Send a Message

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Dialpad offers external SMS and MMS services, as well as our internal Diapad Chat — allowing you to keep your lines of communication open from anywhere within Dialpad.

Dialpad sends messages via an internet connection, starting a 'chat' between Dialpad users.

If the contact you're messaging isn't a Dialpad user, messages are sent via traditional SMS/MMS-based networks (only available for US and Canadian Users). 

Lets dive into the details.

Send a Message (Chat & SMS)

To send a chat or SMS message from the Dialpad app:

  1. Select the Message icon in the left sidebar
  2. Enter a contact's name or number
  3. Type your message
  4. Press the Enter key when you're ready to send the message

By default, your message will be sent from your personal Dialpad number. You'll have the option to change this at the top of the screen if you're assigned as an Operator or Agent on a Shared Line.

Looking to communicate with GIFs? Just type '/giphy' and a term, then press the Enter key to display a GIF matching your entry. Hover over the GIF to play it.

Send an Image or Video (Chat & MMS)

To send an image or video via chat (MMS), drag-and-drop the image or video into your conversation thread, or select the image icon to open your device's file browser.


Select a photo or video, then start typing the message (if necessary) and press the Enter key.

Messages sent to users outside of Dialpad that include a photo or video are MMS-based (multimedia messaging service).

Supported MMS Files

Whether in a group or a one-on-one Dialpad chat, MMS between Dialpad and PSTN is limited to 500KB for both images and video. Between Dialpad users in group or Dialpad chat, the size limit is 32MB.


You can see all of the supported MMS file formats in the image above. (Pure audio files are not supported at this time.) 

Forward a Message

To forward a message to another Dialpad User, first, head to you Dialpad App Inbox.

  1. Navigate to Messages
  2. Navigate to the message you'd like to forward
  3. Select the down arrow to access the drop down menu
  4. Select the Forward forward
  5. Search a contact's name or enter an email address, and add an additional message if required
  6. Select Forward Message to finish and send

Edit a message

Did you type your instead of you’re? Not to worry, Dialpad makes it easy to edit messages after sending them. 

  1. Click the 3 dots in the options menu beside your message
  2. Select ‘Edit’edit
  3. Type your updated text message into the box
  4. Select ‘Save Changes’save_edited_message.png

Your message will be instantly updated, and you’ll see an ‘Edited’ stamp underneath the message.


Message Reactions

Add humor and delight to your conversations with emoji reactions! 

Add emoji reactions

Adding emoji reactions is quick, simple and adds a personal touch to your message. Follow the steps below to add emoji reactions. 

  1. Select the message you would like to react to by hovering over the message
  2. Click the smiley faceEmoji_reaction.png
  3. Select your desired emoji from the recommended emojis, or search the emoji library.

Your emoji will appear beneath the message — add as many as you like!


For mobile users, long-press on any message, tap on one of the shortcut emojis, or the plus icon, to access the full emoji library.


Once one emoji has been added, click the smiley beside the other emojis to add more.


Remove emoji reactions

Oops, did you get a little over-the-top with emoji reactions? To remove an emoji reaction, simply click on, or tap, the emoji and it will disappear.


Does it cost money to send an external SMS/MMS?

Dialpad to Dialpad messages are free and unlimited, however, after March 31, 2023, all outbound SMS/MMS will be pay-per-message.

That said, Dialpad will cover the cost of the first 250 outbound SMS/MMS of every Ai Voice (formerly Dialpad Talk) user every month, and inbound SMS/MMS messages are free for Ai Voice users.

Can I send a message from a secondary number (group or personal)?

No, only a primary number can be used to send or reply to a message — even when replying to a message that was received on a secondary number.

That said, when the primary number is not SMS-capable, Dialpad will then send the message from the first SMS-capable number on the list.

Why can't I edit a message in a group conversation?

You can, as long as all the group participants are using Dialpad. If you are in a group conversation and there is even one external contact, you will not be able to edit any messages in the group conversation.

Can I disable SMS for a Dialpad line?

Definitely! One of the joys of Dialpad, is how completely customizable it is. We can turn off SMS capabilities for individuals, or even for the whole company. To do this, you'll need to reach out to Customer Support. However, be aware that this disables all internal messaging not done via Dialpad Channels. 

Can I send international text messages?

Not at this time. However, you can still message team members in Dialpad if they are in another country. 

Can I tag someone in a message?

Yes, absolutely! Type "@" before their name and select their name from the pop-up menu. 


This is particularly useful in group or channel messages. 

Can I reference a channel in a message?

Yes! Type "#" before the channel name and select from the pop-up menu. 


Can I send a link?

No. We do not support outbound SMS with links.