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How to Use Messaging Apps You Don't Have on Android

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Introduction

You can choose to get messages that are sent to you from messaging apps that you don't have. You get these messages as notifications. You can reply from the notifications that show up on your phone.


Android Smartphone
This guide will show you how.

Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up.

1 Preview Messages

Turn On App Preview Messages

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your Android device's screen to see the Notification shade.
    Android swipe down arrow
  2. Swipe down a second time for the full Quick Settings shade. Select the Settings icon near the top right.
    Android swipe down quick settings screen
  3. Tap Google.
    Android settings menu showing Google highlighted 
  4. Tap App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings with app preview highlighted
  5. Turn on App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages
  6. Enter your phone number. Tap Verify.
  7. You'll get a text message with a PIN. If needed, enter that PIN.

Turn Off App Preview Messages

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your Android device's screen to see the Notification shade.
    Android swipe down
  2. Swipe down a second time for the full Quick Settings shade. Select the Settings icon near the top right.
    Android swipe down
  3. Tap Google.
    Android settings showing Google highlighted 
  4. Tap App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages
  5. To turn off all apps, turn off App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages off
  6. To turn off one app, under "Connected apps," turn off the app.
    Android connected apps setting

2 Reply to Preview Messages

  1. Tap the notification.
    Android notification
  2. Tap Reply.
    Android reply
  3. Enter your reply.
    Android field for typing a reply
  4. Tap Send.
    Android send button

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You can choose to get messages that are sent to you from messaging apps that you don't have. You get these messages as notifications. You can reply from the notifications that show up on your phone.


Android Smartphone
This guide will show you how.

Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up.

Turn On App Preview Messages

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your Android device's screen to see the Notification shade.
    Android swipe down arrow
  2. Swipe down a second time for the full Quick Settings shade. Select the Settings icon near the top right.
    Android swipe down quick settings screen
  3. Tap Google.
    Android settings menu showing Google highlighted 
  4. Tap App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings with app preview highlighted
  5. Turn on App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages
  6. Enter your phone number. Tap Verify.
  7. You'll get a text message with a PIN. If needed, enter that PIN.

Turn Off App Preview Messages

  1. Swipe down from the top edge of your Android device's screen to see the Notification shade.
    Android swipe down
  2. Swipe down a second time for the full Quick Settings shade. Select the Settings icon near the top right.
    Android swipe down
  3. Tap Google.
    Android settings showing Google highlighted 
  4. Tap App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages
  5. To turn off all apps, turn off App Preview Messages.
    Android google settings showing app preview messages off
  6. To turn off one app, under "Connected apps," turn off the app.
    Android connected apps setting
  1. Tap the notification.
    Android notification
  2. Tap Reply.
    Android reply
  3. Enter your reply.
    Android field for typing a reply
  4. Tap Send.
    Android send button