Samsung’s latest Galaxy and Note devices have been a complete success but the TouchWiz interface remains of their controversial aspects. It provides some interesting features, but also some drawbacks compared to stock Android.
Take Samsung’s built-in phone app – it’s pretty far from Google’s own dialer that’s pre-included on Nexus devices and stock Android. The good news is, it is now possible to install the Google Phone app on Samsung Galaxy devices running under Android Marshmallow (6.0) or higher.
This is made possible by two talented developers which have created a port for Google Dialer that can be used to completely replace Samsung’s stock phone app, and you don’t need a rooted device for this either.
Install the Google Phone app on Samsung Galaxy devices
Before you proceed with the tutorial, here are the requirements you’ll need to fulfill in order to install the Google Phone app on Samsung Galaxy.
- Samsung Galaxy device
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher
The ported Google Phone app is not available on Google Play so you’ll need to have the ‘Unknown sources‘ option enabled in your phone’s Settings (under ‘Security‘ or ‘Lock screen and security‘) since you’re going to side-load it.
You can install the ported Google Phone app by downloading the .APK file from the link below.
After the app has downloaded on your device, tap the Download complete notification and on the following screen, click on the Install button.
Now that the app is installed, you’ll need to set it as your default dialer. Navigate to Settings -> Default applications -> Calling app. There, select the ‘Phone‘ option and from then on, the Google Phone app will be your default dialer.
If you’re wondering why you can only install the Google Phone app on Samsung Galaxy devices running Android Marshmallow and higher, that is because the port was possible thanks to a new feature that lets you replace the stock phone app with another option.