Handcent SMS

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  1. Fierybiscuits

    Fierybiscuits Member

    I've just downloaded handcent sms for my hero and am so far pretty impressed with its features apart from the fact that every time I receive an sms I get 2 notifications and 2 copies of the message - 1 in hancent and 1 in the original sms application. My question is how do I set handcent as my default sms receiver and get rid of the original from my homescreen? I have a shortcut on my homescreen which still shows that i have messages even though I've read them in handcent, and I don't know how to get rid of the original app from there. Hope someone can help.

  2. 1) to get rid of the notifications from the original app simply go into it and hit: Menu->Settings-> uncheck Notifications near the bottom of the settings list. This will then disable the app from alerting you and then handcent will only give notifications

    2) to remove the shortcut from the homescreen simply longpress on the icon and drag it to remove at the bottom of the screen, you can then add a shortcut to handcent by using the '+' icon at the bottom of your homescreen and select 'Shortcut->Program->Handcent Sms'

    hope that's of help to you
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  3. qdigga

    qdigga Member

    Thanks for the info, very useful. Handcent is a great SMS program....
  4. praveenzp

    praveenzp Member

    Am having the same issue too.. 2 notifications..
    Even after I have defaulted the handcent sms, i get 2 notifications in the bar. Disappears only after i open the standard msg app....

    Anyone faced this issue?
  5. makfi78

    makfi78 Active Member

  6. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    You should be able to sort this by following Dean's post in this thread!!!
  7. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    I dont see anything called Notifications in my settings screen. So the question remains:

    If you have Handcent, how do you disable the Hero sms from checking and receiving the same texts that Handcent does and also showing it in the tool/status bar on the top?
  8. rizzla

    rizzla Well-Known Member

    Click on the messaging program that comes with the phone so it runs. click menu and then scroll down to notification settings. click the tick box next to notification so theres no tick there and that should stop you getting 2 notifications for your messages.

    Dean did tell you how to do it above.
  9. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    ah, ok thanks. I see now where Dean wrote "go into it" meaning opening the Hero's sms program and then click menu>settings etc. I didnt put 2 and 2 together with how that was written.

    All is fine now. Phone is showing awake 21%. SWEET!
  10. JasonK75

    JasonK75 Well-Known Member

    I'm giving it a try. Like how you can customize it. Just wish that you could also add the contact photo along with the conversation bubble.

    Here is hoping that it will take care of the lock dialer problem too!:D
  11. fchin7

    fchin7 Member

    I can't figure out a way to Forward messages on either Handcent or Chomps. Can it be done?


  12. stupendo

    stupendo Active Member

    On handcent press and hold the message and a menu will appear, one of the options is forward.
  13. david83

    david83 Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one who prefers the default messaging app? I just like the clean simplicity of it. I've tried handcent and chomp and cant see what the big deal is.
  14. JasonK75

    JasonK75 Well-Known Member

    No, I really like it at well for those same reasons, plus the fact you saw the persons picture in the threads. Handcent isn't bad, I do like the fact the conversation can appear as bubbles and that you can add pictures to it. The pop up messages are good to, but at time annoying, and seemed to drain the battery for me?? I'm thinking I might go back to the default after they work out the kinks with the main message app.
  15. fchin7

    fchin7 Member

    I was happy with the main message app also, but everyone said it drained the battery...so I'm using Handcent/Chomps.
  16. Elpelco

    Elpelco Well-Known Member

    I like chomp purely for the chat bubbles. I was using handcent but it has a bug where the messages sometimes vanish when you open the app after recieving them.
  17. Fierybiscuits

    Fierybiscuits Member

    I've had that problem too a couple of times, where I've had a message and it's just disappeared when I tried to read it.
    Actually, I wonder if anyone knows anything about the predictive text bar (the bit where it gives you options as to the words you might be typing) moving so that it covers the bottom row of letters? It's so annoying because I can't type most of the words without choosing the first part of the word first to get rid of it, and then finishing it off. Taking 3 times as long to do anything.
    I do like Handcent but I'm thinking I might switch back to the default Hero service because these issues are getting a bit frustrating.
  18. EnragedYogi

    EnragedYogi Member

    I've redownloaded Handcent as I also wanted the time the message was ent to me.

    One thing I can't figure out is how to get the trackball on my Hero to light up when I receive a message in Handcent. I've got the opiton checked for it to light up in both Handcent and the Main Hero notifications bar but no luck. It does when Handcent isn't installed and I'm using the default messaging client. Anyone have any fixes? Thanks :)
  19. lekky

    lekky Lover VIP Member

    Had a few issues with chomp, notably it not receiving all messages. Handcent is awesome though, don't see any bugs with it, no messages disappearing, it also uses the contacts picture too.
  20. ticho

    ticho Well-Known Member

    I prefer the default messaging app as well. I haven't figured a way to disable incoming SMS notification from both Handcent and default app, so while I had Handcent installed, I always got two notifications at once, with two different envelope icons in notification bar (or even three when I also had Chomp installed).
    On the other hand, I liked the interface of Handcent and its customizability. Does anyone have advice on how to configure the apps to only get one SMS notification? (Besides uninstalling the default messaging app - I don't want to do that, no idea where I would get it back from.)
  21. lekky

    lekky Lover VIP Member

    Hey ticho, check posts above, someone explains how. Basically you go Into the default app's settings and unselect the notifications option
  22. crish

    crish Active Member

    Just make sure all the other apps youre not using have all the notifications unchecked? that's all i did anyway...

  23. JoeC

    JoeC Well-Known Member

    I prefer the main messaging app, as well. But the battery issue is only on CDMA version, correct? I haven't experienced the battery drain issue on my Hero (GSM).

    It seems like a lot of bugs were introduced in the CDMA version.
  24. stylestacey

    stylestacey Member

    Ok sooo..
    1. I went into Handcent settings checked all notifications
    2. went into droid sms unchecked all notifications

    ...still get pop up texts, and in top bar of phone

    3. drag droid sms to trash

    ...still appears on home screen

    4. went into handcent sms application, and it will not allow me to press the (+) key, it is not an option...

    it is really annoying getting the same text message from 2 different accounts.

    What do I do???
  25. lekky

    lekky Lover VIP Member

    Double check you went into the default SMS, then clicked menu, then click settings, and make sure there is no tick next to Notifications.

    You should only get 1 notification, from handcent from now on.

    When dean mentions the + symbol, he means when you are on your desktop, the + symbol at the bottom right of the screen, not inside handcent!

    Let us know if you get it working.

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