How do I use text messages on my device? (2022)

Find out how to send, delete or forward a text message and how to block spam or change your text alert tone. The icons and screen may differ slightly from the illustrations below depending on your device, operating system and theme.

You are not able to choose between SMS or MMS. Your messaging service will automatically switch to MMS if you are sending a picture message, or if your text message goes over the character limit, normal SMS length is 160 characters.

To find the Messages app, you may have to look in your Samsung folder. If you still cannot find the app, use your phone’s search function to locate it.

Please note:this FAQ is for text sending text messages. For information on using other messaging apps, please consult the developer’s website.

Reading a messageClick to Expand

On receiving a message you will receive a notification in your messages app, to read this message you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2On opening the app you will see a list of your conversations. New messages will be displayed at the top of the list, and if they are unread a number in blue will appear beside the message (the number indicates the number of unread messages in a conversation).

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3Tap a message to open and read it.

Please note: If you would like to increase the size of the text you can find out how in our FAQ about accessibility settings.

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4Once you have read the message you can choose to reply to the message by typing in the chat message box.

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5Once you have finished writing your message, tap the send icon to send it.

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Sending a messageClick to Expand

To create and send a text message, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap the Compose icon.

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3Tap the plus (+) icon and select the contact you'd like to message.

If you want to send a message to someone who is not a contact you can type their number directly in to the Recipient box. You can also find out more about how to add and manage contacts.

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4Tap Done.

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5Type your message, then tap the Send icon.

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Please note:if you exit a message before you send it, the message will be automatically saved as a draft.

Sending an MMSClick to Expand

Please note:MMS or Multimedia Messages may incur a charge from your network provider or may not be allowed by your network provider depending on your contract. If you are having difficulty sending or receiving MMSs, you should check with your network as to whether they are included in your contract.

An MMS, or Multimedia Message, is a type of message sent when attaching media to a text message. To send an MMS, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap the Compose icon.

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3Tap the plus (+) icon and select the contact you'd like to message.

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4Tap Done.

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5You can add a picture from Gallery by tapping the Picture icon, take a new picture by tapping the Camera icon or you can tap the Attach icon.

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6Tap your chosen multimedia element.

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7Tap Send. Depending on your device, you may need to tap Done before proceeding.

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If you are experiencing problems sending an MMS, please contact your network provider.

Show when text messages have been delivered and readClick to Expand

You can turn on settings so that your message displays when it has been delivered and/or read. To turn this on:

1Open the Messages app.

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2Tap menu (three dots).

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3Tap Settings.

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4Tap More settings.

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5Tap Text messages or Multimedia messages, depending on which you would like to turn on.

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6Slide the toggle to turn on Show when delivered or Show when read.

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7When a text message has been delivered, “Delivered” will show next to the message.

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8When a text message has been read, “Read” will show next to the message.

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Deleting a messageClick to Expand

To delete a text message, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Press and hold the message(s) you would like to delete or tap All.

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3Tap Delete.

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4Tap Delete again.

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5Your message(s) has now been deleted.

Forwarding a messageClick to Expand

The below steps will show you how to use the inbuilt forwarding option on your device.

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Open the message you wish to forward.

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3Press and hold down on the message text until you get a pop-up menu.

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4Tap Forward.

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5Select your contact(s), then tap Compose or Done. If you do not see this screen, skip to step 6.

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6Tap Send.

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Blocking messagesClick to Expand

To block text messages, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Open the message you wish to block.

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3Tap menu (three dots).

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4Tap Block number or Block contact.

If you want to remove the number from your blocked list, tap Unblock number or Unblock contact.

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5Tap Block.

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Find out more about how to block unknown numbers

To check your text message spam folder, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap menu (three dots).

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3Tap Settings.

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4Tap Block messages or Block numbers and messages.

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5Tap Blocked messages.

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6Any messages that have been blocked will now show.

Blocking MMSsClick to Expand

MMS messagingis provided byyour network,and MMS messaging and charges differ by provider.

You can block MMSmessages on your mobile phone by requesting that your network provider discontinue the service for you.

Delay sending a text messageClick to Expand

To delay sending a text message, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap the Compose icon.

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3Tap the plus (+) icon and select the contact you'd like to message.

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4Tap Done.

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5Type your message, then tap the plus (+) icon to show the menu.

Please note: if you don’t see the plus (+) icon, tap the triangle (>) and it will appear.

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6Tap Schedule message.

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7Choose the date and time, then tap Done.

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8Tap Send.

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9An image will appear next to the scheduled message.

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Change the alert sounds and message notificationsClick to Expand

Your message notifications will be set to default. To change your default message tone, you will need to:

1From the home screen swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.

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2Tap Notifications.

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3Scroll to Messages, then use the toggle to enable or disable your notifications.

If you can't see messages, make sureAllhas been selected.

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4Tap messages and then general notifications to customise your alert sounds and notifications

Find out more about how manage notifications on your device.

Set up repeat notifications for a messageClick to Expand

You can set your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to send repeat notifications until you read your text or message. On later models, you can also set which apps and messages to set on repeat.

1From the home screen swipe up to access your apps, then tap Settings.

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2Tap Notifications.

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3Tap Advanced settings.

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4Slide the toggle next to Notification reminders to turn it on. On some devices you may need to tap Vision before choosing Notification reminders.

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5To change the interval at which you wish to be reminded, tap Notification Reminders, choose Remind every, then select your preferred interval time.

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Using My Emoji in a messageClick to Expand

Please note:using the inbuilt emoticons/smilies should not be chargeable when used in a normal length SMS (160 characters). If emojis from a third-party keyboard are used these could turn your SMS into MMS which may be chargeable depending on network.

You can express yourself in fun and creative ways with My Emoji. Create an emoji that looks just like you!

You can capture photos and videos with My Emoji or share stickers of My Emoji with others.Find out more about how to create and use My Emojis.

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap the compose icon.

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3On the Samsung keyboard tap the Emoji icon. If you can't see this option, choose the smiley face to change your keyboard options.

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4Choose the emoji you'd like to use.

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5Tap Send.

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Using LiveMessageClick to Expand

The Live Message feature allows you to use the S Pen to create a short, animated message.The feature is supported by most major instant messaging apps including Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Line and more.

1Open Air Command by tapping the S Pen button twice.

2Choose Live message. (You can also select it by tapping the Live Message icon on the Samsung keyboard).

3Choose Pen effects to change the effects you might wish to change, e.g. colour or effects such as Sparkle, and adjust the thickness by swiping the slider.

4Write your message using the S Pen.

5Choose Done once finished.

6Choose Share when you're ready to share your message.

7Choose how you want to share it (e.g. via Messages or email etc.), select your recipient and send.

Click here to view the Samsung Smart Simulator: an interactive guide for everything from inserting your SIM card, to maximising battery life or using the S Pen.

Send a text by voiceClick to Expand

To send a text message by voice, you will need to:

1On the home screen, choose Messages or swipe up to access your apps and choose Messages from the Samsung folder.

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2Tap the Compose icon.

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3Tap to Enter message, then tap the Microphone icon.

On some operating systems, a radio wave icon will be displayed. This will allow you record a voice message, but it will be sent as an MMS which may incur a charge from your network provider.

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4Start speaking. Your device should now type what you say.

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5Tap Send.

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Send a text message using BixbyClick to Expand

Please note:available Bixby functions and features can differ by region and by device.

Before you can send a message using Bixby, you will need to make sure that the Bixby Key and Bixby Voice has been enabled. More information on how to setup Bixby services, can be found here.

1Press and hold the Bixby Key.

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2Once Bixby is listening, you will need to tell it who you would like to send the message to and the message you would like to send.

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3Tap Send or say Yes to send your message.

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4Bixby will confirm once it has sent your message.

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FAQs

How do I activate text messages? ›

Tap 'Settings' or 'Messaging' settings. If applicable, tap 'Notifications' or 'Notification settings'. Configure the following received notification options as preferred: Enabled when a checkmark is present or switch is in the ON position.

How do I get text messages on my phone? ›

Steps to follow when Android is not receiving text messages:
  1. Reboot your phone.
  2. Check the reception.
  3. Clear the cache from your text app.
  4. Make sure your SIM card is inserted properly.
  5. Ensure your phone is not in Airplane Mode.
  6. Confirm that your carrier supports SMS and MMS messaging.
12 Nov 2021

What app is used for text message? ›

Google Messages (formerly Android Messages) is a free texting app by Google. In terms of features, Android Messages keeps it light.

What is the difference between a text message and a SMS message? ›

The first and biggest thing to know about the difference between SMS and text messages is that there is no difference. SMS, or Short Message Service, is a form of text message that's sent from one device to another.

How do text messages work? ›

When a text message is written, it is transmitted as binary code using a particular frequency of radio waves specific to that user. The signal is received by a nearby cell tower, which then directs the information to be transmitted by another tower near the intended recipient.

How do I reset my text message settings? ›

Follow these steps to reset SMS settings to default values on Android:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps (Application Manager).
  3. Open the Messages app.
  4. Choose Storage.
  5. Choose Clear Data.
11 Aug 2022

How do I see my text messages? ›

Most devices already have a shortcut to this app on your device's home screen, usually in the drawer at the bottom of the screen. It usually looks like a speech bubble or an envelope with the words Messaging below it. Tapping on this app will open your text messages allowing you to read, send and reply to any messages.

Why am I not getting text messages on my phone? ›

If you're not receiving Android notifications, check to see if Do Not Disturb or Airplane Mode are turned on, and turn them off. Make sure system notifications and app notifications are turned on in your settings. Your power or data settings could also be preventing apps from retrieving notification alerts.

Why can't I receive texts on my phone? ›

Fix problems sending or receiving messages

Make sure you have the most updated version of Messages. If you have a SIM card, ensure that it is inserted properly. If you're on Fi, sign in to the Project Fi app. Verify that Messages is set as your default texting app.

Which texting app is totally free? ›

Among its many features, WhatsApp supports free texting, photos, videos, file transfers, voice messaging, and video chat. It does that with full end-to-end encryption, as well.

How can you tell if a number is a texting app? ›

How to Tell If a Number Is From a Texting App? Usually, you can tell if a number is from a texting app by checking its caller ID. Mostly, the number will be listed as a text number or a calling number, which represents a number from a texting app.

What is the number 1 texting app? ›

Most Popular Messaging App: WhatsApp

Group messaging supports up to 250 people. Supports end-to-end encryption.

Do you get charged for SMS text messages? ›

You can send and receive text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages through the Messages app . Messages are considered texts and don't count toward your data usage. Your data usage is also free when you turn on chat features.

How do I switch from SMS to text messages? ›

Open the Messages app . Tap the conversation with an undelivered message. Tap the timestamp of the undelivered message. Tap Switch to text (SMS/MMS).

Should I use SMS or MMS? ›

SMS messages have a restriction of 160 characters per text message, whereas MMS messages allow for unlimited characters. Another difference, much more significant in essence, is that MMS—as opposed to SMS—allows you to embed media files on a text message (i.e. images, audio files, clips, and gifs).

Who can see my text messages? ›

With SMS, messages you send are not end-to-end encrypted. Your cellular provider can see the contents of messages you send and receive. Those messages are stored on your cellular provider's systems—so, instead of a tech company like Facebook seeing your messages, your cellular provider can see your messages.

How do I send a text message on my Android phone? ›

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  1. Tap the messages app icon.
  2. Tap the compose icon.
  3. Tap the relevant contact.
  4. Tap the compose button.
  5. Write your message.
  6. Tap the send button.
  7. Your message has been sent!

What does SMS mean when you send a text? ›

SMS stands for Short Message Service and is commonly known as texting. It's a way to send text-only messages of up to 160 characters between phones.

How do I fix my text messages on my Android? ›

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  1. Force Close and Reopen Messages. ...
  2. Close Unneeded Applications. ...
  3. Set Messages as Default Texting App. ...
  4. Clear the Messages App Cache. ...
  5. Update the Messages App. ...
  6. Downgrade or Uninstall Messages Updates. ...
  7. Update Google Play Services. ...
  8. Free Up Storage.
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How do I know if my text message is working? ›

There are multiple ways you can test your phone to see if its text messaging function is working.
  1. Use a free online text message site such as SMSEverywhere, Mobile-Sender or SendSNSNow (see Resources). ...
  2. Send a text message to an email address. ...
  3. Ask a friend to use their phone or to send you a text message.

Will clearing data delete my text messages? ›

Even messages are untouched when you clear data for the Messages app on your phone. Only the app settings such as notifications will be reset.

Where are my text messages stored? ›

In general, Android SMS are stored in a database in the data folder located in the internal memory of the Android phone.

Can someone see your text messages? ›

Yes, it's definitely possible for someone to spy on your text messages and it's certainly something you should be aware of – this is a potential way for a hacker to gain a lot of private information about you – including accessing PIN codes sent by websites used to verify your identity (such as online banking).

How do I check text messages on Android? ›

Now when you send a text message you can tap and hold the message and select “View message details“. On some models, it may be under “View report“. The statuses will show “Received“, “Delivered“, or may simply show the time of delivery. If the message was not delivered, it may show as “Pending” or “None” status.

Why can't I receive text messages on my Samsung phone? ›

If your Samsung can send but Android not receiving texts, the first thing you need to try is to clear the Messages app's cache and data. Head to Settings > Apps > Messages > Storage > Clear Cache. After clearing the cache, head back to the setting menu and select Clear Data this time. Then restart your device.

How do I receive text messages on my iPhone? ›

Make sure that your iPhone is configured to receive text messages
  1. Start the Settings app.
  2. Tap "Messages," then tap "Send & Receive."
  3. In the "You can receive iMessages" section, your phone number should have a check mark beside it. If it's not checked, do that now and check to see if you can receive messages.
6 Aug 2019

Why am I not receiving SMS Messages on my iPhone? ›

If you have an iPhone and another iOS or iPadOS device, like an iPad, your iMessage settings might be set to receive and start messages from your Apple ID instead of your phone number. To check if your phone number is set to send and receive messages, go to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive.

Why can't I receive a text from one person? ›

The most common cause of the can't receive texts from one person error is if you have included the contact in your phone's blocked numbers list. So, the first thing that you should check is your list of blocked contacts.

Does green text mean blocked? ›

Bear in mind that the bubble color isn't a perfect indicator that you've been blocked — green conversation bubbles can also mean the person's phone is off, they're offline, or they've finally switched to Android.

How do I unblock text messages? ›

Unblock a conversation
  1. Open the Messages app .
  2. Tap More options. Spam & blocked.
  3. Select the contact from the list.
  4. Tap Unblock. Otherwise, tap Back .

Is TextFree really free? ›

Apart from free texting and calling, Textfree gives you a real US free phone number using which you can communicate with anyone even if they do not have the application. The phone number that they provide is a permanent one. All new accounts get a new number and 60 free minutes.

What texting apps dont need Wi-Fi? ›

  • Bridgefy. Bridgefy is a popular offline messaging app that has gained popularity. ...
  • Briar. Briar is an offline messaging app for Android that promises secure offline messaging without needing any mobile data or WiFi connection. ...
  • Fire Chat. ...
  • Signal Offline Messenger. ...
  • Vojer. ...
  • Peer Chat. ...
  • Near Peer. ...
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What texting app Cannot be traced? ›

The untraceable texting app you need will be Text Vault. Text Vault app comes along with a simple and easy to use interface. After downloading it from the App Store, you cam immediately text from the "Burner number" that is a anonymous number.

Can text apps be tracked? ›

The apps let users send text messages and even make calls . But the receiver doesn't recognize who is contacting them, because the apps assign random phone numbers to the calls and texts. But users can't remain anonymous during criminal investigations. Both apps allow police to access records.

Can a phone number be traced? ›

Private numbers, blocked, and restricted calls can usually be traced. However, unknown, unavailable or out of area calls are not traceable because they don't contain the data needed for a successful trace.

What is the most popular messaging app 2022? ›

According to the latest data, as of 2022, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world, with two billion monthly active users. The chat app's user base has been growing quickly and consistently over the years. In fact, in 2016, there were one million WhatsApp users, half of what there are now.

How can you tell if someone has read your text message on Android? ›

On an Android

Depending on your phone model, operating system, and cellular provider, you will notice one of the following: Read Receipts, Send Read Receipts or Request Receipt. Turn on the applicable option. On a Samsung phone, go to Messages > Menu > Settings > Chat settings. Here, you can enable read receipts.

Why would you use Messenger instead of texting? ›

Messaging is instant.

One of the biggest benefits of using messaging versus texting is the ability to communicate in real-time. Unlike texting, or email for that matter, i-message, a type of messaging available only to i-phone users, allows recipients to receive messages the second the user presses send.

How much is it to send a text message? ›

At most, 1/1000th of a penny. Via Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It): For cell phone users paying a la carte, the retail price of transmitted data is around $1 a megabyte.

Is SMS free on WiFi? ›

Wifi calling and texting are projected as a free service. However, some mobile carriers may charge you for international calls over wifi. For example, t mobile has been known to charge regular calls even when you call over wifi, in case of international calls and texts through your normal number.

How do you text someone? ›

Start a conversation
  1. Open the Messages app .
  2. Tap Compose .
  3. In "To," enter the names, phone numbers, or email addresses that you'd like to message. You can also pick from your top contacts or your whole contact list.

Do all text messaging systems use SMS? ›

SMS is a universal technology supported by every single mobile network and device today. All you need to start texting over SMS is another person's phone number.

How do I switch between SMS and MMS? ›

On the messaging App, Tab on Menu options (three little dots), then go to Settings. Then More Settings and Select Multimedia Messages. At the end of the mms menu, you will see the option to Set restrictions, change it to Restricted and this will block the text messages being changed automatically from SMS to MMS.

What's the meaning of MMS? ›

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from a mobile phone over a cellular network. Users and providers may refer to such a message as a PXT, a picture message, or a multimedia message.

What is the difference between a text message and an SMS? ›

The first and biggest thing to know about the difference between SMS and text messages is that there is no difference. SMS, or Short Message Service, is a form of text message that's sent from one device to another.

Are SMS and text messages the same? ›

SMS stands for Short Message Service and is another name for a text message. An SMS is generally sent from one mobile device to another over the cellular network. SMS is a text-only standard first formalized in 1985 in the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standards.

What is the difference between texting and messaging? ›

Text messaging and instant messaging are similar because they are both used to send text messages. However, text messaging ("texting") uses the cellular phone service, whereas instant messaging employs the Internet. Text messages are typically limited to 160 characters, but instant messages can be longer.

How do I activate SMS on my iPhone? ›

Advanced troubleshooting and configuration should be handled by Apple .
  1. From a Home screen on your Apple® iPhone®, navigate: Settings. Messages. . ...
  2. Tap the. Send as SMS switch. to turn on or off . When enabled and iMessage is unavailable, messages are sent as SMS.

Why can't I send and receive SMS? ›

Fix problems sending or receiving messages

Make sure you have the most updated version of Messages. If you have a SIM card, ensure that it is inserted properly. If you're on Fi, sign in to the Project Fi app. Verify that Messages is set as your default texting app.

How do I enable text messaging on my iPhone? ›

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Messages, then turn on iMessage. On your Mac, open Messages, then do one of the following: If you're signing in for the first time, enter your Apple ID and password, then click Sign In.

Why can't I get SMS messages on my iPhone? ›

If you have an iPhone and another iOS or iPadOS device, like an iPad, your iMessage settings might be set to receive and start messages from your Apple ID instead of your phone number. To check if your phone number is set to send and receive messages, go to Settings > Messages, and tap Send & Receive.

Should SMS be on or off on iPhone? ›

Which is better for you? Most iPhone users will want to use iMessages, so long as they have a good plan that can handle the data usage. The only reason to use SMS instead of iMessage is if you're chatting with people who don't have Apple devices, or if you don't have any data on your phone.

What is the difference between MMS and SMS? ›

A text message of up to 160 characters without an attached file is known as an SMS, while a text that includes a file—like a picture, video, emoji, or a website link—becomes an MMS.

How do I know if my SMS is working? ›

There are multiple ways you can test your phone to see if its text messaging function is working.
  1. Use a free online text message site such as SMSEverywhere, Mobile-Sender or SendSNSNow (see Resources). ...
  2. Send a text message to an email address. ...
  3. Ask a friend to use their phone or to send you a text message.

Why are my messages failing to send? ›

Some common reasons why SMS messages may be failing to send: The destination handset is unreachable. The destination phone number does not support Text. The SMS message exceeds the 160 character limit.

How do you fix a text message that wont send? ›

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