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Removing a contact from "Direct Share" panel

It turns out that - for rooted people - there is a way to completely turn off Direct Share! For the short version skip to the bottom of this answer. In my search for a way to stop this stupid ...
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Removing a contact from "Direct Share" panel

Go to settings. Click on Advanced Features. Scroll to "Direct Share". Turn it off and all contacts are gone from share via. Image shows a before and after visualization of disabling Direct ...
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What does "Can't send message on card 1, error 21" mean?

Most likely the destination phone number is formatted wrong, which can happen particularly when importing contacts via third-party tool. In this particular case, I used My Contacts Backup for iOS to ...
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Receiving Chinese blocks of texts in the Messaging app

Cause It's likely caused by either/both character encoding incompatibility and/or wrong character encoding, resulting in mojibake (garbled text): Character encoding incompatibility SMS, or text ...
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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?

SMSBackupRestore can create local xml files in following format /storage/emulated/0/SMSBackupRestore/sms-20220130231717.xml <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8' standalone='yes' ?> <!--File ...
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How can I copy entire chain of text messages (not just a single one) with the stock Android messages app?

Stock SMS app on Pixel 4a does not have this option and you need alternative methods. Use SMS Backup and restore Option 1 : Take a complete backup of your SMSes and from the app see "Backed up (...
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Scheduling with Google messages. What does the roll-out information mean?

It means that feature will be enable by Google's server. You might already have the feature but you won't see it on the app's interface. Surely they're not talking about something that requires ...
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How to permanently disable the annoying "RCS chats" popup in Messages app

There is a two year old Google community question about this, which Google as usual chose not to respond to, and just locked up the question. On my Pixel 6a, I had enabled RCS previously. After seeing ...
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Google's Messages app says text message sent by SMS

Today morning, I got a prompt asking me if I wanted to enable chat features on messages app. I did that and saw the info on the SMS sent yesterday. Dug, to know more, and here's the summary from the ...
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How to disable link previews in Android Messages app?

To disable link previews on Android/Google Messages app: Tap the overflow menu (3 vertical dots) at the top-right corner Select Settings Select Automatic previews Tap either Show all previews and/or ...
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Removing a contact from "Direct Share" panel

I discovered that if you block the contact in WhatsApp, it stops showing it in the share menu and in the new "frequent chats" section when you share or forward stuff. However, when you ...
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Google Messages adds spaces to emoticons

This is caused by the "use simple characters" setting on Android Messages app. The setting will convert special characters in SMS messages. This is due to the possibility that the recipient'...
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Will clearing Android Messages storage and cache cause lose of text messages?

It won't delete your MMS/SMS (the conventional messages) in any case if you clear data of the default Messaging app. I'm not exactly sure about RCS chats but technically they should also be not ...
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Prevent notifications on SMS messages from a contact during off hours on Google Messages

Depending on your phone model, you may be able to accomplish this via Do Not Disturb. Here's how I did it on my Pixel 6 Pro running Android 13: Open Settings > Search 'Do Not Disturb' Click "...
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Samsung Messages/SMS - What exactly does logging into your google account do?

If you're sending sms with an internet connection, you can tunnel your messages through a vpn for privacy concerns. Is the only "useful" function, I can think of. If, it matters. Sms through ...
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How can one delete all text message threads except for a few ones on Pixel 6?

Be aware in newer versions of Messages, you can go to Profile Pic - Message Settings - Message Organization and enable the option "Auto-delete OTPs after 24 hours"... this can help a lot. ...
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Google Messenger - Cannot search thread

I finally figured this out. Tldr: turn on permissions for services and google app. Had to enable permission to contacts and sms for google services. Also would not work unless Google App had sms ...
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Help understanding the integration between Google Voice, Hangouts, and Messenger

Messenger is an SMS application. It can be used to send SMS. Every SMS that are sent from your device are stored somewhere. Other SMS apps can read and write them. Phone is a phone app. It is used to ...
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Messages is processing an incoming message

As of June 2023, here's how I managed to make this infamous "Messages is processing an incoming message" issue resolved on my Pixel 2 (running a rooted Android 11 🫚): Upgrade to the latest ...
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Messages is processing an incoming message

Hardware Performance? It could be that your phone is underpowered. Your mention a Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, which is a mid-range phone from 2018. So I wouldn't think it's THAT slow, but I definitely ...
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Removing a contact from "Direct Share" panel

To successfully remove Outlook contacts from Share via menu, I did the following:- Settings, Applications, Application Manager, Outlook, Permissions - uncheck all Outlook, Gear icon, click account in ...
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Removing a contact from "Direct Share" panel

I discovered that in the case of WhatsApp showing the offending contact on your direct share menu (i.e. your side chick when your girlfriend is looking), you can push that contact down and out of the ...
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How to set MMS subject with the official Google Messages app?

You need to long-press the MMS button on the bottom right. Only then will you be able to add the subject.
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Android Messages can't send images

You might be having a number of APNs pre-loaded on your handset. Just keep the right APN and delete the extras. Keeping only the right APN will force the messenger to use that particular APN. Follow ...
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How can I rename an app on my phone, and what are the consequences?

If you are willing to install an app , you can try Commandr for Google, which let's you Integrate Tasker Launch an app under different name ( custom app name) Not tried by me
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WAP Push messages - what and why are they?

I cannot answer all your questions, but I can tell you this, I was also getting a message regularly from WAP_PUSH_SI! with no content in it through my stock Samsung messages app. I would delete it and ...
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Is there method to send by not using SMS?

You can send messages without using SMS by using a messaging platform. These include Google Allo, Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Discord, Kik, and many more. If you need your message to arrive ...
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Is there method to send by not using SMS?

Google Messenger is an SMS/MMS application. If you are not able to send SMS/MMS for some reason, you need to use a different messaging system and a different application. For example, you can use ...
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