How Often Should a Guy Text If He Likes You & Other Texting Secrets

You like him, but you’re not sure how often should a guy text when he likes you. It’s always difficult to decode a guy’s behavior, but we have the answers.

How Often Should a Guy Text If He Likes You

Women *and men* love to have exact numbers. It makes things so much easier if things had a numerical value. Of course, you want to know how often should a guy text when he likes you. But if there were an exact number, well, then there would be no drama and wasted time. And where’s the fun in that, right? Right?!

Of course, you want the answer to this question, and fortunately, we do have the number. And quite frankly, this rule is all you need to know if a guy likes you by the way he texts you.

But before that, there are a few other things to know as well. After all, understanding how often a guy should text you is easy with a specific number, but there are other basics that can help you understand his intentions.

So, talking about texts, some guys like to text a lot, others not so much, but that doesn’t mean anything. Of course, if a guy is texting you all the time, it’s safe to say he’s into you. But, as we said, not all men are avid texters. So, what happens in those cases?

[Read: How guys text when they like you – 28 things they do differently]

How often should a guy text when he likes you?

Well, at the end of the day, what really matters is what’s in the text messages. That’s where you’re going to find out everything you need to know.

Some texts are short but can say everything you need to give you an answer. And other people will write you an essay that’s filled with nothing but crap.

So, how often should a guy text when he likes you and what should you look for in his texts? Let’s find out what you need to look for in a text message to see if he’s into you.

Can a guy be interested in you and not text you? 

Most people perceive texting someone as an indicator of romantic interest. Since you can’t see their body language when they text, people look to other indicators to serve as a barometer for the status of the relationship, regardless of what stage they are in. 

Girls would probably conclude that if a guy is texting you a lot, then he wants to pursue a relationship with you.

On the other hand, if he isn’t texting you and seems distant, then he probably isn’t interested in you.

While that’s a good general rule of thumb, it’s not always true. Keep in mind that not everyone likes texting. [Read: How to text a guy first – 24 ways to say ‘hi’ first and get him texting back]

Men and women tend to view texting differently and have different styles. From the use of emojis and abbreviations to the frequency of responding, texting can really differ between the sexes. 

Women tend to like texting more than guys do. That’s because women perceive it as “talking” and “bonding.” That’s how women create connections with other people – through “conversation.”

But not all guys do that. They tend to create bonds with other people by doing things with them, rather than engaging in conversation or texting. 

For this reason, a guy may text you often when he likes you, but he may be much briefer when he sends a messages. Guys don’t use emojis as often, and they take a longer time to respond. However, just because he’s sending a short message doesn’t mean he’s not interested in you. It’s just a different style of communication.

You also need to remember this – guys aren’t overthinking these things like you are. He just does what he does without giving it much thought as to what message he is sending you about his level of interest.

Yes, it can be very confusing for women. So, could a guy like you but not text you? Yes, it’s possible. It really just depends on his personality and how he feels about texting in general – whether he likes it or hates it. [Read: How to keep a guy interested through texts and leave him obsessed]

How to decode his texting habits to know if he likes you

Are you ready? Let’s see if he’s into you.

1. The texting is consistent

He texts you consistently. He doesn’t text you once a month to check in and see what’s going on. He doesn’t text you ‘you up?’ at 11pm out of the blue.

If he’s interested in you, he’ll want to keep consistent communication because he doesn’t want someone else to take his place. The texting should be frequent and not to the point where you’re surprised to see a message from him.

2. He texts you

That’s right. Not you texting him first all the time; he will often start text conversations with you on his own if he likes you. If you’re always texting him, back off a bit and see if he initiates the conversation first.

If he’s not interested in you, he’s not going to waste his time trying to talk to you. It’s as simple as that. [Read: How to tell if a guy likes you through texting – 20 no-fail signs]

3. He doesn’t take forever to reply

People are busy with work and school, but they’ll always find a minute to shoot a text to someone special and on their mind.

So, if he texts you back often within 15 minutes, and sometimes, within a couple of hours, that’s always a good sign he likes you too.

And yes, we said he’d take hours sometimes. Not everyone is glued to their phone, and sometimes, there is a possibility he may be out with his friends or playing a game.

3. The texts are more than one-worded responses

Sure, he may write you back, but are his texts only one-worded replies? If so, that’s not a good look.

If a guy is interested in you, he’ll send you back a message that gives you something to work with. It’s a conversation, right? Which means it needs to be flowing on both sides.

5. You don’t have to try hard

If a guy likes you, you won’t need to try hard to get his attention. You won’t have to come up with witty conversation starters.

Though you may be excited and giddy to text this guy, texting him won’t be such a challenge for you or for him. Because let’s face it, if you two are both texting each other, you’re into each other. [Read: 35 cute signs of attraction from a guy who’s clearly falling for you]

6. He uses emojis

Okay, this is a loose one. Because some people love using emojis and it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a hidden motive.

But then again, there are some emojis that we all know have a sexual vibe. This includes lots of kissy faces, blowing hearts, eggplant, peach, drooling mouth, or even tongue emojis. If used at the right place and time in the text, it can mean much more. [Read: 17 flirty, cute and naughty emojis guys use when they like you]

7. The conversation is flowing

This is a great way to see if someone’s compatible with you or not. If the conversation is flowing, then it’s a great sign he’s into you. The fact you two are bouncing texts off one another is a huge sign that there’s chemistry going on. [Read: What it means when he never texts you first but always replies instantly]

8. He asks you out over text

When he texts you, it’s never just to chat. Instead of wondering how often should a guy text when he likes you, pay attention to how often he asks you out via texts. Whether it’s in the middle or end of the text, he finds a way to ask you to hang out. 

And that’s a great sign that he digs you. A guy who has his eyes on the prize will make sure he tries to hang out with the girl he’s into. If he’s trying to see you in person, then he’s into you. [Read: Why is he texting me if he’s not interested? 15 reasons why guys do this]

9. He calls instead

Of course, the minute you hear the word ‘phone call,’ a chill goes up your spine. Who calls other people? Is that still a thing?

Listen, if a guy goes the extra step to call you, instead of texting, that’s a very good sign he’s into you. Or, maybe he just likes talking on the phone. But either way, he’s into you, or else he wouldn’t be texting or calling you.

10. His texting doesn’t make you question his feelings

Usually, when you think someone likes you, you do not doubt the way they do things. Everything they do is consistent and gives you a sense of calmness.

If his texting style is making you feel unsure about his feelings, then that’s your intuition telling you something isn’t right. Listen to your gut instinct because if you can’t read how he feels about you, that’s a good sign you two aren’t on the same page. [Read: Does he like me? 23 signs to know just how smitten he is right now]

How often should you text a guy to keep him interested?

The frequency of texting between two people can depend on how busy they both are on a daily basis. If you are both very busy with school, work, and other life tasks, you might not get the opportunity to text consistently and/or all day.

In the beginning stages of a budding relationship, it’s important to at least check in with each other through texting so you can make plans for when to see each other next in person. [Read: Am I texting too much? 16 signs they think you’re a clingy texter]

If he is busier than you are, then it can be easy to overanalyze his texting habits and how often you should hear from him. But don’t let that nervousness overwhelm you. You don’t want to make assumptions that may or may not be true.

A lot of women wonder if it’s okay to text a guy every day. Because for women, dating is full of standards that guide how frequently they should be talking to the other person and how they do it. It can be intimidating and can make you second-guess yourself.

Guys’ texting habits can really vary. But if the two of you are texting every day, that is a good sign that you are feeling the same way about each other. Even if you’re the one initiating the conversation, if he happily responds, then that’s great. [Read: Double texting – What it is, how to avoid it, and 15 must-follow rules]

However, you need to also pick up on his hints. If you feel like you’re the only one putting the effort into your texting conversation, or if he never initiates it, then maybe he’s not as interested in you as you are in him.

You also might be wondering how often you should text him in between dates. Some people prefer to leave the talking for when they see each other in person and only text to set up the next date. But others want a flow of communication in between. 

So, if you’re not getting as many texts as you want, don’t freak out. If he’s still making plans to see you, then he is still interested. [Read: How to know when to stop texting a guy and move on with your life]

Anyway, to answer the question of how often you should text a guy to keep him interested, the best advice is to follow his lead. If he’s not much of a texter, then don’t bombard him with endless texts. He might feel smothered and start to feel that you are clingy.

On the other hand, if he’s a frequent texter, then by all means feel free to text him on a regular basis. 

Following a guy’s lead in dating is probably the best advice you can follow. If you do, you won’t come across as needy. You want to appear self-confident, but also interested at the same time. [Read: How to decode the texting behavior of guys when they’re into you]

And finally, how often a guy should text you if he likes you?

You came to this feature to get a definitive answer to this question. But we do hope you paid attention to all the other details so you’re not relying on one answer to decode a guy’s feelings towards you.

After all, if all that matters is often a guy texts you if he likes you, every player could send you a “hey” or a “you up” and still make you believe he’s in love with you!

So here it is. If a guy really likes you, he should text you every day *unless there is a very valid reason*. It doesn’t have to be long, drawn-out paragraphs, or proclamations of love. But if he’s at least putting in some effort, then that’s a good sign.

Also, big bonus points if he texts you good morning and good night every single day *that’s a very very big sign he likes you*. No guy would want to commit to sending two texts every single day to a girl unless he really, absolutely likes her.

If he’s not texting you every day, then his level of interest might not be very high. After all, when a guy likes you, he doesn’t want your attention to drift very far from him. 

But all said and done, pay attention to two main things,

a. how often he texts you *he should be texting you every day if he’s trying to date you*, and

b. how he texts you *he should be asking about you, talking about himself, and making plans to meet now and then*.

[Read: Why do guys stop texting for a few days and leave us wondering?]

After reading this feature and looking over his texts, what do you think? Have we answered your question about how often should a guy text you if he likes you? As you can tell, nothing is cut-and-dry. But at least now you have a guideline to understand how he feels about you.

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Dr. Carol Morgan
Dr. Carol Morgan has a Ph.D. in communication and is a professor at Wright State University where she loves corrupting young minds. As a relationship and succes...