How do I use text messages on my device?
Find out how to send, delete or forward a text message and how to block spam or change your text alert tone. The icons and screen may differ slightly from the illustrations below depending on your device, operating system and theme.
You are not able to choose between SMS or MMS. Your messaging service will automatically switch to MMS if you are sending a picture message, or if your text message goes over the character limit, normal SMS length is 160 characters.
Please note: Not all the options below will be available on older devices. The icons and screen may differ slightly from the illustrations below depending on your device, operating system and theme.
To create and send a text message, you will need to:
Please note: If you exit a message before you send it, the message will be automatically saved as a draft.
PLEASE NOTE: MMS or Multimedia Messages may incur a charge from your network provider, or may not be allowed by your network provider depending on your contract. If you are having difficulty sending or receiving MMSs, you should check with your network as to whether they are included in your contract.
An MMS, or Multimedia Message is a type of message sent when attaching media to a text message. To send an MMS, you will need to:
To take a picture, press the capture button.
If you have selected Other, you will need to tap images or Gallery before selecting your image.
If you are experiencing problems sending an MMS, please contact your network provider.
To delete a text message, you will need to:
The below steps will show you how to use the inbuilt forwarding option on your device.
To block text messages, you will need to:
If you want to remove the number from your blocked list, tap Unblock number or Unblock contact
To block spam text message, you will need to:
For this example we will be using HMRCUK as a keyword
To remove a keyword or phrase, tap the minus icon
To check your text message spam folder, you will need to:
MMS messaging is provided by your network, and MMS messaging and charges differs by provider.
You can block MMS messages on your mobile phone by requesting that your network provider discontinue the service for you.
To delay sending a text message, you will need to:
Your message notifications will be set to default. To change your default message tone, you will need to:
If you can't see messages, make sure All has been selected.
You can set your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to send repeat notifications until you read your text or message. On later models, you can also set which apps and messages to set on repeat.
PLEASE NOTE: that using the inbuilt emoticons/smilies should not be chargeable when used in a normal length SMS (160 characters). If emojis from a third party keyboard are used these could turn your SMS into MMS which may be chargeable depending on network.
You can express yourself in fun and creative ways with My Emoji. Create an emoji that looks just like you!
You can capture photos and videos with My Emoji or share stickers of My Emoji with others.
The Live Message feature allows you to use the S Pen to create a short animated message. The feature is supported by most major instant messaging apps including Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Line and more.
To send a text message by voice, you will need to:
On some operating systems, a radio wave icon will be displayed. This will allow you record a voice message but it will be sent as an MMS, which may incur a charge from your network provider.
Please note: Available Bixby functions and features can differ by region and by device.
If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.
This allows us to a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.