The Messages app on iPhone and iPad is one of the most useful applications for keeping in touch with friends, family and co-workers. By exploring the nuances of Apple’s text messaging app, you can learn how maximize the usefulness. Neither iOS device comes with an extensive manual, but we can help fill the void. Below you’ll find our easy to use guide to Messages. Think of it as a Master Class covering everything from the basics to advanced features. There is something for everyone in our ultimate guide to Messages. Whether you are looking to learn about every feature or […]
The number of features that are nestled in iMessage in iOS 8 is astonishing. Messages had always been a capable and very good messaging app, but Apple has packed new features inspired by some of the more popular third party apps like WhatsApp. As one of the primary stock applications in iOS, it’s hard to not to appreciate the delicate balance of simplicity with robust features. Tasks like sending a quick photo or video have become even easier. Useful features like sharing or sending your location, let friends or family get a quick map of your location. In addition to […]
Tucked inside the Messages app in iOS 8 are new features that make it one, if not the best text messaging app. It’s not even fair to call it a text messaging app, since it’s so much more allowing you to quickly send short videos, photos and audio clips. One other useful feature found in iOS 8 lets you send a map of your location. Your iPhone can help you solve the age-old problem of two people trying to answer the question, “Where are you?” No longer will you need a long, convoluted message with mysterious landmarks. Just a single […]
Typically when people go looking for new features in an iOS update, they look at changes to the operating system. In iOS 8, some of the biggest changes occur in the more frequently used stock apps. At the top of that list is the Messages app. In iOS 8, Apple has made it easier to send a quick photo or record and send a short video. All with a single touch. There is no debating that Apple creates great software. On occasion, they borrow good ideas, putting their own Apple spin on them. That’s exactly what’s happened with Messages in […]
As we discussed in our article on maintaining privacy when text messaging, one sure fire way to keep messages private is to delete them. In iOS 7, deleting messages on a thread level is easy and somewhat obvious. It’s not always practical to delete an entire thread, when there might be just one message you’d like to remove from your iPhone. Thankfully, there are options for both, which we’ll cover. Here’s how to deleted entire message thread and delete individual messages on iOS 7 on your iPhone.
When it comes to apps that get regular use, the Messages app might very well trump even the Phone app. We’ve increasingly become a text message culture. Why call, when I just send a quick text? It’s faster than sending an email and messages seem to have an immediacy that you don’t get with mail. Whether it’s for business or personal, it’s easy to see the appeal of text messaging as compared to other forms of communication. When information flows so freely, the unintended consequences could be revealing information you would have preferred to keep private. Information about a merger […]
If you are an iPhone user that has decided to switch to Android, the transition can be an exercise in frustration if you have used Apple’s iMessage service. Heck, sometimes iOS users have a love–hate relationship with Apple’s SMS replacement. And herein lies the problem, iMessage essentially takes over the role of sending and receiving SMS messages. If you are on a limited texting plan, this makes for a great feature, since it does not count as a text. As long as you have unlimited data, you’re good. For those who decide to test the waters with another platform, it’s not […]
Apple’s iOS 8 operating system offers more privacy controls, allowing you to control who does and doesn’t contact you. Previous versions of iOS required you contact your carrier or use a third-party application that often required you jailbreak your iPhone. It was frustrating for people, who rightly so, expected Apple’s iPhone to handle such an easy request. If you are receiving unwanted texts from ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, telemarketers, having an iPhone often led to frustration. Things have changed with iOS 7 and it is now incredibly easy to block text messages in iOS 8. Updated: January 29th, 2015
On the iPhone, you can send messages via SMS or by using iMessage. The latter only works if you the recipient has an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac. SMS messaging requires you have a messaging plan with your carrier and in some cases, it can be a pay per message charge. Not only is it free, but with this quick tip, you can also setup your iPhone to get read receipts in iMessage.
The default behavior for SMS messages on the iPhone is to show the sender and a preview, if not the entirety of their message to you. Your iPhone will either vibrate or play a ringtone to notify you of the incoming message. It will also light up, with the message being front and center. For many, this is convenient, having all of the relevant information at a glance. If your phone is on a conference table at work, perhaps a text message about your wild party isn’t such a great idea. Thankfully, that’s easily avoided should you follow our quick […]