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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Change Text Messages Background Style

While you on Messaging app, you can do some setting to personalize the look of this app. One of which is you can change your message bubble shape and color to the one you like the most.

See also: How to Change Text Messages Bubble Shape and Color on Samsung Galaxy S3

One more thing you can do to personalize your Messaging app is by changing its background style. You can choose the one you wish to use from the available background style or image from your Gallery.

How to change messages background style?
If you want to change your message background style, then here are the steps you need to do:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Tap Messaging app.
  3. Tap the Menu key.
  4. On pop up menu select Background style.
  5. Here you will see a list of available background style at the bottom of the screen.
  6. To change the background style from the available image go to the step #7, while is you want to use your own image as the background go to the step #8.
  7. Tap the required background style you wish to use as your background messages.
  8. To use your own image as the background style, follow the steps below:
    • At the list, tap Add picture icon (the first square on the list).
    • Now you will see a pop up menu of select background. Choose Images if you want to use image from your Gallery or choose Take picture if you want to take the picture first then use it as your background.
    • Once you choose the picture you want to use, here you can also fit its size according to your liking.
    • Tap the picture to save and add it to the list.
    • Tap the picture you've just added to the list to use it as your background.
  9. Try to open your message. Now you should see the background was changed to the background style you've just selected before.
  10. Tap Home button to return to the standby mode.

Different color or picture of the background message will give you different feel and experience while you using your Messaging app. So, what background style are you using now?


  1. hi,after installing the new 4.3 , when in a text message conversation, typing a reply, the previous messages showing above the text box start with the oldest message, and i have to scroll down to see the latest one. (i often need to refer to recent texts to get info to compose a reply)

    Also, the text size choices (using the volume control, or 'manual' settings miss the size i need to see the screen.. it skips from too small to HUGE. Where did the one in the middle go?
    i use swift key.


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