1. RoyceRivard13's Avatar
    I bought an S21+, previously had a Pixel 3, iPhone before that. (referring to daily drivers only)

    I've been in both ecosystems with secondary devices, and I've had a Samsung before so I anticipated this. I'm relatively capable so I knew I could replace most of Samsung's apps with ones that make use of the entire screen. Scrolling is an extra step I'd like to avoid.

    What I didn't anticipate was the Google Messages app being Samsungized.

    Is there a setting somewhere to force apps to launch the way I feel they should (see photos) as opposed to wasting half the screen?

    I consider myself relatively knowledgeable, and my family calls me "Tech Support", so I'm absolutely ashamed I don't know the answer and have been unable to find the answer. For the first time in my life, a piece of technology has stumped me. I'm 21, I'm too young to be stumped by technology!! Lol. If anyone has a solution to my problem -- the tech one, not the existential crisis -- please let me know!! Thanks in advance
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    09-01-2021 03:41 PM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    Thats part of Samsung One UI to be able to better one hand , you can try different message app but the UI will be like that stock
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    09-01-2021 03:46 PM
  3. RoyceRivard13's Avatar
    I see. There's no universal setting toggle?

    I like Google messages but it seems to have a Samsung variant... Even though it's the Google one. I also don't want to lose RCS.
    09-01-2021 04:05 PM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    I see. There's no universal setting toggle?

    I like Google messages but it seems to have a Samsung variant... Even though it's the Google one. I also don't want to lose RCS.
    Unfortunately no unless you root and installed a custom Rom
    09-01-2021 04:09 PM
  5. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    Have you tried side-loading the standard messages APK? It's not something I've looked for...I like the over scroll, because I don't have 9 inch thumbs lol.
    09-01-2021 05:26 PM
  6. RoyceRivard13's Avatar
    I haven't tried that, actually. I'm guessing I'd need to manually update it as well going forward if I do that? I only used to sideload games lol
    09-01-2021 05:30 PM
  7. Gary02468's Avatar
    What I didn't anticipate was the Google Messages app being Samsungized.
    Yeah, I too am frustrated by the all-whitespace layout. My workaround is to make everything small:

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    09-01-2021 07:43 PM
  8. fuzzylumpkin's Avatar
    Yeah, I too am frustrated by the all-whitespace layout. My workaround is to make everything small:

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    That's what's known as a pyrrhic victory.
    09-01-2021 08:18 PM
  9. Gary02468's Avatar
    That's what's known as a pyrrhic victory.
    Not at all. A major attraction of the S21U for me is that I get the resolution of a desktop monitor on a screen that fits in my pocket. If I didn't want that, I'd get a device with a less expensive lower-resolution display.
    09-01-2021 09:05 PM

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