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November 4, 2013

Nexus 5 – How To Change Hangouts SMS App



HowTo change Hangouts as the default SMS app is very simple but, first as this is Google Android, that is no 3rd party apps installed like you find on a Samsung or HTC etc, where all manner of apps are installed.

You will have to download a SMS app from Google Play, for this HowTo I have downloaded Handcent SMS a very nice SMS app.

SO HowTo change the default: First you’ll want to head towards Settings, by pulling down on the notification bar or clicking any shortcut for it that you may have and you should see a screen similar to the 2nd picture

Sms1_WM Sms2_WM

Then click on More, you will see Default SMS app

Hangouts1_WM Hangouts2_WM

Tap the  Default SMS app which will open a UI like the one below. Tap the Handcent SMS or the one you have downloaded and that’s it done



More Howto for the Nexus 5 to follow

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini