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Read and Reply to a Message

Depending on your notification settings, the phone plays a ringtone, vibrates, or displays the message briefly in the status bar when you receive a new text or multimedia message. To change the notification for new text and multimedia messages, see Text and Multimedia Message Options. A new message icon ( sms icon ) also appears in the status bar.

  1. To open and read the message, you can:
  • Open the notification panel, and then tap the new message.
  • Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages, and then tap the message.
  1. While reading the message, you can:
  • Reply with a text message. Tap the "Add text" box, enter your reply message, and then tap messages send icon.
  • Reply with a multimedia message. Tap the "Add text" box, enter your reply message, tap attach icon to choose an attachment for your message, and then tap messages send icon.
  • Call or save a phone number contained in the message. Tap the phone number, and then choose whether to dial the number or add it to your contacts.
  • Open a link in the message. Tap the link to open it in the Web browser.
  • Send to or share an email address contained in the message. Tap the email address to send an email. You’ll be asked to choose which email app to use. To share the email address, touch and hold it, tap Share, and then choose how you want to share it.
  • Forward a message. Tap the message (do not tap a link or a phone number) to open the options menu, and then tap Forward.
  • Check message details. Tap the message (do not tap a link or a phone number) to open the options menu, and then tap View message details.

Reply to an Alternate Contact Phone Number

When a contact has multiple phone numbers stored on your phone, you’ll see the particular phone number used below the contact’s name. You can select which phone number to reply to. Keep in mind that your response will be sent to the phone number of the latest message you’ve received from this contact.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages.
  2. On the All messages screen, tap a contact (or phone number) to display the exchange of messages with that contact.
  3. Tap more options icon > Recipient phone number, and select which phone number you want to reply to.
  4. Tap the "Add text" box, and then enter your reply message.
  5. Tap messages send icon.

Forward a Message

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages.
  2. On the All messages screen, tap a contact (or phone number) to display the exchange of messages with that contact.
  3. Tap the message, and then tap Forward.

Receive Text Messages From Contacts Using an iPhone

If you have just migrated your contacts from an iPhone to your new HTC phone, your contacts may still be texting you through iMessage and not through SMS or MMS.

To receive text messages from your contacts who are using an iPhone, you must unregister the phone number you used on your old iPhone from your Apple support profile.

Or, if you still have your old iPhone, turn off the service in iMessage settings.

View and Save an Attachment from a Multimedia Message

When you receive a multimedia message, you can view and save files that are attached to it.

  • If there’s a media attachment such as a photo or video in a received message, tap it to view the content.
  • To save the attachment, touch and hold the multimedia message, and then choose to save the type of attachment from the options menu.
  • If the attachment is a contact (vCard), tap it to view the contact information, and then tap Save to add to your contacts.
  • If the attachment is an appointment or event (vCalendar), tap it to choose the calendar where to save it, and then tap Import.

Note: If you are concerned about the size of your data downloads, you can choose to check the size and subject first before you download a multimedia message. On the All messages screen, tap more options icon > Settings > Multimedia messages (MMS). Clear the Auto-retrieve option.