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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by OldGrantonian, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. OldGrantonian

    OldGrantonian Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I want to copy a horribly complex 12-digit password from one phone to another Android phone by text message. (To enter into my email account.)

    When I tap and hold the received text, the field darkens, but no handles appear.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks.
     


  2. JAy3001

    JAy3001 Android Expert

    Some messaging apps do not allow selective text handles, instead they "select all". I believe this is what is happening with your app, you should get copy, cut and paste options appear at the top of the page.
     
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  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Try a different texting app? Textra is often recommended on AF.
     
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  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Textra will do what we think is happening here: select the message rather than a text range. Of course you can then copy the whole message text and edit out what you don't want.
     
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  5. OldGrantonian

    OldGrantonian Lurker
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    The app on the receiving phone is simply labeled "Messages". Icon is 3 lines of text on blue circle.
    Selecting all the text does not present options at top of page. The 3-dots "More options" icon shows: Delete, Share, Forward, View Details.
    I'll try Textra.
    If I download Textra do I first need to delete "Messages", to prevent conflict and indigestion?
     
  6. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    That sounds like the stock Motorola texting app is a bit limited. Definitely give Textra a try.
     
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  7. OldGrantonian

    OldGrantonian Lurker
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    I downloaded Textra. It allows copying, but only of a complete message. That's better than nothing. Maybe I'll experiment with some other apps.

    Thanks to all for the help.
     
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