Send & receive text messages in Android Messages

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

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

Start a conversation

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  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

After you open a conversation, you can chat with everyone in that conversation.

  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.

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 on your Home screen to read it again.

To play a video or recording in a conversation, next to the video or recording, tap Play Play.

To call someone from a conversation, in the top-right corner, tap Call Call.

Search for messages

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap Search Search.
  3. Enter your search terms.

Read archived messages

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More More and then Archived.

Problems with text messages

  • There’s not enough space on my device
    If you get a notification that Android Messages may not send or receive messages until more space is available, try these tips to free space.
  • I’m getting unreadable text messages
    If you switched from a phone with visual voicemail to one without, and you get unreadable texts from your mobile carrier, troubleshoot your voicemail notifications.
  • I’ve switched from an iPhone to an Android phone
    If you're switching from an iPhone to an Android phone, be sure to turn off iMessage.