How to feature your favorite text messages on Android

We’ve all had that time when you go through text messages trying to find something important that has been said. Google’s Messages app for Android lets you feature these messages for easy retrieval later.

The functionality is simple but very useful. Similar to Gmail, you can “star” any text message and it is saved in the “Starved” category. The next time you need to reference something important that has been sent to you, just navigate to the category.

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The “Messages” app is preinstalled on some Android devices. If you don’t have it, download the app from the Google play store.

If this is your first time using Messages, you’ll see a “Set Default SMS App” button when you open it.

tap set the default SMS app

Press the button to access a screen or pop-up window where you can select “Messages” and press “Set as Default”.

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select messages and set default

Conversations from your previous SMS app should appear in Messages after that. Tap a conversation to view messages.

Tap a conversation to view messages.

Press and hold the message you want to save.

Press and hold the message you want to save.

Select the star icon from the top toolbar.

Now, to see all your saved messages in one place, go back to the conversation page and tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.

Select “Star” from the menu.

To select "Favorites" menu.

And now you will see all the saved messages!

The Favorites category in Android messages

It’s that simple! This is a great tip for knowing when someone sends you a password, address, or anything else you might want to reference later.

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