The complete guide to the ASUS Messaging app
SMS text messaging remains one of the most broadly accepted ways of chatting out there.
Even in a world where instant messaging is available through a wide range of different platforms, including Facebook, Skype, and Google Hangouts, texting still has its place. We’re going to walk through the basics of the ASUS Messaging app loaded onto every ZenFone 3, and take a look at some of the more advanced functions too.
Most often, text messages will first show up in the notification tray. Swipe down from the top of the screen to bring down the notification tray, and tap the message to view it. Texts can also be seen in the Messaging app in the ASUS folder. Unread messages will appear in bold in the list on the primary screen. Swipe up and down to flip through the full log of messages, or tap the magnifying glass in the top-right to search your texts for something specific.
By default messages are grouped by contact. The number on the right side of each message will show how many texts are in the thread, and the date of the last one received. Tapping the Messaging title at the top of the screen allows for filtering between VIP, private, and general messages. To move a conversation to private, press and hold on it for a moment, then tap Move to private messages in the pop-up window. This ensures messages in that thread don’t pop up on the main list.
Starting a new message
The + icon in the bottom-right will start a new text message. Tap the To field to start typing the name of the recipient, or the + icon to the right to add multiple people. Frequent contacts will show up just below the To field as well, which can be tapped in order to select them as recipients. Along the bottom is the text field where the text message itself goes. Tap it and start typing. Above the message is a character counter, but don’t worry too much about that; if your message goes over the 160-character limit, it will automatically start a second text message and send them both together. To send the SMS, just tap the paper airplane icon in the bottom-right. Two icons will be available there if using more than one SIM card to send from.
When looking at an ongoing SMS thread, messages can be typed in the bottom box then sent with that familiar paper airplane icon. Each message can be tapped for additional options, such as copying the text, or marking it for a future reply in the ASUS Do It Later task management app. The phone icon in the top-right makes it easy to start a call with the contact, while tapping the contact’s name at the top will show other available contact options. The paper clip icon gives the option for adding attachments, such as photos, to your messages. The three dots in the top-right hold all of the more advanced stuff, like sending canned responses, and forwarding the conversation to others.
Taking a look at the Messaging settings tucked into the menu in the top-right of the main screen, it’s possible to tweak display options like colors and font, how notifications for new text messages behave, storage options, and more. One especially handy option under Notifications is Quick Reply. Enabling this will have an actionable window pop up whenever you get a text. This way you can view and reply without even having to open the app.
Get in touch
That should provide all the tools needed to send snappy replies to friends and family. Whether you’re blasting out a message to a bunch of people or quickly sharing a photo, knowing the ins and outs of the ASUS Messaging app will no doubt be helpful. Visit ZenFone.ASUS.com to learn more about the core ZenFone 3 apps.