How to Access Cell Phone Text Messages

By Diana Prince

Cell phones offer an easy and convenient method of communication. Most cell phones offer basic phone capabilities as well as SMS, or Short Message Service, messaging features. SMS messages are one of the most popular cell phone features, with billions of these messages sent daily by cell phone users around the world. A cell phone stores all sent and received text messages until you delete them, and you can access your cell phone text messages by following a few simple steps.

Step 1

Access the menu from the home screen on your cell phone.

Step 2

Click on the "Messages" or "SMS and MMS" folder. The exact name of this title may vary from one model of cell phone to the next.

Step 3

Scroll up and down the displayed list of sent and received text messages. From here you can choose to reply to text messages, store them in folders or delete them.

Tips & Warnings

  • On some cell phones you have the option to save folders and programs as shortcuts on the home screen. In this case, if you had your SMS messages folder saved as a shortcut you would simply click on this icon rather than going through the menu to access your text messages.
  • For some older models of cell phone, there may be a separate folder for "Sent" and "Received" text messages.