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Apps are not allowed by Google to read SMS messages, but why can they read OTP SMS directly?

Google blocks apps from (mis)using Call Log and/or SMS permissions if they are not the core functionalities of the apps, with some exceptions and alternatives. SMS (termux-sms-list and termux-sms-send)...
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How does an app reads an OTP SMS without SMS permission?

Verification by OTP uses a different API which doesn't need read SMS permission. You can read more here Perform SMS Verification on a Server Hence, the app isn't reading your SMS but using a separate ...
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Unable to set Signal as default SMS app

Signal got rid of SMS support in October 2022. They posted this blog explaining their decision: We have now reached the point where SMS support no longer makes sense. For those of you interested, we ...
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Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Looks like it moved to data/User_DE/0/com.android.providers.telephony/databases with Nougat. At least, this is where it can be found on my Nexus 6. Hope this helps.
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How does Tinder get SMS verification code?

Since a few years, Google provides a special system that allows apps to use SMS verification without getting access to other SMS. The approach deliver verification SMS to a certain app is that the SMS ...
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Auto forward sms to Telegram messenger Group

IFTTT to the rescue! You can set IFTTT to forward an SMS from specific number to specific chat. Steps: Create you IFTTT account if not already exists. Start the @IFTTT Telegram bot and authorize ...
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Font in messaging has became huge

I found the answer: pinch zoom! Using the two finger gesture in the messaging app changes the font size on: texts smileys the "Enter message" field, default text as well as input text. But not ...
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How to revoke "SMS Services that cost you money" permission?

You can choose another setting by going into Settings > Applications > Applications Manager > More (top right) > Show System Apps > Message Service (rather than Messages) > Tap 'Send Premium SMS' > ...
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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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Does Android OS impose an SMS sending limit?

Yes, there is. From Lynch, Doug. “How to Change the SMS Limit on Android Without Root.” XDA Developers, August 27, 2017: by default, Android will check to make sure you haven't sent more than 30 SMS ...
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How to see at what time an SMS was sent?

Download and install the application Android Messages made by Google LLC. This app replaces the standard Message app. To see the time an SMS/message was sent, just push and hold a finger on the ...
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In the Hangouts app, how do I "mark all as read"?

Unfortunate that this question had never received any love. Despite it being an entire year later, this functionality is not available as a feature in the Hangouts app on Android, iOS, or the web. ...
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How to move SMS from hangouts to messenger app

Devin, I am not extremely familiar with stock Android, so I apologize if some of what I try to describe does not work exactly as I try to explain it. The SMS messages on your phone is maintained in a ...
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SMS/MMS database location?

While for Android 6 and 7 the DB with SMS data is located under /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony on my LineageOS 15 (Oreo) the file has been moved under /data/data/com.android....
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How to prevent an app from sharing its data with Google?

See Data backup overview. Since changelog is talking of Android 6 compatibility, it is referring to Android auto backup (see table). Enabled by default. Apps can opt out by disabling backups. ...
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Backup/Restore SMS/MMS via ADB on a non-rooted device?

Partial answer at least, covering the backup part: you can obtain your SMS with e.g. adb ${ADBOPTS} shell "content query --uri content://sms/ --projection ${projection}" > sms.lst where $...
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How to send binary SMS?

I don't know if this works, but there's an app called SMS Server with the following description: Send binary sms messages on specifics ports. Indicated to test J2ME sms applications that receive ...
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How to prevent two-factor code being exposed on lock screen in messages notification?

I would say the first notification in first image would serve as a good replacement for the first notification in second image. (Click an image to enlarge it) Given that an SMS usually contains ...
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How can I text a photo from Google Photos instead of a link?

[Originally posted in the comments section on 11/5/17] After touching the "share" icon, you have to select the Messages app. Then you select the recipient and touch "MMS".
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Is Google Allo supposed to capable of being the default SMS app?

It's not possible - it's universally the case: First off, Allo isn't a Hangouts replacement. You can't set the messaging service as the default SMS client on your phone. It does offer the ability ...
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How to load URLs in a separate browser from within Samsung Messenger?

I was also looking for the same but literally there is no such option. However, what Samsung's Official site suggests to do it, is: If you would prefer to use another browser as default from the ...
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SMS starts with "ACTA" sent without my consent

According to quick research, the "ACTA" SMS is used by ICICI Bank for a verification/activation message on their mobile apps (e.g. iMobile). From Mi Community - Unable to activate icici i-...
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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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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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Can Android device send emergency message to 911 without SIM card?

You can call 911 on any cellphone with or without a SIM card. You may not be able to send 911 a text, a feature my county has available. To be honest, whenever I have texted 911 they text back with &...
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Is the received SMS from Google with a code genuine?

Maybe someone is trying to login to your Google account, and Google is sending you the 2fa code. As long as you're not logging in yourself, ignore the message. You may also want to change your ...
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How to stop receiving text messages in Outlook

On the new Samsung Galaxy S7 - You must delete the account receiving the text messages and then reinstall it. During new account set up is the only time you will see the option of whether to sync SMS. ...
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Pop up message when sending large amounts of SMS messages

The other alternative (or probably the best one too) is to use ADB shell which may work on a non-rooted device as well: zeroflte:/ $ settings put global sms_outgoing_check_max_count 999999 zeroflte:/ ...
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Most frequently used contact is muted but mute isn't checked, how to unmute/demute?

I had the same exact problem. I pocket muted my girlfriends notifications. I found the solution however! Go to your messages with the person who has a mute symbol next to the conversation. Then look ...
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Text bubble randomly changing color on Galaxy S6's stock Messaging app on Android 6.0

After a lot of research I haven't (and from the comments, it looks like neither have other users) been able to find any resources on the internet regarding this curious phenomenon. I am, therefore, ...
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