My phone runs Marshmallow.

When I recieve an SMS, the messaging app only shows me the time at which the message was recieved locally on my phone. There are various circumstances in which this time can vary greatly from the time at which the message was sent by the sender, for example, if my phone was in airplane mode when the message was sent.

I know that this information is made available by my carrier, because there are phones out there that show when the message was sent.

How can I show this information on Android Marshmallow?

I've tried searching the web for this. I found an app that claims to do it, but it only works on Kit Kat and older. The rest of the results I trawled through were mostly forums with people discussing the issue. I did not see any of the posts present a working solution.


Download and install the application "Android Messages" made by Google LLC. This app replaces the standard Message app. To see the time an SMS/message was sent, just push and hold a finger on the message and press on the information icon that appears. In my case (OnePlus 5T, Android 8.0.0) I could even check messages that I had received before I got the app.

Source: https://androidforums.com/threads/text-messages-actual-time-sent.73270/page-2

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    This worked for me. I'll note that my device now runs Nougat, and not Marshmallow like in OP. Also, the app mentioned in the answer is already the stock messaging app on my current phone. It was not on the Marshmallow device in OP, which was a Samsung device. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Mar 23 '18 at 21:22
  • This doesn't seem to work for me. I use this app with my Google Pixel 3 phone. When I push and hold my finger on the message, I feel the phone vibrate as a response, but nothing appears. I'm relatively new to Android devices as I switched from an iPhone about 2 months ago. Is there something that could be preventing the information icon from appearing? – Tessa May 13 '19 at 15:17
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    Aha! of course I figured it out seconds after commenting. Simply tapping (not holding) the message slides it up to reveal a timestamp. – Tessa May 13 '19 at 15:18

There's a messaging app called textra. It allows you to see the time the massage was sent.

All you have have to do is, tap on a message (tap, not long press) and press the 'info' icon, and it will give you the details.

I am not sure where this app gets it's information from, and therefore i cannot vouch for it's accuracy.

I believe that you can only see the details, for messages that you received after downloading textra.

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    I'll try this and get back to you. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Dec 3 '17 at 20:54
  • @Revetahw did it work? – aBochur Dec 6 '17 at 3:58
  • On my phone I only see recieved, not sent in Textra. Maybe my carrier doesn't provide this information after all? – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Dec 6 '17 at 13:38
  • @Revetahw Make sure you are checking this info for messages that came after you download textra. Messages that arrived before that, will not show sent time – aBochur Dec 6 '17 at 14:52
  • Yes, I did it for messages recieved after installation. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Dec 6 '17 at 14:54

Go SMS pro provides you with the time the message was sent, but the free version has some ads. This is a helpful feature if your phone is off or in airplane mode.

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I was searching for the answer to this question, and was frustrated by results on the web, but found out the answer by accident: in the default messages app, hold down the message in question until it's highlighted, then touch the three dots in the upper right corner. Select "view details," and it will display both the time the message was sent and the time it was received.

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Found this thread via search. I have an LG G5 running Android Oreo 8.0, and I use Android Messages. If I "View Details" on a received message, it tells me that both the Sent and Received times are the same, and that is the time the message was transferred to my phone, not the time it was sent. A friend sent me a message at 1 pm (confirmed via a screenshot). On my phone, View Details says the sent (and received) time was 3:50 pm. That's when I turned my phone on, and it retrieved the message.

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On my LG Rebel (LGL44VL) I can open the message then touch and hold my finger on the screen and it will give an option for "Details." This includes time sent as well as time rec'd.

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