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Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages

Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages

Billions of texts are sent every day. Having an easy-to-use messaging app is essential.

The article explores two popular apps: Google Messages and Samsung Messages. Which is for you? This is the Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages battle.


Google Messages and Samsung Messages Interface
Google Messages and Samsung Messages on S22 Ultra

Both apps look the same except for a few differences. Google Messages shows a single line of the latest text under each conversation, whereas Samsung displays extended length.

Samsung Messages has two tabs and an option to add Categories. The second tab shows your contacts.

Regarding messages from unknown numbers, simplifies the number by adding spaces. Samsung Messages shows without spaces or formatting.

While typing, Google Messages displays whether you are sending an SMS or MMS. By default, it’s an SMS, but the label converts to MMS if you add a file or an image.

Winner: Tie

Dark theme

Both offer a dark theme, but Samsung has an edge because of its One UI. The dark theme in the app is super dark.

With Google Messages, you will notice that the screen is dark gray, even on Samsung devices.

However, Google Messages has a separate option to enable or disable this mode, whereas Samsung Messages relies on your device’s display mode.

Winner: Tie

Unread messages

Unread Messages in Google Messages and Samsung Messages
Unread Messages in Google Messages and Samsung Messages

The unread conversation is displayed in bold text in both, and you see a tiny dot to the right.

Samsung Messages also shows the total unread messages when you scroll down in the main interface.

Also, you get to see the total unread messages in each conversation on the right side of the conversation.

Winner: Samsung Messages

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Supported message options

Google Messages and Samsung Messages Message Tools
Message Tools

This is one of the prominent rounds of Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages, as the more features you get, the better. The below image table shows all the possible.

Google Messages vs Samsung Messages Message
Message tools

Out of 15 features, Google Messages supports 12, and Samsung Messages offers 13, but two with the help of other Samsung apps.

Winner: Tie


Google Messages vs Samsung Messages
Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages – Notifications

Overall, Google Messages gets this round because it offers more AI options.

When you receive a code, the app automatically shows the “copy code” button in the notification.

Tapping on that option copies the code and marks the message as read. In some regions, those messages can be deleted after 24 hours.

Samsung Messages notification shows:

  • Message details
  • Mark as read
  • View message options

Furthermore, Google Messages supports chat bubbles like those in Messenger.

Samsung Messages does not support bubbles, but you can open a small popup to respond to a message.

Both apps support popup notifications on Samsung devices and are supported on Samsung Galaxy watches.

Winner: Google Messages

Searching for messages

Searching in Google Messages and Samsung Messages
Searching in Google Messages and Samsung Messages

This round goes to Google Messages because the moment you tap on that search bar, you see two rows: People and Categories.

Under the People row, you see the recent users you had conversations with. You can tap on any to search through that conversation.

The Categories row shows:

  • Starred
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Places
  • Links

Touching on one shows messages containing that particular category. For example, tapping on links displays all the messages that contain links.

Samsung Messages also shows two rows on the search screen. The “Picture and videos” row shows media. The second row is “others,” showing other data such as audio messages.

Winner: Google Messages

Chat features

How Google Messages Chat Features Work

Both support sending messages using the internet. Google Messages is more advanced. Here is what’s offered on both:

  • Send and receive messages
  • See when the message is delivered or read
  • See when the other person types
  • React to messages

Google Messages also supports iPhone reactions, whereas the feature is still not fully developed on Samsung Messages. You must register your number to use this feature in both apps.

Winner: Google Messages

Spam detection

Spam Messages in Google Messages and Samsung Messages
Spam Messages in Google Messages and Samsung Messages

Google Messages is far ahead in the spam protection game.

Messages I receive are sent to the spam folder quickly, whereas Samsung Messages sometimes misses and lets them sit in conversations.

Regarding technology, Google Messages uses its own service, whereas Samsung Messages takes the data from Hiya. A user can also report spam messages in the app.

Winner: Google Messages

Extra features

Smart reply (Google Messages)

Smart Reply in Google Messages
Smart Reply in Google Messages

The Smart Reply feature is not everywhere, but it is great.

The app uses AI to detect the last received message and suggests a few quick one-tap messages based on it.

For example, if you receive “Where are you?” it will suggest options like “At home” and “I’m at home,” etc. It also suggests GIFs and emojis.

Winner: Google Messages

Swiping on messages (Google Messages)

Swiping on a conversation in Google Messages moves it to the archive folder, but you can customize it to delete the chat.

Samsung Messages doesn’t have an archive folder, nor it offers a swiping feature.

Winner: Google Messages

Video calling (Google Messages)

Google Messages shows a video call option that uses Google Meet to call the person.

The buttons are visible if you have Google Meet installed, and the receiver can receive calls if they have it installed.

Winner: Google Messages

Link previews

Both apps support previewing links you receive.

Google Messages comes with options such as filtering out the links and downloading over Wi-fi, while Samsung Messages only offers to enable and disable this option.

Winner: Tie

Messages for Web (Google Messages)

A fantastic tool of Google Messages is Messages for web. Like WhatsApp Web, it allows you to send and receive messages on your computer.

You must connect the app to the computer to use this feature. Most features of the app are automatically synced with the website.

For example, if you have dark mode enabled in the app, the website will be in dark mode.

Samsung Messages does not offer a built-in web messaging service, but with the help of Samsung SideSync, you can send messages from the PC.

Winner: Google Messages

Categories (Samsung Messages)

The UI of Samsung Messages has the option to add categories. You can separate your work and personal life by creating categories and adding contacts to those categories.

Winner: Samsung Messages

Quick responses (Samsung Messages)

Samsung Messages has editable quick responses to send with one tap. In the bottom section, tap on the “Quick response” button and choose one of the options.

Winner: Samsung Messages

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Google Messages or Samsung Messages

With the features Google Messages offers, Samsung even prefers Google Messages, so why not go and see if it fits?

It has robust AI code detection, spam protection, smart replays, web searches, and other features, making it a great addition to our digital life.


The comparison of Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages covered the essential topics. I hope it helped you figure out which one to use.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.


Thursday 19th of January 2023

Thank you very much for the useful comparison. One small question, do both apps backup the messages automatically (like contacts) so I can restore them when I change my phone?

Miss A

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Hi I love that you can archive on google messages, however just wanted to know when I block a number, can I still see messages they send after blocking them? Thanks

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Thursday 5th of January 2023

Yes, Google Messages has a spam and blocked folder to view spam and blocked messages.


Friday 9th of December 2022

Please look up conclusion in the dictionary.

Konstantin Adamov

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

If you have Samsung Tablet, then you will be forced to use Samsung Messages because it synchronizes between devices seamlessly like iPhone->iPad. Google Messages requires you to link through the web. Also, when you use this feature notification will sits (you cannot clear it) telling you that you have connected to web

Celeste Campbell

Monday 5th of September 2022

Why can't I send group text and only I can see responses. Currently everyone is seeing responses