Send & receive text & voice messages in Messages

You can send and receive text messages with friends and contacts on Messages.

Important: Some of these steps only work on Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Start a conversation

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. Tap Compose 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.

Send a message

  1. Tap the message box.
  2. Enter your message. If you'd like to save it as a draft and go back, tap Back Back.
  3. When you’re done, tap Send Send

Tip: Learn how to share contacts in your messages.

Send a voice message

  1. Tap the message box.
  2. Tap the Microphone .
  3. Record your voice message.
    • The voice message is automatically saved as a draft so you can listen to it before you send it.
    • The voice message isn't sent until you tap Send Send.
  4. Tap Send Send.

Read voice message transcripts

When you receive a voice message, you can choose to listen to it or to read a transcript of the voice message.

  1. Open the Messages app .
  2. Open the chat where you received the voice message.
  3. At the top of the voice message recording, tap View transcript.

Forward a message

After you open a conversation, you can send it to a new contact at any time.

  1. Open the Messages app .
  2. Open a chat.
  3. Tap and hold a message. 
  4. Tap More and then Forward.
  5. Choose your contact.
  6. Tap Send Send.

Read text messages

To read a message that you just got, swipe down from the top of your screen and tap New Message New message.

You can also open any conversation in Messages to read it again.

  • Mark all messages as read: Tap More Moreand then Mark all as read.
  • Play a video or recording: Tap a conversation. Next to the video or recording, tap Play Play.
  • Call someone: Tap a conversation. In the top-right, tap Call Call.
  • Read archived messages: From your list of conversations, tap More More and then Archived

Tip: Learn how to change your notification settings.

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