8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat) Apk

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** 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: http://8s.ms/removing-ads **

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: http://8s.ms/removing-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 http://8s.ms/info for helpful information and possible solutions. Sample topics include, for example:

Removing ads: http://8s.ms/removing-ads
Duplicate notifications or messages: http://8s.ms/duplicate-notifications-or-messages
Missing notifications or messages: http://8s.ms/missing-notifications-or-messages
Can't send or receive mms: http://8s.ms/cant-send-or-receive-mms
Dual SIM support: http://8s.ms/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.

8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat) 1.48 APK Download BoxBack top

  • 1.48
  • Android 4.1.x - Jelly Bean (SDK: 16)
  • January 10, 2016
  • 9c0ed88b384cbe77df4277aafe5001a3
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10 recent comments of 8sms (Stock Messaging, KitKat) APK

John The Verbose

I donated in order to remove the ads, but as of the recent update, it's skiing me to donate again and it won't go away. When I tap on it, it thanks me for my donation and I can't donate again if I wanted to.

brandon cunningham

I like the popup and design. I only wish you could zoom while viewing a picture message. The images often show up too small to see and must be saved and opened in another app.

gino buscado

Im gonna make it 5 stars if in the nxt update you can give space or gap for the nxt bubble msg. i sometimes missed look and thought that the 2ndtxt/msg was the continuation of the frst one. The rest is actually perfect. Its just that the bubbles makes me confused

Rahul Seth

Please enable to select a part of text in message so that one can perform copy. The only option as of now is to 'Copy entire SMS'.

Jeremy Bougie

Was 5 stars. The newest update broke the "no notifications" option in the settings. Even when you opt out of receiving notifications, the app icon still has a notification counter. Since I use a 3rd party floating notification Apk, the notification counter on the app icon isn't needed. Please fix this or I will have to find an app that works better for my needs. EDIT: back to 5 stars.

michael rodriguez

Best SMS replacement for hangouts.. But then they got greedy. They introduced ads and now my phone constantly hangs trying to send out texts. The version before the ads never did that. Really annoying.. Looking for a new app to replace this one now.

James Brown

This functions immensely better than my standard messaging app. I don't mind forking over a couple bucks for a quality product and that's exactly what this is. Not only is the set up relatively simple but, with the trouble shooting guide, any questions I might have had were already answered. Will continue to use as long as I can!


Great look, feel, layout... Love the dark theme, and ability to delete all texts at once... but all my incoming mms picture messages are compressed before receiving them, coming in at very low quality (video as well) even after raising the mms size in settings. Outgoing mms my recipients have no issue with quality but sent from them to me its an issue; I cant even read the grocery list my old lady sends me... This is not an issue when I revert back to the stock messaging app

Dennis G

But in the past week people haven't gotten my texts until hours to days later and vice versa. Used to be fine. It's not my carrier, as all my friends who have Verizon have no issues. This will go back to 5 stars once I can fix this issue. Any advice? EDIT: CLEARED DATA AND CACHE SEEMS TO BE OK NOW

Kevin Kuhle

This app almost allows me to stay on a stock rom and while the lollipop themes are nice there are a few bugs that stop me from using this. Sometimes some avatars in the message list change to square until I kill and start the app back up. The notification doesn't properly clear if I wait longer than about 5 seconds to reply or mark read from the heads up notification. Other than that, this app is great. Just wish it was maintained still so I could use it.

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