Sending and Receiving Messages¶
The Chats application handles different kinds of messages and chats, collecting them together in the same user interface.
Locate the icon shown above in the app drawer and press it to launch the application.
When you start Chats for the first time, you will be shown the Chats page and prompted to add new contacts and accounts.
To start writing SMS messages immediately, press the (add) button at the top-left of the screen to start a new chat.
See the Preferences section for instructions describing how to add and manage new accounts.
Press one of the contacts to continue chatting with them.
To start an SMS chat quickly, tap inside the search bar and enter a phone number. An item should appear below the search bar as you type.
When you have entered the phone number, tap the item to start an SMS chat.
To start an SMS chat with a new contact, press the button at the top-right of the screen to add a new contact. This will open a page that lets you input the name and phone number for your contact. Select SMS as your chat account if it is not the default option.
Press Add to Contacts to add the contact – this will open the Contacts application. You can send a message to the new contact from within Contacts or return to Chats to start a conversation from the Start Chat screen.
When a new conversation has started, it will be shown in a layout like the image below, with incoming messages on the left and outgoing ones on the right.
To return to the main Chats page, press the back button at the top-left of the screen.
Before starting an XMPP chat you need to add an XMPP account to Chats – see the Adding an Account section below.
To start an SMS chat with a new contact, press the button at the top-right of the screen to add a new contact. This will open a page that lets you input the ID of your contact. Select your Jabber/XMPP ID as your chat account if it is not the default option.
When you have entered the Jabber ID and an optional name for your new contact, press Add Contact to add the contact and start composing a new message. If the contact’s ID is already known, the Add Contact button will be disabled.
When your contact sends a message, you will be asked to authorize them – to accept or reject them as a contact. Press either the Reject button or the Accept button to do this.
If you accepted the contact, you should be able to continue the chat with them.
Individual conversations can be configured by accessing the Chat Details page via the menu at the top-right of the screen.
As well as details about the connection, you can enable and disable notifications for newly received messages specifically in this conversation.
You can return to the Chats list by pressing the back button at the top-left of the screen.
This will close the chat and return you to the Chats page. The chat will have been removed from the list.
You can start a new chat with the same contact to recover the chat history.
You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the chat and the conversation history.
Pressing Delete will close the chat and return you to the Chats page. The chat will have been removed from the list. The contact will also have been deleted from the Start Chat page.
The Preferences page lets you customize how the application behaves. It is also where you can add chat accounts.
To add a new account to those managed by the application, press the Add new account… label in the Accounts section.
The Add Account page lets you add accounts on XMPP servers.
Enter your user ID and password for the XMPP chat service and press the Add button to add the account and return to the Preferences page.
The new account should now be shown in the list. By default, the account is active – the switch next to the account details will be blue when it is in the on position.
An animation may be shown to indicate that the server is being contacted.
If you wish to disable the connection to the server for the account, slide the switch left into the off position.
To edit an account, press the label with the account details. This will open the Edit Account page.
You can press the pencil icon to update the password, if required. This can be useful if you accidentally entered the wrong password when adding the account.
If you want to delete information about the account on the phone, press the Delete Account button. Note that this does not delete the account on the server.