How To Add a Signature to Text Messages in Android
Communication is one of the key components to today’s smartphones. While our devices have become more powerful than ever, becoming the source for entertainment, navigation, information, and more, communication is still at the forefront of what we use our phones for the most. Whether it’s taking a call, using Google Duo or Skype to see a loved one’s face, sending a disposable photo through Snapchat, or using one of many instant messaging services on our web-connected devices, we use our smartphones for communication every single day of our lives. And while plenty have moved onto proprietary chat services, there’s nothing more universal than sending a text message over SMS. The standard for messaging may be aging, but it’s still one of the most reliant ways to send a message to someone, regardless of their phone or operating system.
Just because SMS doesn’t hold up to platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger doesn’t mean there aren’t some options for adding some flair to your messages. While supplementing and adding emoji to your text can be a great way to spice up a basic text message, and using stickers, GIFs, and other fun photos and videos can help communicate with your friends, sometimes you need something a bit more professional. Signatures within text messages can help add contact and work information for your colleagues or clients to reply to you, or you can use them to personalize messages with a special meaning, using song lyrics or other content to spice up your messages.
Using signatures in text messages have been popular since the days of flip phones and QWERTY keyboards, but with today’s smartphones, you might not know how to add signatures to your phone. Plenty of apps have removed signatures from recent updates, which may make it difficult to find out how to enable and set a signature of your choosing. Luckily, Android is the platform of choice, and it’s easy to pick an app that will easily allow you to set signatures, display names, include contact info, and more. Let’s take a look at how to add a signature to text messages in Android.
Does My Messaging App Have Signatures?
The popularity of smartphones have largely led to a slow phase-out of signatures in most messages outside of email, where signatures still help to provide context about the person emailing you. Because most users no longer have a need for signatures in text messages, some manufacturers have come to the conclusion that they no longer need to include signatures within the app. Samsung, for example, began removing the option to add a signature to a message in 2016 with the Galaxy S7, and no longer offers the option within the settings menu for the app. Same goes for Android Messages, the default Google texting app for Project Fi and Pixel devices, which stopped including the option sometime in 2017.
But just because the default messaging app for your phone lacks the option to add a signature to your phone doesn’t mean you have to miss out on signatures in texts. Plenty of third and first-party apps alike still have the ability to add a signature to the bottom of your text messages. For example, Verizon Message+, a popular SMS and messaging app included by default on most Verizon devices running Android, includes the option to add a signature to your messages. However, while that app is available for both Verizon and non-Verizon users alike, we don’t think it’s the cream of the crop when it comes to the best SMS apps on Android.
That honor is bestowed to Textra, a popular third-party alternative from developer Delicious. With Textra, not only can you customize almost every aspect of the user interface from theme color to emoji appearance, but you can also use signatures on your SMS messages without any issue. In many ways, Textra is like the more customizable version of Android Messages, using a similar design while allowing for dozens of additional features and settings within the customization menu. We’ve wrote about the app at great length in other cases, and this one is no different: if you want to use signatures within your text messages on Android, Textra is a great choice for communication.
Using Textra for Signatures
Setting up a signature on Textra is easy, and if you’ve use Android Messages before, you’ll likely feel at home as soon as you start up the app. Once you’ve downloaded the app from the Play Store here and you’ve allowed Textra to complete the setup process on your device, you’ll be greeted with the conversation screen inside the app. In the upper-right hand corner of the display, you’ll find the triple-dotted menu icon to open the context menu in Textra. Tap on this, then tap Settings to gain access to the full menu.
Once inside the Settings menu in Textra, scroll down through the main menu until you find the Sending category; it’s the fourth down. While there are several options under this category, the third selection, “Signatures,” allows you to load the Signatures menu inside of Textra.
When you first load this menu, you’ll see a blank screen that lacks any kind of signature to start. You’ll need to add a signature to your list to get started by tapping on the floating action button in the lower-right hand corner of the display. This will load an empty box, with which you can input a new signature into the app.
Once you’ve entered your signature and hit Okay on the box, you’ll see the blank screen from before now feature two new options. First, at the top of the box, you’ll see a toggle for “Add Signature,” which allows you to enable and disable your signature being added to messages within the app. You can turn this on and off as needed, in order to prevent you from having to to constantly reenter your signatures after deleting them to turn them off.
The second option is the ability to choose a signature from the list; you’ll see the first signature you made populate this list alone for the time being. At the right of each entry, there’s a small triple-dotted menu icon that allows you to either change or delete a particular signature. By adding a second signature using the floating action button at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see why this option exists: once you’ve added a second signature, you can choose between the two at will by selecting the dot along the left side of the display.
Once you’ve finished entering your signature into the menu, you can return to the conversation screen. Opening up a thread or a new message box will show a slightly different input box than usual. Underneath the entry field for your text, you’ll find the signature you chose for your text messages below this field. After you send your message, the signature will automatically be added to the end of the text.
There is one caveat, of course. Unlike some older phones from the last decade, Textra likes to add your signature to the right of the message instead of directly below. This is solvable by either hitting enter on your keyboard before sending the message, or by hitting enter inside of your signature before inputting it. We recommend doing the latter, since hitting enter on each message can be pretty annoying overall.
Beyond this small complication, however, the experience as a whole is actually pretty great, making it easy to add a simple or complex signature to your message. Signatures don’t seem to have a character limit in Textra, or at least, don’t seem to have one that stood in the way of us inputting whatever text we wanted into the field.
Textra is far from the only application that has the ability to add signatures to your text messages. Even as other applications, including the previously-mentioned Android Messages and Samsung Messages, continue to remove the signatures feature from their application, there are always other third-party SMS offerings on the Play Store to choose from.
Chomp SMS is one such example, though considering it’s an older app by the same developer as Textra, anyone who doesn’t like Textra will likely want to skip this app. Go SMS Pro still has support for signatures in their settings as of writing, and the themes available to Go SMS users make it one of the most customizable on the market today, even if it isn’t quite as slick as Textra’s more modern interface. Verizon Messages, as mentioned, is also an option for users looking to use a signature. Though it wasn’t our cup of tea, at 4.6 stars on the Play Store, it’s well-loved by its users.
If you’re using a different SMS app than one of the ones mentioned here, you can dive into the settings of that respective app to see if the signatures option is somewhere in those settings listed. Android doesn’t use a global signature option, so if your SMS app has the ability to use signatures, you’ll find it in the respective settings of each app.
You can also choose to use the shortcut method within your keyboard application. By diving into the settings of your keyboard app, you can add a shortcut that makes it easy to convert a piece of text to a different word or phrase. For example, you can choose for the word “signature” to become your full signature when you type it, so that you can pick and choose when it appears, and you can add it to the texting app of your choice. This workaround is great if you want to stick with the messaging app you already use, but can’t use signatures within the app.
The reason we like Textra’s signature ability so much is because of the flexibility of choosing a signature. Since it contains the option to easily enable and disable signatures at the flip of a switch, plus the option to hold multiple signatures without a character limit, it becomes one of the best implementations of signatures we’ve seen on Android. That doesn’t make it the only good option on the platform, of course, but when multiple major messaging apps have been slowly removing signatures from their messaging apps, it’s important to note when an app does it right.
So, do you still use signatures in your text messages, or have you moved away from SMS altogether for newer chat applications? Let us know in the comments below!