Sending and Receiving Messages

The Chats application icon

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.

Getting Started

When you start Chats for the first time, you will be shown the Chats page and prompted to add new contacts and accounts.

Choose a contact

To start writing SMS messages immediately, press the add (add) button at the top-left of the screen to start a new chat.

To add chat accounts, open the menu by pressing the menu (menu) button at the top-right of the screen and choose the Preferences option.

Opening the application menu

See the Preferences section for instructions describing how to add and manage new accounts.

Start a New Chat

On the start page, press the add (add) button at the top-left of the screen to start a new chat. If you have already started chats, these will be shown below the search bar.

Starting a new chat

Press one of the contacts to continue chatting with them.

Start a New 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.

Adding a new SMS contact

When you have entered the phone number and optional name for your new contact, press Add Contact to add the contact and start composing a new message. If the contact’s number is already known, the Add Contact button will be disabled.

Composing an SMS message

To return to the main Chats page, press the back button at the top-left of the screen.

Start a New XMPP Chat

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 XMPP ID as your chat account if it is not the default option.

Adding a new XMPP contact

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.

Authorizing a new XMPP contact

If you accepted the contact, you should be able to continue the chat with them.

Continuing an XMPP chat

You can return to the Chats list by pressing the back button at the top-left of the screen.

Leaving a Chat

To leave a chat, press the menu (menu) button at the top-right of the screen and choose Leave Chat.

Opening the chat menu

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.

Deleting a Chat

To delete a chat, press the menu (menu) button at the top-right of the screen and choose Delete Chat.

Opening the chat menu

You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the chat and the conversation history.

Confirming chat deletion

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.

Preferences

The Preferences page lets you customize how the application behaves. It is also where you can add chat accounts.

Application preferences

To add a new account to those managed by the application, press the Add new account… label in the Accounts section.

Adding an Account

The Add Account page lets you add accounts on XMPP servers.

Adding an XMPP account

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 XMPP account

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 account, slide the switch left into the off position.

Editing and Deleting an Account

To edit an account, press the label with the account details. This will open the Edit Account page.

Editing an XMPP account

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.