1. lmpotthoff's Avatar
    While playing with my new S3 I activated the AT&T Messages app. It's the app that combines call logs, messages, emails, etc..... into one icon. I don't like the "messages" UI, nor the fact tht I receive two notifications when I receive GMail.

    Is there a way to deactivate this program? I've looked everywhere I can think of.

    Many thanks,
    09-06-2012 11:10 AM
  2. SlappyMcgee's Avatar
    Did you go into - Settings - Application Manager - All (top right) - AT&T Messages = Disable at top right. If you see "Uninstall Updates" Do this first then you should see the "Disable" button.
    09-06-2012 11:52 AM
  3. mdye's Avatar
    Does anyone know what the consequences will be for disabling this app?
    06-04-2013 10:42 AM
  4. gonzo0203's Avatar
    Does anyone know what the consequences will be for disabling this app?
    I have had it disabled since day one of having my phone which was December, and I haven't noticed anything negative from it. Don't believe you miss anything, its just not bundled in one spot, each message or notification is in its own department ie.. VM, MMS, SMS, email.
    06-10-2013 12:59 PM
  5. Pairodocks's Avatar
    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. I wanted to see what the "AT&T Messages" app was like. I did not like it at all. I followed the instructions above from SlappyMcgee - "Application Manager" --> "AT&T Messages" --> "Uninstall Updates". No "Disable" button came up for me. Probably the new Android version changed the "Uninstall" process for this app.

    Anyway, after I clicked "OK" twice, it was uninstalled (at least the usage of the app). Since it is part of AT&T software pre-installed on the phone, it reverts back to the Factory version, which doesn't allow use until you activate it. You cannot totally get rid of it, but again, it cannot be used unless you activate it.

    Now, I could go back to using the "Visual Voicemail" app, which I like much better. The "AT&T Messages" app is just too busy and convoluted with combining everything. I prefer everything separate. Nothing bad will happen if you follow the instructions in this post.
    08-07-2013 01:28 AM
  6. kg518's Avatar
    Thank you sooo much! I was going crazy with that app. I tend to activate it every once in a while and it annoys me not knowing how to deactivate it.. till now
    08-28-2013 11:33 AM
  7. Ghostnyc's Avatar
    If you purchased your phone without a contract, shouldn't you have to option to get rid of bloatware?
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    08-29-2013 09:10 AM
  8. D16RR's Avatar
    If ATT sells it for less than an "unlocked" version you got what you paid for.
    08-29-2013 10:45 AM
  9. pvon2502's Avatar
    Just talked to AT&T Chat Line. This was an upgrade to the SIII which they have removed, presumably because of all the complaints. It prevented my EasyReminder app from working, prevented the light to flash when I had a missed message and was a total piece of you know what. So just uninstall the upgrade in the App Manager and it won't come back.
    09-05-2013 02:19 PM
  10. aclanford's Avatar
    I did the uninstall updates for this app. Now I receive text messages multiple times randomly. It won't do it for every text, just some. then when you receive them more than once it may be 2 or 3 minutes apart. It's driving me insane! Then sometimes it doesn't even tell me when I have a new text. Please help.... I'm desperate!
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    09-07-2013 03:08 PM
  11. sradaniel's Avatar
    This worked. Thanks!
    10-23-2013 11:15 AM
  12. jessvz_mommy2014's Avatar
    Thanks for the help
    04-16-2014 12:54 AM