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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Read, Reply and Forward a Text Message in Hangouts App in Android 4.4 Kitkat

Once you activated the SMS messages feature in Hangouts app, you can use this app to send text messages to the desired contacts, either to a single contact or multiple contacts at once. This app also provides you various emojis that you can add into your messages to describe your mood and make your messages more alive.

See also: How to Send a Text Message in Hangouts App in the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4 Kitkat

Aside from sending text messages, this app also allows you to receive text messages. As same as other messaging apps, Hangouts app allows you to read a new incoming text message with ease and then reply the message to the original sender or forward the message to another contacts.


How to read a new text message in Hangouts app?
Generally, there are two methods that you can use to open the new text message and then read it, through the notifications panel or through Hangouts app itself.


Method #1: From the notifications panel
When your phone is receiving a new text message, by default you'll get a notification. On any screen, swipe the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel and then tap the notification of the new text message to open it through Hangouts app.


Method #2: From Hangouts app
To view a new text message in Hangouts app, do as follows:
  1. Open Hangouts app.
  2. The new incoming message will be displayed at the top of the conversation list. The new message is displayed with black bold letters.
  3. Tap the new message to open it.
  4. The latest message will be displayed at the very bottom of the message list within the opened conversation.


How to reply a text message in Hangouts app?
You can reply a new or existing text message to the original sender by using the following steps:
  1. Open Hangouts app.
  2. Tap the required conversation.
  3. Enter your message in the enter text field above the keyboard.
  4. If necessary you can add emojis into your message by tapping and then select the desired emojis you want to use. Tap to bring back your keyboard.
  5. Tap to send your message.


How to forward a text message in Hangouts app?
You can forward a new or existing text message to another contact you want by using the following steps:
  1. Open Hangouts app.
  2. Tap the required conversation.
  3. Long tap the required message you want to forward.
  4. On pop up menu select Forward.
  5. You'll be presented with contact names of the existing messages, tap the required contact name. Or if you want to forward the message to other contact, tap New message and then select the required contact name from your contacts list.
  6. If necessary you can add your own message by typing them in the enter text field above the keyboard.
  7. If necessary you can add emojis to your message by tapping and then select the desired emojis you want to use. Tap to bring back your keyboard.
  8. Tap to send your message.

As when you send text messages, SMS rate from your cellular provider will also apply when you reply or forward text messages by using this app.

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