To turn off categories in Google Messages on Android

Google Messages categories.

Google’s messaging app – which is the default texting app on many Android devices – has “Categories” at the top to organize your text messages. Fortunately, this email-like feature can be turned off if it is not your cup of tea.

Since March 2022, Messages has shown three “Categories” at the top of the inbox: “All”, “Personal” and “Business”. You do not need to do any manual sorting. Google automatically tries to sort your messages into these categories.

If this feature sounds familiar, it’s because it’s very similar to the categories in Gmail. You may not find it so useful for SMS. Let’s get rid of it.

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First open the Messages app and tap on your profile icon at the top right.

Select “Message settings” from the menu.

choose "Message settings."

Go to “Message Organization” in the settings. “

Go to "Communication organization."

Turn off the switch for “Show messages by category.”

Note: Unfortunately, you must have this enabled if you want to use the “Delete automatic one-time code after 24 hours” function, which is found on the same screen.

Power off "See messages by category."

That’s all it takes. Your inbox returns to the typical layout with no categories at the top of the screen. Messaging has some other organizational features that you can use to keep things neat and easy to find.

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