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25 Fun & Cute Ways to Say Hi in a Text Message In a Casual Way

There are million cute and funny ways to say hi in a text message. It is the 21st century after all, you can no longer rely on the basics.

cute ways to say hi in a text message

There are so many cute ways to say hi in a text message. Of course, this varies per person. What some people find funny may fly right over someone else’s head. But, try to avoid just saying, “hi.” This is dull, boring, and doesn’t excite anyone to talk to you. No offense.

If you are looking to get a cute and even flirty conversation started, you need some cute and funny ways to say hi in a text message. You don’t want to give a bad first impression, even virtually.

And if being clever or original with the words isn’t exactly your thing, it’s okay because you’re in good hands.

[Read: The art of texting cute – All the cutest things you can say to someone over text]

The importance of saying hi

Most of us are on our phones 90% of our day *a totally just made-up statistic, so please don’t search that* but it has got to be pretty close to the truth.

Even though it may be the case, we aren’t always texting. We are on Instagram or TikTok or just sending each other memes without saying a word.

With texting happening less and less, it is even more important to make a good impression by finding cute ways to say hi in a text message. You don’t want to seem disinterested, overly interested, or boring. You want to find the perfect funny or cute thing to say instead of the basic, “hi.”

Saying hi is starting the conversation, but it doesn’t encourage or inspire anything. You want to say something to make this person smile or giggle or ask a question or answer your question.

This isn’t someone you’re walking past on the street and subtly nodding at. You are texting this person to talk to them and maybe get to know them better or spark a connection. Be original, and the cute way you say hi will get things going. [Read: 13 ways to get your crush to talk to you]

Cute ways to say hi in a text message

For those of you who lack that originality when saying hi in a text message, these ideas should spark something in you. Whichever of these cute ways interests you, use it. It will surely start things out right in your next texting conversation.

[Read: The best text conversation starters for those who are shy and awkward]

1. Use emojis

The rosy-cheeked smiley face is one of the cutest ones to use when saying hello because it is literally adorable. This emoji shows you’re sort of shy and cheeky but still being mysterious and cute.

It is practically impossible to use that emoji and not leave people smiling. Also, the little monkey see, monkey do emojis are great additions to any hi text message. You can even add a random or nonsensical one in, just to get them talking. [Read: How to decode the meaning of the colorful heart emojis]

2. Send a photo

Instead of using your words, use the art of photography. A photo of you smiling or waving hi is much more exciting than the word “hi” in a text message.

This will leave your recipient feeling like you are really interested. Plus, seeing a cute photo of you will go a long way too. Just keep it PG, at least for now. [Read: Unwritten texting rules you need to remember]

3. Try a video

Since you can send photos, you can also send videos. You can send a video of you actually waving or perhaps singing a Disney song… Be cute and have fun with it. Use your confidence to encourage their response.

4. Use a cute saying

“Hey, pretty lady” is a great option, or “Hey good lookin’, what’s cookin’?” Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. These are classics that will honestly never get old.

They may sound a little cringe or cheesy, but that’s why they work. You rarely hear these anymore, but they are wholesome and cute. [Read: How to text a girl for the first time and leave a great impression]

5. Say hi in another language

Saying “Hola or “Bonjour” are cute ways to say hi. You aren’t really putting that much effort in, but it does start a conversation about cultures and if you really know another language.

It also just takes saying “hi” up a notch.

6. “How long has it been?”

Saying something like, “I miss you” or “it has been ages,” lets them know that no matter how long it has been, you’re thinking of them. You want to catch up. This is a great way to enter into a nice long conversation about what you’ve both been up to. [Read: How to keep a conversation going and make anyone love talking to you]

7. *WAVES*

I’ve received this text a few times, and it’s sort of funny, depending on who sends it. It could honestly go either way. But if you think you could pull this one off, then, by all means, go for it. [Read: 50 cute words and their true meanings]

8. “Hey you”

C-L-A-S-S-I-C! This is one of those cute ways to say hi in a text message that is seriously so simple, but it never fails. When someone who likes you gets this text, instead of just “hi,” they feel like you’re thinking about them.

Just the simple use of the word ‘you’ makes you feel more seen and attracted. Let this simple yet cute way to say hi over text lead your recipient to “awwww” town.

9. Ask them how they’re doing

You don’t necessarily need to say “hi” at all. You could just jump right into the conversation and ask them how their day is going. Ask how something like a test or work went. This shows you have an actual interest in their life. You aren’t just looking for someone to fill your boredom.

Honestly, it is such a great feeling to look down at your phone in the middle of the day to see this text message. It is just a great feeling to know that someone else thought about your well-being throughout their own busy day. [Read: What to text a guy when you want to make the first move]

10. Pet photo

Just send them a photo of your pet and say, “______ says hello.” Nobody is ever going to complain about getting a pet photo sent their way. This is a win-win for both parties. You start a cute conversation, and the other person gets to look at an adorable animal.

11. Shared interest

Do you share a similar interest in a band or musician? Perhaps you could open the conversation with a lyric of theirs. Or maybe you have an inside joke that you share. Open the conversation with that.

It reminds the other person of your connection, and they might be more inclined to reply to your message. [Read: The accidental text on purpose – How to use it and when you should never use it]

12. Super forward

You + Me = Coffee shop in 15 minutes? Want to ask them on a date, just get to it. Don’t weigh the conversation down with small talk if that’s not your thing.

Just be aware that this might not work in your favor. Some people are too nervous about jumping into hanging out, but to others, this will come off super confident and get them excited to see you.

13. “Did you catch…?”

Ask them about a new episode of a show you both watch or a game that was on the night before. This gives you an easy topic and takes away any of the nerves when texting your crush. [Read: A step-by-step guide to texting your crush and getting them interested in you]

14. A photo of your food

People may think food photos are overdone when it comes to social media. But sending your crush a picture of your delicious dinner will excite them. You can offer for them to join you. Or show them how good of a cook you are so they want to experience your skills first hand.

15. A movie quote

Whether it is a movie you know they love, or are popular with everyone, use a quote to say hi in a text message. This could be a random quote, or it could be how someone in a show or movie texted someone else, or really anything. Pick a quote you like and send it. [Read: How to keep a text conversation going when you have nothing to say]

Funny ways to say hi in a text message

Having funny ways to say hi in a text message is essential. Making someone laugh can be even more impactful than making them smile or blush.

Laughter is something everyone is looking for in a potential partner, friend, and just anyone they talk to. So, make having funny ways to say hi in a text message your priority. You won’t regret it. And here are some methods of inspiration. [Read: 45 funny questions to get to know someone better]

1. Open up with a joke

Forget about saying hi. Instead, tell a joke. You can go with a knock-knock joke, a riddle, or a cheesy pickup line. It is important to stay fun and creative when sending these text messages because if you are too serious, the lightness of it becomes lost.

Of course, you can get serious later, but just saying hi should be fun. [Read: How to start a conversation over text and get them texting back in no time]

2. Ask for their opinion

Send them two things and ask their opinion. It’ll be way funnier if you send them two similar things. Show them two shirts that look similar and ask which they prefer.

3. Use a meme or gif

Use memes and gifs to your advantage. There is nothing wrong with finding something you find hilarious and sharing it with them. Just try to comment something about it, so they are more likely to respond and not just like it. [Read: How to be a funny texter and make them laugh when they see your text]

4. Be nostalgic

Say, “Wassssuuuupppp?” or some other form of a greeting from the ’90s or early 2000s. This will make them laugh for sure. It will also likely start on a conversation about the good old days.

5. Give them a nickname

You can say hi but add a nickname. Maybe it is based on their name, on something they did last time you saw them, or something else that reminds you of them. They’ll surely ask about it or at least giggle at your choice of nickname. [Read: How to pick the right pet name for someone]

6. Share a funny story

Let them know about something funny that happened to you today. Let them know how someone at the grocery store called you pretty, and you were so flattered until you heard them say the same thing to everyone else that passed them by.

Or tell them about how you stepped in dog poop. Anything embarrassing will get them laughing and put them in a good mood to keep talking with you.

7. Remind them of something funny

Even if you’re teasing them a bit, remind them of something funny that happened last time you were together or even years ago if you’ve known each other that long. Say something along the lines of, “Remember when you…”

It may be a little embarrassing, but having fun with them is great and starts some wonderful and even flirty banter. [Read: Romantic gestures from the old days that still work]

8. Send a funny video

Don’t just send a video of you, but a funny video you saw online. Maybe it is a video of a baby and a puppy or someone wiping out. Any video you see online and laugh at is a good choice to get them to see your sense of humor.

9. Be honest

Let them know you’re nervous or don’t know what to say. Say, “I wanted to text you hi but wasn’t sure what to say, so I’m just saying this.” Your honesty will really be touching and authentic. [Read: 30 easy text conversation starters for the shy and awkward people out there]

10. Forget the text

Be old-fashioned or bold and forget about sending a text. Instead, call them or video chat them. This is a lot more intense, but shows you are confident. Reaching out directly like this says you are ready to have a real conversation.

[Read: How to be a better texter and become someone everyone enjoys texting with]

Don’t limit yourself to “hi” or hello.” You’re better than that. Hopefully, these cute and funny ways to say hi in a text message help to inspire you into your next conversation.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...