iPhone 3GS - Write and send a text message

You can write and send text messages from your phone to another.

Follow these instructions to write and send a text message on your Apple iPhone 3GS.

  1. Find Messages
    Press Messages

  2. Create new text message
    If required, press Messages
    Press the new text message icon in the top right corner of the display

  3. Enter recipient(s)
    Press the input field next to To and key in the name or number of the recipient
    If required, press _123 to activate number input

    Please note: If you key in more names or numbers manually, press return to separate them. If you are writing numbers, press ABC.

  4. Write the text message
    Press the input field
    Follow the steps below to write a text message using the display keypad

    Write letters
    Press the key with the required letter

    Switch between capital and lower case letters
    To write one capital letter: Press Shift once
    Press the required letter
    To write several capital letters in succession: Press Shift twice
    Press the required letters
    Press Shift again to return to writing lower case letters

    Please note: Before you can write several capital letters in succession, you need to activate this function in the keypad settings. Click here for information on how to select settings for the keypad.

    Insert space and line break
    Press space to insert a space between two words
    Press return to insert a line break

    Write numbers and symbols
    Press .?123 to see the number and symbol keypad
    Press the required numbers and symbols
    If required, press #+= to see more symbols
    Press ABC to return to the regular keypad

    Insert text
    Press where you want to insert text
    Write the text

    Delete text
    Press the delete icon to delete the character to the left of the cursor

  5. Send text message
    Press Send when you have written your text message

  6. Exit
    Press the Home key to return to standby mode

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