How to Send a Text Message to a Contact on Your Droid X - dummies

How to Send a Text Message to a Contact on Your Droid X

By Dan Gookin

The program that handles texting on your Droid X is called Text Messaging. The Droid keeps it simple. The nerdy term for texting is SMS, which stands for Short Message Service. Because most cell phones sport a text-messaging feature, you can send a text message from your Droid to any of your contacts (as long as they have cell phones):

1Open the Contacts icon on the Home screen.

The Contacts icon is to the right of the Launcher button.

2Choose a contact, someone to whom you want to send a text message.

You can choose a contact from the Contacts list or from your list of favorites.

3Touch the Message icon next to the contact's mobile number.

A message composition window appears, which also tracks your text conversation.

4Type the message text.

Be brief. A text message has a 160-character limit.

5(Optional) Press and hold the :-) button on the onscreen keyboard and make a selection.

You can insert a whole range of smiles and other symbols (emoticons) into your messages instantly.

6Touch the Send button.

The message is sent instantly. Whether the contact replies instantly depends. When the person replies, the message appears onscreen, so go ahead and read it.

7Repeat Steps 4, 5, and 6 , as needed — or eternally, whichever comes first.

There’s no need to continually look at the phone, waiting for a text message. Whenever your contact chooses to reply, you see the message recorded as part of an ongoing conversation.