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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: How to Enable and Use Preview Message Feature in Messages App in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

If you often use your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to communicate with others using text messages, you can set your phone to show you the sender and a preview of the received message on the lock screen, notification panel, and pop-up to help you easily know if it's an important message so you can quickly take the required action as soon as you read the preview, such as calling the sender or reply the message.


How to enable or disable the preview message feature in the Messages app?
You can turn on or off this feature by using the following steps:
  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Tap More at the top right and then select Settings.
  3. Tap Notifications.
    If the notifications is off, tap the ON/OFF switch to turn it on. The switch turns when it's enabled.
  4. Tap the ON/OFF switch next to Preview message to enable or disable this option. When the switch turns means the preview message feature is enabled.


How to use the preview message feature?
See the following steps as the example of using this feature:
  1. When the screen is locked(please note that this feature works if you set the notifications on lock screen setting to show content).
    When a text message arrives, your phone will display the sender and a short preview of the received message on the lock screen. If needed, you can take further actions with these steps:
    • Swipe down the message preview on the lock screen.
    • Tap Call to call the sender or tap Reply to reply the message in the Messages app.
      If you're using a screen lock type with secure lock settings, e.g., PIN, password, pattern, fingerprints, or direction lock, you need to perform your current screen lock method before the selected action can be done.
  2. When the screen is not locked and pop-up display feature is enabled.
    When a text message arrives while you're on any outside the Messages app, your phone will display the sender and a short preview of the received message in pop-ups. If needed, you can take further actions with these steps:
    • To read the whole message in pop-up, scroll down the message in the pop-up. Or, you can tap View to read the message with more conveniently in the Messages app.
    • To reply the message, tap Reply button. Enter your message and then tap Send button.
    • To close the pop-up, tap Close button.
  3. When the screen is not locked and pop-ups display feature is disabled.
    When a text message arrives, your phone will display the sender and a preview of the received message on the notification panel. If needed, you can take further actions with these steps:
    • Swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel.
    • Tap Call to call the sender or tap Reply to reply the message in the Messages app.

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