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How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8

How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8

Sometimes we have the need to share our current location with someone, or in the case of younger children, you may want to always know where they are. Up until iOS 8 the only way to share a location was through the Maps app, which didn't give you constant location information, only current. Now...
How to quickly send photo and video selfies in iOS 8

How to quickly send photo and video selfies in iOS 8

iOS 8 has made it easier than ever to send both photo and video selfies with the help of the Messages app. Literally, a swish and a flick and your message is on its way to the recipient! How to send selfies and videos faster than ever with iOS 8 Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad...
How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide

How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide

iMessage is the name of Apple's proprietary instant messaging (IM) service that lets you send and receive free text, photo, video, and audio messages from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Not only does iMessage let you send free simple messaging...
How to quickly leave group messages in iMessage for iOS 8

How to quickly leave group messages in iMessage for iOS 8

Ever been looped into what seems to be a never-ending group message with friends or family? All of us have been there and have desperately wished there was a way to stop the notification madness, especially when nothing being said even pertains to you. Luckily, iOS 8 lets you quickly and easily...
How to quickly mute message threads with iOS 8

How to quickly mute message threads with iOS 8

Ever been stuck in a group message where the notifications just never seem to stop? We've all been there and wished that there was a way we could quiet them without having to silence everything else. Now thanks to iOS 8 you can mute message threads, group or individual, without bringing your...
How to quickly delete images in the iOS 8 Messages app

How to quickly delete images in the iOS 8 Messages app

Prior to iOS 8, deleting images in individual message threads was tricky business. There wasn't an easy way to view all of them at once which made deleting more than one at a time a pretty tough task. Luckily, the details view in iOS 8 changes all of that and makes it super simple to delete lots...
How to use quick reply messaging in iOS 8

How to quickly reply to an iMessage using interactive notifications in iOS 8

Many of us have wanted a quick reply messaging option to come stock in iOS for years. And finally, after years of begging, Apple has granted our wish with iOS 8 via interactive notifications. If you receive a message while you're using your iPhone or iPad, you can now respond without ever even...
How to edit expiration settings for audio messages in iOS 8

How to edit expiration settings for audio messages in iOS 8

Audio messages, introduced in iOS 8, allow you to send short voice clips via iMessage. They're incredibly easy to use and receive which should make them a popular option when folks are unable to text. However, they can take up far more storage space than regular text-based messages. That's why...
How to save space on your iPhone by setting video messages to expire in iOS 8

How to save space on your iPhone by setting video messages to expire in iOS 8

iOS 8 adds some storage friendly features that allow you to make sure the Messages app isn't wreaking as much havoc as it previously could. One of the ways iOS now helps you conserve storage is by letting you set video messages to automatically expire after a period of time. As we all know, video...
How to set messages to automatically delete themselves in iOS 8

How to set messages to automatically delete themselves in iOS 8

One of the largest culprits when it comes to chewing through the storage on your iPhone or iPad is the Messages app. From regular text messages to iMessages to photos, videos, and audio notes, they all take up space. In some cases, several gigabytes. However, iOS 8 brings with it an awesome...
How to quickly send voice messages with the Messages app in iOS 8

How to quickly send voice messages with the Messages app in iOS 8

iOS 8 adds some cool features to the Messages app on your iPhone and iPad. One of them is the ability to send voice clips instead of typing out a long message. The person on the receiving end receives a voice clip that they can easily listen to. And if they're running iOS 8 too, they can shoot a...
How to quickly share photos in the iOS 8 Messages app

How to quickly share photos in the iOS 8 Messages app

Photos are one of the things we share most often from our iPhones or iPads. With iOS 8, you can send photos you've already taken in even less taps since sharing has gotten even smarter. Your iPhone and iPad can now access your recently taken photos so you can quickly view and pick out the ones...
How to block and report iMessage spam to Apple

How to block and report iMessage spam to Apple

There's reportedly been a recent increase in iMessage spam. Since iMessage works like carrier SMS/MMS, and not like social networks where you have to request/accept contacts, anyone with your phone number or email address can send to you. Since there's a desktop iMessage for Mac, it's more...
How to stop your personal iMessages from going to a shared iPad

Personal iMessages going to a shared iPad? Here's how to fix it!

Shared iPads are commonplace in many households. While the kids use it to play games, the adults may use it to store recipes, check sports scores, and more. Depending on whose Apple ID was used to set up the iPad initially, you may find that someone's iMessages are showing up on the shared iPad,...
iMessage in iOS 8: Explained

iMessage in iOS 8: Explained

Messages is the most popular app on the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple. Given the enormous demand for instant messaging, and the integration Apple's provided with traditional carrier SMS (simple messaging service) and MMS (multimedia messaging service), that should come as no surprise....
How to troubleshoot and fix problems with iMessage

How to troubleshoot and fix problems with iMessage

iMessage is Apple's own proprietary messaging service that ties directly into the Messages app of both iPhone and iPad. By doing this you can seamlessly send regular SMS and MMS messages alongside iMessage. If your friends and family have iPhones or iPads too, iMessage just works. Well, most of...
How to call, message, and email your contacts using Siri

How to call, message, and email your contacts using Siri

Siri isn't just another voice control system, it remembers context and it can understand relationships. That means, for example, you can tell Siri to call your wife's iPhone, and Siri will know who that is and which phone number to dial. Not only that, Siri can send iMessages or SMS, and even...
Messages get beefed up on iOS 8

Messages get beefed up on iOS 8

As the most used app on an iOS device, Messages got a beefy update that makes it simpler to use, more intuitive, and less annoying. Swipes can now generate specific actions and now with group messages where notifications are going off frequently, you can apply "do not disturb" to the thread so...
OS X Yosemite introduces a new Handoff feature

AirDrop and Handoff tie together sharing between OS X and iOS

With the new AirDrop and Handoff, Apple is creating an ecosystem to tie together users who own both an iOS and OS X device. New to OS X Yosemite is that you can share files by using AirDrop between a Mac and an iOS device like an iPhone. But that's just the start, a new Handoff capability extends...
Apple fixes server-side iMessage bug, will fix additional bug in future software update

Apple fixes server-side iMessage bug, will fix additional bug in future software update

Apple has fixed a server-side bug in iMessage, their SMS/MMS-like instant messaging service for iOS and OS X, which was causing some problems, and they're going to be fixing an additional client-side bug in a future software update. Those fixes should help make for smoother, faster transitions...

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