February 26, 2015

Bubbles, Colors, Notifications – How to Customize Your mysms Android App [Quick Tip]

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Many people prefer to customize their apps to make them fit to their personal style. In this quick tip we would like to show you which options we provide in our Android apps.

Customize your mysms app

Customize your mysms app


Let your screen talk

Some days ago we released a major design update with several changes. The topic that bothers many of you according to your feedback concerns the message bubbles. Here’s a step by step guide for those of you who want the bubbles back:

  • Open mysms on your phone or tablet
  • Go to the sidebar
  • Tap on “Appearance” and choose “Themes”
  • Next to your chosen theme you’ll see a pen. Tap on this pen to open the theme settings
  • Under “Message view” you’ll find the option to enable the speech bubbles
Enable speech bubbles

Enable speech bubbles


Give your app your personal coat of paint

The bubbles are not the only option to customize the appearance of your mysms phone and tablet app. On the same screen (Sidebar – Appearance – Theme – Edit) you’ll find many more options to change the colors e.g. of the font or the background. It is clustered into the following sections:

  • Action bar (the top bar)
  • Main view (the list of conversations)
  • Message view (the conversation itself)


Use your beautiful images (phone only)

In addition you can choose individual wallpapers. These can be enabled under “Sidebar – Appearance – Wallpaper”. To ensure the legibility of your text messages, we suggest enabling the speech bubbles in this case.

Choose a wallpaper

Choose a wallpaper

Bigger fonts

Those of you who think that the font size is too small or too large, will find an option to resize the font under “Sidebar – Appearance – Font size”. This option is only available for mysms for Android phone. Tablet app users can adjust the font size in their Android settings.


Bigger and smaller font

Bigger and smaller font

Different notifications for special contacts (phone only)

Do you want to know at first sight if your best friend is texting you? For this case we integrated options to define customized notifications for specific contacts. Start the mysms app and tap on the contact pic/avatar to open the contact options. If you choose “Set ringtone” you can customize the ringtone, vibration or LED (if supported by your phone).


Customized notifications

Customized notifications

Do you like the customization possibilities or are you a fan of standard settings?

November 17, 2014

Change the sending options according to your preferences | quick tip

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With mysms we want to make your texting life as simple and convenient as possible on any of your devices. We focus on regular text messaging, but our service also combines MMS and instant messaging. As we implemented some changes within the last weeks, we’d like to give you a short overview of our sending options.

Choose your preferred sending option

Choose your preferred sending option

General info

You can change the send channel any time on your phone, computer or tablet by longpressing the send button. In addition you can choose to send attachments and groups as regular MMS or SMS with link in the mysms phone settings (Sending messages – Advanced settings – Send attachments and groups as). This setting will apply as default setting on all your devices.


Single message

SMS: This is the most common sending option. It’s a regular text message that only contains text and smileys or Emojis. For these texts your existing mobile contract is used (we never charge you for messages). E.g. if your contract includes an SMS flat rate, texts sent via mysms are also free of charge.

MMS: With mysms you can send any files you want (pictures, PDFs, sound files etc.). These messages are sent as MMS (multimedia messages). For MMS also your mobile carrier tariffs apply and you won’t get charged additionally.

SMS with link: In case MMS are too expensive for you, you can choose to send attachments as regular SMS. In this case a link to the file will be added to your SMS. Please note that the recipient needs to open the attachment in the browser.

mysms friends message (chat): If your friends also use mysms, you can send free messages to them. These messages are sent and received via your data connection (mobile data or WIFI).


Message to multiple recipients

SMS and SMS with link: All recipients will receive your message separately. Replies are not shown in a group conversation, but are split in separate conversations.

MMS: In countries where MMS are very popular and inexpensive (US, CA, FR), MMS is the default setting for messages to multiple recipients. Usually people in these countries are heavy users of MMS group chat. When you start a new message and add more than one recipient, the send button will show “MMS”. This means that a group chat gets started – both your actual message and the replies from all recipients will be shown in one single thread.

mysms group chat: In case you have several mysms friends and prefer instant messages, you can start a mysms group chat. The behavior is basically the same as for MMS group chat. Just make sure that the send button shows “chat” (mysms friends message).


Did you know you can choose the sending option individually? Do you prefer to save on costs by sending attachments as links or do you prefer regular MMS?


September 29, 2014

Use shortcuts to text even faster [quick tip]

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mysms users who are fans of our desktop apps know how convenient it is to use a larger keyboard for texting. But did you also know that you can use several shortcuts on your computer to text even faster?

Shortcuts for the mysms desktop apps

Shortcuts for the mysms desktop apps

These are the most useful shortcuts that are available in our Windows 7/XP, Windows 8, Mac or web app:


CTRL/CMD + N = New message (Windows 7/XP, Mac)

CTRL/CMD + ALT + N = New message (web app)

CTRL/CMD + UP = Switch to a upper conversation

CTRL/CMD + DOWN = Switch to a lower conversation


Depending on the option you chose in your desktop app or web app settings:

CTRL/SHIFT/CMD + ENTER = Send message

ENTER = Send message (not available for Windows 8)


General shortcuts for the Windows and web app

CTRL + X = Cut a text

CTRL + C = Copy a text

CTRL + V = Paste copied text

CTRL + A = Mark all text

ALT + F4 = Minimize app window


General shortcuts for the Mac app

CMD + X = Cut a text

CMD + C = Copy a text

CMD + V = Paste copied text

CMD + A = Mark all text

CMD + M = Minimize app window

CMD + H = Hide app window

CMD + L = Unhide app window

CMD + Q = Quit app


Have you already been using some of these shortcuts in the mysms apps?

May 30, 2014

How to change the font size (Android phone) | quick tip

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With mysms there a lot of great features to discover. One of the latest features we added is the possibility to resize the font. We integrated this option directly in the mysms Android phone settings.

Resize text font

Resize text font in mysms


In case you’re unhappy with the standard font size, you can easily enlarge or minimize it. Go to the mysms settings on your Android phone, scroll down to “Other settings” and tap on “Font size”. On the next screen you can choose from the sizes small, medium and large.


We hope you like this improvement!

March 26, 2014

Compose replies quickly via the popup or notification bar [quick tip]

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You love mysms for Android phone, but you think it’s inconvenient to open the app for composing a reply? In this case it’s high time to get to know one of our latest feature improvements.

Reply via the popup or notification bar

Reply via the popup or notification bar

Using the latest version of mysms, we provide you with two different quick reply options:



Probably you know our popup from one of our previous versions. Recently, we’ve changed the appearance of it. Now, when tapping into the input field, you can directly start to compose a reply. Instead of opening the whole message view, only the keyboard appears. Just enable the popup in the mysms settings and to use of this feature.


Notification bar

In case you’ve activated the option “Notifications” in the mysms settings on your Android phone, you receive a notification for incoming messages in the notification bar. In addition to open and read the message by tapping on it, you’ll find three options: Delete the message, mark it as read, or reply. By choosing “Reply”, the popup will directly compose a reply.


Don’t you think that this is much more convenient? How do you like these improvements?