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Google Messages (formerly known as Android Messages and Google Messenger) is Google's official messaging app for texting (SMS, MMS) and chat (RCS).

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Will clearing Android Messages storage and cache cause lose of text messages?

I recently discovered that my Android Messages app (version: messages.android_20240109_01_RCO4.phone_dynamic, updated on Jan 25, 2024) in my Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SM-G781V, Android 13) has been ...
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Restoring Lost Messages

I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing while using Messages for Web and instead of typing in a new message to my wife, I did something to cause our whole 5 year long conversation thread to ...
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Google Messages Not Functioning Well

I've been having some troubles with Google messages the last few days, and by extension, the whole phone in general because of it. For full context, I have an unlocked Galaxy S20 5G that I bought in ...
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Chats are no longer RCS after restore

I have Android 14 with root. I restored my text messages from a backup made with Swift Backup. Now no conversations are using RCS, even the ones that did before the restore. For example it's now ...
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Android messages app not adding the correct number to group chat

I am running Android version 10 with the latest Messages app. At some point a group chat was created with me and 2 other people, one of whom's phone number is not correct (the incorrect number is the ...
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Lost old MMS images; can't find in Google Photos

I have years-long Google Messages text threads that have many, many photos. I've changed phones a lot, and the images have always been retained in the threads. I believe I have always selected the ...
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How to permanently disable the annoying "RCS chats" popup in Messages app

I have a Pixel 3. I try to avoid using SMS and instead use Signal whenever possible. When I do use SMS (the Messages app), I don't want "RCS chats" to be enabled. But nearly every time I ...
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Prevent notifications on SMS messages from a contact during off hours on Google Messages

I'm using Pixel 7a and Google Messages. I wonder if there is a setting or an app to stop notifications on texts message coming from people I cannot block during off-hours in a systematic way: e.g. ...
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Why "Messages" app is never seen in the app list?

This has been puzzling me for years. Why it is impossible to switch back to Messages app from any other app using app list? Two scenarios: Messages is an active one. I press the three dash app list ...
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MMS delivery reports in Google Messages?

Google Messages is nice, but there’s that one thing that’s a killer for me : not being able to ask for MMS delivery reports. To make things clear, I know that sending back an MMS delivery report is ...
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Google Messages: "This RCS chat is no longer end to end encrypted." Why is RCS so flaky?

I have recently ditched Signal and started using Google Messages with RCS instead. Many times, sending fails, either from my side or from the other party (several different people, all using Android). ...
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Block all SMS sent by email addresses

I'm using the stock Google Messages app on Android. I have started to get spam SMS sent from email addresses with some regularity. It's all from senders that look like as apps.servmmbership-...
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Google Messages adds spaces to emoticons

Since past 3-6 months Android Messages app started to insert spaces between characters of my emoticons and also started to remove certain characters, causing garbage to be actually sent: In addition ...
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Google Messages: Contact names are not displayed

Recently, I've found that Google Messages doesn't show a contact name for most of the messages. It's just a phone number displayed. When I click on Details, there is no contact information. When I go ...
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Forward option is missing from the "message application" after it updated

My phone is MIUI Global 12.0.8, Android version 10 (QP1A.190711.020). After the "messages" app updated, the "forward" option disappeared. As a result, I can no more forward ...
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Samsung Messages/SMS - What exactly does logging into your google account do?

Does doing so let others know that you're texting them from a google account and it'll show your google account, or is it just a way to keep track/save your SMS messages you send? What is the main ...
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How can one delete all text message threads except for a few ones on Pixel 6?

I have plenty of text messages for OTP or similar automated services on my Google Pixel 6. I'm doing some cleaning. How can one delete all text message threads except for a few ones on Pixel 6?
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SMS messages don't appear for secondary user profile

This is Android 12 on a Google Pixel 5a. I've got a secondary user profile set up and I've enabled SMS/calls for it. When logged in to the secondary profile, when I send an SMS to the phone, I get a ...
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Is it possible to disable the GIF browser in Messages on a Moto G Power 2021?

My brother has a Moto G Power 2021 running Android 11 but wants to completely disable the GIF browser in the Messages app for SMS/MMS. I’d tried following various instructions online I could find for ...
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RCS chat on Messages not working

One of my friends also have an Android phone, and ever since we've been texting, we've been using the RCS chat. Recently, I went outside the country, and the chat defaulted to SMS instead. Fine. But ...
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What are the different delivery statuses and what do they mean?

I've seen a number of different status after sending a message, but what are they and what do they mean. Many of these are pretty clear to me what they mean and some not so clear. What I've seen and ...
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I can't join my class group chat because of iPad users who require iMessage [duplicate]

I'm trying to join my class's group chat, but the owner of the chat (on iOS) can't add me. This is because I'm the only person on Android in the group. Normally I would be able to join (via SMS/MMS) ...
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How do I export my text messages from either my Android phone, or from the Android Messages web interface, with the timestamps?

This question is referring to Android Messages. For Signal and WhatsApp, there are either tools (or just copy paste) that allow you to export messages to a plain text file in this format: [2022-01-29 ...
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Is there a way to stop Android messages from network providers?

I receive ads from my network provider via Android pop-ups: Is there a way to disable it? These messages are extremely annoying, I woke up last night due to the brightness of the screen, as these ...
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Messages on Bluestacks 5

I would like to text from my PC, so have installed Bluestacks and google Messages. Although messages runs, when I try to send a text it says "Not sent, tap to try again" I have set my phone ...
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International area codes suddenly appearing in front of my contacts in "Messages" app

The other day I noticed that the international area prefix "+54 9" had started appearing in front of about half of my contacts in Android's native Messenger app. I can still send and receive ...
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Auto Reply set up on Google Messenger - How to set so doesn't reply every time same person replies

I have linked our Google Messenger to auto-reply via email as we are a doctor's office and the messenger is not monitored for canceled appointments. The problem is we ask people to reply "Y"...
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How can I copy entire chain of text messages (not just a single one) with the stock Android messages app?

How can I copy or export an entire chain of text messages (not just a single one) with the stock Android messages app? This is needed for a claim. I know I can screenshot stuff, but the date for older ...
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Messages is processing an incoming message

When there is an incoming SMS, my phone would show "Messages is processing an incoming message" in the notification drawer, but then that notification would disappear and... nothing! There ...
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Messages App keeps merging two people who are in different countries but same number?

So this is literally one in a million, but I have two different contacts in two different countries who incredibly have the same last 6 digits of the phone number i.e.: Contact 1 in Australia: +614 ...
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I no longer receive sms from services (bank, google otp, confirmation throught sms, ...)

I found myself in a really strange problem, I have not received text messages from services for several months, while I continue to receive any other type of text message (e.g. if a friend of mine ...
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Scheduling with Google messages. What does the roll-out information mean?

This news article describes the roll-out of Google's new scheduling feature for Google Messages. On my own phone, I briefly had the opportunity to use the feature before it inexplicably disappeared. ...
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Messages for web not updating with new texts and statuses

I am trying to use Android Messages for web. I am able to connect to the phone using the QR code, but after the initial connection, I do not get new messages automatically or any notification – I have ...
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Android 11 - Default Text Messaging App - SMS button not showing for some contacts

On Android 11 - Default messaging app: When I type some text, "SMS" appears under the send button for some contacts but not others. Just curious as to why. Contact 1: Contact 2:
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Google's Messages app says text message sent by SMS

Pixel 4a, Android 11 As in the title, why does Google's Messages app says sent by SMS? (Text messages are sent by SMS anyway, why emphasize?). See below OK in the screenshot. This is a self answered ...
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How to allow Messages notifications to show?

A couple weeks ago I suddenly stopped getting notifications for the Messages app. I'm still receiving text messages, with no delays.But no notifications are showing up in the top notifications bar. ...
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How can I export all of my MMS pictures before changing phones?

I am currently using the stock Google Messenger app which came installed on my LG V20. I'm getting a new phone and backing up my data beforehand. It turns out that Messenger doesn't have any method to ...
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How to disable link previews in Android Messages app?

Android Messages app can show the preview of the link in an SMS. For example: I am trying to figure out a way to detect if the request comes from a preview so I don't get false positive visits. Is ...
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How to set MMS subject with the official Google Messages app?

On many apps, they have an "Add subject" menu: (source: tapatalk.com) This allows setting the message's subject, a feature of the MMS protocol. But how to do the same with the official ...
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Text message on multiple Messaging applications on same device

Presently, I am using stock Message app(Lineage 14.1, System app). Now, I have installed and made Google Messenger as default app(installed from Play Store). When a message is received, a message ...
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Android Messages can't send images

I am using "Android Messages" (until recently called "Google Messenger") for SMS on my Moto G (3rd generation). Works fine, except for sending images. It tries (Sending...) for a few minutes, and ...
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Google Messenger : Moto g4 / g4 plus does not show links in SMS

As shown in the screenshot (sorry it's in French), Google Messenger does not display links under phone numbers on my Moto G4 Plus (Moto G4 has the same problem). In this case I was expecting (like ...
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Can Emoticons in Google Messenger be Moved or Rearranged

There are two emoticons in Messenger that I like to use more than others. Unfortunately, you have to slide quite a few pages to find them. They are located right next to each other. Is there a way ...
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How can I rename an app on my phone, and what are the consequences?

Both Facebook and Google have apps called 'Messenger'. So, of course, when I use Google Now to open it, a la "Okay Google, open App Messenger" it seems like it's usually not the one I want. 1) ...
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WAP Push messages - what and why are they?

I've recently noticed that my phone received a strange SMS from sender called "wap_push_si!". Googling about this message provides that it might be some kind of cellular-network-carrier maintenance/...
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Is there method to send by not using SMS?

I tried to send a message. After that, it displays the following toast: SMS is unable. I can't use SMS. Is there a method to send messages by not using SMS?
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Receiving Chinese blocks of texts in the Messaging app

My wife is getting some weird text messages as replies in middle of conversations with her friends. The messages are blocks of Chinese characters. She gets these in the stock messaging app from ...
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MMS images do not work in Google Messenger

I am using Google Messenger application as my default text messenger application. I am using a Samsung Galaxy S4. When I get text messages that have images, the image stays frozen at "downloading..." ...
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Google Messenger - Cannot search thread

My Google Messenger app will no longer let me search threads. One of the suggestions I found was to reinstall the app, but then I will lose the messages that I wanted to search. Any recommendations?
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Google Messenger: Incorrect profile letter

I recently moved from Hangouts to Messenger as my default SMS app. The profile letter icon against the messages I send is showing to be incorrect (letter 'S' instead of 'R' which shows up on other ...
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