Send and receive text messages in Messages

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

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

Start a conversation

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages
  2. Tap Compose Compose.
  3. In the 'To' field, enter the names, phone numbers or email addresses that you'd like to message. You can also choose from your top contacts or your whole contacts 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’ve finished, tap Send Send

Tip: Find out how to share contacts in your messages.

Forward a message

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

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

Read text messages

To read a message that you just received, 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 send you a verification code, or one-off password, to use to sign in.

To copy a code:

  1. Open the 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, photos, places and more

  1. Open the Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap Search Search.
  3. Enter your search terms. You can also use the filters to narrow down your search. 

To remove the previews, turn it off in settings

Read archived messages

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

Fix problems with text messages

  • There’s not enough space on my device: If you get a notification that Messages may not send or receive messages until more space is available, try these tips to free up 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 operator, 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, make sure that you turn off iMessage.
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