How Do I Send A Text With TextNow?

Sending texts with TextNow is easy, and we've recently redesigned our TextNow app to make texting even easier. We've made some videos for each platform to walk you through it, or you can scroll down for some written help:

[Android] How To Send A Text

[iOS] How To Send A Text

[Web] How To Send A Text

 

1. Open your TextNow app.

2. You should be in your conversations inbox in TextNow. If not, tap on the menu button in the top left-hand corner  and tap Conversations.

3. You should see a compose button with a pencil icon in the bottom right of your screen (on Android) or the top right of your screen (on iOS):

Android New Message icon

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iOS New Message icon

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3. At the top of the page, enter your contact's text number or texting address. You can also tap on the icon to the immediate right of this field to select a contact from your device's Contacts app.

4. At the bottom of the screen, type your message in the field that says Type A Message. 

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    Kristopher TextNow Support

    Hey Clare,

    Thanks for checking out that support article. When sending a message you will want to include to +44 country code as your messages will not send otherwise.

    I hope this helps!

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    Sandy N.

    I cannot see my activity

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    Justin Guest

    Hey there Sandy,

    Thanks for reaching out to us! I've sent an email to the address provided so that I can gather some further details! Please check your email and we'll get that straightened out for you.

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    Serena Norris

    How do I know if my text has been delivered and if the person opened my message on text now?

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    Will TextNow Support

    Hey Serena,

    There is no way to know for sure if the text was opened from your end but as long as you did not receive any error messages, the text should have sent properly.

    We do not have a "Read Receipt" feature to give you notification when the text is actually opened but I will pass along the suggestion to our app developers!

    Thanks for reaching out here and let us know if you have any further questions or concerns :)

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    Shawn Oliver

    I would like to know if I get monthly plan would I then be able to place calls or text the old fashioned way, without internet? This has been hard to find out

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Shawn! Since our service is VoIP in nature, you will still need to be able to place calls and texts over an internet network, whether that be Wi-Fi or the data that we provide you with in our plans!

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    Julie Fletcher

    Hi. I would like to purchase a phone

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hey Julie,

    That's awesome! You can place an order for a device and plan here. If you need any assistance our live chat support portal will be available until 9pm EST tonight :)

    Edited by Erin TextNow Support
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    Joy Smith

    As far as I know, it says all plans have unlimited calls and texts. I have not been able to send a text.

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Joy,

    Please make sure that you're making all calls and texts through the TextNow application directly. If you try to send a text through the phone's native messaging app it will likely give you and error message since you're using our wireless service.

    If the texts aren't going through when using the TextNow app, please reach out to us through our live chat portal so we can get more details and assist you further.

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    Sandra Rodriguez

    I am trying to sign up for a service and they are wanting to send a text message code for verification, but it seems to not work with my phone number, any way to correct this?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Sandra! Our apologies for this inconvenience, however, since our numbers are virtual, they are not all compatible to be sued for verification purposes with third-party apps/systems.

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    Caroline Nguelieko

    Do they have a customer service? Been try for a week

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    Caroline Nguelieko

    Do they have a customer service? Been try for a week

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Caroline! Apologies for the delay. You can find prompt assistance at our live chat support on textnow.com/wireless. You can also schedule a callback through your account online :)

    Edited by Valeria TextNow Support
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    sara wendz

    Hi,
    often get this notification
    Don’t forget to send a message or call one of your contacts to make sure you don’t lose your number
    1. how long inactivity allowed?
    2. should i send text/call, instead isnt possible only receive text for keep active number?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi Sara! The inactivity period will differ across accounts. A good rule of thumb is to send a message or call once every 3 days. You would need to initiate the conversation, however. Receiving texts or calls does not count toward your activity.

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    jessica tiny

    Hello, is there way for increase that for ex: few weeks or monthly? because if the user busy or other problem late, then he/she lose the number

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    Erin TextNow Support

    Hi Jessica,

    That option is not currently available, although we are considering various changes that may be beneficial to our users. At this time though you will have to use the number regularly to keep it on your account, or upgrade to our premium service for a month if you know you won't be able to use the service but want to keep your number locked in.

    Edited by Erin TextNow Support
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    Genesis Lara

    How do I remove the unified inbox on the app since no one is receiving my messages with the unified inbox being on?

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    Genesis Lara

    How do I remove the unified inbox on the app since no one is receiving my messages with the unified inbox being on?

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Genesis! You can simply turn it off in your TextNow app settings.

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    Karah Miller

    My messages are not sending but I am getting messages from other people but mine will not go thru

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey Karah! Please head over to our live chat support on textnow.com/wireless between 10am-5:30pm EST so we can troubleshoot this with you!

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    Muhammad Uzair

    please give number back((914) 268-2453.) i unable to authenticate my accounts

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hi there! Unfortunately, your number is no longer available to be reassigned to you.

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    Juswana Duplechan

    Can you text without using the app on a phone bought from textnow

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    Valeria TextNow Support

    Hey there! On our own phones/service, you can only use the TextNow app exclusively for all calling/texting.