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Canned messages


The Canned Message Module will allow you to send messages to the mesh network from the device without using the phone app. You can predefine text messages to choose from.


To navigate through messages and select one, you will require some hardware attached to your device. Currently, the module is tested with a generic rotary encoder, but this is not a limitation further input methods can be added in the future.

Rotary encoder

Meshtastic supports hardwired rotary encoders as input devices. (Technically the Canned Message Module is independent of rotary encoders. It is described here, because no other module utilizes rotary encoders just yet.)

You will need a generic rotary encoder. The types listed below has five legs where two is dedicated to a "press" action, but any other types will likely do the job. You can also use a three-legged version, where the "press" action should be wired from an independent switch.

Connect your rotary encoder as follows. The rotary encoder has two rows of legs. One of the rows contains two legs, the other contains three legs. Bottom side view:

  B o --- o PRESS
GND o | |
A o --- o GND

The two legs is to sense the press action (or push). Connect one of the two to GROUND and the other to a GPIO pin. (No matter which one goes where.) Let's call this connected ports 'PRESS'.

The three legs is to sense the rotation action. Connect the middle leg to GROUND and the ones on the side to GPIO pins. Let's call these ports 'A' and 'B', according to the scheme below.

A   --||
GND --||]========
B --||

Recommended GPIO pins for connecting a rotary encoder.

  • TTGO LoRa V1:
    • A - GPIO-22
    • B - GPIO-23
    • PRESS - GPIO-21

There is a reference case 3D-design utilizing the rotary encoder for TTGO LoRa V1: Case for TTGO-ESP32-LORA-OLED-v1.0 with rotary encoder


Configuration details are available on the Device Settings pages. Configuring the Canned Message Module requires configuring both of the following modules:

Known Problems

  • Rotary encoder input uses a technology called "interrupts". Using the rotary encoder might cause unexpected software problems. This needs to be tested.