There are lots of different ways you can communicate using text.


Electronic mail (email) is used by many people at work and for personal messages. An email can be as long as you like, and can attach documents, photos and videos.  

Texting (SMS)

Texting or Short Message Service (SMS) allows you to send and receive text messages on your mobile phone.

Messaging apps

Messenger WhatsApp Snapchat

Messaging apps let you send and receive messages through apps downloaded onto your device. There are lots of different messaging apps.

Social media networks

Facebook Instagram Twitter

Social networks are online communities where you can share (post) information, ideas, content and personal messages. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all social networks.

Live chat

A lot of websites have live chat options that let you send and receive messages in a small chat window on their website.