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Touch screen phone text example using Apple iPhone

Sending text messages really is straight forward and for anybody that is new to learning the process it has to be said that practice makes perfect. On this page we are going to run through an exact text message example on the Apple iPhone to show you just how easy it is, this will allow you to follow the step by step, key by key examples as many times as you like until you are comfortable with doing it yourself. For all other older phones please see our other example page using an older generation Samsung phone.

Just by reading this example there will be many factors that relate to any phone and will help you in your quest to become fluent at sending text messages.

This page will cover the Apple iPhone and our analogue phone, flip phone & slide phone text example page will cover the Samsung D500 where the process to send sms text messages is almost identical to a great deal of older generation analogue cell phones, slide phones and also flip phones.

Of course there are hundreds of cell phones out there and you may think that sending text messages on one of them is very different to sending text messages on another but the truth is that the principle is still exactly the same, your phone has the function to send sms text messages which you need to find, you type the message and then choose who the message is going to.

Example 1 - Sending text messages from the Apple iPhone, a modern cell phone in the touch screen category.

In this example we will show you how to send the following text message, we have included letters numbers and also other characters to allow you to see exactly where you can obtain everything you will need to send your own text messages when you are confident enough to.

Example text:
'Happy 21st birthday Elaine! I hope you have a great day & that you get all the gifts that you want. Steve'

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iPhone Texting - Step 1

From the main IPhone menu find the green 'Messages/Text' application logo with a white speech bubble inside it and press it.

You will be taken to the most recently viewed message screen which can be one of 3 places:

  • A. The 'new message' function
  • B. A list of your existing messages by name or telephone number
  • C. The last message that you were using/viewing

We want to get to the 'new message' function so if you find yourself in 'c' then press the 'messages' option in the top left of the screen. You will now be in your list of messages, so this is place 'b' from the above list, press the icon in the top right of the screen which is a square with a pencil inside it. This will take you to the 'new message' function. Proceed to step 2.
Or
If you want to a reply to a message that you have received then once you have read the message from the screen with it on press the bar at the foot of the screen with the blue ‘send’ key to the right of it and proceed to step 3.
Or
If you want to carry on an earlier conversation without having to create a new message, from your list of messages scroll up and down the screen to find the person whose message you are responding to and press the message which will be listed by name or number, press on this message to enter it. Press the bar at the foot of the screen with the blue ‘send’ key to the right of it and proceed to step 3

# At any point that you need to delete a letter, number or character press the key with an ’x’ inside a white left pointing arrow found to the bottom right of the keypad directly above the ‘return’ key. #

Step 2 - New Text Message Menu

You will now be required to choose who this new text message is going to and there will be a cursor in the 'To:' field. At the foot of the screen is an alphabetical keypad. If the person who you are sending the text message to is already recorded as a contact in your phone then simply prompt the phone to finding their name by pressing the first letter of their name. This will bring up a list of people whose name begin with that letter and your intended recipient will be there, press their name to confirm them as the contact, if you have several numbers recorded for them it will take you to a screen with these in, press the number for them that you require. This will confirm them as the recipient and you will be back in the 'new message' function screen. Proceed to step 3.
Or
If the person you are sending a text message to is not recorded in your phone then you will need to type their number in the same 'To:' field. To change the alphabetical keypad at the foot of the screen to a numerical keypad press the '_123' key at the bottom left of the screen. Now type the number that you have for them in with no spaces. Proceed to step 3.
Or
To access a full list of contacts on your phone press the blue circle logo to the right of the 'To:' field, this has a white '+' in the middle of it. This will give you an alphabetical list of people in your phone book. Press the contact you require and if you have several numbers for them then the next screen will display these, press the number for them that you require. This will confirm them as the recipient and you will be back in the 'new message' function screen. Proceed to step 3.

Step 3 - Starting the Message

In the centre of the screen is a bar with a blue logo to the right of it with 'send' inside it. Press anywhere in this bar so that the cursor is now showing at the far left of it. This is where you will type your text message. Proceed to step 4.

Step 4 - Typing Your Message

Type your text message by pressing the letters on the alphabetical keypad. To switch the alphabetical keypad to the numerical keypad press the '.?123' button at the bottom left of the screen, to switch back to the alphabetical keypad press the 'ABC' button at the bottom left of the screen. Also on the numerical keypad are the grammatical symbols such as '?' and '!' and punctuation marks such as '.' and ','. For a further list of symbols such as '%' and '=' press the '#+=' key at the bottom left of the numerical keypad which is directly above the 'ABC' key. To change back to the numerical keypad press the same key that is now showing as ‘123’.

So sending text messages using the above example follow the exact guide below:

'Happy 21st birthday Elaine! I hope you have a great day & that you get all the gifts that you want. Steve'

# Please remember at any point that you need to delete a letter, number or character press the key with an ’x’ inside a white left pointing arrow found to the bottom right of the keypad directly above the ‘return’ key. #

  1. The characters for 'Happy' are on the alphabetical keypad, press the 'space' key
  2. Press the '.?123' key to access the numerical keypad where you will find '2' and '1', go back to the alphabetical keypad by pressing the 'ABC' key
  3. 'st' is on this screen, press the 'space' key
  4. The characters for 'birthday' are on this screen, press the 'space' key
  5. The characters for 'Elaine' are on this screen, to create a capital letter mid sentence press the shift key then the letter, the shift key is the upward pointing arrow at the bottom left of the screen directly above the '.?123' key.
  6. The exclamation mark '!' is on the numerical keypad so press the '.?123' key and then press the '!', press the 'space' key and then return to the alphabetical keypad by pressing the 'ABC' key.
  7. The characters for the words 'I hope you have a great day' are all on this screen, ensure the 'space' key is pressed between each word.
  8. The '&' symbol is also on the numerical keypad so repeat step f but select the '&' on the numerical keypad, obviously. Return to the alphabetical keypad by pressing the 'ABC' key.
  9. The characters for the words 'that you get all the gifts that you want' are all on the alphabetical keypad screen, ensure the 'space' key is pressed between each word.
  10. Finish the sentence with a full stop '.' that is found on the numerical keypad so press the '.?123' key and then press the 'ABC' key to return to the alphabetical screen.
  11. The characters for the word 'Steve' are on the alphabetical keypad.

You have now compiled the text message that and you are one step away from completing the guide to sending text messages from an Apple iPhone. Proceed to step 5.

Step 5 - Sending the Message

Press the blue 'Send' key to the right of the bar that the text message has been compiled in. You message will now appear in a green speech bubble above the bar and the keypad and this means that your message has been sent.

This may sound like a long process just to send sms text messages but this has been a very thorough guide and if you are reading it thinking it is too long winded and you know how to do certain steps already then that is a good thing because you are learning or have learnt and sending text messages is becoming easier for you.

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