How to text by mobile phone

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How to text

Sending a text message by a mobile phone is simple, but it can be confusing if you are new to texting.

The first thing to do in learning how to text is to firstly get to know your mobile phone, and in particular, your keypad.  Look closely at your dialling area and note where all the letter are and what digit they are under. 
When thinking about how to text it is often a good idea if you firstly get the message you want to send composed in your mind or on paper first.  That way you can concentrate on how to text and not on writing your message.

Texts are usually short and sweet, so when thinking about how to text, keep in mind that you don’t want to send any long messages – otherwise you’ll be a long time!


Every mobile phone is different, but this is a general guide on how to text.

  • Go to the directory in the mobile phone where you can compose a new message.  This is often located in messages along with an inbox and sent messages.
  • On the blank screen, begin to press the digits until you see the letter that you need.
  • Once you have your letter, select it by pressing enter or ‘select’ on the phone.
  • Repeat this until you have your word, then use the space key to add spaces between words.
  • Once you have composed your message, there will be an option on the screen to send.
  • Press send and then enter the phone number you want to send the message to, or select a previously entered phone number from a contacts book.
  • Wait for your message to leave your outbox

There you have it – you have just sent a text message by mobile phone.

You may want to abbreviate many of your words in your text message, or add symbols.  When you first use this how to text guide you may be very slow, you will get  a lot quicker the more messages you send.

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