Google recently released new Android 4.4 KitKat version with tons of new features and changes across the OS. However, some of the features might be little hard to get familiar with. Integration of text messages (SMS) and Google Hangouts (old GTalk) together is one such feature. Many people who already got hold of the new Nexus 5 – half of them love this change & other half would like to use old, familiar text messaging interface.

The latter feel that the new app integration with changed interface is cluttered and inconvenient – and there is no way to change it to default stock app from within Android KitKat because, Google decided to completely remove the stock messaging app.

While it could be fun for the ones liking this change – there an alternative method to get back the old SMS interface on new Android KitKat.

Get the old stock SMS app

Thanks to 8SMS app – you can now change the default SMS interface on Android 4.4. This app is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Cyanogenmod 10.2 messaging apps.

This app may not be compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – however, if you’re on these two devices & is happy with the default SMS app, you probably won’t need to worry big. These won’t get the Android 4.4 update anyway.

However, there are more SMS apps available on the Play Store & you can download any of them. Here is how you can switch to make any of them as default app

  • Go to Settings
  • Under Wireless & Networks; choose More Settings
  • Then choose your default messaging app; and pick from the drop-down options.

Additional features of this app are

  • Notification pop-ups
  • Quick reply
  • Gesture based templates
  • Emoji support
  • Optional dark theme
  • iOS6 EMOJI
  • Use voice recorder to record audio ( Galaxy S4 )


Hope this works for well for you to get the old SMS app when using Android Kitkat. Let us know if you have any questions via comments.


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