Calling + messaging

Send a text

In Windows Phone, you can send and receive text messages right from the Start screen, and even send stuff like photos and songs in a text. And if you like, you can do it all hands-free.

Messaging text on Windows Phone

Notes

  • This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
  • Your mobile operator might charge you extra for text messaging or sending media files in a text message. These services must be available with your current phone plan.

To send a message

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging Tile, and then tap New New icon.

  2. Enter a phone number or contact, type your message, and then tap Send Send icon.

    You can also tap a contact in People People Hub icon and text from there. For contacts you've pinned to Start, just tap their Tile.

If you type a message but don't send it, a draft will be saved automatically. You can then edit it later and send it, or delete it. To get to your drafts, in Messaging Messaging Tile, tap More More icon > Drafts.

For drafts to be saved automatically, your phone must be running Windows Phone software version 8.0.10211.204 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info.

To dictate your message

You can dictate your message, hands-free, using Cortana or Speech.

Dictate using Cortana

You can dictate messages using Cortana, your personal assistant on your phone. See What can I say to Cortana? to get more info.

Note

Cortana is only on Windows Phone 8.1 and is only available in some countries/regions.

Dictate using Speech

If Cortana isn't available to you, you can use Speech to dictate your messages hands-free.

  1. To start Speech, press and hold the Search Search icon button on your phone. (In Windows Phone 8, press and hold the Start Start iconbutton.)

  2. Say, "Text contact name" (where contact name is the name of someone in your Contacts list. Example: "Text Francine Park.")

  3. Say your message. When you're done speaking, do one of the following:

    • To send your message, say "Send" or tap Send.
    • To add more to the message, say "Add more."
    • To erase the last dictation and try again, say "Try again."
    • To cancel your message, say "Cancel" or tap Cancel.

You can also use Speech to dictate a message within a Thread.

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging tile.

  2. Tap a Thread, tap Speak Speak icon, and then dictate your message.

Note

In Messaging, if you tap New Add icon, you'll need to add the To contact name before you dictate the message.

To share photos and other media files in a text

You can send photos and other files while you're texting.

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging tile.

  2. Tap a Thread or tap New New icon, tap Attach Attach icon, and then tap the file type you want to share.

Tip

If you're using an app (for example, you're looking at a photo or listening to a song) and want to send a file by text, look for Share Share icon and tap it. (This button isn't available in some apps.) Or tap More More icon > Share > Messaging. You can share all sorts of things this way, including Office docs, websites, contacts—even your location.

To reply to a message

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging Tile, and then tap the Thread that has the message you received.

  2. Tap the message box, type your response, and then tap Send Send icon.

To delete a message or Thread

  1. On Start Start icon, tap Messaging Messaging tile.

  2. Under Threads, do one of the following:

    • Tap to the left of one or more messages or Threads to select each one, and then tap Delete Delete icon.
    • Tap and hold the message or Thread you want to delete, and then tap Delete.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm.

Notes

  • Group text (in Messaging Messaging tile > More More icon > Settings) uses MMS to help keep replies in one Thread while you're texting with a group of people. This setting can vary by mobile operator and might not appear on your phone. Your mobile operator might charge extra for MMS messaging, and this service must be available with your current phone plan.
  • If you can't send or receive MMS messages on your phone, you might need to manually enter a new MMS APN (access point name) in Messaging settings, based on your location and mobile operator. To learn how to do this, see the "Add MMS APN" section in Cellular + SIM settings.

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