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Switch from Hangouts to a new text messaging app

Soon, text messaging (SMS & MMS) with your cell phone service’s number will no longer work on Hangouts.

If you use Hangouts as your text messaging app (SMS & MMS), you will need to switch to another text messaging app to continue sending and receiving text messages (SMS & MMS).  You will get a reminder to switch to another text messaging app before the Hangouts text messaging feature goes away.

You’ll still be able to text on Hangouts through Google Voice and Project Fi.

Step 1: Get a new text messaging app

You might already have a texting app on your phone. If not, you can:

Step 2: Make your new texting app the default

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings and thenSMS and then SMS enabled.
  4. Select the text messaging app you want as the default. If you’re using an older device, you might need to tap Default SMS app or switch on “Turn on SMS.”

Now you’ll get text messages through the new app, not Hangouts. Your current messages will also be moved to the new app.

Use Hangouts for messages

Send a text message (SMS/MMS)

Text messaging (SMS & MMS) will soon be removed from Hangouts.

For now, you can continue to send text messages (SMS & MMS) from Hangouts:

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add Add.
  3. Choose New SMS.
  4. Type the name or phone number. If you're traveling, use the "+" sign and country code when texting.
  5. Tap the number or contact.
  6. Tap Continue Continue.
  7. Type your message and tap Send Send.
To save a number to your contacts, tap More Moreand then Add to contacts.
Send a text using a screen reader

If a screen reader is turned on on your device, start a text message by following these steps:

  1. On your Android device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top right, select the New Conversation button. Double-tap to open the options menu.
  3. Select New SMS and double-tap to open.
  4. Type in the person's name or phone number, and tap to select them from the search results. Double-tap to open a conversation.
  5. Type your message and swipe left once to select Send Send. Double-tap to send.

Send a multimedia message (MMS)

For now, you can add attachments to a message. At the bottom, select to send an emoji, image or photo, or location.

Send a text message with your Google Voice or Project Fi number

If you have a Google Voice or Project Fi account, you can send text messages through Hangouts. Learn how to use Hangouts with Project Fi.

If you have problems sending Hangouts messages, change your invitation settings.

Change Hangouts text message settings

If you still use Hangouts as your text messaging app, you can change your notifications, where to send messages from, and other settings.  

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings and then SMS.

Note: When you switch to a different SMS app, you won’t be able to see these settings.


Brenna is a Hangouts expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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