Let Your Fingers Do the Talking! Follow these Simple Rules for Better Texting

Texting is a quick and easy way to stay in touch. But its informal nature can lead to confusion over the appropriate “do’s” and “don’ts”. Here’s a quick rundown of important basics that will improve your text messaging etiquette.

You don’t need a reason to text
Sometimes just sending a quick “I’m thinking of you” text is a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day. Who knows? They may see it and phone you back to say, “Thanks, Grandma! I’m saving this text forever!”

Text Back
Always! Unless they say otherwise, if someone texts you, they expect to hear back, even if it’s just a simple acknowledgement like, “Ok” or “thanks”.

Keep it short and simple
Texts aren’t meant to be emails. Get to the point. If you want to have a longer conversation, call them; after all, you do have their number!

Beware of autocorrect!
This is when the phone makes or suggests corrections for mistakes in spelling or grammar. A single word or letter can change the whole meaning of a sentence, so read your message over before you hit “Send.”

Be careful with abbreviations
Texting is meant to be a fast form of communication, so it’s common to use abbreviations and shortcuts such as “LOL” (laugh out loud), “np” (no problem), or “u” (you). But there is such a thing as an inappropriate abbreviation, so if you choose to use them, only use those that are widely known. When in doubt­—spell it out!

Who’s There?
Before sending the text, double check that you are sending it to the right person! A common mistake is to accidentally send a text to the person you are texting about; you don’t want someone to receive a text about the surprise party you’re arranging for them! This is also important when sending Group Text messages, but for an additional reason. Group Texts can be a useful tool to keep everyone in the loop but ask permission first. Responses go to everyone on the message, and some folks may not want to receive a message from someone they don’t know.

DON’T SHOUT!
CAPS MAKE YOU LOOK REALLY ANGRY, SO AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS. Unless of course, you are really angry; then go ahead and use them to make your point!

Always double check when using voice-to-text features
Smartphones allow you to speak your message, which the phone then converts to text. But a lot can be lost in the translation; make sure that what you said is what is showing as text before you hit “Send”. Voice-to-text software isn’t perfect and could be picking up stray sounds or conversations from elsewhere, altering your message in ways you didn’t intend.

Texting is meant to be simple, and fun. By taking a few extra steps and observing basic text message etiquette before you send them, you’ll make sure everyone will be happy to see your messages pop up in their inbox.

30 Thoughts on "Let Your Fingers Do the Talking! Follow these Simple Rules for Better Texting"

  1. Ms griggs says

    Can I get another phone of yours service to start another plan

    reply to Ms

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to assist you with that if you like! If you want to switch to a new device or a different plan, just give us a call at 888-345-5509, or visit the My Account section of our website. We can help you choose the perfect new phone for your needs. Thanks for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  2. Susan says

    I don’t have my data turned on to save on my data plan, so I cannot receive nor send any text photos.Why and how can I do this without using any data?

    reply to Susan

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Susan. In order to send a photo message, a small amount of data is needed, though it isn’t reflected in your data usage. If you want to send a photo message, we recommend turning your data on for a time, then turning it back off if you like. We’re happy to discuss this with you further at 888-345-5509 if you like. We appreciate you taking the time to comment today!

      reply to Ashley

  3. Gary says

    What is the difference between text and data?

    reply to Gary

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Gary! Data is used when your phone uses certain features, such as your internet browser, GPS, streaming video and more. Sending a text message doesn’t use data from your plan. In fact, with our Connect plans, you have unlimited messaging included with each option! We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about our plans or service at 888-345-5509. Thank you for commenting, and we hope you have a lovely day!

      reply to Ashley

  4. Sandra Wilson says

    Or how about turning “data saver” on. When you are at home hook to your internet wifi and text and use data to hearts content and save the CC data for when you are mobile.

    reply to Sandra

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great option, Sandra! Some Android smartphones come with this “data saver” feature enabled, but for all smartphone users, it’s a great idea to use Wi-Fi whenever possible. Thanks for posting!

      reply to Ashley

  5. Sherry says

    Why don’t you give important information on where to get one and a price?

    reply to Sherry

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Sherry! If you’re interested in learning more about Consumer Cellular, we’re happy to tell you all about our products and services at 888-345-5509. You can also learn more on our website here, or visit your local Target store if you would like a device today. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

      reply to Ashley

  6. Evelyn Myers says

    IF your away from your router and your using internet does your data come off of your phone plan

    reply to Evelyn

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Evelyn. If you are no longer able to access a Wi-Fi network, your phone will use data from your plan. We recommend using Wi-Fi whenever possible, so that you can save your data for when you really need it. If we can answer any other questions you may have, please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting today!

      reply to Ashley

  7. Beth Kenney says

    How do I change the cellular data usage current period? I have a I phone 6s. I appreciate you keeping track of it and maybe it isn’t necessary. I just noticed it just accumulates from one period to the other. We are new to Consumer Cellular and very pleased

    reply to Beth

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Beth! You can change your plan at any time, right up until the end of the billing cycle. You can start with a small plan, and if you find yourself needing more data that month, we’ll automatically upgrade you to a larger plan with more available. To make an update to your plan, just try the My CC app, My Account or call us at 888-345-5509 and we will be happy to assist you. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  8. Keith Faust says

    How can you text all the people in your address book?

    reply to Keith

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Keith! It sounds like you want to send a large group message. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that you’re using the Moto E4 Plus. To create a message with multiple recipients, go ahead and open the Messages app. Tap the plus sign to create a new message, then tap inside the “to” field to access your contacts. You can then select all of the contacts on your list if you like. We’re happy to help you with any other questions about text messaging or other features at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a lovely day!

      reply to Ashley

  9. Noreen martin says

    Very confusing for us senior citizens trying to learn all these apps . Be patient with us asking so many questions

    reply to Noreen

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We are always here to help if you need us, Noreen! If you have any questions about a specific app or feature on your phone, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thanks for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  10. Henry says

    How do you speak text

    reply to Henry

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Henry. I was able to review your account, and I see that you’re using the Moto E LTE. When you want to use the Voice-to-Talk option, open the Messages app and create a message. Then tap the microphone icon on the keyboard. From there, just speak your message and you’ll see the words appear on the screen. If we can help walk you through it, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

  11. Leon clark says

    I have been a CC client for a few years now and love the service !
    Lately I have been receiving robo texts so went on to the internet to see how to fix. Downloaded a Google app called “messages”. Being a senior who’s grand kids know more than I about smart phones and anything electric I am still now sure if all is working right. I’m still getting notifications. Is there any ways you can help? Can you block those kind of texts?

    reply to Leon

    • Hi Leon, thanks for reaching out. While we can’t block specific texts from our side, there may be an option to do so within your phone settings. We’d like to speak to you to assist further, so we will give you a call today. You can also reach customer service at your convenience by calling 888-345-5509. We look forward to speaking with you, have a great day!

      reply to Jessica

  12. Peggy says

    Many of my text messages fail to send and also there are times when text messages come in but fail to download immediately. I will see I have a message from someone but it may take days to download to get the message.

    reply to Peggy

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Peggy. It sounds as though we may need to adjust some of your device’s settings. Please give us a call at your convenience to 888-345-5509. We’ll be happy to assist you, and work to get this text messaging issue resolved. We appreciate you posting, and we hope to speak with you soon!

      reply to Ashley

  13. Karen Gelineau says

    Some of the texts that my son sends never come through. Why is this and how can I get this fixed?

    reply to Karen

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Karen, I recommend giving our customer service team a call at 888-345-5510 or chatting with them here for assistance with texting on your service with your son.

      reply to Nicole

  14. Lee says

    Group messages come through as individual texts on my Doro 7050, which means I have no way of replying to the entire group. 🙁 Is there a way to update this feature?

    reply to Lee

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for taking the time to post, Lee. With how messages are sorted on the Doro 7050, group messages are separated based on the sender. We don’t have a way to change that directly, but we appreciate the feedback and will pass it along.

      reply to Nicole

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