Was wondering if anyone knows of a way to make eBuddy be the default instant messenger. I'm running on a Galaxy S Captivate. When you click on a contact's icon, it pops up a little toolbar with actions, such as: Call, View, Text, Email, IM, Navigate. Clicking on IM launches the built in IM client from AT&T. I'd like it to message the contact using eBuddy instead.

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    Good question. BTW your question was the fourth from the top when googling for an answer.
    – gary
    Oct 25, 2010 at 10:35

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Normally you should just be able to do:

Menu->Settings->Applications->Manage Applications
Select the AT&T Messenger App.
Then scroll down in the app Settings and there is a button labelled 'Clear defaults'.
Clicking this will clear any launch by default settings.

Next time you click the text icon on a contact it will ask you what App you want to use.
However maybe AT&T have hacked the phone to prevent this.

  • Thanks for the idea, but yeah, the AT&T IM app does not show up in that applications list.
    – eidylon
    Oct 26, 2010 at 3:14
  • Bummer. My only suggestion then is to root the phone. Then you can manually remove the AT&T app using the SDK
    – sickgemini
    Oct 27, 2010 at 0:02
  • @eidylon Have you tried looking in 'All Applications'? It should be there... every app should be there. It might not be called AT&T it might just have the package name e.g. com.att.messenger.
    – mlevit
    Oct 27, 2010 at 0:32
  • @mlevit: thanks for the tip. With that I found it by filtering Manage Applications to All (it defaults to Third-Party). When I click on Instant Messenger though, the "Clear Defaults" button is disabled and it says No defaults set. Ideas where to go from there? I've not quite nerved up to rooting yet... LOL . Feels a bit like flashing a BIOS, which always gave me the willies! :)
    – eidylon
    Oct 27, 2010 at 1:11
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    @eidylon The reason why the 'Clear Defaults' button is disabled is because the defaults have been set in the OS itself therefore they are hardcoded defaults. I would think the only way to change this would be to have an app that can be used from that toolbar... this means that the app has to support that intent of send this user a message which I don't believe eBuddy does. My recommendation would be to send eBuddy a request to implement that intent.
    – mlevit
    Oct 27, 2010 at 4:23

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