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Following Signal's controversial announcement that SMS/MMS support would be dropped from their app. This means you can no longer reply to SMS/MMS chats within Signal. Exporting SMS to another compatible app is the only way to reply to insecure SMS messages.

For context I do not use SMS for messaging, however upon occasion I receive SMS messages that need a reply. I can no longer do that with Signal.

What SMS/MMS app do you recommend for Android?
 
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Well, I use the default messaging app by GrapheneOS. However, since the announcement of Signal dropping SMS/MMS support, two people forked the Signal app (Signal being open source) and kept the SMS/MMS function for users who don't want to use a different messaging app. The forked Signal app may be an option for you or anyone who used Signal.

Johanw666 - Signal Android
ryukoposting - Signal Android
 
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I never use sms but this is easy simple foss no trackers etc. Simple SMS from fdroid

(All the simple tools are really good)
 
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I don't see any reason to use anything other than Google Messages; handles SMS/MMS and automatically applies end-to-end encryption to RCS messages.
 

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Following Signal's controversial announcement that SMS/MMS support would be dropped from their app. This means you can no longer reply to SMS/MMS chats within Signal. Exporting SMS to another compatible app is the only way to reply to insecure SMS messages.

For context I do not use SMS for messaging, however upon occasion I receive SMS messages that need a reply. I can no longer do that with Signal.

What SMS/MMS app do you recommend for Android?
Sadly, Google Messages, with most of the features enabled, especially Spam Protection et cetera.
 
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Sad that Signal decided to null regular SMS/Text. Problem with Google's in-built messenger is that it's a standalone app, that requires updates from Google Play and from what I've seen they just update it at will without any changelog or anyway to check what they updated/changed. It's the same deal with carrier service, which you need to make calls so you really can't avoid Google or Google Play Store with modern day Android.
 
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I don't see any reason to use anything other than Google Messages; handles SMS/MMS and automatically applies end-to-end encryption to RCS messages.
Google Messages it is.

Sad that Signal decided to null regular SMS/Text. Problem with Google's in-built messenger is that it's a standalone app, that requires updates from Google Play and from what I've seen they just update it at will without any changelog or anyway to check what they updated/changed. It's the same deal with carrier service, which you need to make calls so you really can't avoid Google or Google Play Store with modern day Android.
As you said it was convenient having a single app. However, I have no issues with using Google services if it's the best overall app.
 

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The Signal app from github by johan6www looks like got support for SMS

 

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The Signal app from github by johan6www looks like got support for SMS/MMS

Yeah, no thanks. Signal team of developer's vs a 1-man team fork. Thanks, but no thanks.
 

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