1. varxtis's Avatar
    I just got the new Galaxy S8 Plus and there is a slight adjustment to composing new texts that is driving me crazy that I hope someone can help me with. I use Samsungs "Messages" app for all my txt messaging. Always have. Previously if I wanted to compose a new text to a new recipient, I open the app which opens to the list of conversations, I tap the new message button, and Im in the new message. Im able to fill the recipient(s) on the top field, and type the message in the bottom field. Now when you tap the new message button, instead of taking you directly to the new message, it takes me to my contact list, and then I have to tap the "compose" button at the top right. I hate this additional step. Is there a way to make it go right to new message and skip the contact list part?
    triger75 likes this.
    04-24-2017 11:32 PM
  2. monkeykat's Avatar
    I noticed that too. Why add another step.
    04-24-2017 11:42 PM
  3. Mr_Spencer's Avatar
    That's weird. If I'm not mistaken, mine asks first if it's going to an existing contact or new. Obviously if it's existing it goes to my contacts, if not it goes to the msg so I can enter the number I'm sending to.
    04-24-2017 11:42 PM
  4. the_munc_e's Avatar
    Kinda weird.

    I have a kinda off topic question.

    How do I change my contacts to display by last name? I can't find the option.
    04-25-2017 02:49 AM
  5. Jewels81's Avatar
    I got that same issue on my note 5 and s6 edge plus after the nougat update. So maybe it because of the nougat if that is what the s8 is running.
    04-25-2017 03:00 AM
  6. paridge's Avatar
    Kinda weird.

    I have a kinda off topic question.

    How do I change my contacts to display by last name? I can't find the option.
    Go into Contacts. Tap the three dots on the top right to get into settings to change it. It's always one of the first things I do because Samsung phones always come alphabetized by first name.
    04-25-2017 04:56 AM
  7. the_munc_e's Avatar
    Go into Contacts. Tap the three dots on the top right to get into settings to change it. It's always one of the first things I do because Samsung phones always come alphabetized by first name.
    I looked but I'll look again. Getting all the settings right is always the worst!

    I found it. I was looking in the phone app, not the contacts app. Derp.
    04-25-2017 04:56 AM
  8. williams448's Avatar
    I just got the new Galaxy S8 Plus and there is a slight adjustment to composing new texts that is driving me crazy that I hope someone can help me with. I use Samsungs "Messages" app for all my txt messaging. Always have. Previously if I wanted to compose a new text to a new recipient, I open the app which opens to the list of conversations, I tap the new message button, and Im in the new message. Im able to fill the recipient(s) on the top field, and type the message in the bottom field. Now when you tap the new message button, instead of taking you directly to the new message, it takes me to my contact list, and then I have to tap the "compose" button at the top right. I hate this additional step. Is there a way to make it go right to new message and skip the contact list part?
    Maybe this is different with different carriers, bc on my At&t 8+ when I hit the new message button, the new message field comes up, not a list of my contacts.
    04-25-2017 06:54 AM
  9. varxtis's Avatar
    Sry for late response. @williams448: Maybe. That'd be really weird. Either way it's frustrating. @Jewels81: Im more inclined to agree that it's an OS/update feature change. But it's a toss up.

    Please help me find out if there is any way to change this. Samsung, Best Buy, and Verizon are all dumbfounded. Don't you feel safe, secure, and confident in the products we use when their manufacturers and carries are even at a loss Don't worry, I know the device manufacturer (not to mention just the scripted tech support) aren't responsible for every quirk caused by every OS. It's not their fault. But still, it's pretty funny ^_^
    Jewels81 likes this.
    04-28-2017 08:17 PM
  10. Jewels81's Avatar
    Lol. Yeah I wish I could help but haven't found any way around it. I'm actually getting used to it now but still prefer the old way. Hope you find help@varxtis
    04-29-2017 05:41 AM
  11. triger75's Avatar
    This is driving me nuts also. If anyone finds a solution let me know too.
    bebeshears likes this.
    06-07-2017 06:37 PM
  12. varxtis's Avatar
    Its funny. Sometimes there are features that are added or changed that are a little "different" or obnoxious. But more often than not, I get over it or get used to it. Three months later, and the fact that it forces you into the contact list still perturbs me just as much as it did the day I started this thread. Why? why the heck would there be any benifet to being forced to go through the contact list. add it as a "convenience" feature that you can turn on or off, sure... but forcing the user to do this. Really?
    07-27-2017 09:52 AM
  13. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    Maybe this is different with different carriers, bc on my At&t 8+ when I hit the new message button, the new message field comes up, not a list of my contacts.
    Same here. ATT s8+ also.
    07-27-2017 10:07 AM
  14. jaxxonline's Avatar
    I've had my s8+ for months, but Samsung just updated my fone today & removed the "new text" compose button too. I HATE IT! Samsung customer service
    doesn't even know how to fix it. Very frustrating! Makes you wonder, do the developers even use their phones? If they did, they'd change it back immediately.
    Someone at Samsung please read these.
    Carrier doesn't matter, it seems.
    bebeshears likes this.
    08-18-2017 07:03 PM
  15. pduffer's Avatar
    Perhaps Bixby?
    08-18-2017 09:23 PM
  16. mary beth hale's Avatar
    I've had my s8+ for months, but Samsung just updated my fone today & removed the "new text" compose button too. I HATE IT! Samsung customer service
    doesn't even know how to fix it. Very frustrating! Makes you wonder, do the developers even use their phones? If they did, they'd change it back immediately.
    Someone at Samsung please read these.
    Carrier doesn't matter, it seems.
    You're right. Carrier doesn't matter. My US unlocked behaves the same way. Annoying steps for a new message.
    08-20-2017 08:37 AM
  17. chanchan05's Avatar
    I just checked on my S7 Edge and it's like that too. Lol.

    Why not just use a different SMS app?
    08-20-2017 10:11 AM
  18. Jadaress1's Avatar
    It's the same with Textra too, just tried it.
    08-20-2017 05:13 PM
  19. chanchan05's Avatar
    It's the same with Textra too, just tried it.
    Nope. Textra shows you the contact list yes, but once you select a contact, it automatically pulls up the message field and keyboard. The stock app still needs you to to press compose. Textra is the same as the old apps, you just switch steps.

    Old Messaging App:
    New Message>Type>Select Contact>Send

    Textra:
    New Message>Select Contact>Type>Send

    New Messaging App
    New Message>Select Contact>Compose>Type>Send
    08-20-2017 07:07 PM
  20. bebeshears's Avatar
    I just got the new Galaxy S8 Plus and there is a slight adjustment to composing new texts that is driving me crazy that I hope someone can help me with. I use Samsungs "Messages" app for all my txt messaging. Always have. Previously if I wanted to compose a new text to a new recipient, I open the app which opens to the list of conversations, I tap the new message button, and Im in the new message. Im able to fill the recipient(s) on the top field, and type the message in the bottom field. Now when you tap the new message button, instead of taking you directly to the new message, it takes me to my contact list, and then I have to tap the "compose" button at the top right. I hate this additional step. Is there a way to make it go right to new message and skip the contact list part?
    I have a S6 Edge and it also does it for my phone. I hate it! Has anyone figured a way to change it? I have tried all settings. TIA
    01-03-2018 10:04 AM
  21. mary beth hale's Avatar
    I have a S6 Edge and it also does it for my phone. I hate it! Has anyone figured a way to change it? I have tried all settings. TIA
    Unfortunately if you use the Samsung message app (as I do) there is no way to change it. Really annoying.
    01-03-2018 10:47 AM

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