Text messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Still trying to figure out how to send an SMS on your Samsung Galaxy S4? We can help!

Text messaging is probably something you’re going to be doing often on your Samsung Galaxy S4. There are a couple of ways to send and read SMS messages.

By default, your text messages go the Messaging app. They’ll also appear in the notification tray as they come in; just swipe from the top of the screen whenever you see the little envelope icon up top. If the Messaging app isn't on your home screen, tap the Apps button in the bottom left and swipe through the apps there to find it. Once you’re in Messaging, you’ll see a list of your latest SMS conversations. Tap one to view it, or tap the icon in the top-right to start a new text message.

SMS on the Samsung Galaxy S4

At the top of the New message window in the Enter recipient field, you’ll be able to type in the phone number or name of the person you want to send a text message to. Predictions will show up beneath where you’re typing; go ahead and tap someone if you see them pop up there to save you time. You can also tap the head icon to browse through your entire address book, and tap the checkboxes to send the message to multiple recipients. Speaking of which, you can also send text messages directly from the address book as well; just tap the yellow envelope next to contact phone numbers. Once recipients have been picked, tap the text field at the bottom of the screen to start typing your message, and tap the envelope and arrow key to send. Tap the paperclip icon to attach a photo or other file to the message.SMS on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Within conversations, tapping the menu key (just to the left of the home button) will let you drop in smileys, add text from outside applications or preset templates, schedule a text for future delivery, block numbers, or translate texts from another language. Tap the text box at the bottom to write a reply. The trash bin icon in the top right will delete the conversation if you tap it, while the phone icon will initiate a phone call to that number. Press and hold any message in the conversation for options to forward the message, copy it, or delete it.

Tapping the menu key from the full Messaging list will let you dive into Settings. From here you can toggle options such as automatic message deletion and how messages are presented. Keep in mind that Google Hangouts can also handle all of your SMS needs very well, which is a great option if you’re using it for other instant messaging anyway. 

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