large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

The Android Messages app is set for a much-needed redesign

Big changes are on their way to Android Messages. Google will modernise the RCS messaging app in a future update, by transforming its entire look and introducing plenty of useful new functionality.

An under-development version of the app seen by 9to5Google shows there’s lots to look forward to.

Read more: World Cup VAR

First and foremost, it’s going to look slightly different. Android Messages is getting the Material Design treatment, which will see its currently grey background turn white.

There’s also a Dark Mode option, but it isn’t yet clear how it will look.

The blue bar at the top is also being stripped of its colour, the “Messages” header on the main screen is switching to the Google Sans font and moving to the centre of the bar, and there’s going to be a large new Start Chat button there too.

The most useful changes, however, are those being made to Search.


The redesigned version of the app will suggest filters, such as videos, links, pictures and locations, and the search bar will also try to make things easier by suggesting contacts.

Read more: Amazon Prime Day

GIF search is on its way to Android Messages too, as is improved location-sharing and the option to quickly send spammers’ numbers and messages to Google.

Are you looking forward to the changes? What’s grabbed your attention in particular? Share your thoughts @TrustedReviews.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.