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“Hey man, do you have Dan’s number? I need to give him a shout about a thing.” (Stupid Jerry, he never saves numbers to his phone.) You could look it up and just type it in a message…or you could share Dan’s full contact card, to make it easier on Jerry.
Sharing contact cards is actually the easiest way to handle situations like that—there’s no hassle of looking the number up, trying to remember it while you type it in (or jumping back and forth between apps to get it right), and then sending it. Instead, sending all of Dan’s information with a few taps is the way to go—and that way, your recipient can add them to their contacts instantly.
The easiest way to do this on Android is from the Contacts app, which every phone under the sun should have installed.
Note: The process may be slightly different depending on your phone’s manufacturer, but I’ll highlight how to do it on stock Android and Galaxy devices. Other should be similar enough that this will get you in the vicinity.
With the contacts app open, go ahead and find the one you want to share. I find it easiest to use the search function, but you do whatever you want. Once you find the contact, click on the entry to open their contact card.
If you’re using stock Android, tap on the three dots in the upper right corner, then choose “Share.”
On Galaxy devices, there’s a dedicated share button on the contact page.
This will open the share dialog. Just choose how you’d like to send the card. If you choose to send it over MMS (which is the most likely situation), it will automatically attach to a message and you’re good to go. The same applies to email.
Bam. Done. Now tell Jerry to stop bugging you for Dan’s number. Ugh, Jerry.
I would like to send two contacts (name+phone nr) to one of my contacts. This is a simple menu-option on my old Sony Ericsson.
How can I do this on Android?
I’m not in the same building as the receiver so I can not use Bluetooth.
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Using the stock messaging app, you can attach contacts to the message either on “Text” or “vCard” formats.
When writing the message:
- Touch the device “menu”;
- Touch “Attach”;
- Touch “Contact”;
- Touch the desired method.
You will then be presented with your contacts list to select the desired contact.
Screenshots taken from LG-P700 running Android v4.0.3.
Surprisingly, you need a third party app.
On HTC Desire HD (Froyo) whilst composing an SMS: Menu > Attach > Contact(vCard)
Or is that a HTC Sense feature?
A new app from an XDA developer just hit the market: Share Contacts
Share Contacts is an application to Send and Receive Contacts via SMS. It provides facility to pic contacts from phone, customise it and send business card by SMS. It can recognize the messages having business cards and provide facility to save them in Phone.
Here are main features of application:
- Send contacts by SMS.
- Pick up contact information from saved contacts.
- Send customised information.
- Filter SMS with Business Cards.
- Retrieve contact information from SMS.
- Save retrieved contact information into Phone contacts.
- Add contact with Google Sync.
- Integrated with Phone application.
When you want to share a phone number with someone, what is the easiest way to do it? We’ll take a look and show you.
When you want to share a phone number with someone, what is the easiest way to do it? Sure, you could verbally spell it out for them over the phone, or look through your contacts and then manually text or email it to them. But, did you know Android has a built-in feature that will do this for you automatically? The process is pretty simple, though it is limited if you aren’t running Froyo or Gingerbread. Let’s take it for a spin.
Open your contacts app. This can be done via the app drawer, or you can Tap the Contacts tab from your phone’s dialer.
Now find the contact that you would like to send and do a Long Press on that contact. A new menu should pop-up, at the bottom of it Tap Send namecard via.
Depending on what version of Android is running you’ll varying options here.
Android 2.1 or earlier will only have the Bluetooth or Email option. Android 2.2 and higher will be able to send the namecard in just about anyway they want.
Note: There are a few compatibility issues.
- People running Android 2.1 or earlier will not be able to receive namecards via text message.
They will also not be able to save namecards that are sent via email, but they will be able to extract the phone number (As shown in step 4).
- Bluetooth transfers actually have no problem and automatically add themselves to the phone on any version of Android. However, there is no way to prevent the contact from being automatically added.
- Android namecards are in the .vcf format and many non-Android phones are not able to read them.
When a vcard is received via email, again your options will vary depending on if you are running Froyo (2.2) or not. On 2.1 and earlier, there will just be a preview option, but you’ll still be able to Tap the phone number in the preview to quickly call it. If running Android 2.2, you can directly download the contact from your email or whatever other service it was shared via.
Solving Compatibility Issues in 2.2
The problem with namecards is that 2.1 phones can’t really read them, and forget about it if the person receiving it doesn’t have an Android phone. To solve this, Google added a new option in the contact pop-up: Send contact information. From this menu you can send the contact via SMS message, but it send the contacts in regular text format.
Sending a contact to someone else from your Android phone is really easy, but it is still a bit of a mess on older versions of Android. If you are running Froyo or Gingerbread, then you are set. But still keep in mind the person you are sending the contact to, because if they don’t have the latest and greatest version of Android they might not be able to receive it as a namecard.
Have you ever needed to forward a text message to another person, but weren’t sure how? If you’re using an Android device, the process is pretty simple.
If you’ve ever forwarded an email before, forwarding a text message isn’t much different. The exact steps will differ depending on what messaging app you use, but the basic idea remains the same.
Here’s how to forward a text message on Android mobile devices.
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For the purposes of this guide, we’ll use the Verizon Message+ app.
1. Open the texting app you usually use and tap on the conversation that includes the text message(s) you’re trying to forward.
2. Tap and hold one of the text messages that you want to forward. When a menu pops up, tap on “Forward Message.”
3. Select all of the text messages you want to forward by tapping on them one by one. When you’re ready to forward the message, tap the arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
4. Tap on the contact(s) to whom you’d like to forward the text message. The icon next to their name or phone number should appear as a circle with a check mark inside. When you’re ready to send the message, tap on the blue circle with the paper plane icon inside.
Your text message(s) should now have successfully forwarded to the person you selected.
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You can create a contact list, called a group, in the Contacts app on an Android phone to send messages to. This can be useful if you frequently want to create a text message to the same group of people, such as a group of business colleagues or friends. Android contact groups can be a handy way to make sure you’re texting the right people and not leaving anyone important out.
Create a Group in Contacts
To create a contact group in Android, first open the Contacts app. Then, tap the menu button on the top left of the screen and tap “Create label.” From there, enter the name you want for the group and tap the “OK” button.
To add people to the group, tap the “Add Contact” button or plus sign icon. Then, if you want to add just one person to the group, tap one entry from your contacts list. To add multiple people, tap and hold someone on your contacts list, then tap additional people you want to add to the group. When you’re done selecting people, tap the “Add” button.
Using Android Contact Groups
If you want to send a text message to a group on Android, you can select it from your contacts within your messaging app. Different Android phones ship with slightly different messaging apps depending on your carrier, and you can install custom messaging apps that may behave slightly differently, but you can generally select the group that you want by scrolling through a list of contacts and groups or using an auto-suggest text box.
Once you select the group, you should be able to draft a text message group to its members. Generally replying to subsequent messages in the text message thread will send more messages to the group without you having to select it again.
Deleting Members of Groups
In some cases, you may create a phone group of contacts and later want to delete someone from it, such as if someone gets a new phone number or a coworker or employee no longer works at your business.
Whatever the reason may be, you can do this from the Contacts app. Tap the “Menu” button in the Contacts app and choose the group in question. Tap the “More” menu represented by the three dots and tap “Remove Contacts.” Tap the “Remove Contact” button next to the person you want to remove from the group.
Edit Contact Groups From Web
If you’re using a computer rather than your phone, you can still edit contact groups through the Google website and the changes you make will automatically be synched to your Android devices if you have your contacts configured to sync with Google.
To add people to a group online, visit the Google Contacts site and click checkboxes next to the people you want to add. Click the “Label” button and click a group or set of groups to add those contacts.
If you need to create an entirely new contact group online, click “Labels” in Google Contacts and click “Create Label.” Type a name for the new group and click “OK.”
To remove contacts from a group this way, visit the Google Contacts website and click the group name. Then, check the boxes next to the person or people you want to remove from the group. Click the “Label” button and uncheck the name of the group.
Email Groups from Gmail
If you’re using Gmail on the web and you have email addresses for your contacts in a group, you can send an email to the group. To do so, start typing the name of the group in the “To” box in the Gmail “Compose” menu. Click the group in the autosuggest menu.
The contacts’ names and email addresses should appear in the “To” box. Verify it’s the right group of recipients and then write and send your message.
SMS and MMS drive the majority of messaging communications. We define them and show their crossover with products like iMessage, Whatsapp, and other apps.
There are so many different ways to send text messages today that regardless of whether you use an iPhone or an Android, you’ve probably used multiple texting applications. You’ve also probably heard of different acronyms like SMS and MMS and come across popular mobile text messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and WeChat. We discuss what each of these terms mean and the differences in the technologies powering them. In particular, we’ll cover:
- How SMS and MMS differ
- Examples of OTT applications like iMessage and WhatsApp
- The differences between SMS and OTT apps
- What drives app popularity in different parts of the world
- Commercial applications of texting
SMS and MMS: What are the differences and similarities?
SMS stands for Short Message Service. Invented in the 1980s and defined in the 1985 GSM standards, it is one of the oldest texting technologies. It is also the most widespread and frequently used.
MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service. It was built using the same technology as SMS to allow SMS users to send multimedia content. It’s most popularly used to send pictures, but can also be used to send audio, phone contacts, and video files.
Because SMS and MMS are sent over a cellular network, they only require a wireless plan from cellular carriers to get started. Standard SMS messages are limited to 160 characters per message. If a message exceeds this limit, it is broken up into multiple segments of 160 characters each, depending on its length. Most carriers today automatically chain these messages together to ensure they arrive in the order they are sent. Unlike SMS, MMS messages do not have a standard limit. While their maximum size depends on the carrier and the device receiving the message, 300 KB is often mentioned as the largest size most carriers will reliably handle.
What are iMessage, WhatsApp, and other OTT applications?
iMessage, Whatsapp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, and other messaging applications are often referred to as “Over The Top” (OTT) applications. They’re called this because they do not require a cellular network connection, and use IP (internet protocols) instead. To send and receive texts using these apps, your device needs to be connected to the internet, either over WiFi or via a mobile internet connection.
iMessage is exclusively available on iOS and works through the Messages app on the iPhone. While composing a text message, iOS automatically uses iMessage if it detects that the recipient’s phone number is used with an iPhone. Otherwise, it falls back to regular SMS.
To use WhatsApp, WeChat, and other OTT apps you need to download the respective application from the app store. Once installed, these apps will identify every phone number in your contact list that uses the same application and allow you to send messages and multimedia to those contacts. Some, like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Facebook Messenger can also make audio and video calls.
How do iMessage, Whatsapp, and other OTT applications differ from SMS?
Because OTT applications and SMS use completely different protocols to send messages, each has different platform and network requirements. OTT applications require an internet connection while SMS needs a mobile network connection. And while OTT apps need to be downloaded from iOS or Android app stores, SMS is supported by all modern mobile phones. As a result, each has its own relative advantages and disadvantages.
SMS is a universal technology supported by every single mobile network and device today. All you need to start texting over SMS is another person’s phone number. This makes SMS a popular channel for businesses to communicate with customers because it is more immediate than email and doesn’t require any additional app downloads. OTT apps, on the other hand, are ‘walled gardens.’ Someone using WhatsApp can’t text someone else using WeChat. They both need to be using the same apps.
OTT apps are preferred over MMS for sharing multimedia files since they don’t have the same file size limitations. They also have more features like group messaging, message broadcasting, and audio and video calling. And most importantly, OTT apps are —unlike SMS— free to use.
SMS and MMS: Global Usage
As mentioned above, SMS is most popular in the US since most carriers offer plans with unlimited texting, making SMS free or nearly free to use. iMessage is a close second because of the large number of iPhone users in the country. Texting has exploded over the last decade to the point where we’re currently witnessing over 6 billion SMS messages sent daily in the US alone. Annual MMS traffic in the US increased from 57 billion to 96 billion messages from 2010 to 2013. And with no significant costs to hold them back, we’re seeing US smartphone owners aged 18 to 24 send an average of 67 texts a day.
Unlimited texting plans are less common in other parts of the world. This is the primary reason why messaging apps like WhatsApp and WeChat gained such a significant foothold in these markets. WhatsApp is by far the most popular messaging application in the world today, with more than 1 billion people using it at least once a month. Person-to-person SMS usage in countries like India and Brazil — where mobile operators rarely offer unlimited texting plans — has been largely replaced by the free-to-use WhatsApp.
Resembling WhatsApp, WeChat also needs to be installed from the app store and has similar communications capabilities. It’s extremely popular in China, having amassed almost 500 million users to date. Like WhatsApp, WeChat was able to displace SMS because it is free to use.
Commercial applications of SMS
People are spending a significant amount of time on their phones these days: the average American adult uses a mobile device nearly 3 hours every day. Since much of this time is spent texting, many businesses have correctly surmised that SMS is one of the most effective channels for businesses to reach new and existing customers.
People simply prefer to communicate with businesses by text. The higher open and response rates — 90% of all text messages are read within 3 seconds — make SMS marketing even more attractive, especially when used in the context of customer service. For example, hospitals and clinics are successfully using SMS to send alerts and appointment reminders. And e-commerce and logistics companies are using it to provide customers with delivery notifications. For routine customer service channel inquiries, many businesses rely on automated workflows and hand off more sensitive requests to human customer service agents.
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My app has an image button which on click should send a piece of text via SMS only. How do i get my app to do that? Please help.
I also want to the user to be able to choose a contact from the list of contacts on his device.
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To send sms using intents, use this code:
I hope this help!
Steps to enable sending sms:
1- In android-manifest, add sending sms permission as below:
2- In yout Activity add this method:
This is the only correct way to send SMS/MMS via intent:
No setType(“vnd.android-dir/mms-sms”) or other shenanigans are needed.
There’s an official documentation for intents like this and should be followed.
For an SMS all you need is this:
If you have the recipient for the SMS/MMS you can add it in the data Uri after smsto: , ex smsto:+123456789 ), otherwise the user will pick the recipient in the SMS/MMS app.
If the text is too long it will be sent as MMS, if you need to send an MMS with an image or video you do it similarly but add an Uri as Intent.EXTRA_STREAM and specify the type accordingly (image/video). The Uri needs to be handled by an exposed content provider providing the correspondent image or video.
(I wish there was a way in stack overflow to vote for “wrong answer” to avoid people just copying the wrong thing into their app)
Open the Messaging app (set it as your default messaging app, if necessary), then tap the New message icon (at the top right of the screen).
Enter the recipient(s) in the To box.
Tap the Contacts icon (to the right of the To box), then select one or more entries from your Contacts list.
Enter a name or number, then select a suggestion from your Contacts list (displayed below the To box).
Enter a number manually for phone numbers not in your Contacts list.
Tap the text field, then enter your message.
A character counter is displayed to the right of the message field to let you know how many more characters you can type and also the number of pages in the message.
Tap here to enter the recipient(s) manually.
Tap here to open the Messaging app in a QSlide window.
Tap here to enter your message.
Tap here to add an attachment to your message.
Displays the number of characters entered and the amount remaining.
Tap here to enter the recipient(s) by selecting from entries in your Contacts.
If you tap the Back Key (in the Touch Keys bar) while composing a message, itвЂ™s automatically saved as a draft. The Draft icon on the right side of the message thread indicates a pending draft message to the recipient. Tap the message to resume composing it.
Tap the Send button (on the right side of the screen) to send the message.
Your message is displayed and responses appear in the same window, creating a message thread with that contact.
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- Write your message in the text box.
- Tap send.
Tip: If you want to send a photo in a message, tap Photos , tap the photo you want to share, and tap share. Select Messages .
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- Tap the message you want to read. You can also read a message from the notification panel. Slide down from the top of the screen and tap the message.
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- Tap the message you want to reply to.
- Write your reply in the text box below the message and tap send.
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The Contacts App on Android Phone makes it really easy to Share Contact details of someone in your Contacts List with anyone who is interested in this Contact of yours. You will find below the steps to Share Contacts on Android Phone using vCard.
Share Contacts On Android Phone
In case someone wants to know the Contact details of someone in your Contacts List, you can either convey the Contact details over a phone call, type the Contact details in a text message or simply send the vCard of the person as an attachment to your text message.
While you can use any of the options as mentioned above, sending Contact’s vCard as an attachment to a text message is more convenient, as it avoids all the hassles of Switching Apps, Looking up Phone Numbers and Typing them in a Text Message.
Also, Sharing Contacts using vCard eliminates the possibility of any error being made by you while conveying Contact Details. Hence, let us go ahead and take a look at How to Share Contacts on Android Phone using vCards.
Share Contacts on Android Phone Using vCard (Stock Android Phones)
In case you have a Stock Android Phone (Nexus, Google Pixel) you can follow the steps below to Share Contacts on Android Phone using vCard.
1. Open the Contacts App on your Android Phone.
2. Once you are in Contacts App, tap on the Contact that you want to Share with others.
3. On the Contact’s screen, tap on the 3-dots icon located at the top right corner of your screen.
4. Next, tap on the Share option that appears.
5. On the Share menu that appears, tap on Messages or any other App that you want to use to Share this Contact (See image below).
6. On the next popup, tap on New Message option or you can select the existing conversation.
7. On the New Message screen, type your Contact’s Name , type your Message (If any) and then tap on the Send button to send Contact’s vCard attachment.
Once your Message reaches the recipient, all that is required on the part of your recipient is to simply click on the vCard attachment (.vcf file) and he/she will be able to access all the Contact details.
Share Contact on Android Phone Using vCard (Samsung Phones)
In case you have a Samsung Galaxy Phone, you can follow the steps below to Share Contacts on Android Phone using vCard.
1. Open the Contacts App on your Android Phone.
2. Once you are in the Contacts App, tap on the More option located at the top right corner of your screen.
3. From the Menu that appears tap on the Share option.
4. On the Select Contacts screen, select the Contact or Contacts that you would like to share.
5. Once the Contacts are selected, tap on the Share option located at the top right corner of your screen (See image below).
6. On the popup that appears, tap on vCard (VCF File option)
7. On the Sharing Menu that appears, tap on Messages or any other App that you would like to use to Share Contact’s vCard or VCF File attachment.
8. On the New Message screen, type Recipients Name , type your Message (if any) and then tap on the Send button to send the attached VCF file to the recipient.
When the recipient of your email opens your Message and clicks on the vCard attachment (.vcf file), a Contact Form displaying Contact Details will open, neatly displaying all the Contact information.
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Google has the ability to text from the web with Android Messages. The feature gives users a lot more flexibility in choosing how and where they can carry on conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is powered on, you can text from a desktop computer or even other mobile devices — including iOS products like an iPad if you just open up Safari. Aside from text, you can also send emoji, stickers, and images over the web.
Using Android Messages on the web requires using Android Messages as your main texting app on your phone. I like it just fine, and Google is clearly planning big things for the future, but if you prefer, say, Samsung’s default messages app or something else, the two don’t work together.
With that out of the way, getting started and setting things up is fairly simple.
- Make sure you’ve got the latest version of Android Messages installed on your phone
- Go to messages.android.com on the computer or other device you want to text from. You’ll see a big QR code on the right side of this page.
- Open up Android Messages on your smartphone. Tap the icon with three vertical dots at the top and to the far right. You should see a “Device pairing” option inside this menu.
- Tap “QR code scanner” and point your phone’s camera at the QR code on your other device. In less than a second, your phone will vibrate, and the two will be linked up. You should notice your conversations show up in the left column of the browser window.
And that’s it. To make sure you don’t have to repeat the QR process, you can keep your computer paired with your phone by enabling “Remember this computer.” There will probably be a pop-up asking if you want to enable that the first time you use the web version of Messages. If you missed it, just go to the settings menu, which you can access from the web version of Android Messages by clicking on the three-dot icon to the right of “Messages.” (Of course, you shouldn’t turn this on if you’re using a public PC that other people can easily access.)
Which browsers work with Android Messages on the web?
- Microsoft Edge
Lol I just sent a text from my Android phone using Safari on my iPad turns out the web is neat.
Remove a computer’s access to your messages
If you want to revoke a web browser’s access to your conversations and messaging, you can quickly do so from your Android smartphone. Go back to the “Device pairing” area of Android Messages, and you can choose to sign out of individual computers or all of them with a click.
There’s a dark mode!
Dark themes can be handy if you find that all an app’s whites and light grays might overload your eyeballs at night. If you want to enable the Messages dark theme on mobile, tap the same icon with three vertical dots and looking for “Choose theme.” You can go with light, dark, or the system default.
On the web app, you’ll find “Turn on dark theme” in the menu that you get after clicking on the three-dot icon to the right of “Messages.
Keep your phone powered on
Android Messages on the web can’t work independently of your smartphone. So if your battery dies or if your phone shuts off for any reason, you won’t be able to send any texts from your computer.
Drag media into the Android Messages conversation
Sending a photo from Android Messages on the web is dead simple. You can either use the attachments icon — to the right of emoji and stickers — or just drag and drop media into the conversation window to send an MMS.
Update October 5th, 2020, 5:05PM ET: This article was originally published on June 19th, 2018, and has been updated to include minor changes made to menus.
Update October 20th, 2021, 1:30PM ET: Updated to correct minor language changes in the menus.
“Вы удивитесь. как могли жить без него раньше”
Великолепно! SMS-сообщение должно прийти с минуту на минуту.
Бесплатные групповые чаты
Это как персональный чат для вашей группы. Создавайте столько чатов, сколько вы хотите, — это абсолютно бесплатно. Теперь вы можете координироваться со своими коллегами, организовывать вечерние игры и держать контакт с семьей.
Работает на любом устройстве
Благодаря приложениям, созданным специально для iOS, Android и Windows Phone, вы можете общаться с друзьями со смартфона прямо в пути, с компьютера в офисе или с планшета, лежа на диване.
Работает даже по SMS
Вам даже не нужно устанавливать приложение для общения в GroupMe. Добавьте любой контакт из телефонной книги, и он мгновенно сможет общаться в групповом чате. Вы можете переписываться со своими группами напрямую через SMS. Подробнее о GroupMe по SMS
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Share media, documents, location, or contacts
. Then, tap:
- Document to select a document from your phone.
- Camera to take a picture with your camera.
- Gallery to select an existing photo or video from your phone. Tap and hold to select multiple images.
- Audio to send existing audio from your phone.
- Location to send your location or a nearby place.
- Contact to send the information of a contact saved in your phone’s address book over WhatsApp.
Note: The maximum allowed document size is 100 MB. In order to send a document within WhatsApp, the document must be saved locally on your phone. Alternatively, WhatsApp will appear as an option in the share menu of apps that handle documents. When you download a document, it’ll be automatically saved in your WhatsApp Documents folder: WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Documents , which can be accessed with a file explorer app.
Forward media, documents, locations, or contacts
- Open an individual or group chat.
- Tap and hold the type of message you wish to forward. You can select multiple messages.
- Tap Forward
When you forward media, documents, locations, or contacts, you don’t have to upload them again. Any forwarded messages that weren’t originally sent by you will display a “Forwarded” label.
Note: Captions won’t be forwarded along with media. You won’t be able to forward messages to broadcast lists.
Share texts from your Android device with ease
What to Know
- Tap and hold the text message, then tap Forward in the pop-up menu.
- Enter a recipient. To send the message to multiple people, enter multiple contacts.
- Edit the text if you want to, then tap Send.
Whether you want to send something you texted to another person, or you want to forward a message you received from one person to someone else in your contacts list, do it by forwarding the text message within your messaging app.
Instructions in this article apply to all smartphones running Android 7 (Nougat) and later. Upgrade to the latest version of Android to follow along with this guide. You can also share text messages on iPhone.
How to Forward a Message on Your Smartphone
To send an existing message to someone new:
Open the text message app on your phone.
Find the text message you want to forward. It can either be a message you sent or one sent to you.
Tap and hold the text message. A menu appears with several options.
Enter a recipient. When you start typing the name or phone number of someone in your contacts list, the app suggests names of people to send it to.
To send the message to multiple people, enter multiple contacts.
Sharing multiple contacts at once can help you save time rather than adding contacts individually. In this tutorial we are going to look at sharing multiple contacts on Android phones and to see if it possible on an iPhone.
How to share multiple contacts on iPhone?
Unfortunately it is not possible to send multiple contacts to someone on the iPhone. You can share contacts individually, but you would need to download an app with this feature.
How to share multiple contacts on Android?
Open the Contacts app and tap on More > Share:
Select the contacts you want to share by ticking the checkboxes appearing next to their names and then tap on the Share button:
Select the method you want to use to share the contacts file. You can choose to send the vCard file via Bluetooth, email, text message, Wi-Fi Direct or upload it to Dropbox:
Share multiple contacts as one file or individually
Sometimes when you send multiple contacts to a device a single one is being received. This happens because Samsung Galaxy S6 share multiple contacts as a single file (default setting) and the receiving device doesn’t support this feature. To remedy to this situation, open the Contacts app, tap on the More button and then on Settings. Scroll to the More Settings section and tap on Share Multiple Contacts:
Select Individually – Share multiple contacts individually:
Tap on the Back key and try to share the contacts again.
Want to quickly send an SMS message to more than one person? Here’s how to do it on your Android phone.
Group texts are a fast, affordable, and reliable way to send the same message to several people simultaneously. For example, if you host parties and want to notify all the invitees, sending them a single group text can save time and even phone bills.
Here’s how to send group texts in the Google Messages app, and also on a Samsung phone.
How to Group Message on Android Using Google’s Messages App
Android Messages is a super fast and highly customizable text messaging app, and the default on many phones. Here’s how to a send group SMS using the app.
- Download Messages if you don’t already have it installed. It’s free.
- Open the app and tap Start chat to open the New conversation screen.
- Tap Create group to open the New group conversation screen.
- Tap the first few letters of each person you want to add to your group, then select their name when it pops up.
- When you’re done, tap Next and enter a group name in the Add group name.
- Then, tap Next and type your message in the text box. If you receive a prompt to confirm your phone number, add it and hit OK. Your message will be sent to the group.
Google’s answer to iMessages for typing texts on your laptop will save you time.
You can send and receive texts on your computer too.
Nothing is more irritating than swapping back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. It’s hard to stay in a good workflow and, depending on what else you need your phone for, your battery suffers. For years, Android phone users had no choice but to use other messaging apps if they wanted to chat with friends from their desktops. But if you didn’t know, you can use Android Messages on your desktop browser to type. Google calls this Messages for Web .
It’s important to note that your phone has to have service and your computer needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be the same network, though.) If your phone is off, your computer doesn’t have Wi-Fi or you’re using airplane mode, you won’t be able to use Messages for Web.
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Messages is the default texting app for Pixel phones, but there’s also a dedicated app anyone can download from the Google Play store to use instead of the default texting app on non-Google Android phones. It’s easy to use and there’s no penalty from your carrier to switch apps.
As with Apple’s iMessage , Messages for Web lets you carry on conversations from your computer screen. Note that you might have to re-pair your phone with your desktop from time to time.
Make sure your phone’s Messages app is up to date before getting started. Let’s do this!
No more bouncing back and forth between devices.
How to set up Messages for Web on your computer
1. Open a new browser tab or browser window on your computer (we recommend a window) and navigate to messages.google.com/web/. A QR code will appear.
2. Open the Messages app on your phone.
3. In Messages, tap Settings (the three dots in the upper right corner).
4. Tap “Messages for web.”
5. Hold your phone a few inches from the QR code you see on your computer screen, making sure it fills the viewfinder on your phone screen.
6. After you scan the QR code, your contacts will automatically populate on the screen, ready for you to start texting.
This is the QR code to scan with your phone.
Screenshot by Gordon Gottsegen/CNET
A few important tips
Note that the computer you’re texting from won’t save your information unless you toggle on Remember This Computer under the QR code before scanning. If you don’t, you’ll need to pair your devices every time. You’ll only want to save your contacts if it’s a personal laptop or desktop to protect your privacy.
If you do text on a public computer, make sure to sign out afterward. If you forget, you might get a notification on your phone letting you know that you’re still logged in. You can also bookmark the website so it’s easier to text when you need to.
More than texts
Once you have Messages for Web set up on your computer, there’s a lot you can do with it. Start by typing in the name of a friend or group and begin texting. You can also add a phone number. You’ll receive texts on Messages for Web just as you would on your phone, and you’ll see a notification banner in the upper right of your screen (and hear a ding) when a new message comes in.
Messages for Web supports much of what you can see and do with Android Messages on your phone. You can send your friends dozens of emojis, GIFs, photos, videos and stickers. You can also enable Dark Mode.
You won’t be able to share your location, send or request funds with Google Pay, use voice-to-text, share contacts or attach a file. You also won’t see predictive text suggestions. However, the time you’ll save typing on your desktop while you work is well worth these few omissions.
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If youвЂ™re a busy business owner, you need to be in communication with your employees and clients throughout the day. But, if youвЂ™re away from your computer, it can be difficult to stay in the loop, and it’s not always possible or appropriate to send a text when an email is the best way to get your message to a recipient.В Or, perhaps you keep a to-do list in Evernote, and you like toВ email content into Evernote.
So, what do you do if you don’t have a data plan on your phone, or you’re in an area where you’re only getting cellular service and not data or LTE?В Fortunately, cell phones allow users some unexpected resources in the palms of their hands: You can send emails via text message. And if you have the opposite problem, and find yourself without cell service? It’s easy: You can also receive text messages from email accounts. Here’s how.
How to Send an Email via Text Message (SMS or MMS)
To send an email through a text message on your phone:
- Open your texting app on your phone.
- In the recipient field, enter an email address where you would normally type in a phone number.
- Write your message as normal and send it. Your cell phone provider will convert your message into an email.
Note: When you send an email via text message it will show up as a regular email with text in the body of the email and with a .txt file attachment. If you sent photos, videos, or audio files, those will come through as attachments, too.
In the вЂњFromвЂќ field will be the mobile number with a domain attached to it. The domain that appears depends on your cell phone service provider. Here are a few examples of what your “sender” email will appear as, if you’re using one of the most common carriers:
Virgin Mobile: [email protected]
How to Send a Text Message (SMS or MMS) via Email
Just as you can send an email with a text message, you can also send a text via email. This is helpful when you only have data and not cellular service, which sometimes occurs in cell phone dead zones, or on planes. Here’s how to send a text via email:
- Open your email app on your phone, tablet, or computer.
- In the “To” field, enter the 10-digit phone number you want to text, and add the corresponding email domain to the end of it (listed above). For example, if youвЂ™re sending to a T-Mobile number, youвЂ™d type the phone number plus @tmomail.net (e.g., [email protected]). Do not include dashes.
- Fill in the subject line, and compose your message.
- Once you click send, the recipient will receive a text message. Replies to the text will come to your email, with the same subject you used.
Note: Text messages from a number beginning with “10101” were sent from an email address.
Which Method Should You Use?
When you use the “text to email” method, you cannot change the subject line, so it will send with “(no subject).” This is fine in some cases, but when you’re trying to keep track of an ongoing list, it’s not ideal. You want to be able to find your texts to a single subject line. To avoid this, use the second method, “email to text.”
Test it out: Send yourself a text from your email with the desired subject line, like “Mobile To-Do List,” and then reply to that via text every time you have a new to-do item to add to your list. All the text messages will appear within the same email thread for easy tracking.
How to Use Text-to-Email to Communicate with Smith.ai Receptionists
Sometimes you’re out of the office and find yourself without access to cell phone data or LTE, but you need your Smith.ai receptionists to make a call on your behalf. Simply send that request by texting to the emailВ [email protected] You can ask us to call a client back, schedule an appointment, follow up with a new lead, and more.
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The good news is that, for Android devices, it’s pretty simple to forward text messages to others, and we will let you know exactly how to do it. This method works for the stock Android Messages, but manufacturer-specific apps should work similarly.
Editor’s note: The instructions in this post were put together using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Keep in mind steps may vary, depending on your hardware and software.
How to forward a text message
- Turn on and unlock your Android smartphone.
- Open the Messages app.
- Open the thread that includes the message you want to forward.
- Tap and hold on to the exact SMS you want to resend.
- Once the message is selected, tap on the three vertical dots icon at the top right.
- Select Forward.
- A list of everyone you have recently received or sent a message to appears on a list. Tap on a name, and you can forward the message to them.
- If you want to forward the message to a new number or another contact, tap on New Message. Select or search for a contact.
- If you want, you can also add some text of your own to the original message you wish to send out.
- When ready to forward the message, tap on the Send (right arrow icon) SMS button.
That’s all there is to it. Technically, the method is just as good and copying and pasting. Were you successful in forwarding a text message with this method?
Sending GIFs is a much easier way of expressive emotions without even saying a word. However, not all of us are fully aware of the art of sending GIFs, with a little fault of our own. Every operating system keyboard comes with its own method of sending GIFs in a chat, and we are going to teach you exactly how you can send GIFs on some of the most popular platforms.
So how to text a gif?
Texting a GIF is easy. Once you have opened up a messaging app of your choice, such as iMessage or WhatsApp, or the default messenger installed on Android phones, the keyboard would probably give you a GIF option. Simply clicking on it will reveal GIFs, and you can send one by selecting and clicking whichever you like.
Apart from the inbuilt apps on smartphones that allow you to send GIFs, or social media trackers that help you find trending GIFs, there are specialized apps such as GIPHY (iOS, Android ), which have a vast collection of GIFs categorized according to context and geographical culture. Users can also search for the most appropriate one as per their needs by typing in keywords that best describe the emotion they wish to express.
How to Add Gifs on iMessage?
Adding a GIF to iMessage is simple as the default keyboard provided by the operating system contains a vast collection of GIFs. To use the default keyboard feature to add GIF on iPhone text, follow these steps:
- Open the default messaging app to compose a message.
- On the left side, tap the icon with an A on it, depicting apps.
- Search for the app called #images, which contains all the GIFs included in the database.
- Select the #images app, and then choose the GIF of your choice.
How to Text a Gif on Android?
All Android phones come with a designated messaging app. However, they all may look and operate differently. But, all of them come with GIFs for texting. There isn’t much difference between Android and iPhone GIFs, however the way to sending GIFs through both the operating systems slightly varies. If you are using the Google keyboard by default, then sending a GIF over a text message can be done through the following steps:
- To send GIF in text message android, open your default messaging app.
- Look for a smiley face emoji on the keyboard, and tap it.
- Look for the GIF button among all the emojis and tap it.
- Use the search field to find your desired GIF or browse through the collection.
- Tap your desired GIF to preview it, and then tap the Send button.
How to Add Gif on Keyboard?
Although the default keyboard is likely to have a GIF option, in case you are looking for a GIF keyboard that has a more extensive collection of GIFs, then you can add a specialized one on your own as well. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go on your phone’s app store and search for a GIF keyboard.
- Install the one which seems the most suitable for your needs.
This keyboard would not replace the default keyboard available in your phone’s messaging apps but will be available as a standalone app. To add a GIF, simply open this keyboard and select the GIF of your choice to send as a message through your preferred messaging app.
How to Add Gif Keyboard to iPhone?
Since GIFs have become universally popular among iPhone users, Apple has included the texting GIF feature as part of the default iMessage in iOS versions ten and later. Third-party options are also available, in case the default iPhone typing GIF collection is not adequate as per your needs.
You can also get third-party GIF apps to work with your iMessage app. The most popular one is called GIPHY, and also another one called GIF Keyboard. To download either or both of these apps, there are two options. First, you can use the App Store, available on the iPhone. Second, there is an option to download the app through iMessage.
To add a GIF keyboard through the iMessage app, follow these steps:
- Access the App Store in the iPhone messaging app by clicking the + icon. Downloading an app through this store would not only install an app on your messaging app, but likely show this app on your iPhone’s home screen as well.
- Once installed, these apps would become part of the messaging app and can be accessed through the default keyboard.
How to Use Gif Keyboard on Android
To use the GIF keyboard feature, all you need to do is follow these steps:
- Click on the messaging app and tap on the compose message option
- On the keyboard that is displayed, click on the icon that says GIF at the top (this option may only appear for users operating the Gboard). In case this icon is not visible, click on the smiley emoji on the keyboard and then find the GIF icon and tap it.
- Once the GIF collection is displayed, find your desired GIF and tap send.
Another way to use the GIF keyboard on Android phones is through third-party applications. In the Android world, just like the Apple world, GIPHY seems to be a very popular app for an extensive GIF collection. Follow these steps to use the GIPHY (or any other third-party GIF app) on your Android phone. You can also use any video to a gif converter and send the gif directly from your messaging app.
- Launch the app after having installed it through the Google Play Store.
- Choose the GIF of your choice by either searching for it or browsing through the collection.
- Select any option that allows you to share the GIF on another app, and then tap the icon that represents your phone’s messaging app.
- The GIF will now be incorporated within your messaging app’s compose message section. Also, note that your message would have automatically converted to an MMS rather than an SMS to allow for graphical content to be sent.
- Select your recipient and send the GIF.
Unlike the iPhone’s default messaging app, the Android messaging apps don’t contain an in-built app store, and hence you cannot embed third-party GIF keyboards into your default keyboard. However, the collection of GIFs available to you remains the same, regardless of the operating system you use.
Mobile SMS/MMS is a feature on the Nextiva Mobile app that enables users to send and receive text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messages. Follow this article to send and receive SMS/MMS on the Nextiva Mobile App.
Sending and receiving SMS/MMS on the Nextiva Mobile App (NextOS)
1. Add a contact.
Under Contacts, press Plus ( + ) > Add Contact and enter the new contact details > Save .
2. Send and receive SMS/MMS messages.
Under Messages, tap SMS > Plus ( + ). Either select the contact(s) from the contact list or enter the phone number(s) in the To field. You can send a message to multiple recipients to make a group SMS message. Enter your message and press Send.
Press the Paper clip 📎 icon to the left of the text field to send an image (JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF less than 2 MB) or audio file (.mp3, .wav, and .mp4).
NOTE: If the message is more than 160 characters, it will be split into multiple messages on the recipient’s side.
Sending and receiving SMS/MMS on the Nextiva Mobile App (Nextiva 3.0)
1. Add SMS contacts
NOTE: For versions 22.9 and older of the Nextiva mobile app, you can only add new SMS recipients using the Nextiva Desktop App. For more information, click here .
2. Send and receive SMS messages
Under Messages, tap Plus (+). Select your SMS Contact. Enter your message and Send.
NOTE: Inbound texts display under Messages.
Ever since iOS 7, Apple has provided a Text Message Forwarding service that can push SMS messages received through your iPhone’s cellular network to your other Apple devices.
Using the same network, the forwarding service also allows you to send messages from your iPad or Mac to other phone numbers, even if they don’t support Apple’s iMessages platform (dumbphones and Android devices, for example).
For whatever reason, the Text Message Forwarding feature may not be enabled on your iPhone, so if you tend to miss standard text messages coming through to your phone when you’re engaged with something on your Mac or iPad, it’s definitely worth enabling.
Once activated, those messages will show up on all your devices in the Messages app as green chat bubbles, allowing you to distinguish them from regular blue iMessages. Keep reading to learn how to activate the feature in iOS 11.
How to Activate Text Message Forwarding in iOS 11
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap Messages.
- Tap Send & Receive.
- Tap Use your Apple ID for iMessage.
If you followed the steps above but the Text Message Forwarding option doesn’t appear in your iPhone’s settings app, check that your device is connected to Wi-Fi and the internet connection is good.
Another solution is to turn off and then restart iMessages via Settings -> Messages -> iMessage. You can also try signing out of iMessage and signing in again: Select Settings -> Messages -> Send & Receive, tap your Apple ID at the top, and then tap Sign Out.
For when the people in your life need reassurance that you’re alive.
By Whitson Gordon | Updated Nov 14, 2021 9:00 AM
This story has been updated. It was originally published on November 14, 2019.
Do Not Disturb is one of the best (and most underutilized) features on modern smartphones. With the press of a button, you can silence incoming calls and texts while you’re driving, in a meeting, or taking a nap. But it’d be a lot better if you could automatically send a text message back to the caller, letting them know when you’ll be available again
Unfortunately, neither iOS nor Android have this feature baked in. Or at least, not one that’s versatile—iOS has a “Driving Focus” feature (formerly “Do Not Disturb While Driving”) that lets you send one specific message when your phone detects you’re driving, but that’s it; and Google’s stock version of Android has no auto-reply feature whatsoever.
But there are ways to get around these limitations.
On the iPhone: Use Driving Focus as a workaround
The iPhone doesn’t allow third-party apps to send text messages on your behalf, so you can’t achieve the same level of automation that you can on Android. There are, however, a few things you can do to make the auto-reply process easier.
The most hands-off solution is the Driving Focus feature. Since you can use it anytime—not just while driving—you can use it with any kind of auto-reply message. Just head to your iPhone’s Settings app, tap on Focus, and look for a Driving option. If you don’t see one, tap the plus button in the upper right and choose Driving from the list that appears. If you’re setting it up for the first time, you’ll have the option to let your iPhone turn Driving Focus on when it detects driving-like motion. Deny it. Once Driving Focus is set up, you can tap Driving from the main Focus menu and choose Manually from the popup menu under Turn on automatically. Then tap Auto-Reply to set your text message to whatever is applicable at that moment (like “I’m in a meeting right now, text you later,” or “I’m asleep, call my wife if it’s urgent”). You can even choose to auto-reply to your favorite contacts or recent contacts only, rather than everyone who calls and texts. Whenever you want to enable this function, toggle on the switch at the top of the main Driving Focus menu.
Since the Focus rebranding, Apple has made this feature a permanent part of the Control Center. Open this handy shortcut menu by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen (up from the bottom if you have a Home button) and tap the Focus button. From there, select Driving to turn that auto-reply feature on and off. You’ll just need to change the message from the Settings regularly, which is kind of a bummer.
If you want something a bit more versatile and a bit less automated, you can also use the iPhone’s text shortcuts in Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Just create canned responses for common situations and assign them shortcuts—for example, “I’m in a meeting” could have the easy-to-remember shortcut “.meet” or something similar. Then, when someone texts you, you can just type .meet on your keyboard to automatically send the longer “I’m in a meeting” message. It’s not ideal, but you can create more than one message at a time.
Using these features in tandem is probably the best solution: Create your most common responses with Text Replacement, then re-populate the Do Not Disturb feature with just a few taps whenever you need to.
On Android: Use the SMS Auto Reply app
Android may not have a lot of auto-reply features built in, and it technically doesn’t allow apps to send messages for you, but third-party apps like SMS Auto Reply have found ways to work around the system.
When you first launch the app, tap the Add/Edit button to create a new rule. Give it a name, like “At Work” or “Sleeping,” and write your message in the text box. You can then go to Set Time to set the time, date, or days of the week you want that rule to be active. If you want, you can even put certain contacts on the “Don’t Reply List,” or create a list of personalized messages for certain people (like your spouse). It doesn’t do everything I’d like it to do—it can’t respond to voice calls, and changing profiles based on location would be nice—but it’s pretty powerful, especially compared to what the iPhone offers.
When you’re done, tap Save, and you’ll see your rule presented with a toggle switch next to it. When you first turn it on, you’ll see a prompt to give SMS Auto Reply access to your notifications—it needs the permissions to detect when messages are coming in, and uses the Reply shortcut to send a response. After that, head back to SMS Auto Reply and try turning your rule on again. You’ll then be prompted to remove it from Android’s Battery Optimization—it’ll take you to the correct screen, but you’ll need to tap on Not Optimized at the top, head to All Apps, and select SMS Auto Reply to turn off optimization. Finally, back in the app, you’ll be prompted to allow SMS Auto Reply access to your cellular data, so it can send messages in the background. It’ll take you to the correct screen—just flip the switch next to Unrestricted Data Usage.
Once you’ve done these three things, your auto-reply rule should turn on, and you can test it by asking someone to send you a text message.
You can see how this isn’t necessarily the ideal solution—it’s a little janky to set up, and can’t auto-respond to incoming calls thanks to Android’s permission system—but it’s better than nothing, and calms your friends paranoia by given them an idea of why you aren’t texting them back.
Are you making the switch from iPhone to Android and wondering how to transfer messages from iPhone to Android? Well, your new best friend may well be the iSMS2droid app, available for free in the Google Play Store.
If you’re lucky, though, your phone may have this functionality built-in. Got a Samsung phone or a Google phone? We recommend going with their options. For others, see if they’ve got the capability. If not, we’ll show you how to use iSMS2droid below to move your texts from iPhone to Android Here’s how to do both.
How to transfer text messages from iPhone to Android using the manufacturer’s data transfer option
Samsung phones come with a USB-OTG cable, which allows you to connect your new Samsung to your old iPhone and transfer files over. If you’re moving to Samsung, you can also use Smart Switch. This software lets you “seamlessly transfer contacts, photos, music, videos, messages, notes, calendars and more to virtually any Samsung Galaxy device.” If you’ve switched from iPhone to Android and got yourself a Samsung Galaxy, you should be good to go.
Google also has a process for transferring data from iPhone to Pixel using its Quick Switch Adaptor. Messages are included in the data copied over during this process, and Pixel users should be able to transfer iPhone messages to Android using this method.
How to transfer messages from iPhone to Android using iSMS2droid
If you’re switching from iPhone to Android, don’t jump the gun and immediately purchase expensive recovery software like TransPhone or iPhone Data Recovery to facilitate message transfer. Manually transferring all of your text messages to your new Android device is completely free and easier than you’d expect.
Transferring texts from iPhone to Android using iSMS2droid does involve a few steps, but it’s nothing complicated. If you have the know-how to navigate through your computer’s file system using Finder or Windows Explorer, you should be good to go.
Note: You do not have to own both devices at the same time. Just complete the backup while you still have your iPhone, and then do the transfer once you’ve picked up your Android device.
Backup your iPhone and locate the backup file
- Connect your iPhone to your computer. Choose File >Devices >Back Up. Depending on your version of iTunes, you may have to right-click the device from the list and select Backup Now. You can also automatically backup your iPhone by syncing the device with iTunes.
- Find the text messaging backup file on your computer. You’re going to have to do a little digging to find the correct backup file. If you’re running Windows, the file will be inside:
If you’re running a Mac, the file will be inside:
The file will be a long value, something like: 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.
The quickest way to find this file is by copy/pasting the filename into your file system search bar.
Now, you’ll need to move this file to your new Android device (either on the internal storage or SD card, doesn’t matter). It’s recommended that you plug the phone in during the process and don’t multitask during the transfer to avoid slowing things down.
Install iSMS2droid on your Android phone, open the app and tap on the Import Messages button. You’ll be prompted to give the app certain permissions, which are required to make the transfer happen. For instance, you’ll have to temporarily switch your default messaging application to iSMS2droid. You’ll see a file selection box that lets you navigate to find and select your text messaging file that you’ve already tucked away as outlined above.
Start your transfer
The app will give you the option to import all messages or select conversations on a per-contact basis. If you want to add conversations by contact, iSMS2droid recommends syncing your contacts before you start your text transfer. Otherwise, it will show phone numbers only, not names.
Once you’ve decided to import all or select specific conversations, the transfer will begin. If you’ve chosen to import all, the app will show you a list of conversations and give you the ability to pick those you’d like to keep.
Once the transfer is complete, you’ll be prompted to switch your default messaging app back to the previous default app. By the way, some older phones won’t be able to run the iSMS2droid app. If you run into this problem, we recommend using the iSMS2droid online converter and the app SMS Backup & Restore.
Did you find this tutorial useful? You might find our tips on cleaning up your iCloud storage and backing up your iPhone texts useful as well.
Also, we’re interested…what made you switch from iPhone to Android? Let us know in the comments below!
** As of June 2019, we’ve updated this article. For a while, the free app iSMS2droid had been removed from the Google Play store, but now it’s back!
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