Stand-alone mode

If running 8sms on Android 4.4 (KitKat) or higher, Stand-alone mode has been made obsolete by the Android "Default SMS App" setting and no longer exists. See Default SMS App for information.

The information below only applies to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or lower.

When running on Android 4.3 JellyBean or lower, 8sms has two modes of operation: Default mode and Stand-alone mode.

Use Default mode if you also want to use the stock messaging app that came with your device together with 8sms or it cannot be disabled.

Use Stand-alone mode if the stock messaging app that came with your device is disabled or removed, or there wasn't one in the first place.

Default mode:

In default mode, 8sms assumes the stock messaging app is available. When a new sms message is received, 8sms provides a notification but DOES NOT store the sms message into the phone. It relies on the stock messaging app to store the message.

When a new mms message is received, 8sms provides a notification but DOES NOT store the mms message into the phone. It relies on the stock messaging app to store the message. However, for mms messages which have not been auto-retrieved, 8sms can be used to download and store the contents.

In default mode, please configure the stock messaging app that came with your device and turn off notifications. Otherwise there will be double notifications for each new message.

If you are using 8sms in default mode and messages are not being stored, please ensure the stock messaging app that came with your phone is still available and working. Otherwise, use Stand-alone mode.

Stand-alone mode:

In Stand-alone mode, 8sms operates by itself. It stores all new sms and mms messages.

If you are using 8sms in Stand-alone mode and the stock messaging app that came with your device is also working, then each new sms message will be stored twice. 8sms stores it once, and the stock messaging app stores it again. Each new mms message will be also stored twice, but only one of them can be downloaded.