A Better Way to Text with Verizon Messages App

by Robyn Wright on February 24, 2014

in Tech

I'm a #VZWBuzz Verizon Lifestyle Blogger I have been texting for several years now and I have pretty much always used the default texting app on whatever phone I have had at the time. That has now changed. You all know that I work with Verizon in a number of ways including using products, services, #VZWBuzz parties, etc., so I am always trying out new things they offer. Recently I decided to try out the Verizon Messages app. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting that it would be something I would really use all the time but I was wrong! This is now my default texting app that I use and Hubby now uses it as well.

My favorite thing is that you can sync your messages across all of your devices. So on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 I can send a text but later when I am on my desktop I can use the web based version and see the entire thread of my texts there also. Plus on the desktop/laptop/tablet I can type a lot faster than using my thumbs on my phone which I love!

It does not matter if the other person has Verizon Messages or not – they can still receive your messages and send messages to you to receive in your Verizon Messages. I text a lot of different people, some who are Verizon users, some who are not. There is no problem in that area. The only drawback is that the app is not available on Windows Phone – I’m hoping that this will be coming soon too so I can use it on my Nokia Lumia 928 phone also.

This is a screenshot from my phone of the main Verizon Messages screen (I blacked out a couple of names/numbers for other’s privacy). You can see that Hubby and Jamie both have pics by their name – the others are automated kind of texts so I obviously don’t have pics for those but I could add some if I wanted.

Verizon Messages App Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Along with sending a plain text message, you also have a lot of other options built right in. No extra apps needed. You can send postcards, photos, audio, video, and even real-time locations with Glympse that is built in. Plus there are a ton of emoticons to pick from.

Verizon Messages App Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The postcards have several backgrounds to pick from and you can change the text font, size, and colors. Hubby sends my a Glympse when he leaves work each day and I can track him in real time all the way home – even as detailed as seeing him pull up and then back into our driveway.


Verizon Messages App Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 3   Verizon Messages App Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Just like with other texts I can receive photos from others – this one from my brother. He just bought a new Jeep and he texted me a pic of it.

Verizon Messages App Screenshot on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

 

I mentioned there is a web version also. I log in to my Verizon account on that page and then it keeps everything in sync. Just like on my phone, I can see all the photos and other types of texts that I am sent.

See the picture of the Spam in the skillet? Hubby did that in Verizon Messages on his Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. He inserted a picture from within the app and even wrote on it from the same app – I guess he wanted to make sure I knew this was Spam (ick) and that is what he wanted for dinner. He knew I wouldn’t agree to that.

Verizon Messages App Screenshot - Web Version on my computer

We decided on Mexican at our favorite local place instead. You can see in this screenshot too that you can still access all the emoticons from the web version of Verizon Messages too.

Verizon Messages App Screenshot - Web Version on my computer

Verizon has a short video demonstration of Verizon Messages also that might help you understand it even better. You need the app for your mobile devices, for Android get Verizon Messages in the Google Play Store and for iOS devices get Verizon Messages in the Apple App Store.

Do you think you will try Verizon Messages? What feature would you like most?

Robyn    

© 2014, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • http://housewifehellraiser.com/ Laura

    I do use this! And I love it! I just got a Galaxy after having an iPhone for years, and my husband’s friend suggested I try Verizon Messaging, because it shows the body of the text as a pop up even if your screen is locked. I think that’s super handy. And I love being able to draw on pictures! It’s a great app. I just installed it on my iPad a few days ago!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Awesome Laura! I think it is really a hidden gem of an app and feature that Verizon offers. I was really surprised at everything it could do when I first tried it!

  • http://historyinculture.wordpress.com/ Robin

    Well, I am probably one of the last people in the world who still does not do texting..but if you can text from a laptop I would be interested in trying it. Thanks for sharing all those screenshots. I love that you can choose all those backgrounds on the postcards!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      There are lots of folks who don’t text yet, you aren’t alone. If it isn’t something you need then you aren’t missing anything. For those that use it and love it though this is a fantastic tool.

  • AngelaLilly

    Very cool! Hubby has Verizon (as do I but I have a flip phone LOL!) and an iPhone so I will def tell him about this. Thanks! BTW I noticed an owl icon at the top of your screen shot, what is that? Just curious as I am an owl nut! LOL

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      The owl icon is for HootSuite which I use for Twitter and other social networks. Very handy. I use it on my desktop as well. http://hootsuite.com

  • Carol

    Question… How do I get my contacts to sync to vz messages? All I am getting on both my iPhone and vz tablet is a phone number and no name.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Are you using the Verizon Backup Assistant? It should sync all of the contacts across your devices for you

  • maureen57

    I have No contacts On my tablet. How do I get my phone contacts on my tablet.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Are you using the Verizon Backup Assistant? It should sync all of the contacts across your devices.

  • Utopia

    I do use this, but my mms messages do not sync across the devices. Any suggestions?

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Are you using Verizon Messages on all the devices?

  • Angie

    I would like to see my contact photos on the web version of text.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      I agree – wish my contact photos would show up on the web based version and the PC version for sure. Hopefully that will come with an update soon.

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