Send Messages From Android Tablets

In just a few steps you can send an instant message to your friends and family. Below are two short videos on how to send and reply to text messages using the Messages app on a tablet. Click on the video to play.

Scroll down and click on the play button on the video to start it. The play button looks something like this.

Remember: you can rewind and pause the video if you need to.

Play Button

How to send a message

If you would like to review the steps from the video, they are posted below for you.

Step 1: Locate and tap on the Messages app icon on the home screen of your tablet.

Android tablet home screen with messages app circled in red to show first step on how to send a message

Step 2: Tap on the + icon on the left side of the screen to start a new message.

Messages app screen with + button circled to show how to create a new message on an Android tablet

Step 3: On the right side of the screen, tap on the section titled Recipient. Once your onscreen keyboard appears, type in the name or phone number of the person you want to send a message to.

Messages app screen with recipient bar circled In red to show how to choose the person you would like to send a message to

Step 4: Once you input the recipient’s information, tap on the grey bar with the words “Enter Message”. This is where you can type the message you would like to send using the onscreen keyboard.

Messages app with Enter Message circled in red to show where to type message on Android tablet

Step 5: When you are ready to send your message, tap on the green circle with the white arrow in the center that is located to the right of the message.

Messages app with green circle with white arrow in centre circled in red to show how to send a message

Helpful Hint

  • As you are typing, words will start to populate just below the message bar. You can tap on these words to fill in your message or just to check your spelling.