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.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Access messages
• Compose and send a message
• Read and respond to a new message
• Access and use Smart Reply
• Delete a message

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

Access messages

From the home screen, select the messaging app Messaging app.

Compose and send a message

1. Select Start chat

2. Select the 'To' field > enter the desired contact > select the desired contact.

Note: To create a Group Message, from the 'To' field, select the group message icon Group message icon. Add additional contacts as desired. When finished, select the checkmark icon.

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3. Compose and send a message using the following options as desired.

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ENTER MESSAGE: Select the 'Send message' field, then enter the desired message.
ADD ATTACHMENT: Select the Attach icon, then follow the prompts to add an attachment or photo.
SEND A MESSAGE: When finished composing a message, select the Send icon to send the message.

Read and respond to a new message

From the Messaging 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 the desired attachment then select the save icon Save icon.

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RESPOND TO A MESSAGE: Select the desired option:

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



Access and use Smart Reply

New messages will appear as a pop up on the top of the screen. To quickly respond to a message using Smart Reply, select the desired response.

Note: Alternately, you can access and respond to new messages by swiping down from the Notification bar. New messages will be displayed.

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To quickly respond with a custom message, select REPLY. Enter the desired message in the 'Reply' field, then select the Send icon when finished. 

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Delete a message

From the desired message thread, select and hold the desired message then select the delete Delete icon. Select Delete to confirm.

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DELETE MESSAGE THREAD: From the Messaging screen, select and hold the desired message thread then select the delete Delete icon. Select Delete to confirm.

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By default, attachments will be saved to the Messaging folder in the Photos app. To view saved attachments, from the home screen, select the google photos Photos app > Library tab > Messaging folder.

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