If you’re going to pull a fast one and
send a funny prank text to your friends, it’s best to get into a conniving, devilish state of mind — the kind where you find yourself smirking at your phone as you type. It’s also best to do it on any day that isn’t April Fool’s Day. Why? Because that’s when they’ll least expect it.
That’s the first step. The second is to choose friends who will actually appreciate the joke. You don’t want to
send a prank text to someone if it’s just going to freak them out. The best pranks (in text form, anyway) are light-hearted and fun and only mildly walk the line of panic, fear, and confusion — unless it’s your legit best friend, of course, in which case all bets are off.
The time of day is also key. If you send the text out of the blue, instead of when you’d usually be chatting, it’ll add to the madness and hilarity. Finally, use the fact you’re hidden behind a screen to full advantage and milk the moment for all it’s worth. Ready to get them so good? Here are 11
prank text ideas for inspiration. “Hello... it’s me” Speak only in song lyrics — think Adele’s “Hello” — and see how long it takes your friend to catch on.
Them: Heyyy, how’s it going?
You: It’s me...
Them: I know?
That’s just an example, though. Feel free to use any lyrics you like.
“You’ve subscribed to Cat Facts!”
Go to this
cat facts website, enter your friend’s phone number, and kick back as they become the recipient of anonymous texts from a bot.
Sample cat fact: “A group of kittens is called a ‘kindle’ while a group of adult cats is called a ‘clowder.’”
Bonus points if you never let on that it was you.
“Respond with STOP to opt out.”
If you don’t want to enter your friend’s number into a random website, you can become the Cat Facts bot. Or any bot, for that matter. Come up with a promotional message, complete with coupon offers and prompts — like “Respond with STOP to opt out.” — and see how annoyed they get. (If you can change your name in their phone to a fake company name, that’s even better.)
“I just cut my hair!”
Start by excitedly texting your friend to tell them you’re finally going to do it, you’re finally going to
give yourself the haircut you’ve always wanted. Choose something out of character, like a fashionable mullet or a pixie cut. Then send “progress pics.” Put on a hat and call them crying on FaceTime for added effect. “Who is this?”
Wait for your friend to text and then
act like you deleted their number, sort of like you would with an ex. Watch as they try to figure out what they did wrong or ask why you’re mad. (This prank likely won’t go on for long, but hey — it’s still worth it.) “OK wow, I have some big news...”
Send this text, followed by an “omg, this is really tough to say,” and then simply *disappear*. Your friend will be left to wonder what major, life-changing news is coming their way. The hilarity comes from the relief they’ll feel hours (or days) later when you finally admit it was a joke.
“Guys, I just saw something run under the fridge!!!”
If you live with roommates, send a text to the group chat that you just saw something gross run under the fridge. Include a blurry photo as evidence then say you’re terrified and will be hiding in your room until the issue is resolved. Listen as they move the fridge or also hide in their rooms. (Just don’t expect them to believe you in the future if something ever happens for real.)
“I BOUGHT A HOUSE!”
Choose a major purchase — be it a car, a house, etc. — and excitedly text your friend about it. Send a Zillow or AutoTrader link — the more ridiculous and out of your price range, the better — along with some primo acting.
“So I got back together with my ex.”
If you really want to do them dirty, tell your friend that you
got back with your ex. Go into detail about how they called and apologized, and you’re heading to their place right now. (Note: This is only funny if your ex was annoying, though, and not toxic.) “Hey, you watered all my plants, right?”
If you go away for the weekend, follow up with your friend once you get back home and ask if they did that important chore that you (totally) asked them to do — like watering your plants. Send a photo of one that’s crispy and brown (because you know one of them actually is) and act like its untimely death is all their fault.
“OK cool. Yea I’ll be there with $300.”
Send this text then follow up with “Oh crap, that wasn’t for you” and watch as they try to figure out what sort of illicit affair you’re involved in this time.
Even though your friend isn’t likely to fall for any of these pranks hook, line, and sinker,
they will appreciate the laugh.