Now that Hangouts has SMS integration, it’s the default SMS client in Android 4.4 KitKat, which means traditional text messages and instant messages are now all thrown in together. But if you don’t like it like this, there is a way you can change it.
Firstly, you’ll need to download a new SMS client. Google Play offers a wide selection of them — such as Go SMS, Textra SMS, Handcent SMS, and 8sms — so check them out a decide which is best for you. Personally, I like 8sms, which is much like Android’s old Messages app but with CyanogenMod tweaks and features built-in.
Once you have your SMS client installed, follow the steps below:
- Open up the Settings app, then tap “More…”
- Tap “Default SMS app” and then select your client of choice
It’s that simple. You’ll now receive new SMS messages through this client — not Hangouts — and when you choose to text someone from within the People app, it’ll load your client of choice automatically. If after a while you decide you don’t like the new app, simply repeat the process above.
**8sms is an adaptation of the stock SMS app from Android 4.3 and earlier**
Notable features of 8sms
- Notification pop-ups
- Quick reply
- Gesture based templates
- Emoji support
- Optional dark theme
Install this app if you want to use features from the latest Android messaging app without having to wait for a full phone software update.
Whilst 8sms is a replacement for the messaging app that came with your phone, it is actually an add-on application only.
Please do not disable or remove the messaging app that came with your phone as that is still required to receive sms and mms messages.
88sms works best if you turn off notifications for the messaging app that came with your phone. Then you won’t get two sets of notifications.
Download 8sms from Google Play Store ==> click here to download