Don’t you just hate being in the middle of something and getting interrupted? You can be in the zone, playing your favorite game or watching a movie, when suddenly you get the notification that you’ve got a new message.

And, if it’s a message you’ve been waiting for, you’ll need to leave whatever app you’ve currently got open, to read the message and reply to it through your inbox. From there, it’s back to the app you had been on until the next message arrives. Rinse, repeat.

Thankfully, there’s SMS Popup, making the problem of interruption non-existent. SMS Popup allows you to quickly read and reply to SMS messages from a convenient popup window.

Whenever you receive a new message, SMS Popup literally pops up on top of the app you’re currently running. After you’ve read the message, you have the option of simply dismissing the message with the Close button, tapping the Delete button to erase the message, or you can tap on Reply and compose a message right there. When you’re done, tap Send and you can resume whatever you were doing before the interruption.

Worried about receiving a message from someone whom you really don’t need to reply to right away? SMS Popup allows you to modify popup notifications for each contact. You can choose to disable notifications for certain individuals or you can make a notification distinct by customizing it with a contact-specific sound, toggling vibrate on/off, and setting LED notification preferences. Give the people who matter most to you a distinct LED color, for example. It’s sure to get your attention, even if you’re concentrating on an e-mail.

With SMS Popup, it’s even possible for your messages to be read aloud to you using text-to-speech. You can even reply hands-free using the system’s voice recognition feature.

SMS Popup also includes a privacy feature, for those of you who are worried about people peeking over your shoulder and reading your messages. Privacy mode allows to you hide the sender’s name as well as the message contents, so you’ll never have to worry about people reading your SMS while they’re surfing the Internet on your Android phone.

SMS Popup is highly recommended for those of you who receive tons of messages on a regular basis while multitasking on your Android phone.

You can get SMS Popup from the Google Play Store for free. If you find it useful and you’d like to support the developers, there is also an SMS Popup Donate link.

What are your thoughts about SMS Popup?  Do you think it’s intrusive?  Or do you find it a convenience?

Carl Parker
We're all multi-talented and multi-faceted here, but, perhaps, Carl is the most multi-faceted in the bunch. Among Carl's many interests, Android holds a special place. He's particularly fond of reviewing Android apps and writing step-by-step guides for fellow Android fans.
  • Guest

    Let me get this straight. Allowing *ME* to quickly slide down the notifications bar whenever I want to is just “too interrupting”…. but…. forcing a pop-up right in my face is better???


    I think you’ve got this 1 totally backwards. Again.

    • Brianepatt85

      A message that u can quick reply to is essential. SMS pop up is OK but missing key components. SMS pop up doesn’t work for me because if you get two messages at once there’s no way to read both of them. Also there’s no quick compose while holding down the search button. Go SMS works better to me. Besides SMS pop up is abandoned by the dev (no updates) and for t989 galaxy s2 the app re-sends all of your old texts if you reboot your phone. I emailed the dev and no reply. Use to be my favorite but lack of updates made it useless to me.

  • bchampnd

    I’ve been using this app pretty much since I got my Droid X back in Summer 2010 and it is probably the most essential app on my phone.

    The pop up is extremely customizable so you can customize the quick buttons to do what you want without the app dev forcing a one-size-fits-all solution on you.

    Even if the popup doesn’t seem appealing, this app is worth having just for the custom notifications. In addition to contact-specific sounds and LED colors, the app features contact-specific vibration patterns which I really appreciate since my phone is on vibrate most of the day when I’m at work.

  • Blowme

    I think Handcent SMS does all this and more…and it’s free