How to disable SMS messages in Hangouts for Android

Hangouts for Android now has SMS integration. If you opted to give it a try, but still prefer using separate apps, you can disable it in Hangouts.

Hangouts with SMS
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Version 2.0 of Google Hangouts for Android now has SMS/MMS integration, as promised by Google back in May . It finally began rolling out to users on Thursday, and the feature adds convenience for people who use text messaging and Hangouts by unifying the two into a single app.

The first time you launch Hangouts after the update, you're prompted to enable SMS in Hangouts or try it later. If you opted to give SMS in Hangouts a try, but still prefer using separate apps, you can disable the SMS integration.

On devices running Android 4.3 or lower, disable SMS in Hangouts by going to Settings > SMS, then uncheck the box next to "Turn on SMS."

Disable Hangouts SMS
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

On devices running Android 4.4, go to Settings > SMS, then tap on "SMS Enabled" to change your default SMS app.

If you're using SMS for Hangouts, let us know what you think of it. And if you disabled, let us know why.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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