# Texting Set Up
The text messaging feature requires a dedicated auction phone number, it can not be set up using an existing mobile number you may have since we need to be able to send and receive texts through this number.
You must be logged in with a user account that has its permissions level set to Admin.
To set up texting click on Communication
Then Text Settings and Buy a phone number
If you have not purchased the set up credit you will see a link to the online store to buy one:
Click on the link and purchase the credit, then come back to this page.
The wizard will guide you through the process of selecting an area code. Currently numbers in the US and Canada can be selected.
Numbers are available in most area codes in the US and Canada. However, some heavily subscribed area codes may not return any available numbers, in this case you will need to choose a neighboring area code.
Once you have entered an area code you will be able to chose from a list of available numbers
After completing the wizard the auction phone number will be shown on the text settings page:
Your auction phone number is now ready to use. Try texting hello to the number to see it is working.