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How to Tell a Guy You Like Him Over Text & Get a Flattering Reply

Admitting you like someone takes a lot of guts and vulnerability, but it can be easier if you learn how to tell a guy you like him over text.

How to Tell a Guy You Like Him Over Text

If you are nervous to learn how to tell a guy you like him over text, it is okay. We have all been there. It is a scary thing.

I won’t sugarcoat it. Every time you tell someone you like them, there is a risk of rejection. Not only can it be embarrassing, but also even hurtful. Building up can be the scariest part.

Knowing that you will never know the outcome or their reaction is terrifying. And now that I have scared you even more than you probably already are, learn how to tell a guy you like him over text with a little less fear and a little more confidence.

Using texts to show your interest in a guy

Sure, social media and our addiction to technology has its downfalls, but texting is a gift. It is a wonderful way to communicate your feelings instantaneously without the jitters or word vomit of speaking face-to-face.

[Read: How to start a conversation with a guy over text]

The benefits of telling a guy you like him over text are endless. Sure, it may not be as romantic as in person and there won’t be a firework-inducing kiss afterwards, but it does have its upsides.

For instance, if you get nervous under pressure and tend to stutter or hesitate, planning out a text may be the ideal situation for admitting your feelings. Not to mention, it gives them time to formulate their response.

If you catch him off guard in person with an, “I like you,” things can get awkward really fast. But via text, he can take his time and think about how he wants to reply. So, learning how to tell a guy you like him over text definitely seems to have more pros than cons. So, how do you do it? [Read: 19 risk-free ways and examples to tell a guy you like him over text]

How to tell a guy you like him over text

You can totally make this text your own. Use your own personality and style to let him know you like him over text.

But, along with that, you may want to take a few of these pointers with you just for clarity.

#1 Pick the right moment. Timing is everything. You do not just want to text your crush and tell him you like him at two pm on a Tuesday when you haven’t been talking all day. Why not?

Not only will it drive you nuts when he doesn’t answer in less than five minutes when he probably isn’t even looking at his phone, but he will likely be confused. Don’t just text him that you like him out of the blue.

If you are talking, flirt a bit and lead into it. Tell him you like someone and aren’t sure if they like you back. Tell him there is someone you want to ask out on a date but aren’t sure how. If he offers you advice, use it on him.

Try to be in a conversation that can be easily turned into sharing your feelings. [Read: How to let a guy know you’re interested without being overeager]

#2 Avoid abbreviations. I know it is texting and not a 1900’s love letter, but create a little bit of romance and a lot of clarity. Avoid using “u” instead of “you” and “r” instead of are. Don’t use abbreviations he’ll have to google.

Stick with basic grammar and sentence structure just to make sure there aren’t any misunderstandings. This may be the only negative of telling him you like him over text.

You don’t have the body language or chemistry to rely on, so be sure your words are entirely clear. Also double check for any typos or autocorrect mishaps before hitting send. Trust me, you’ll be happy you reread it.

#3 Remain calm. Try not to freak out. Sure, the beauty of telling him you like him over text is that you can scream or cry or shake without him seeing, but calm down anyway. You are not proposing marriage. You are simply telling a guy you like him.

So, remember to breathe. If you know you are going to be anxious to get his response, stay busy. Watch a show or movie that will keep your attention or call a friend to distract you. [Read: What to text a guy when you’re making the first move]

#4 Play it cool. He is just a person you happen to have feelings for. He is not Nick Jonas or Michael B Jordan, so there is no need to freak out. You can tell someone you like them simply and calmly.

Sure, your feeling may be heightened and your crush may feel stronger than it really is, but he is just a normal person like you. He is also afraid of rejection and embarrassment. Remember he is just a person like you and he is not perfect.

#5 Be honest. I am not saying you have to tell him you stalked his Instagram so far back that you know all the names of his aunts and uncles, but tell him the truth. If you started to like him after seeing him take care of a friend who got sick or how he interacted with kids, let him know.

Being honest about why you like him and what you are looking for will help him remain calm when he replies.[Read: What to text a guy to get his attention instantly]

#6 Don’t profess your love. Even if you feel like you are in love with him, you probably aren’t, especially if you haven’t dated. Plus, telling someone you love them over text is just not very romantic. So, keep it simple.

Tell him you like him and are interested in going on a date. You don’t have to tell him that you’ve imagined your wedding or that you have dreams about him. Just ease into it. [Read: How to tell if a guy likes you through his texts]

#7 Have a plan. Spontaneity is wonderful, but not when you are learning how to tell a guy you like him over text. You don’t want to seem rehearsed but have an idea of what you’ll say when he replies.

If you told him you like him, are you planning on asking him out? Are you going to make plans to see each other? Do you want to date or just something casual for now?

#8 Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This is advice for everything in life, but definitely this. You want to hope for the best outcome. You want to tell him you like him in a positive headspace. Go in with confidence and clarity.

But, there is always a chance that those feelings aren’t returned. That is just being realistic, not pessimistic. So prepare for that outcome. Know that it won’t be the end of the world, and you will get over it. [Read: How guys text when they like you – 15 things they do differently]

#9 Give them time to answer. Try not to be impatient. By telling a guy you like him over text, you are forging your right to an immediate response. You are letting him think of and then type up an answer. You are also taking the risk that he just fell asleep or put his phone down.

Like I said, distract yourself if you are becoming obsessed with checking your text messages. Do not double text him or send a question mark. No matter how curious you are, it only seems desperate. Now, if it has been more than 24 hours you can say something like, “Hey, just wondering if you got my last text, sweating a little over here.” [Read: Basic rules to play it cool with double texting and second texts]

#10 Take the next step. Once they respond, you need to take the next step. You can plan a date, talk about how long you’ve liked each other, discuss where this could go, etc. Or you can decide if you need space from them. Can you go right back to being friends?

Are you going to ask him why he doesn’t like you? Are you going to keep talking?

[Read: 9 sneaky ways for how to get a guy to ask you out]

Congratulations! You now know how to tell a guy you like him over text. Now take this new information and tell him how you feel.

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Samantha Ann
My name is Samantha Ann. I am 28 years old. It was always my dream to become an advice columnist, so after years of off and online dating and eventually finding...