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Send & Receive Messages

Send & Receive Messages

Create and respond to text (SMS), Advanced Messaging, or picture (MMS) messages, add, save, and view received attachments and more.




Prenote info

The first time you access Messages, an Advanced Messaging tutorial will display. Follow the on-screen prompts. Access the Messaging Settings tutorial to manage settings.

Send a Message

  • ACCESS MESSAGES: From the home screen, select the Messages app.

  • Select the Compose message icon.

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  • COMPOSE & SEND A MESSAGE: Compose and send a message using the following options as desired.

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    • ENTER RECIPIENT: Select the 'Recipientfield to enter a recipient. Select the Contacts icon to select a recipient in your Contacts list.
    • ENTER MESSAGE: Select the 'Enter messagefield to enter the desired message.
    • ADD ATTACHMENT: Select the Add icon and follow the prompts to add an attachment.
    • SEND A MESSAGE: When finished composing a message, select the Send icon to send the message.

      Note: To add additional recipient(s) and create a Group Message, enter or select the additional contact(s), then select the 'Enter message' field. To remove recipient(s), select the Remove icon to delete the desired contact(s).

Receive a Message

  • When a new message is received, the New Message icon will display in the Notification bar.

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  • READ A NEW MESSAGE: From the Messages inbox, select the desired message thread.

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  • VIEW/SAVE AN ATTACHMENT: To view an attachment, select the desired attachment. To save an attachment, select and hold the desired attachment then select Save attachment.

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  • RESPOND TO A MESSAGE: Select the desired option.

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    • REPLY: Enter the desired message in the 'Enter message' field, then select the Send icon.
    • FORWARD: Select and hold the desired message, then select Forward and follow the prompts to forward a message.

  • DELETE A MESSAGE: From the desired message thread, select and hold the desired message then select Delete.

  • DELETE A MESSAGE THREAD: From the Messages screen, select and hold the desired message thread then select Delete.


  • If Advanced Messaging is turned on and you are messaging another device using Advanced Messaging, you can share files up to 10MB, get read receipts, and see when someone is replying. If Advanced Messaging is turned off you can share files up to 1 MB. To learn more, visit att.com/advancedmessaging.

  • By default, attachments will be saved to the Downloads folder in the Gallery app. To view saved attachments, from the home screen swipe up or down from the center of the screen to access the Apps tray > select the Gallery app > ALBUMS > Downloads.

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