Mastering Google Messages: Customize Your Text Bubble Colors!

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Google Messages doesn’t have to stick to the same dull colors all the time. You can add a new color whenever you want to change things up a bit. These adjustments can be made right from your device’s settings, so you won’t need to download another app.

In addition to changing colors, there are other cool features in Google Messages, like setting message reminders and using Photomoji. But let’s focus on the color options for now. Keep reading to find out more about them and how simple it is to switch between them.

Steps to Change the Bubble Color of Google Messages Chats

Please note that the instructions provided below were carried out on a Samsung Galaxy device running Android 14. The steps may vary slightly depending on the device you’re using and the version of Android installed on it.

  1. To begin, open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Next, tap on “Wallpaper and style.”
  3. Then, select the “Color palette” option.
  4. Toggle on the “Color palette” option.
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Select your desired color from either the “Wallpaper colors” or “Basic colors” option.

Please note that in the “Wallpaper colors” option, your choices are limited to the colors present in your wallpaper. Alternatively, the “Basic colors” option offers solid color choices or two-color combinations.

Once you’ve selected the color you want to use, tap the “Apply” button located at the bottom of the screen. The chosen colors will be applied, and you will be taken back to the “Wallpaper and style” section.

The steps for changing the color may vary slightly depending on your phone model.

For Motorola phones:

1. Go to Settings.
2. Tap on Wallpaper.
3. Select “Change Wallpaper” and choose a new wallpaper that features your preferred color.

Alternatively, depending on your Motorola phone model, you may find this option under the “Personalize” section in the settings menu, where you can adjust the color palette separately from the wallpaper.

For OnePlus phones and Pixel devices:

Simply tap on “Wallpaper and Style” to access the color options. Repeat these steps whenever you’re ready to change the color again.

Galaxy Devices:

While you’re on your Galaxy phone, regardless of whether it’s one of Samsung’s top models or not, you can utilize the Accessibility feature to modify the colors of text bubbles in Google Messages. Though it won’t bring about a drastic change, it provides an additional option. Here’s how to give it a try:

1. Go to Settings.

2. Open Accessibility.

3. Tap on “Vision enhancements” (or “Color and motion” on Pixels and other Android phones).

4. Choose “Color correction” and toggle on the option at the top.

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Using Color Inversion

Choose a color option at the bottom and preview your selection in the image above with all the veggies.

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Another alternative is to opt for Color inversion instead of Color correction in the preceding steps. Both options can be accessed following the same procedure.

1. Go to Settings.

2. Open Accessibility.

3. Select “Vision enhancements” and swipe down slightly to access the Color inversion option.

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You can directly enable the Color inversion option from Vision enhancements. However, if you choose it, you’ll have the option to create a shortcut for this feature.

Using Dark Mode

Dark Mode will also alter the appearance of Google Messages bubbles. To give it a try, you can enable it by following these steps:

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1. Open Settings.

2. Go to Display.

3. Tap on the Dark option at the top.

Changing Bubble Colors for Separate RCS Chats

With Google Messages, the feature to change the text bubble color of individual chats is currently rolling out, though its availability is limited as it’s in beta. However, for those in the beta, the steps for RCS (Rich Communication Services) chats are simple and quick:

1. Open the chat to which you want to assign a new color.

2. Tap the three dots at the top right corner.

3. Choose the “Change Color” option.

4. Select a color and tap “Confirm” at the bottom right corner.

RCS Chats
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A notice at the bottom will inform you when you change the color. Each RCS chat can have a different color, and you can return at any time to select another color. Please note that the color change should also apply to the receiver, but don’t worry if that isn’t always the case, as it’s still in beta.

How to Join the Beta Program 

If you’d like to try the beta version where you might have access to the chat bubble color change feature, you can search for the Google Messages beta program online or visit Google’s page to join. However, be aware that beta versions can be buggy and less stable than the official release.

To become a beta tester for the Messages app, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Messages app page on the Google Play Store.
2. Find and select the “Become a tester” option.
3. Follow the instructions provided.

Beta testing allows you to access features that haven’t been released to the public yet. These features may become available to everyone in the future. It’s important to note that you should not publicize or share the features you’re testing until they are officially released to the public.


In late 2023, Google announced seven new features that will transform how you use Google Messages. One of these changes is Custom Bubbles, which enables you to change the color of your conversation directly from the chat. But that’s not all; you can also pin up to five messages.

There are numerous other tips and tricks for Google Messages that you can experiment with. It’s fantastic to see users getting more options for their conversations. Only time will reveal what other great features you’ll get to enjoy.

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