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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...
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...
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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...
Why can't I send regular text messages on my iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

Why can't I send regular text messages on my iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

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...
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...
Apple reportedly adds two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple rolls out two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple has rolled out two-step verification to the company's iMessage and FaceTime. That allows you to combine your password with a token to help protect your accounts from unauthorized access. That way, even if someone finds or figures out your password, they still won't be able to get into your...
Ten ways to pester and delight your friends on iMessage

Ten ways to pester and delight your friends on iMessage

Last week, Ally somewhat accidentally discovered that if you change an iMessage's group name on your computer, it changes the name for everyone on the thread. It not only led to some pretty hilarious griefing for our other co-workers, but got me thinking about other ridiculous tricks and trolls...
How to use Google Hangouts with the Messages app on your Mac

How to use Google Hangouts with the Messages app on your Mac

The Messages app for Mac lets you easily send iMessages and even regular text messages without ever having to pick up your iPhone. Aside from cellular messages, the Messages app can also integrate into other messaging services, including Google Hangouts. Once linked, you can easily send and...

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