How to Use Iphone Text Messaging

How to Use Iphone Text Messaging. The Apple iPhone has a multitude of features. Other than making and receiving phone calls, you can surf the web, send an email or type a text message. Learn about the ways that you can send and receive text messages on your iPhone.

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A woman texts on her iPhone
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Tap the SMS Text icon from the iPhone's main menu. Next, tap the notepad icon to send a text message. Type in the recipient's phone number, or tap the contacts icon to pick a saved contact. This icon is identified by a blue circle with a white plus sign in the center.

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Read your new text messages. Access the SMS Text icon. The total number of unread messages will appear above the SMS icon. Go to the text messages list and tap the unread messages that are identified with a blue dot next to them.

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Reply to your text messages by tapping a name or a phone number in the text messages list. Enter your message, then touch "Send."

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Delete an old text message. Touch the "Edit" icon, then tap the deletion icon next to the message. The icon is represented by a red circle with a white bar in the middle. Or, swipe left or right across the text message with your finger and tap the "Delete" icon that appears next to the message.

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Call or email a text message sender. From the text message list, go to the contact, then the message. At the top of that message, tap "Call." If you've saved your contact's email, tap "Contact Info," then tap the email to send the email message.

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Add a new contact by tapping the name or phone number in the text messages list. Choose the "Add to Contacts" icon to save that contact.

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Decide if you want an alert tone whenever you get a new text message. From the main menu of your iPhone, go to "Settings and Sounds." Turn on the "New Text Message" alert.