how to change the default messaging app on your nexus

ATTENTION: If you updated your Nexus to Android Marshmallow or later, then click here for an updated guide!


If you own a Nexus and don't really enjoy using the default messaging apps that come pre-installed such as Hangouts or Messaging, or you are experiencing issues with texting, you can download a multitude of SMS apps from the Play Store to use instead just by searching "sms app"! Here is how you can setup your custom messaging app once you've installed it to your Nexus smartphone: 

  • To change your default sms app, go into Settings > More...

  • Select "Default SMS App"

  • Select the app you wish to use for messaging
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