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8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat)

8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat)


Reviews: 12079 | Score: 4 | Price: Free

** An update of 8sms to the new Material theme from Android Lollipop is planned. Please be patient with us. **

** 8sms is "trial ware". The "trial" period is 14 days. **

** After the "trial" period, ads will appear (but you can continue to use 8sms for as long as you like). You can remove the ads by making an in-app donation: **

Stock messaging app with useful updates and enhancements.

The latest and best from Android and CyanogenMod.

No bloat. No fuss.

Just a better stock app.

8sms is a port of the Android stock messaging (sms and mms) app with a few extra useful features then added on. The current version is ported from Android 4.4.4 and CyanogenMod 10.2 M1.

Notable features

• Quick reply pop-ups

• Emoji support

• Optional dark theme

• Clean and no bloat

• Most robust "out-of-the-box" mms support

Paid app and "trial" period

Due to problems with financial viability as a free app, 8sms has now effectively become a "premium" app (via in-app donations) with a free "trial" period.

There is a 14 day trial period for new installs. In the trial period, ads do not appear. After the trial period, ads will appear but if you donate, you can disable the ads:

Donating the minimum amount listed in "In-app purchases" below is sufficient to disable the ads.

Donations are "remembered" across upgrades and reinstalls. If you update to a future version of 8sms or uninstall and reinstall, 8sms will remember that you have donated.

You only need to donate ONCE. If you ever have a problem with donations not being remembered, please email us for assistance.

In-app purchases

The in-app billing permission is used for in-app donations.

Usage (Android 4.3 and earlier)

8sms has two modes: default and Stand-alone mode.

In default mode, please do not disable or remove the messaging app that came with your device as that is still required to receive sms and mms messages. Instead, Turn off notifications for the messaging app that came with your device. Then you won't get two sets of notifications.

In Stand-alone mode, please disable or remove the messaging app that came with your device otherwise every new message will be stored twice.

Usage (Android 4.4 and later)

Please install and make 8sms your default sms app.

If you have a lot of old sms messages, it may take a few minutes for 8sms to load conversations the first time.


If you have issues using this app, please see for helpful information and possible solutions. Sample topics include, for example:

Removing ads:

Duplicate notifications or messages:

Missing notifications or messages:

Can't send or receive mms:

Dual SIM support:

Then, if you still have issues, please ask for help.

Forum di supporto italiano

(Italian language support)


This app requires a wide range of permissions because it is a port of a system app. System apps use a lot of permissions. Full network access is required in order to send (or download) mms using your phone's cellular data (mms) connection.

The "approximate location" permission is used for serving ads. It is not used if ads are disabled.

Compatibility and Feedback

If you install this app on your phone and it does not work, please try the links above.

If they don't help, then please email us via the registered email address of this app. Please be sure to specify your phone model and Android version number, and the version of 8sms you have installed.

Thank you.