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

Reply to a message quickly

At the bottom of a conversation, you’ll sometimes see suggested replies based on recent messages in the conversation. You can’t edit these replies.

To send a suggested reply, tap it. 

Note: You might be charged for data. Check with your carrier for details.

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.

Copy a code in a message

Some apps and websites fsend you a verification code, or one-time password, to use to sign in. To copy a code:

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Open a verification code message.
  3. Click Copy "[Code]".
  4. On the app or website, paste the code.

Note: Google can’t see your messages or verification codes; they’re not sent to Google servers as part of this feature.

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.