March 7, 2023

TextNow 101: Add-ons

Written by kevin-c

Tips & Tricks

DISCLAIMER: The prices you see on this or any other blog article are subject to change. Please check the TextNow app for the most recent pricing.

Whether you're just getting started with texting on TextNow, or want to know more about messaging, calling, data, we have you covered. Here's what you need to know about TextNow's affordable and flexible add-ons:

What’s an add-on?

Add-ons are in-app purchases for optional features for your TextNow app. These add-ons can be added to any account, either free or as a paid subscriber. If you’re a TextNow SIM user, click here for more information on data add-ons.

How do add-ons get charged?

Add-ons can only be purchased through the TextNow mobile app (either iOS or Android.) Any add-ons bought will be charged to the card you have associated with your Google Play Store or Apple App Store account. This also means that any refunds must also go through the respective app stores.

Can I cancel these add-ons whenever I want?

We've designed our add-ons to be flexible because we know life can be unpredictable. You can cancel an add-on at any time with no penalty.

Where can I get these add-ons?

You can get them in the TextNow mobile app, by tapping on My Store in the TextNow main menu. Another important thing to note about add-ons: they are only available for the mobile app. If you’re using TextNow online through your browser, these add-ons will not be available to buy on-line.

Tap on My Store on your TextNow menu to see our latest add-ons. Let’s go through them one by one:

‍**Ad Free+**‍

Ad Free+ is the “I want it all” bundle purchase. It bundles together four add-ons into one monthly package. It includes:

Remove all ads: For an ad-free TextNow experience. Note that you’ll still get promotional messages from TextNow in your inbox so you won’t miss anything important.

Lock In Number: TextNow numbers can be recycled for inactivity after a period of time of not being used. You can prevent that in one of two ways: Make at least one outgoing call or text a day to keep your account active, or buy the Lock In Number add-on, which locks your number to your account for the duration of your subscription.

Want to change your number? That’s cool! You can change your phone number in the app and not lose the Lock In function.

Voicemail transcriptions: When you receive a voicemail, you’ll also get a text transcription of that message in your app. This is a great accessibility feature, as well as useful if you want to check your messages in a loud place.

Unlimited photo and video history: Photos and video files are stored for about a month in a conversation on the app. With this add-on they'll remain available in your app for the duration of your subscription.

There are two other add-ons we have available as of the time of this writing:

Ad Free Lite

Ad Free Lite takes away most of the ads – leaving only the bottom banner ad. It does not come with the other features of Ad Free+.

Lock In Number: This is the same function as described under Ad Free+, above. You can purchase it separately from Ad Free+, or as part of the Ad Free+ bundle.

And there you have it! One last reminder: the prices you see here are accurate as of the time of writing. For the most recent and accurate pricing, check in the My Store section of your TextNow app.