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How do I text someone?

For seniors venturing into the realm of personal technology, one of the most essential and useful skills to learn is texting. Text messaging, often referred to simply as “texting,” is a quick and efficient way to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. This guide will walk you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Turn on Your Device The first thing you’ll need is a device with texting capabilities. This is typically a smartphone, but some tablets and even some modern landline phones have texting functions. Turn on the device by pressing the power button.

Step 2: Find the Messaging App On smartphones, the device will have a built-in messaging app. This is usually symbolized by a speech bubble icon. If you’re using an iPhone, the app is called ‘Messages’ and has a green icon. If you’re using an Android phone, it might be named ‘Messages’, ‘Messaging’, or something similar.

Step 3: Create a New Message Once you’ve opened the messaging app, look for a button or icon that indicates creating a new message. This is often symbolized by a pencil or ‘plus’ sign. Click on this button.

Step 4: Enter the Recipient’s Number You’ll see a field where you can type in the phone number of the person you want to text. If the person’s contact is saved in your phone, you can start typing their name, and their number should appear. Select it.

Step 5: Type Your Message Below or near the recipient’s number, there will be another field, often much larger, where you can type in your message. Use the on-screen keyboard (or physical keyboard, depending on your device) to type in what you want to say.

Step 6: Send the Message Once you’re satisfied with your message, look for a ‘send’ button. This is typically an arrow or paper plane icon. Press this button, and your message will be sent!


  1. For longer conversations, you can continue to type and send messages in the same chat thread.
  2. Most messaging apps will allow you to send photos, videos, and other media. Look for icons indicating these options.
  3. If you make a mistake, there’s usually a backspace or delete key on the keyboard to correct it.

Remember, texting is just one of the many wonders of personal technology. With practice, you’ll find it to be a valuable tool in staying connected with loved ones.

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