How to Text Yourself

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How to Text Yourself

Can You Text Yourself?

Yes, you do have the ability to text yourself on your iOS device. There are numerous reasons why you might need to do this, that range anywhere from sending yourself your grocery list, reminding yourself about something important, or needing to create a fake text messaging conversation.

iMessage allows you to text yourself easily, but there are a few steps you will need to complete before you can do this within your phone’s settings. Follow the steps below to adjust your settings:

Step 1- Open your settings app and locate the “Messages” option. Tap on it.

Step 2 – Make sure that your iMessages are enabled. If they are not, tap on the toggle option next to “iMessage” to turn them on.

Step 3 – Exit out of your settings app and open your phone app.

Step 4 – Locate and tap on the “Contacts” option at the bottom of your screen.

Step 5 – Tap either your name, if it appears, or on the option that says “My Card”.

Step 6 – Check your saved information. You will need to make that your phone number and any email addresses that you want attached to your contact information are correct.

If they are not correct, you will find that you will receive different message threads that will be determined by whether you are sending your messages to your phone number or to your email account.

As long as all of the information is saved correctly under a single contact, every message you send to yourself will be visible within a single chat thread.

Step 7 – Save any changes and close out of your contacts.

Now, you have the ability to test and see if you have the ability to text yourself. Do not worry about testing it because you can always delete whatever you send yourself later. To perform the test, open your messaging app and select the “New Message” option.

In the “To” field, enter your own phone number. Then, proceed as you would for any other text message by typing your message into the field. Once finished, tap “Send”.

You should receive a push notification that you have a new message. Open your messaging inbox, and tap on your unread message.

How to Text Yourself iPhone

1. Text Yourself on iMessage Then Delete the Message You Sent But Leave the Message You Left

If you need to text yourself using iMessage, you can also go back into your message thread and adjust or delete the messages you have received. If you are planning to fake a messaging conversation, this is how you will do it:

Step 1 – Open your messaging app and create a new message. Type in your name. If you are creating a fake text messaging thread, you will first need to go back into your contacts, locate your information, and edit the name so that it will appear at the top of the conversation thread as whatever name of the person that you need the information to be coming from.

Step 2 – In your new message, input your name, or the fake name, into the “To” field to select the message’s destination. Like with any message, you will type out the text of your message in the field. When you finish, hit “Send”.

Step 3- If you are texting yourself, understand that you will receive the messages in two formats. The message will appear in the blue bubble, meaning that you sent the message, and also a grey bubble, meaning that “someone else” sent the message.

It will make it appear as a two-way conversation, allowing you to fake a conversation as you go through and delete whichever side of the text you need to to create a conversation.

Step 4- Understand that creating a fake conversation could take some time unless the conversation is going to be very short.

After each message, tap and hold the blue or grey bubble you need to disappear. A pop-up screen will appear; from here, you will need to select the “More” option.

Step 5 – Select the delete option to get rid of whichever bubble you need to disappear. You will be asked to confirm once you have clicked “Delete”, so you will need to click “Delete Messages”.

Step 6 – If you do not want to have to delete one side or the other after every message, you can type your entire conversation and continue sending it until the conversation is complete.

Then, go back to the beginning of the thread and press and hold the first message you want to delete. Select that message and proceed through the conversation, marking the different messages you want to disappear.

Once you have selected all of the messages, locate the pop-up menu, hit more, and then “Delete Messages”. This will cause all of your selected messages to be deleted.

2. Use Another Phone with Another Sim

Another way to message yourself is by using another phone with its own SIM card. Phone numbers are linked to SIM cards, not physical devices, which is why you are able to continue to keep your phone number and other information if you change phones but move the SIM card over.

If you can use a different phone that has its own unique SIM card, you will have the ability to send messages to yourself or create a conversation thread without having to go through the steps of deleting the messages.

To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Locate another phone that has its own SIM card.

Step 2 – Check inside the phone’s settings to determine the phone number associated with that SIM card.

Step 3 – Take your phone (the one you primarily use) and open your “Contacts”. Add the phone number into your contacts, saving it as whatever name you want to appear at the top of the messaging thread.

Step 4- Begin by sending a text message from whichever phone number you want to initiate the conversation, and then reply on the other phone. Repeat until you have the entire phone conversation complete.

How to Text Yourself on Android

If you want to perform the same tasks listed above but have an Android device, rest assured that it is also a possibility for you. Follow the steps below:

1. Text Yourself on Messages Then Delete the Message You Sent But Leave the Message You Left

If you need to text yourself using your Android’s messaging feature, you can also go back into your message thread and adjust, or delete, the messages that you have received. If you are planning to fake a messaging conversation, this is how you will do it:

Step 1 – Open your messaging app and create a new message. Type in your name or your phone number.

If you are creating a fake text messaging thread, you will first need to go back into your contacts, locate your information, and edit the name so that it will appear at the top of the conversation thread as whatever name of the person that you need the information to be coming from.

Step 2 – In your new message, input your name, phone number, or the fake name into the “To” field to select the message’s destination. Like with any message, you will type out the text of your message in the “Enter Message” field. When you finish, tap the paper airplane icon to send the message.

Step 3 – Whenever you are texting yourself on your own device, understand that you will receive the messages in two formats.

The message will appear on the right side of the screen, meaning that you sent the message, and on the left side, meaning that “someone else” sent the message.

It will make it appear as a two-way conversation, allowing you to fake a conversation as you go through and delete whichever side of the text you need to to create a conversation.

Step 4 – Understand that creating a fake conversation could take some time unless the conversation is going to be very short.

After each message, tap and hold either the right or left side of the conversation that you need to disappear. A pop-up screen will appear; from here, you will need to select the “Delete” option.

Step 5 – The message will now appear with all of the correspondence having a bubble next to every sent and received message.

Tap the bubble, or bubbles if you delete multiple messages, for everything you want to get rid of.

Once done, select the delete icon, which appears as a trashcan, on the bottom of the screen to get rid of whichever bubble you need to disappear.

You will be asked to confirm once you have clicked “Delete”, so you will need to click “Move to Trash”.

Step 6 – If you do not want to have delete one side or the other after every message, you can type your entire conversation and continue sending it until the conversation is complete.

Then, go back to the beginning of the thread and press and hold the first message you want to delete. Choose the “Delete” option. Select that message and proceed through the conversation, marking the different messages you want to disappear.

Once you have selected all of the messages, tap the Delete button at the bottom of the screen, and then “Move to Trash”. This will cause all of your selected messages to be deleted.

2. Change to Your Other Sim If You Have A Dual Sim, Then Text Yourself

Most phones only come with one SIM card, so if you have the dual SIM feature, you can text yourself back and forth from each SIM card, but it will be lengthy.

Step 1 – First, you will need to make sure that you have both phone numbers saved in your contacts under the names that you want to appear on the messaging thread.

Step 2 – Decide which SIM card you want to use to send the first message and make sure that you have it accessed. Android phones will not let you operate both SIM cards simultaneously.

Step 3 – Open a new message, and enter the name of the person you want to message. Type in your message and then click on the paper airplane icon to send it. On your screen, this message will only show on the right side of the message thread, because you were the person to send the message.

Step 4 – Switch over to the other SIM and access your messages. Here, you will see that you have received a message in your message inbox. Open the thread and type your reply. Once finished, hit the paper airplane icon to send the message.

Step 5 – Continue switching back and forth until the conversation is complete.

Again, this is certainly an option, but one of the more time-consuming ones.

3. Use Another Phone With Another Sim

Another way that you can message yourself is by using another phone that has its own SIM card.

Phone numbers are linked to SIM cards, not physical devices, which is why you are able to continue to keep your phone number and other information if you change phones but move the SIM card over.

If you can use a different phone that has its own unique SIM card, you will have the ability to send messages to yourself or create a conversation thread without having to go through the steps of deleting the messages.

To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Locate another phone that has its own SIM card.

Step 2 – Check inside the phone’s settings to determine the phone number associated with that SIM card.

Step 3 – Take your phone (the one you primarily use) and open your “Contacts”. Add the phone number into your contacts, saving it as whatever name you want to appear at the top of the messaging thread.

Step 4- Begin by sending a text message from whichever phone number you want to initiate the conversation, and then reply on the other phone. Repeat until you have the entire phone conversation complete.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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