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Why can't Google, which makes Android, enable Google Voice to be a default messaging app in Android? 1 Recommended Answer 0 Relevant Answers 34 Replies 83 Upvotes
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I have used Google Voice on a Samsung android phone for several years.  Recently Google Voice stopped being the default texting app & I can't find a way to reinstate it.  This is really frustrating, as it means I have to monitor another messaging app as well as GVoice
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Hi Josh, welcome to the forum.
 
If you are using Google Voice for all of your messaging, then why do you need to monitor another messaging app?  Other messaging apps would use your linked number to send/receive messages, rather than your Google Voice number.  I would think that this is undesirable.
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When the GVoice server can't reach GVoice on my phone & forwards the message to my phone, those incoming messages go to my default messaging app.  If I don't monitor the messaging app, I don't know about the txt.  This has happened enough to be frustrating. 

Similarly, in some circumstances texting goes out through the default app instead of GVoice.  Can't Google control its own operating system enough to permit one to specify a Google product as the default text?
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I don't use a wireless carrier and would just like to be able to push the text or call icon in contacts and it use Google voice to place the text/call. Doesn't seem that hard to let the operating system have "Voice" as a default option. I'm confused.
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This is bonkers that VOICE is still not a registered android SMS app.  Hangouts and gmail integration also borked.  voice.google.com is buggy.  I am about to jump back to IOS after 10 years or android. :-(
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