weather Timeline
Twitter (the official Android client sucks): Flamingo (beta)
I can offer up any suggestions if you have any other specific needs ^^
The big thing I ran into when I made the switch from Apple was text messages got "lost" (and still occasionally do). Make sure you de-register your number from iMessages (https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage).
While I'm on the subject of text messages, I switched from the default app to Textra. I also switched the keyboard to SwiftKey because I think it's predictive text is better.
If you are looking for an excellent Material SMS app, Textra is fantastic
Textra has color customization
I use Textra , and I get 7 rows of text before it scrolls. You might get more depending on font size.
textra, is the best that follows other message apps and doesn't loose messages [link]
Textra has this feature built in. It will remind you a certain number of times in two minute intervals if you haven't checked the text.
Sry, I misspelled it.
It's pretty nice and for me does text over wifi since att fuck heads net nuke me there
Textra has a feature like that.
There are a lot of Messaging apps available like Textra, chomp etc.
On Samsung phones you can disable Bixby and use Google Assistant without rooting. Bixby is still in the beta phase, probably will get better after some time.
For wearable : Gear S2 and Gear S3.
No, you can't. But you can use a third-party SMS client if you really want this feature. Textra is one of them, but there are many out there.
AFAIK, not without rooting your phone.
Yes, you can. I'm pretty sure that even if you let it sit at 100%, phone won't overcharge the battery, this is now a mandatory security measure IIRC.
I guess it depends on what style you are looking for. If you like minimalistic x Material: Weather Timeline.
Otherwise, Beautiful Widgets is customizable.
(P.S.: on my HTC One M7, I was rocking the Sony Weather app because of the widget design. There was a port that would allow to install it on almost all non-Sony devices without unlocking and modifying the device, but the author is not distributing it anymore (probably received a C&D from Sony). Really wished they would open it up to other phones.)
Textra does everything and does it very well.
He's using Textra
textra. lightweight and fast.
Did you buy Pro? If not, how intrusive are the ads?
Textra will fix that for ya
Usually, this happens because of the phone and what it's capable of. The only solution I've found for situations like this is using a third party app to get around it. Textra or Hangouts is what I usually recommend.
It sounds like Google is starting to sunset some of their apps so there might be some changes on down the line for more options but I would look into one of these two to begin with. When there's something new we'll be on it, trying it and letting everyone know if it will work with Ting.
I'm using this app
Check out Textra in the play store. So much better. You can customize just about every aspect of the app from an average consumer perspective. [link]
Textra has that functionality.
Not sure if this would work for this, but my phone wasn't receiving group texts correctly. I downloaded Textra and it fixed it for me.
Messenger Lite for FB Messenger
Textra for SMS
GoneMad Music Player (because it supports enque and play next, for both albums and individual songs)
Relay for Reddit
Lightflow for LED notifications (a must have for every phone I own)
Textra. You can make custom vibration patterns for text alerts.
Textra can do this.
Hello fellow apple convert! Typing this on my pixel :) I prefer most of the stock stuff honestly.
1) The pixel launcher is smooth and looks great. (Comes pre-installed)
2) Some have suggested getting the app Textra from the Google play store to use as the messenger app. You can download the iOS emoji pack for free to help you adjust! link
3) for me Gboard is the ultimate keyboard. You can also get that from the play store. It's basically the stock keyboard with some bells and whistles
4) you can get the battery percentage to show in settings link
5) sync for reddit is my personal favorite reddit app link
I have more help if you need!
Textra Play Store
Link for the lazy: [link]
Oh, you can't! You do need a gmail account to use the play store. But apart from that, I have the gmail app disabled and get my gmail emails through the outlook app, simply because I rely on my outlook calendar so use it more.
The outlook app syncs my contacts between my account and phone. When you create a new contact you can choose to sync it to your outlook or google accounts, or both. Actually, you shouldn't get double ups if you have never transfered contacts between accounts in the past.
The actual gmail app itself is amazing and supports outlook as far as I know, so don't be afraid to use that for email!
The Android onenote app is shit, and barely works. That's the biggest downfall.
However the other office apps are all great :)
Skype is okaaaaay.
Install pushbullet on your phone and computer and you can do neat stuff like read your notifications and reply to texts on your phone.
The onedrive app is pretty great too, photo sync works well.
Bonus advice: download Textra. It's an SMS app, looks great and works great :) [link]
Piktures is a great photo gallery app. Check it out, [link]
Relay for reddit is my go to Reddit app. Hit up dark mode and you won't miss readit too much! [link]
Todoist is a good to do app on both android and W10 as a universal app (its in beta so you have to Google it to download it)
Sorry for crappy formatting, on phone and lazy:p
A few that I use: -
Yes, it does. Other texting apps to look at are Textra and Chomp SMS.
I like to use Textra: [link]
This is a feature in Textra
Textra SMS for Android
Any luck using an alternative text messaging app like Textra? (may have to check its MMS options)
Good luck to you.
>Able to send and receive texts (included MMS) from PC app or web browser on PC
The only SMS apps that can do this that I am aware of are Android Messages, Pulse, Mightytext, and Google Voice. You could use a service called Join, developed and maintained by /u/joaomgcd, but that requires Google services to function.
>Can send and receive SMS with cellular only connection
That's literally how SMS works. Whatsapp is not SMS and therefore requires a data connection.
Now, I've had good luck with using a combination of Textra (can schedule texts, one-time purchase), Join (send/receive via PC, one-time purchase), and SMS Backup and Restore (one time purchase, backs up to GDrive, DropBox, or local storage).
>Works with What's App too
I doubt you'll be able to find a SMS app that interfaces with Whatsapp.
>Allows me to also browse android files from PC and send and receive files
Join has some of this functionality.
TBH... Your requirements are reaching into unreasonable territory. There is no single app that functions within all of your requirements, at least not without help from 3rd-party cloud services.
Oh, I'm using a different messages app. It's called Textra SMS. [link]
You can blacklist.
There you go for android, you can customize all of that individually
Texting app thats much nicer than the stock messaging app.
SMS? Textra will display the time they sent the message and the time you receive it.
Textra for the win!
Did you recently switch from iPhone without first disabling iMessages?
Have you tried a soft reset / simulated battery pull of your S7 Edge? Power & Volume Down for 10 seconds, then select Power Down.
Have you tried seeing if Textra would resolve your issue?
You have two options:
To address the notifications not staying in the shade, you can switch default SMS apps. I use Textra and I know you can open the app without losing all of the notifi.cations unless you open that thread.
To address the notification badges, you can use a different launcher that allows them like Nova coupled with TeslaUnread.
Using Textra can help you out. Pure Black Theme option.
(Even has a automatic night mode)
Try Textra. I like it more than the Google messenger and it has a pro version. Also delay sending of texts.
In addition to u/BreakingIntoMe's suggestion of Google messenger, here's Textra. Super popular and super customizable!
I use Textra, very customizable and functional. [link]
Then it could be your texting app doing it.
Try installing Textra, see if it happens with it too.
Edit : Fixing my English.
Textra has a blacklist feature.
If you want a Material SMS app I recommend Textra
Looks like you've installed an add-on and not the app itself. Install the app ([link]) and see if that helps you out.
I would recommend Textra if you want a customizable text messaging app.
You could try Textra? [link]
i think the important thing here is that linkme didn't linkyou.
I've been using Textra. Great messaging app. Check it out!
download this and go into settings and switch to iOS emoji. now all your texts have iPhone emojis, its a lifesaver.
Just download Textra. They patched it yesterday, and you get an awesome messaging client. Piece of cake.
If you're using android, Textra is amazing and you can set up send delays for individual people ( like your mom )
I use Textra - [link]
Here's a link to Textra SMS.
MMS requires a data connection on Android and has since November 2018. Even if it's connected to WiFi, the way it's supposed to work is that the phone disconnects from WiFi briefly to download the MMS message, then reconnects to do its thing.
Even with it enabled, we've noticed a few reports of exactly what you describe -- that MMS isn't downloading when you're on WiFi. That is, the phone doesn't drop its WiFi connection like it's supposed to in order to grab the MMS.
Typically we recommend an alternate messaging app to see if that resolves the issue. My personal favorite is Textra, though there are several others including Google's own Messages app and chomp SMS.
Usually using one of these instead of the built-in Samsung messaging app resolves the issue.
Textra has the ability to pin threads. Other third party apps probably do as well.
Textra is awesome, use Textra
You could try a different messaging app (Textra is awesome)
Textra is still my default text app
Textra for life: [link] it's super customizable
If it's for notifications, you could use Textra [link]
^bubbles which allow customisation.
Samsung like icon theme
(Like what is on the s9) apply them trough Nova launcher.
^ IOS like icon pack
Seems like Samsung's default texting app isn't quite up to snuff! Mind giving Textra a try? [link]
Why not use an app that displays the actual time messages are received (for example, Textra) & call it a day?
I use textra with stock messages. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra
Here are a few things I like to use:
Games: Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost. Far too much time spent on these.. but they are pretty solid efforts from Nintendo and crew.
Textra has this feature and so much more.
[link] is decent I guess.
Its just different software that handles the SMS send and receive functions with the network (and Textra works excellently)
Try the Textra messaging app. Good level of customisation while in keeping with stock design.
Joining the bandwagon. Adding another vote for Textra - [link]
Are you on iPhone on Android?
On Android, you may want to try using Textra, which can solve a lot of SMS problems.
On iPhone, you may wish to reset network settings:
Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
On either phone type, if that step doesn't work, you may wish to try a factory reset (Android instructions, iPhone instructions) after performing a full backup, and to ask Verizon tech support to check the line for unusual issues and to re-provision it (I think).
im not coming from an iphone. did you try textra?
Textra is the best.
If I understand correctly, Textra does this
Textra can do that. [link]
The SMS app Textra lets you install (free) add-ons that change the emoji used in-app, if that helps.
Give Textra a try! It's very customizable, you can probably tweak it to look like iMessage!
download textra and turn on delivery report in the settings
Try this app:
probs just the phone updating the time zones. If it still happens then you should worry about it.
anyhow try using this instead
Have you tried using another SMS app, such as Textra
If you use Textra for SMS it lets you change the way emojis appear, it's not system wide but it's something.
Have you tried any other SMS App? Try Textra
Try using Textra and tell me if this keeps happening
Have you tried using a different Texting app? Try Textra
I heartedly recommend giving Textra a try. It always seems to do a good job at texts with iPhones.
>I use it at home...that's the only way to get my Google voice text messages.
If you use Chrome you can use this. :)
You can also use Pushbullet with a 3rd party SMS app like Textra.
That's what I do and it works great.
Try out Textra, it seems to stop the duplicate texts. Source
Most of my friends use Whatsapp....
Try another sms app. I recommend textra [link]
Link me: Textra SMS.
EDIT - Couldn't get bot to work. Here's the link
Looks like Textra with a custom icon: [link]
For anyone wondering, the SMS app is called Textra and is amazing.
As for games
for the lazy.
I like Textra SMS and upgraded to the Pro version. You can still MMS from the free but when I paid it was only 99 cents.
Try this it works for me [link]
Try this app
try a 3rd party SMS app like Textra
They were apparently sued for copyright infringement and had to remove them. If you are still super keen you can still get the APK (for now) from Amazon. The standard SMS style emoji are available here .
I use Textra, best texting app on android and includes delayed sending. [link]
The latest version (3.2) of Textra SMS has a StageFright protection feature.
It's kinda like message customiser but let's you tweak with the notifications, led lights, emojis.
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.
Same problem, Textra is fine.
Textra is also a material design messenger. Seems to work great.
Try using Textra or Google's Messenger and see if those work with iPhone group messaging. I know there is a setting in Textra that allows it to play nicely with group messaging from iPhones and I'm pretty sure Google's Messenger does a good job with those kind of messages by default.
Looks like Hangouts has had this issue for a while, making it confusing of whether the SMS thread is a group conversation or not.
EDIT: EvolveSMS also has been noted to allow for good iPhone group messaging. Personally, I recommend Textra since it is beautiful, (in my experience) practically bug-free, and chop-full of features and options (and COLORS!!!).
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.
Texts n' stuff
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]
Well Textra SMS is my personal favourite.
Incoming Android link!
Chomp SMS $0.00
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.
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.
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.
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Try installing some other text messaging app first, like Textra just to see if it works.
Is your phone rooted?
Have you tried Textra?
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.
Oooo, I like that look. Thanks.
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.
install the TEXTRA app and try it out, it fixed that problem for me (after testing a lot of others sms applications)
As a text message? Try using Textra instead of the stock texting app. Textra is way better. [link]
Link to the app for the lazy -
in the playstore many more options https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra
I think that if you use Textra as your messaging app, it will re-combine split messages.
It allows long SMS to be converted to MMS so they won't be received out of order. https://vgy.me/jaWd8z.jpeg
It also supports iOS emojis and a bunch of other features.
>DUAL SIM: Textra (v3.23) now fully supports dual sim devices for Android 5.1 and above.
Are you actually using the Textra app on Android?
This has absolutely nothing to do with Google. I don't know why you even think they would integrate 3rd party emojis into their software. Not to mention there are dozens of keyboards out there, unlike on iPhone.
Ya. Check the link scroll through the pics
Off topic but Textra is better than Message+
The best Android texting app.. change whatever color you wish [link]
Install Textra. It is SO much better than the stock app
Try Textra instead!
Try textra as an alternative and app.
That's a bummer. I've been using Textra for a few years now and that has text scheduling. I recommend it over the stock message app and I'd even say it's worth the $4 it costs to upgrade from the free version.