Get started with Messages

You can send and receive text messages, photos, voice messages, and video using Messages. If you don’t have Messages, you can get it from Google Play.

Make Messages your default messaging app

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

If your device has more than one messaging app, you can make Messages your default messaging app.

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages. Learn where to find your apps.
  2. When prompted to change your default messaging app, follow the onscreen instructions. 

You can also change your default messaging app from your device’s Settings app Settings app. Learn how to set or clear default apps.

Start a conversation with one of your contacts

If a contact is already in your phone, it will show as a contact in your Messages app. You can also add a new contact from within the app itself.

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap Start chat
  3. Enter the name, phone number, or email of the person you’re sending a message to.
  4. Type your message and tap .

Add a new number in your conversation list as a contact

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Select an existing conversation with someone not in your contacts. 
  3. Tap More Moreand then Add contact

Add a new contact from a group conversation

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Select a group conversation with the number you want to add as a contact.
  3. Tap More Moreand then People & options.
  4. Tap the number you want to add and then Add contact

Change notification settings for specific people

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open a conversation with the person you want to change notifications for.
  3. Tap More Moreand then People & options and then Notifications.

You can turn notifications on or off completely for this person, or edit advanced settings for how notifications display on your device.

Block a contact

When you block someone, you’ll no longer receive any calls or messages from them.

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open a conversation with the person you want to block.
  3. Tap More Moreand then People & options and then Block [phone number].
  4. Optional: You can check the Also report spam box.

Learn more about blocking messages in Messages.