How to display only Google account contacts in SMS recipents?

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  1. dfman

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    When composing new message (SMS), I click the head and shoulder icon (beside Enter Recipient) to select contacts. The contacts list will display all contacts e.g. SIM card contacts, Google account contacts.

    How can I display only Google account contacts?
     
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    Good question. I never scroll through contacts. I didn't even realize that. I always just start typing the name or number in the text box & it brings up the relevant contacts.

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    Which SMS app are you using? Hangouts shows your Google contacts. I don't save contacts to my sim so all of them are synced to Google.
     
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    I use default Messaging. Samsung S4

    No SMS app
     
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    Ah gotcha. I have it on my phone, but have never used it. It's Google Hangouts or Samsung Chaton for me.
     
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    In the setting there should be check box for which contacts you want to use. If you check only Google contacts you should be good to go.
     
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    Only inside [Contacts] app have that option. Inside [Messaging] app does not have that option.

    In [Contacts] icon, I can set only Google contacts is displayed, by going to Contacts>Menu>Contacts To Display, select Google contacts.

    In [Messaging] icon, when selecting contacts at the "Enter Recipient" box, all contacts are displayed. I want to see only Google contacts but don't know how to do it.
     
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    I think you're going to need a third party messaging app to do this, but I'm not sure which ones, if any offer the ability to sorry contacts in such a way.

    Can you not just stay typing the person's name in the "To" box in the stock messaging app?

    I guess it's personal preference, but like I said, I never soft through my list of contacts when sending texts. You can even select multiple people to create a group text by typing in the box.

    I use Google hangouts like many others who've commented here.

    Sent from my Note 4
     
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    Do you use Google hangouts to send SMS? Is it better than the default [Messaging] app?
     
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    Yes I do. I prefer it. It's really not a lot different from the default app, but it combines Google messaging & sms. I also like the look of it better.

    Sent from my Note 4
     
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    I use it while overseas to avoid text message charges while texting back to the States.