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Change your Android Messages settings

You can choose whether your device plays sounds, vibrates, or sends reminders when you get a message. (Or, you can choose how your device sends pictures and videos.)

You can also choose how Android Messages handles advanced tasks.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change global settings

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
    • Change your default messaging app: Tap Default SMS app.
    • Stop getting message notifications outside Android Messages: Tap Notifications and then Turn off Notifications.
    • Change what happens on your phone when you get a message: Tap Notifications and then Importance.
    • Stop playing sounds when you send messages: Turn off Hear outgoing message sounds.

Change advanced settings

Change how Android Messages sends pictures, video & voice
  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Advanced.
    • Send files separately to each person in a conversation: Tap Group messaging and then Send an SMS reply to all recipients and get individual replies (mass text).
    • Download files in messages when you get them: Turn on Auto-download MMS. To do this while data is roaming, tap Auto-download MMS when roaming.
Change settings for special characters, delivery reports, or your sending phone number
  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Advanced
    • Change special characters in text messages into simple ones: Turn on Use simple characters.
    • Ask for delivery reports every time you send a message: Turn on Get SMS delivery reports. (Delivery reports depend on your carrier.)
    • Change which number you use to send files: Tap Phone number.
Change options for specific people
  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open a conversation with one of your contacts.
  3. Tap More More and then People & options.
    • Stop getting message notifications outside Android Messages for this person: Tap Notifications and then Turn off Notifications.
    • Change what happens on your phone when you get a message from this person: Tap Notifications and then Importance.
    • Block messages from this phone number: Tap Block [phone number].
    • Add people to a group conversation: Tap Add people.
    • Leave a group conversation: This is only available if you have enhanced features turned on. Tap Leave group.