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Type Line Breaks & Enter a New Line in Messages for iOS

Jul 5, 2014 - 9 Comments
Type a line break in Messages app for iOS

Most iPhone users spend a lot of time typing in Messages, the text messaging app native to iOS that sends iMessages between yourself and others. While the basic functionality is pretty straightforward, what’s perhaps a little less obvious is how to enter onto a new line when typing an iMessage without actually sending the message, … Read More

How to Disable iMessage on the iPhone Completely

Apr 15, 2014 - 6 Comments
Disable iMessage in iOS Completely

iMessage is the fantastic free messaging service from Apple that lets iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac users send each other endless free text messages, pictures, and videos. Because iMessage skips the standard SMS/text protocol from cellular carriers and relies on data transmission instead, it can often help you reduce your phone bill by cutting … Read More

How to Block iMessage Senders in Messages for Mac

Feb 26, 2014 - 1 Comment
Block iMessages on the Mac

The Messages app is the native instant messaging client for OS X which supports everything from iMessage, Facebook chat, to AIM. Though users have long been able to block senders from AIM and Facebook, the iMessage protocol was notably void of a block feature on the Mac until the OS X 10.9.2 update. Now changed, … Read More

Quickly Reply to a Text Message with a Phone Call or FaceTime from iPhone

Dec 30, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Make a call from the Messages app in iOS

Though we all rely heavily on text messages and iMessage these days, sometimes it’s just easier to talk on the phone. This can be particularly true if you’re in the middle of a texting conversation and things are moving quickly, being misinterpreted, continuously skewed by autocorrect, or, if you’re like me, you’re just plain awful … Read More

Quickly Send Images & Video to a New Contact from a Message Thread in iOS

Dec 8, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Create a new message from an existing Image in Messages app

Get a funny picture or movie sent to your iPhone or iPad that you want to send along and share with someone else? Messages app allows you to easily create new image and media messages directly from an existing message thread, without having to use the traditional forward feature. This makes sharing images, funny videos, … Read More

Send and Respond to Messages from Notification Center in Mac OS X

Dec 4, 2013 - 5 Comments
Messages icon

Need to quickly send out a message from your Mac to one of your contacts with iMessage, someone on AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or Facebook messaging? So long as the messaging service is configured for use with the Messages app on the Mac, you can quickly send out a new message directly from Notification Center in … Read More

View All Photos & Movies within a Messages App Conversation in iOS

Nov 21, 2013 - 12 Comments
See all pictures and movies in an iMessage conversation with Messages app for iOS

Looking for a picture exchanged between friends through Messages app on your iPhone / iPad, but scrolling through a gigantic conversation thread to find it doesn’t sound too appealing? There’s an easier way to see your sent and received imagery, and from iOS 7 onward you can quickly view every piece of multimedia sent between … Read More

View Time Stamps for Messages on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Oct 1, 2013 - Leave a Comment
View time stamps for messages

The Messages app for iOS 7 now gives everyone the ability to see time stamps for any sent message or received message directly in the app. This lets you know exact times of correspondence when any message was sent or received, providing the precise hour and minute for each individual element of dialog. This is … Read More

How to Delete Messages in iOS 7 & iOS 8

Sep 27, 2013 - 1 Comment
Delete an entire message from iOS 7

The Messages app received a significant makeover post iOS 7, and like many other elements of iOS some of it’s functionality changed as well. Many users have noticed that the behavior to delete messages has changed, leading some to believe the deletion feature was removed from Messages entirely (it wasn’t). Let’s review how to remove … Read More

Set Messages to Display Full Names in iOS 8 and iOS 7

Sep 21, 2013 - Leave a Comment
The Messages app icon in iOS 7

The Messages app in iOS 7 and iOS 8 defaults to shortening contacts names to only display their first name. That is done to make things look nice and tidy, and it also helps to prevent an overlap between the contact name and navigational elements on iPhone screens while avoiding name truncation. An obvious problem … Read More

Send & Receive Animated GIFs in Messages on iPhone

Jul 25, 2013 - 1 Comment
Send animated GIFs on the iPhone through Messages app

A fun little-known feature of Messages for iOS is that it supports animated gifs, meaning you can send and receive those quirky moving web graphics that were so popular in 1996 and are currently enjoying a resurgence on the web. The only requirement for this feature to work is that both you and the recipient … Read More

How to Turn Off Read Receipts in iMessage for iOS

May 5, 2013 - Leave a Comment
A "Read" receipt in iMessage

Read Receipts allow others to be notified when you have read their messages. From the user perspective it displays as a tiny “Read” indicator below a sent message if the recipient has seen the message. There is some obvious benefit to that, but it can also be a bit annoying and even intrusive from a … Read More

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