How to Send SMS Birthday Wishes

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How to Send SMS Birthday Wishes
Send an SMS to wish happy birthday if you have forgotten to buy a greeting card. (cell phone image by MateiA from

Sending an SMS message wishing somebody happy birthday is an instant and convenient way of letting a person know you are thinking of them. If you have forgotten to buy a greeting card or gift but own a cell phone, you can still send your love. Everybody likes to receive a thoughtful SMS message from time to time, so put a little effort into what you want to say. Birthday SMS messages can be received throughout the day so even if you a remember a birthday midafternoon, take the time to send a quick SMS wishing the recipient happy birthday.

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Things you need

  • Cell phone

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  1. 1

    Open your contacts up and select the person you want to send an SMS to. Press the option "send message" to begin your SMS. Alternately, if you recently received an SMS from the person, click "reply" on a previous message.

  2. 2

    Decide what type of birthday wishes you want to send them. A quick "happy birthday" may suffice for a work colleague but not for a parent or partner for whom you have forgotten to buy a card.

  3. 3

    Write your message. Try to make it personal. If they are having a party later on that evening tell them to have a great time or that you are looking forward to seeing them tonight.

  4. 4

    Look in old greetings card for inspiration if you are struggling with what to write. You may find an old poem that you would like to send in an SMS. Alternatively, devise your own brief poem wishing the recipient happy birthday.

  5. 5

    Click "Insert" to add an image or photograph. If you have images on your cell phone, send a birthday cake or party hat. Alternatively, you may have an old birthday photograph or related image that you wish to send along with the text.

  6. 6

    Check your text message to see if the spelling is correct and you are happy with what it says. SMS messages can sometimes be interpreted differently because you cannot hear the emotion in the sender's voice, so it is always a good idea to double check what you have written.

  7. 7

    Click send. Your SMS should reach the recipients' cell phone immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to be the first person to wish somebody happy birthday, send your message at 12:01 a.m. on the day of his birthday.

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