Setting third party messaging as default

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by culverh0use, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. culverh0use macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    I was reading over John Gruber's thoughts on the keynote today, and he said that you can now make third party messaging apps the default for a particular contact if you want. So if I always message a certain contact through Hangouts instead of iMessage, how do I set that up? I haven't been able to figure it out. I'd also like to make Skype the default way to call a contact if that is possible.

    Quoted from him:

    "Likewise, third-party messaging apps can be specified as the default for people on a per-contact basis."
  2. ajiuo macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    It's a new API that the app developer will have to implement... You won't see any of that kind of stuff until the final release.
  3. ashindnile macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2015
    I think he was referring to the phone app's new feature which remembers your calling preferences with VoIP extensions.
  4. stulaw11 Suspended

    Jan 25, 2012
    That's the phone/messaging in terms of the contact. They showed a bit in the presentation- call directly with Skype from the contact or message with Whatsapp. They are opening phone/messages to developers.

    My speculation is that Apple will NOT allow you to replace default apps. They are separated into the App store so they can be updated independent of an OS update (which you needed a full OS update to update any of the built in apps before)
  5. culverh0use thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    So do developers have to update their apps to iOS 10 before this functionality will work?
  6. mattoligy macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2010
    Cloud 9
    Yes :)
  7. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    A little bit of common sense here from Apple would of been nice. If they let us DELETE DEFAULT APPS, then they should allow us to replace those default apps too.
  8. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    They are allowing you to do this.

    The issue, is that without developer's updating their apps first, iOS would have no way of understanding which app is a "phone" app vs. a game. Therefore, without developer action, you would select Angry Birds as your phone methodology of contacting a given contact ... that wouldn't work.
  9. AustinIllini macrumors G3


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    You rush to judge on a beta build of the OS. I'm sure they will have a way to fill in for default Apps.

    Hopefully Inbox will support this soon.

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