Messaging (SMS/MMS): Google Nexus 5

Learn how to send, delete, and block SMS and MMS messages on the Google Nexus 5. Find out more on this page.

 

Using Hangouts for messaging

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Using Hangouts for messaging


The Hangouts app is the only pre-installed SMS/MMS app on your device. You can send and receive text messages (SMS), as well as photos and videos (MMS) using the Hangouts app.


To learn more about sending messages using Hangouts and settings, visit the Hangouts Help Center.

 

Send an SMS message using Hangouts

There are three ways to send a text message from Hangouts:


Directly add a phone number

  1. Tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon on any home screen.
  2. Tap the composecompose icon.png icon to open a new Hangout.
  3. Enter a phone number in the search box at the top of screen and will give you an option to “Send SMS to."
  4. After you’re finished typing the number, tap the number below “Send SMS to.”

 

Search for a contact or select from the contacts list

  1. Tap the composecompose icon.pngicon to open a new Hangout and search for the contact’s name or choose from the contact list.
  2. Choose the phone number you’d like to text.
  3. If your contact isn’t available on Hangouts and has a phone number, you’ll see an SMS icon with the contact’s profile photo.
  4. After you choose the contact, type the message you’d like to send.
  5. Then touch the Sendsend icon.pngicon.


Choose a contact from your conversations list

  1. Tap the person’s name at the top.
  2. Choose to SMS from the drop-down items.
  3. If your contact isn’t available on Hangouts and has a phone number, you’ll see an SMS icon with the contact’s profile photo.
  4. After you choose the contact, type the message you’d like to send.
  5. Tap the Sendsend icon.pngicon.

 

Send a MMS message using Hangouts

Once you’ve chosen a contact for a text message, you can add multimedia to the message. To send a MMS message, follow these steps:

  1. On the right side of the message box, tap the camera icon to send a photo or a video.
  2. Select the desired media option from the box that appears:
    • Take photo
    • Take video
    • Attach photo
    • Google+ albums
  3. Enter desired message text.
  4. Tap the Sendsend icon.pngicon when finished.

TIP: To switch between seeing text or multimedia messages and Hangouts messages, touch the contact’s name at the top of the conversation.

 

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Manage messages

Messaging and Hangouts

The Hangouts app lets you send and receive instant messages and video calls, including SMS messages.

  1. To open a hangout, tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon on any home screen.
  2. To start a Hangout or SMS message:
    • Tap the Addcompose icon.png icon at the top of the main Hangouts screen.
    • Start typing a name, email address, or phone number.
    • Matching names and numbers from your contacts appear as you type.
  3. What you do next depends on the type of Hangout you want to start:
    • SMS message: touch a phone number.
    • Text hangout: touch a name.
    • Video call: touch a name, then touch the Video icon at the top of the screen.
  4. To switch from one type of message to another, tap the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.

 

 

Delete picture messages (MMS)

To delete picture messages (MMS), follow these steps:

  1. From any Home screen, tap tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the message you want to delete.
  3. Tap the MenuMENU icon.pngicon.
  4. Tap Delete to delete the message.

 

 

Delete text messages (SMS)

To delete text messages (SMS), follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the message you want to delete.
  3. Tap the MenuMENU icon.pngicon.
  4. Tap Delete to delete the message.

 

 

Save pictures received in a message (MMS)

To save pictures received in an MMS message, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the message that contains the picture.
  3. Tap the picture you want to save.
  4. Tap the picture a second time to display the MenuMENU icon.png icon.
  5. Tap the MenuMENU icon.pngicon.
  6. Tap save.
  7. A Photo saved to Gallery message briefly displays to confirm.
  8. To retrieve the saved picture go to Gallery from All Apps.

 

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Send messages

Send a group text message (SMS)

To write and send text messages (SMS) to a group, follow these steps:

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the  Composecompose icon.pngicon to create a new message.
  3. In the empty space below New Hangout, type a name, email, number, or circle.
  4. You can also scroll down to add message recipients.
  5. To add additional recipients, tap Anyone else.
  6. Scroll down to add additional message recipients.
  7. Repeat until you finish adding contacts.
  8. Enter your message in the Send a message field.
  9. When finished, tap the Send send icon.pngicon.

 

 

Send a new picture or video in a message (MMS)

To send a new picture or video is a message, follow these steps

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the Composecompose icon.pngicon  to create a new message.
  3. In the empty space below New Hangout, type a name, email, number, or circle.
  4. To send a new picture message, tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen
  5. Choose Take Photo from the following:
    • Take photo
    • Attach photo
    • Google+ albums
  6. Take the picture and tap the check mark to confirm.
  7. Tap the Sendsend icon.pngicon to send or tap the X icon to delete the picture and start over.
  8. To send a new video message, tap the video recorder at the top of the screen and follow the steps.

 

 

Send a saved picture or video in a message (MMS)

To send a saved picture or video is a message, follow these steps

 

  1. From any Home screen, tap tap the Hangoutshangouts.pngicon.
  2. Tap the + sign to create a new message.
  3. In the empty space below New Hangout, type a name, email, number, or circle.
  4. To send a saved picture message, tap the Cameracamera icon.pngicon at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Choose Attach Photo or Google+ albums from the following:
    • Take photo
    • Attach photo
    • Google+ albums
  6. Select the picture and tap the check mark to confirm.
  7. Tap the Sendsend icon.pngicon to send or tap the X icon to delete the picture and start over..
  8. To send a saved video message, tap the All Apps icon.
  9. Tap Gallery.
  10. Select the video.
  11. Tap the Sendsend icon.pngicon  at the top of screen.

 

 

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