However, there are a few useful extras that the Galaxy can do that you might not have seen before; many of them will almost certainly become an essential part of sending text messages. Let’s take a look at how you can make SMS messaging a breeze.
Create a New Message
Despite how simple an act it might seem, there are a number of options to consider when composing and sending SMS messages on your Samsung Galaxy device.
Step 1 – The easiest way to start a new message is to tap the Messaging app icon on the Home screen. On almost all Samsung devices, the Messages app icon is in the dock at the bottom of the screen. Tap the New Message icon at the bottom-right of the screen to begin composing the message.
Step 2 – In the top box, either type the phone number that you want to message, type the name of the contact, or tap the Contacts icon beside the box, and then choose who you want to message from the contacts list. You can add more than one contact as a recipient of the message.
Step 3 – You can start to type your message in the box above the on screen keyboard. A single text message can’t be more than 160 characters (including spaces), so keep an eye on the character count which appears on the right side when there are less than 10 remaining.
Step 4 – If you want to attach a file (photo, document, etc.) to the message, tap the Paperclip button. Once you add an image or video to a text message, it becomes a multimedia message and may cost more to send.
Step 5 – When your message is ready to send, tap the Send button (either the envelope with an arrow on it, or the button with “Send” on it). If you have not added a recipient, this button will be greyed out and not available to press.
Step 6 – The screen will then return to the conversation view. This will show your recent messages to that contact, as well as replies. Once in a text conversation with a contact, messages can be scheduled by tapping More > Schedule Message.
Reply to Messages
Samsung devices, as with all Android, let you reply to messages either from a conversation, or from the notification when it appears in the status bar/notifications panel.
Step 1 – When you receive a message, a notification will appear in the status bar at the top of the screen. Drag the bar down to see your notifications. To reply, tap the message Notification.
Step 2 – To reply to an older message, tap the Messaging app icon and you will see a list of your messaging conversations. Tap the name of the person you want to reply to and you will see a history of your messages.
Step 3 – Tap in the Enter Message box and the keyboard will pop up. You can then type your reply, attach a file and send the message as normal. Your reply will appear in the message conversation view.
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