TextNow Wireless Phones And Operating Systems

TextNow Wireless phones use custom software in order to work with our service. This software has the Android operating system embedded, and TextNow will release OS updates when available and after being thoroughly tested with our software.

Currently, here are the embedded Android operating systems used with our phone models:

Phone Type Android OS
Moto G 1st Gen 5.0 (Lollipop)
Moto E 5.1 (Lollipop)
Moto G 3rd Gen 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Moto X 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Volt 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Tribute 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Tribute 2 5.1 (Lollipop)
LG Realm 4.4.2 (KitKat)
LG Nexus 5 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung Prevail 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Samsung Core Prime 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Samsung S3 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Samsung S4 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung S5 5.0 (Lollipop)
Samsung S6 5.1 (Lollipop)
Samsung S6 Edge 5.1 (Lollipop)
Sharp Aquos 4.4.2 (KitKat)
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    Kelly Butler

    Are any of these able to update to marshmallow that's already available on most phones? Ty

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Kelly,

    Thanks for getting in touch.
    Currently, we're still working on rolling out the Marshmallow update for the majority of our devices. However, we do not have an ETA at this time as we need to ensure the system update will work flawlessly with our service.

    Any updates to the Operating System will be automatically pushed to your phone when they are released!

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    Jim Henry

    Is this service available for Canada if not when and ifor so do you got a number I can sign up

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your interest in TextNow!

    Our data plans are not currently available in Canada, however if you go to our page www.textnow.com/wireless you can sign up for an email update that will let you know when the paid service is available for you :)

    In the meantime feel free to sign up for one of our free accounts that will allow you to call and text for free over wifi, and yes, you will also be able to get a TextNow number when you sign up for that!

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    Joan Davis

    with textnow can I call someone who does not have internet service

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Joan,

    The TextNow service does require internet service, however if you're calling a non-TextNow number, internet access is not required.

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    Mona Rogers

    Is this available for any other devices, like a laptop or computer?

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    Taylor TextNow Support

    Hi Mona,

    Android software is made for Android phones and isn't available on computers, but you can use the TextNow service online at https://www.textnow.com/messaging through your browser! :)

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    Sharita Casey

    Can I keep my phone number ? My carrier is straight talk. Pay as you go.

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    Tawny, TextNow Support

    Hi Sharita,

    Thanks for your interest! Due to privacy reasons, can you send us an email with your StraightTalk number to see if it's eligible to be ported in? You can send us your inquiry to orders@textnow.com or you can also chat with one of our agents by clicking onto our chat port (bottom right hand screen) :)

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Edited by Tawny, TextNow Support
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    Denise Smith

    Can this number be ported. 3xx-xxx-xxxx

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Denise,

    That number can be ported to TextNow! However, it does look like you're using a free TextNow account, and we can only port numbers to accounts with one of our monthly data plans. If you're interested in upgrading one of our data plans you can certainly do that first and then once that's done you'll be able to submit a request to get that number ported through your account online :)

    Please note, I have also edited your previous message for your privacy.

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    Penny Sanders

    I have a LG tribute 5 I have been a TextNow WiFi user I would like to information will my phone be eligible you said something about Boost Mobile and I am Boost Mobile it's due on the 3rd but you guys have a deal.

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Penny,

    We can activate most Boost devices with one of our data plans, but Boost typically locks their devices to their service for at least 12 months before they allow it to be activated with another carrier. You can provide us the MEID number of that device through our chat portal - bottom right corner of this page - so we can check the phone's compatibility for you.

    I have also edited your previous post to keep your TextNow number private.