Texting and chatting in one place

Texting and chatting in one place

With the Messaging app, you can both text and chat in one place.

Whether your friends and family are on their mobile phone or at their computer, you can send them text messages or Microsoft Messenger instant messages.

You can also start a Facebook chat.

  • To chat on Messenger, you need to set up your Microsoft account first.
  • To chat over Facebook, you need to set up your Facebook account. Also, make sure to turn on Facebook chat in the Messaging app's settings.
  1. On the Start screen, tap .
  2. If you want to send an instant message over Microsoft Messenger, set your chat status first, if you haven't done so.
  3. Tap .
  4. Tap , choose a contact, and then tap the contact's phone number or Messenger ID to determine how you want to send the message.

    You can also send a message to a Facebook contact.

    Repeat to add more recipients, and their names will be added automatically in the To box.

  5. Tap the box that says type a message, and then enter your text.
  6. Tap to send it.
When adding recipients, you can also:
  • Tap , and then select a contact group. The Group text option in the app's settings is turned on by default and can help keep replies in one thread when you're texting with a group of people. When it's turned on, replies are sent as multimedia messages instead of text messages.
  • Begin typing a person's name in the To box, and then tap a matching contact name.
  • Enter a mobile phone number or email address in the To box. To enter additional recipients, tap Enter after each one.

Setting your chat status

  1. On the Start screen, tap .
  2. Tap , and then tap a status.

    For example, tap available to sign in so that your family and friends will see you online in their Microsoft Messenger.

Tip: You can also set your chat status by tapping the Me tile on the Start screen.

After you set your chat status and sign in, you'll see who's online in the Messaging app. Tap a contact to send the person an instant message.

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