Android: Forward Text Message

Forward a text message from your Android device to another person with these steps.

Note: These instructions are intended for the stock Android 5 Messaging app. Your carrier may provide you with a different messaging solution.

  1. Open the message thread that contains the individual message you would like to forward.
  2. While in the list of messages, tap and hold the message you wish to forward until a menu will appear at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap other messages you wish to forward along with this message. They should show as checked when selected.
  4. Tap the “Forward” arrow.
    Android Forward arrow
  5. Finish your message up by adding your own message if desired. Tap “Send” when ready.


Why don’t I have this option on my device?

Be sure you are tapping and holding a single message. Not an entire thread. There are a few wireless carriers that disallow this option. In these cases, it is recommended you download and use Handcent or ChompSMS for sending and receiving text messages.


  1. B. Lewis says

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