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Can I Send a Text Message Longer Than 160 Characters?

Found in: Messages

You can send messages up to 960 characters in length however, it's good to know that every 160 characters is counted as 1 text message. A standard SMS (text message) within the US is considered 160 characters or less. This means if you send a message that is 161 characters, it will be counted as 2 messages per person. If you send a message that is 470 characters, it will count as 3 messages per person. This is true for normal SMS being sent from within the account and for when sending messages through the API.

Not all phones will receive one giant message. Both the carrier and the phone type will factor into how the message is received. Most modern phones, such as smartphones and more advanced flip phones, will receive your extended message as one whole message. For less advanced carriers and cell phones, they may receive your message as 2 or more separate messages.

It's also worth noting that if you're sending an MMS (picture message), your available character limit jumps from 160 up to 1,600. MMS is only available on paid plans.

To turn on extended message length, please send us a request via email:

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