Apple® iPhone® - Create and Send a Text Message

NoteNotes:

  • The following steps also apply to sending via iMessage. When a message is sent, the message type is indicated by differing colors.
  • iMessage requires a data connection. Cellular data is used if not connected to Wi-Fi.
  • The steps below apply to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s
    • iPhone 4 / 4s

 

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Messages icon Messages icon.
  2. Tap the Compose Message icon Compose (upper-right).
  3. Enter the phone number in the To field.
    Note To send a message to an existing contact, tap the plus symbol then select the contact.
  4. Enter the message then tap the Send icon Messages icon.
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