Tag Archive: Messages


How to back up and restore text messages on Android

How do I back up and restore text messages on Android?

Backing up text messages on Android isn’t part of Google’s cloud service, mainly because Google isn’t in the text messaging business.

But if you want to make sure you never lose texts again — whether by mistake or when switching over to a different device — here’s how to do it, using an app appropriately called SMS Backup & Restore by SyncTech Pty Ltd.

How to  [Read More…]

Huawei joins RCS movement by using Android Messages as default texting app

Google’s convinced Huawei to adopt RCS; now it just needs to do the same with carriers.

Although we may never get iMessage on Android, that’s okay. Google’s been leading the charge for RCS for a while now, and in an attempt to help expand its adoption to more carriers and other partners, Huawei is joining Google in this trek.

RCS is essentially the next step up from traditional SMS/MMS texting, and it allows for things like texting  [Read More…]

Google is also running customer surveys inside Android Messages — and not just on Pixels

User feedback or user annoyance?

A few days ago we pointed out that Google is running customer surveys in the Pixel 2 XL’s settings page, which turned out to be a pretty polarizing subject. Though it doesn’t seem like many Pixel 2 owners are seeing the settings page survey, some are seeing a very similar one pop up in other Google apps — in this case, the Android Messages SMS client. And not just in Pixels — this particular  [Read More…]

Instagram’s latest update allows you to send live videos in direct messages

With a few days to go before the kickstart of Christmas celebrations, Instagram announced a new update which allows users to share live videos in Direct Messages. This new tool is meant to easily encourage people to watch your live videos and make it easier to share cool videos you’re watching with your friends. Now […]

Smart Replies and new attachments UI seen in Android Messages

Smart Replies and a new attachments UI have been spotted in Android Messages, but we don’t know when they’ll be pushed out to the public

For those that prefer to use SMS over the likes of Allo, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, Google’s Android Messages app is one of the best texting apps you can get on the Play Store. Thanks to a couple of lucky users, it looks like Google is working on adding Smart Replies and  [Read More…]

Android Messages latest update has broken new SMS notifications

Google updated Android Messages to version 2.5.207 but in the process seems to have broken one of the most important functions of the app. It seems that notifications have stopped working as of the latest update so you’ll no longer be notified of incoming SMS. The only way of identifying if you’ve received an SMS […]

Instagram users can now share Stories via Direct messages

A new feature is currently rolling out to Instagram users on Android and iOS which gives them the ability to share Stories via direct messages. Now, whenever you watch a Story, a new direct message icon will appear in the bottom right corner. Tap on it and select the friend or group you want to […]

How to send messages with WhatsApp for Android

Using WhatsApp to send messages over Wi-Fi while at home or travelling can save you money on your phone bill!

You’re backpacking through Europe and have a mobile signal everywhere you go, but texting while roaming can make for an astronomical phone bill at the end of the month. That’s where WhatsApp comes in!

Send messages between WhatsApp users for free and save that extra money for waffles in Belgium or something. Just switched from your usual  [Read More…]

Twitter now separates Direct Messages from people you don’t know

Don’t know the guy? That’s fine, because now he can’t bother you.

Twitter now enables you to preview Direct Messages in your inbox from anyone that you don’t follow. Those sending the messages won’t receive a read receipt unless you select the “Accept” option. Media won’t be displayed in the preview either, unless you actively opt in to show the media prior to accepting the message.

This is a nice  [Read More…]

You can now send disappearing photos/videos in Instagram Direct messages

Instagram is slowly turning into a Snapchat twin. With the latest update, the Facebook-owned image-centric app is adding the option of sending disappearing photos and videos in Direct messages. Instagram is looking to unite permanent and ephemeral messaging which is now present inside the permanent chat threads. So far, ephemeral photos and videos were displayed […]