1. happytrain's Avatar
    I think I accidentally deleted the stock messaging app from my S4. I can't find it in the Play Store or App Brain. I don't even know if it's a Samsung or At&t app. It's not the messages app, it's the messaging app. Is there a way to get it back? I'm using Go sms for now. Thanks
    09-27-2013 10:51 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Are you rooted? If not, then you can't delete preinstalled apps.
    09-27-2013 10:57 PM
  3. happytrain's Avatar
    I'm not rooted.But I do remember disabling it. Yet when I go to the Application Manager, it's not listed. I even have done a search. But the Go sms isn't bad
    09-27-2013 11:03 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Go to System Settings/Apps/All, and scroll all the way to the bottom. Disabled apps are usually moved to the bottom of the list (except in Android 4.3, where there's a separate Disabled list to the right of All).
    09-27-2013 11:06 PM
  5. happytrain's Avatar
    Thanks. I'll try that in the morning and let you know. I appreciate your help
    09-27-2013 11:10 PM
  6. happytrain's Avatar
    Just wanted to thank you. I found my missing app just where you said it would be. Thanks again
    B. Diddy likes this.
    09-28-2013 10:54 PM
  7. daveq2's Avatar
    Same problem, same solution. Thanks
    09-04-2014 02:51 AM
  8. Hashim Al-abassi's Avatar
    thanxxxxxxxxxxxx
    10-11-2014 01:34 PM
  9. Kenji Seno's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Are you rooted? If not, then you can't delete preinstalled apps.
    Question: My device is rooted and accudentally removed my messaging app..I already tried as u suggested in the comments but it's not there... any suggestions aside from restore default process... thank you!
    10-18-2014 03:49 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I don't have any real experience with rooted devices, but if you completely removed the stock messaging app, you'd need to find the apk file for your exact device--search the web to see if you can find it. It's also a good idea to back everything up before you start removing things from a rooted device.
    10-18-2014 04:10 PM
  11. MY SKAT's Avatar
    I have a Sony Xperia and my messaging icon has gone missing. I have tried Apps but I do not have "ALL" please can someone assist me...
    07-03-2015 07:17 AM
  12. Polina Vaks's Avatar
    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!!
    I lost my app for over a month, and found it because of you!!!!

    I used crappy chomp sms and it really sucked!

    I am so happy to have my default app back!!!

    Thank you very much!!!
    08-03-2015 01:28 PM
  13. merlin7777777's Avatar
    my keyboard response is sluggish and i've been advised to clear the cache of the messaging app (i use samsung default app).

    however when i go to settings/apps/all i can't see it.

    any ideas?
    02-12-2016 07:32 AM
  14. Archerdanger's Avatar
    My message× app went missing. I look in my apps and can only find the samsung message app. So i searched for the app and was able to locate it but i am not able to drag it to get the icon back onto my regular screen.does anyone know how to get this back or am i just sol
    04-15-2016 09:50 AM
  15. Evi Crump's Avatar
    Under Setting/Apps I do not see the Messaging App under Connections or My Device or Accounts. Any other recommendation?
    12-21-2016 08:06 PM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Are you having the same issue as the original poster in this thread? Are you also using a Galaxy S4, or a different phone? From what you're describing, it doesn't sound like you're in the Settings>Apps (or, in a Galaxy phone, the Settings>Application Manager menu.
    12-22-2016 04:40 AM
  17. abdul razack1's Avatar
    Go to System Settings/Apps/All, and scroll all the way to the bottom. Disabled apps are usually moved to the bottom of the list (except in Android 4.3, where there's a separate Disabled list to the right of All).
    Hi I found the app in setting, but how to drag that to main screen. Pls advice
    02-26-2017 07:34 AM
  18. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hi I found the app in setting, but how to drag that to main screen. Pls advice
    Welcome to Android Central! You can't drag from the Settings>App Manager menu. You have to do it from the App Drawer. What I had suggested was to go to Settings>App Manager to see if you had Disabled the app at some point -- does your Messaging app show up as disabled? If so, select it, tap Enable, then go back to the App Drawer (i.e., go to the homescreen and then tap your App Drawer icon), and look for the Messaging app. Then drag and drop it to the homescreen.
    02-27-2017 01:09 AM
  19. Ali qwertyuiop's Avatar
    I am using SAMSUNG GALAXY S7
    ANDROID 7.0
    My default messages app has been uninstalled.
    Setting=> Apps => not being shown in all apps.
    But
    Setting=> Apps => system apps=>
    Messages (0 B) uninstalled
    No option available for
    Force stop or Disable
    Attached Thumbnails Missing Messaging App-screenshot_20180411-014357.jpg  
    04-17-2018 11:44 AM

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