Sending text messages from your cell phone is a quick and easy way to stay in touch. Anyone can learn to text from their phone. The beginnings can be frustrating, but with practice and patience, texting will feel as natural to you as emailing or talking on the phone.
Method 1 of 3: Send an SMS from a smartphone
Step 1. Select “Messages” from the main menu
On Apple devices, this icon looks like a comic bubble. On Samsung Galaxy and other devices, this icon represents an open envelope.
Step 2. Create a new message
In an iPhone, an icon appears at the top right of the messaging menu that looks like a pencil on a tablet. Clicking on it will open a window to write a new message. In other devices, you will need to select 'create new message' from a menu.
Step 3. Indicate the person you want to contact
You can send a text message to someone in your contacts list or to a phone number that you have not yet saved. You can also select more than one recipient.
- When you start typing the recipient's name, a list of contacts will appear where you can search for and select your recipient. This will insert the recipient's number in the “Send to” field.
- You can directly select your recipient from your contacts list and choose "send an SMS" from the options that appear. The appropriate window will appear.
- If you have already sent messages to this recipient, your conversations will appear as soon as you click on "Messages" in the main menu. Choose the conversation you need from the list.
Step 4. Type your message
When you select the blinking cursor in the message field, the keyboard should appear on the screen. Use it to type the message you want to send.
- You can select the microphone icon near the keyboard on your iPhone to send a voice message. Record the message to send by speaking clearly. Punctuation won't be added automatically, but a voicemail message is a convenient way to send messages if you can't or don't want to have to type them.
- Check if you have any spelling mistakes. If you make mistakes while typing your message, you are offered other alternatives in some devices to try to guess the correct word you wanted to type. If one of the proposed words is the word you were looking for, type a space and this word will be automatically inserted. Click on the cross if it is not.
Step 5. Send your message
When you have finished sending your message, click "Send". Most smartphones display your conversations in comic speech bubbles that correspond to the messages exchanged. So you can reread your conversations or quote them whenever you want.
An iPhone or smartphone displays ellipses when the recipient is typing a message themselves. It may take a few seconds for this message to land in your inbox. Wait for the recipient to stop typing before replying to their message to avoid confusion in the conversation
Step 6. Upload a photo or video
Select the camcorder icon to the left of the message field on your Apple device or select "Send picture" from the messaging options if you are using another device. You can send a photo that you have already taken and saved in your phone or take a new one and send it. Once selected, click on "Use" or "Send".
You can select an image from your photo album. Under the options menu, select "Messages" and then the contact you want to send it to
Step 7. Customize your email options
Knowing the possible options in the settings menu of your phone allows you to make your experience more accessible and more fun. You can customize the notification settings to determine, among other things, whether you want your phone to vibrate when you send or receive messages, or choose your favorite ringtone.
In the messaging settings, you can choose to receive an acknowledgment of receipt for each message you send by toggling the corresponding key on or off. This lets the person receiving them know that the recipient has indeed received and read the message in question. This is useful when your message contains useful information and the recipient is under a time constraint, or when you try to send a message without being noticed. You do not need to wait for an answer with "OK" to know that the recipient has read your message correctly
Method 2 of 3: Send an SMS using old flip phones
Step 1. Select the “Messaging”, “Messages” or “SMS” icon from the main menu
Short Message Service (SMS) is referred to differently on different devices. Scroll down the menu to find the icon and click on it.
Step 2. Select the “Create a new message” option
An empty text field will appear.
Step 3. Enter a recipient in the address bar
You can directly enter a phone number or type the first letter of the recipient's name to bring up a list of contacts from which to choose.
Step 4. Start typing your message using the keyboard
Each number on the keyboard corresponds to a set of letters, which should be written on the keys. Pressing a key will write the first letter to which the key corresponds. For example, the 2 key corresponds to ABC, so pressing the 2 key once will enter A. To enter a B or a C, you must press the 2 key twice quickly or 3 times quickly, respectively.
If you want to type yes, for example, you will need to press the 6 key three times quickly, pause, press the 8 key twice quickly, pause, and then press the 4 key three times quickly. If you are wrong, erase and start over
Step 5. Consider using an intuitive text program
Some people find it difficult to press keys repeatedly. They prefer to use the T9 which is a patented intuitive text program. The T9 guesses the word you are trying to write as you type the letters, so you only have to press each key once per letter. On older devices, the T9 is the default option and may confuse some users, but once you get the hang of it, texting will become noticeably easier and faster.
- Now to type yes you can just press keys 6, 8 and 4. The T9 will process the possible letters (MNO, TUV and GHI) and guess that you are trying to write yes.
- If you choose to use the T9, make sure your phone is set to T9 mode. You should be able to activate it with the asterisk or pound key on your phone.
- Make sure the T9 guesses the correct word. Many words can be written by pressing the same sequence of keys, so make sure the word that appears is the word you want to write. On most phones, press the asterisk key or the pound key to access a different combination of letters.
Step 6. Add a space after you finish the word
This is usually done by pressing the 0 key. You can then start typing another word.
Inserting a space resets the T9, so you can start a new number sequence for a new word
Step 7. Add punctuation with the 1 key
You may have noticed that it does not correspond to any letter. It is in fact used to access punctuation marks.
Pressing key 1 once will enter a period, pressing it twice quickly will enter a comma. Keep pressing the 1 in series until you find the desired punctuation mark
Step 8. To send your completed message, go to Options and select Send
If you are asked to enter the recipient's number, enter it directly or access your directory to select the recipient's number
Method 3 of 3: Learn to use SMS language
Step 1. Use SMS language and abbreviations wisely
The terms "Lol" and "lol" are now part of the common language. However, excessive use of acronyms and abbreviations in your messages can be confusing or even make you look immature. Use full sentences and words if possible, and don't neglect punctuation.
Step 2. Check the tone of your message
When you are learning to write messages, sometimes your texts will sound harsher than they really look. Try to include "please" or "thank you" to avoid any misunderstanding.
- Saying "come get me now" is quite unpleasant when "I'm ready, can you come get me? Thank you ! Is much more polite.
- Don't text to announce bad news or communicate negative emotions. This is preferably done in person or over the phone.
Step 3. Say you have received the message
Text messages are increasingly used to communicate. When you are a beginner, it is often difficult to know how and when to respond to a message. A simple "OK" or "thank you" will let the person know that you have received their message. You can even give them a quick call.
Step 4. Prefer face-to-face conversations over phone conversations
If a situation requires a face-to-face conversation, it is inappropriate to spend your time on the phone, let alone texting. No one would want to dine with someone who keeps talking on the phone or checking for new messages.
If you're using your phone in a library or movie theater, put it on silent. A phone ringing in the middle of a library is as irritating as chatting in the middle of an intense movie scene
Step 5. Get straight to the point
Messages are useful for exchanging bits of useful information. Save the dramatic moments and intricate details of your stories for in-person conversations. Do not be surprised either that we do not answer your "hi", not everyone appreciates the conversations like instant messaging.
Ask a specific question or offer clear information. Instead of saying "what's up? "To a friend, instead say" How about eating Chinese afterwards? If you want to have a longer, more developed conversation, give him a call
- It may be helpful to set your phone to T9 mode. This system composes words automatically, completing the rest of the word the user is trying to enter. It guesses the word that is entered based on the sequence of keys used. Manual corrections may be necessary to ensure that the word entered is the one desired.
- There are many styles of mobile phone devices. The two main types have either a numeric keypad or a keyboard. The numeric keypad includes the numbers and letters on the keys. The keyboard looks like the full AZERTY keyboard, used on computers.
- On most phones, the OK key in the center can also send a message, saving you from having to go through Options each time.
- Make sure you send the message to the correct recipient. There is nothing more demeaning than a misdirected message.
- If you are using the T9, make sure the phone uses the correct word.
- Familiarize yourself with the location of the Select key and learn how to access the Directory. If you are having difficulty, consult the phone's instruction manual to locate features specific to your phone.
- Take a look at what Orange says about texting cellphones from a computer.