How to Send a Text Message on a Cell Phone

By Techwalla Electronics Editor

Text messaging is a popular way to communicate noiselessly by cell phone. Texting is easy once you know how your phone functions and get used to the correspondence between the phone's number buttons and the alphabet. To send a text message from your cell phone, follow these steps.

Step 1

Open or turn on your phone. Some phones will offer messaging as an option from the main screen. If not, press the button that will take you to the menu screen.

Step 2

Select "Messaging" or "Messages" from the menu screen.

Step 3

Choose "Send a message." Some phones will give you the option of sending a voice message or a text message. Text messages might be labeled "SMS message" on older phones.

Step 4

Look at your phone. The screen should be blank with a blinking cursor. This is where you begin your text message. Look at your number pad. Each number, beginning with 2, has a set of letters underneath it. This is how you type your message.

Step 5

Hit the number of the letter you'd like to type several times until the letter you want appears. For example, if you'd like to type the letter "c" press the 2 button 3 times. If you press it enough times, it should cycle through lowercase and uppercase letters.

Step 6

Finish typing your message and hit "Enter." Your phone will ask you to enter the number of your recipient. Sometimes, you'll be asked to input the number before you type your message.

Step 7

Hit the "Send" button and you're done.

Tips & Warnings

  • The number "1" on the phone is your punctuation key and the number sign key (sometimes called the pound key) is the space bar.
  • Sending a text message might seem tedious at first, but once you get used to the keys, it can become second nature. To speed things up, learn common text message abbreviations (also used in email and instant messaging).
  • Some cell providers charge as much as $0.20 to send and receive each text message. Make sure you have a plan with free text messaging or are aware of the charges.