Some features such as checking your balances on Safaricom need you to send a blank message to a given number like 144. You may notice that the send button in your messaging app is unavailable if you don’t type anything on iPhone or Android.
If you’re stuck at this point I’m going to show you how to send this blank message on either iPhone or Android.
How to Type a Blank Message on Android
Follow these steps to send a blank text message:
- Type the number you want to send the blank message to on your text message app. We’ll use 144 as our example.
- Go to the Enter message field and tap the space button once.
- The send message button should be visible now. Press it and your blank message will be sent.
- You can now wait for the expected response.
How to Type a Blank Message on iPhone
The steps on iPhone are pretty much the same as on Android:
- Launch iMessage and create a new message to the number you want to send the blank message to.
- Go to the Enter message field and hit space on your keyboard once.
- The send message button should be usable—tap it to send your blank message and wait for the expected response.
Send Blank Texts on Your Phone
Sending blank texts serves different purposes depending on your network. For example, if you’re on Safaricom, you can use it to check all your data, airtime, and special offer balances in one place. Simply send a blank message to 144 as we have done in the example we’ve used for the demonstration above.