This has been puzzling me for years. Why it is impossible to switch back to Messages app from any other app using app list?
Messages is an active one. I press the three dash app list button and I can see it in the list. I can switch from that app to some other one.
I did what in above, Messages app is now in the background. When I press the app list button, it is not listed there. I cannot switch to that app from any other.
I don't know like others, but for me this is very iritatting. Whenever I need to do something in another app (i.e. copy some contact details that I want to post via SMS), when I want to get back to Messages, I always must:
- press Home
- find Messages app's icon:
- switch left/right to find the screen where I have Messages app icon or
- open app drawer and swipe left/right to find the correct app pane
- tap that icon to "re-launch" Messages app.
What is so special in this app that it does not or cannot appear in the regular app list? I think I can name only this single app that has such a weird behaviour.
I thought that the answer is in here that it simply behaves as Gmail. But that 2011's answer is no longer valid, because Gmail does appear in the app list, while Messages are not.
EDIT: I am using realme GT 5G with Android
12 13 and realme UI 3.0. But, as far as I recall, I have been observing this behaviour on each and every phone that I have been using since introduction of Messages by Google app in 2014. Including: all my Motorola Motos (E3, E4, G4, Z2), Motorola One, TP-Link Neffos X9 and Xiaomi Redmi 6.
The Messages by Google app is seen (among others) in the app list only if you press app list button while having it in foreground. Switching to any other app and pressing app list button again shows all apps in the background except this one.
All my phones were never rooted nor has any custom ROM installed. All of them has been used as they came from the shop, from the beginning till end.