How to Text in Hangouts on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

The most basic form of communication in the Hangouts app on your Samsung Galaxy tablet — and one of the oldest forms of communications on the Internet — is text chatting, in which people type text back and forth at each other. It can be most tedious.

You start text chatting by obeying these steps:

  1. Touch a contact in the Contacts list.

    If you want to chat with several friends, keep selecting them. Selected friends have a check mark next to their account name or image.

    To deselect a contact, touch the contact’s account icon again.

  2. Choose Message from the bottom of the screen.

  3. Type your message.

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  4. Touch the Send icon to send your comment.

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    The Send icon replaces the Photo icon when you type a message.

You type, your friend types, and so on until you grow tired or the tablet’s battery dies.

When you’re text chatting, or “hanging out,” with a group, everyone in the group receives the message.

Resume any conversation by choosing that same contact from the Previous Conversations list.

Adding more people to the hangout is always possible: During a chat, touch the Menu button, and choose the New Group Hangout command. Touch a friend (only available friends are listed) to invite him in.

When someone sends you a text message by using the Hangouts app, you’ll see a notification. Select that notification to review the message and begin a conversation.

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