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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

Send Text Messages & Make Video / Phone Calls from Contacts App in Mac OS X

Mar 8, 2013 - 8 Comments
Send text messages from the Contacts app

The Contacts app in OS X, once called Address Book, has a few hidden communication tools that are incredibly useful, making the app a simple but powerful hub to start conversations. Right from Contacts, you can send iMessages, initiate FaceTime video chats, make an actual phone call, and even send normal SMS text messages to … Read More

Send a File to Multiple Remote Macs or iOS Devices from the Mac OS X Finder

Feb 4, 2013 - 4 Comments
Send a file from a Mac to multiple Macs and iOS Clients

A new contextual menu feature available in the OS X Finder make sending files out from a Mac faster than ever before, and perhaps even better, this trick can be used to send a file or document to multiple client recipients, be they on nearby Macs and iPads, or far away iPhones and iPod touches. … Read More

Send an iMessage as a Text Message Instead from iPhone

Nov 18, 2012 - 13 Comments
Send an iMessage as a text message

iMessage is an undeniably great service for free messaging between iPhones, iOS, and OS X, but it’s not flawless, and sometimes an iMessage will fail to send if you’re on a low cellular signal or have insufficient bandwidth. Additionally, there are times when trying to send a message through iMessage is slower than sending text … Read More

Change the Font Size of Messages in Mac OS X

Aug 30, 2012 - 2 Comments
Change Text Size in iMessages for Mac OS X

Messages app Preferences in OS X defaults to greying out the “Set Font…” option, a peculiar choice considering a fair amount of people like to change the font size of their instant messages to make it easier to read. That doesn’t mean you can’t change the text size though, and there’s a simple solution that … Read More

How to Fix iMessage Not Syncing Between a Mac & iPhone/iPad

Aug 9, 2012 - 36 Comments

As you probably noticed when configuring iMessage on a Mac, you use an Apple ID during the set up process. This allows iMessage to sync all messages between any Macs and any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you may have using that same Apple ID. But this doesn’t always work as intended, and sometimes messages … Read More

Delete Text Messages, iMessages, & Conversations from iPhone

Jul 18, 2012 - 8 Comments
Delete entire text message threads from iPhone

Want to delete a text message or conversation thread from an iPhone? Maybe it’s a regretful SMS, a security risk, or just an embarrassing iMessage conversation from after you had too much to drink, whatever it is you can quickly delete an entire conversation or even selectively delete only certain parts of a message thread, … Read More

Hide SMS & iMessage Previews from the Lock Screen on iPhone

Jul 10, 2012 - 3 Comments
A hidden text message on iPhone lock screen

The lock screen of an iPhone (or iPad, iPod touch) defaults to showing a preview of all received Messages and SMS, showing both the senders name and the content of their text message. That can be very convenient, but it also has the potential for oversharing private information and dialog between others, which could lead … Read More

How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone

Apr 16, 2012 - 16 Comments
Forward text message SMS from iPhone

Forwarding text messages from one sender to another is made very simple on the iPhone. The process is the same whether it’s a text, SMS, MMS, or even an iMessage: From the Messages app, open the text message you want to forward Tap the “Edit” button in the upper right corner Tap the message you … Read More

Send Video VoiceMail Messages from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Mar 14, 2012 - 8 Comments
Send video message

If you’ve ever had to explain to someone that iPhone visual voicemail does not literally mean video voicemail, you know the potential disappointment that comes with it. What the user probably envisioned was the ability to record a quick video message and leave that as a video voicemail for the recipient to watch when they … Read More

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