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What would you change about Apple's Messages app?

What would you change about Apple's Messages app?

Messages launched with the original iPhone as "SMS", because that's all it did at the time. Apple had Safari, so they didn't build an old-school WAP browser and it turned out an old-school WAP browser is what MMS used and needed. So, Apple built one and, once carriers stopped freaking out about...
How to quickly save multiple pictures and videos in Messages for iPhone and iPad

How to quickly save multiple pictures and videos in Messages for iPhone and iPad

Saving pictures and videos in the Messages app for iPhone and iPad doesn't have to take forever. If someone sends you multiple photos and videos and you'd like to save them, there's no need to do it individually. Thanks to the Messages app in iOS 8, you can save multiple pictures or videos to...
How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

How to set up two-factor authentication for iCloud

Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want...
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How to send audio notes with Apple Watch

How to send audio notes with Apple Watch

Make someone's day a little brighter by sending them an audio message using your Apple Watch. Text messages and emoji are both great ways to communicate, but sometimes the human voice triumphs over all. Whether you want to send a birthday song or have a bunch of family members say "Hi!" to a far...
How to fix iOS 8 Unicode Messages crash bug

How to fix iOS 8 Unicode Messages crash bug

Here's what you need to know about preventing and recovering from the iOS 8 Unicode crash bug. While Apple is working on a fix for the bug that causes Messages and notifications to crash iOS 8, there are several things you can do right now to help prevent your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch from...
How to quickly save multiple pictures and videos in Messages for iPhone and iPad

How to quickly save multiple pictures and videos in Messages for iPhone and iPad

Saving pictures and videos in the Messages app for iPhone and iPad doesn't have to take forever. If someone sends you multiple photos and videos and you'd like to save them, there's no need to do it individually. Thanks to the Messages app in iOS 8, you can save multiple pictures or videos to...
Why can't I send regular text messages on my iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

Receiving iMessages on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but not regular SMS? Here's the fix!

Your iPhone can receive not only iMessages, which are indicated by blue bubbles, but regular old SMS messages as well, which are represented by green bubbles. If you're using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and find yourself only able to send and receive blue bubble iMessages, you don't seem to be...
How to filter and disable notifications for iMessages from unknown senders

How to filter and disable notifications for iMessages from unknown senders

If you frequently receive iMessages from people not stored in your address book, you can quickly filter them out. A lot of us depend on iMessage to communicate with friends, family, clients, and colleagues. That means not every message we receive is attached to someone in our contacts. If you...
How to report iMessage spam in iOS 8.3

How to report iMessage spam in iOS 8.3

If you've ever received spam in the form of an iMessage, it's a good idea to report it as junk to Apple. While you've always been able to report iMessages as spam, you can now do it in a lot fewer steps if you're running iOS 8.3 or above. Reporting junk iMessages will help Apple to remove...
Secret iMessage shortcuts: Ten gestures to speed up your iPhone chat!

Secret iMessage shortcuts: Ten gestures to speed up your iPhone chat!

Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone. There are tons of features you can activate with just a tap. It's got even more, however, that you can access with long presses, swipes, and other gesture shortcuts. If you have enough time, you can figure them all out. Or you can just read all...
A plea to fix multi-group Messages — for our all our sanity

A plea to fix multi-group Messages — for our all our sanity

Though Messages has its quirks, I've been lucky to avoid most of them — I haven't had my message history disappear, nor have random contacts popped in or vanished out of thin air. I've rarely had problems with messages not being received or erroring out. But I'm not immune to every iMessage...
How to add someone to a group iMessage thread on iPhone and iPad

How to add someone to a group iMessage thread on iPhone and iPad

iMessage got some new tricks in iOS 8 and one of those is the ability to add new people to an existing iMessage group. That means instead of having to start a brand new conversation, you can just quickly add someone to the existing group chat in just a few taps! How to add a new person to a...
How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

How to set up two-factor authentication for iCloud

Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want...

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