How to Forward a Text Message on Android

Tech users of a certain age may remember the early days of text:  opening your flip phone (or slide phone, if you were Super Cutting Edge), and hitting each numerical key several times until it landed on the letter you needed.  And if you hit the number too many times?  More tap, tap, tapping.  Today, we have smart phones.  Equipped with spell check, auto-correct, and most importantly, an alpha touch pad, there’s literally no going back.

But what if you have a significant amount of information that you want to share with a whole bunch of people.  Not like a Facebook post amount of people, but maybe your innermost circle.  Sure, you could do a group text, but it’s possible that these folks don’t know each other, and most people don’t actually like the inbox clog of a group text.  Instead, there’s got to be a way that you can forward emails between parties, right?  Maybe make a few adjustments to personalize the message, but essentially send the same info over and over.  But is it possible?

Forwarding a Message with Your Android Phone

Forwarding a message on Android should seem like a very simple task and it it is. In order to forward a message on an Android device, you will need to follow a set of four simple steps:

  1. First find the message you wish to forward. Then tap and hold the message in question.
  2.  Tap the three dots in the upper right hand corner.  An icon bubble should appear giving you a prompt of options. Tap “Forward”.
  3. Next, a list of your most recent contacts will pop up.  Scroll through this list of contacts, or tap “New Message” to forward this message to someone you haven’t contacted lately.  Tapping “New Message” will automatically pull up your entire address book.  You can start typing your contact’s name in the search bar, or scroll through your address book to locate the right person.  Make sure you have the right contact!!
  4. Once you’ve selected the recipient, your forwarded message will appear in an unset text conversation.  You’ll have the ability to edit the forwarded message, then tap to send as you would any other text.

Copy/Pasting a Text with Your Android Phone

Perhaps you prefer to copy and paste the information from your text.  This can be helpful if you texted the information to one person, but you want to DM it via Instagram to another person.  Thankfully, Android also makes this super-easy.

  1.  Tap and hold on the text you want to copy.
  2. Tap on the double-rectangle symbol on the top right of the screen.
  3. Nothing will visibly occur on the screen, but the text will be copied to your clipboard.
  4. Open your DMs (or Facebook Messenger, etc), and tap and hold in the text area.
  5. Tap “Paste.”
  6. Your message will appear, ready to be edited and sent!

The process of sending a text to multiple individuals is pretty easy, thanks to modern technology.  What would’ve been a full-day activity in 2004 is now as easy as a couple taps!  Of course, if this were 1994, we’d still be waiting for AIM to connect, and hoping no one would try to call the house phone, and in 1984, we’d be waiting in line at the Post Office to mail a letter.  Technology is a magnificent thing, isn’t it?

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