What can I do to restore a default messaging app?

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My daughter is using a Galaxy A11. And she may have mistakenly deleted the default messaging app that came with the phone. Been trying to fix it for months now. But I dont know whether it's because the phone was produced recently, none of the intrusctionshere seem to working because the settings seem to be structured differently. Eg. Settings does have App Manager .....


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Dec 6, 2011
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You may have to open the app manager options. Settings>Apps>upper right corner 3 dots App Manager

You can also type Manager into search bar in the settings.

Most default apps cannot be uninstalled. Especially with Samsung. The app is just called Messages and it might be in the Samsung folder which could affect its visibility in the app drawer as apps that are in folders don't always appear in the all apps list.

To switch default apps you only need to open the app and type any message and try to send it. If it is not the default messaging app there will be a pop-up asking if you'd like to make it the default. Simply accept that pop-up and you're done. Add the icon to the home screen, remove the other if needed blah blah blah.

Perhaps your issue is something else. What is the actual issue that you're having? I mean the app shouldn't make that much difference besides aesthetics. So maybe there's something else?

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Welcome to Android Central! What do you mean that the settings are structured differently? Do you mean that you can't find an "App Manager" in the system settings?

Open the system settings and look for the Apps option. Select that, then select the option to look at all of the apps, and see if the Messages app has been Disabled.

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