Beginner Tips

How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide!

iMessage is Apple's proprietary service that allows you to send and receive free, SMS- and MMS-like messages on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from any other iMessage user. Not only can you send regular text, photo, and video messages with iMessage, but contacts, voice memos, and locations as well. iMessage works on any device running iOS 5 or higher, and any Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or higher. Whether you need help setting up or using any or all of the features, you've come to the right place!

Note: Updated for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. We'll be updating this guide regularly as Apple introduces more iMessage features, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back frequently!

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How to favorite and read articles offline with the iMore app for iPhone

The new iMore app for iPhone has tons of new features that makes keeping up with your favorite articles easier than ever. Aside from being able to now leave comments in-app and listen to and watch podcasts, you can also favorite articles quickly and easily.

Favorites serves two great purposes. One is that it acts as a holding place for all your favorite articles, allowing you to jump back to them any time you'd like. It also automatically saves them for offline reading, meaning you won't need an internet connection to read any articles you favorite. Don't have time to read a whole article now? Favorite it and jump back in whenever you'd like to finish, with or without an internet connection.

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How to accept Game Center friend requests on iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you've got Game Center. Once you log in, you're ready to start playing games with other opponents. You can share your Game Center ID with others and receive invites to become friends. From there you can view each other's achievements and challenge each other to games. If you aren't sure how to accept a Game Center friend request, here's how.

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How to quickly access draft emails on the iPhone and iPad

If you're writing an email on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and you don't have time to finish, or you're simply not sure you're ready to send it yet, you can always save it as a draft and come back to it later. However, it can take a lot of hunting actually find that draft and get back to it! Luckily, iOS contains a gesture shortcut that can make tracking down all your draft emails a lot faster.

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How to comment on a post using the iMore 2.0 for iPhone app

With the release of the all new iMore 2.0 app, we've added a ton of new features to make using iMore on your iPhone and iPod touch even better. One of these new features is the ability to leave comments on articles directly within the app.

Here's how to start leaving comments in-app on your favorite iMore articles.

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How to search for text on a web page with Safari for iPhone and iPad

Browsing the web on the iPhone and iPad is arguably one of the best mobile surfing experiences available. You can quickly navigate to different web pages, sync bookmarks across devices, and more. One of the less noticed features of the Safari browser for iPhone and iPad is actually quite useful, and that's searching for text on web pages. This is particularly useful when looking through forum posts or trying to find a specific topic on a page that has a lot of text content.

Here's how.

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How to delete individual call records from Recent Calls on your iPhone

If you've got an iPhone, you probably already know that it can provide you with a history of your calls. You can also edit your call history if and when you need to by deleting individual call records. Whatever the reason (hey, we don't judge), we can walk you through how to delete certain phone records out of your call history.

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How to set your caller ID for FaceTime

FaceTime allows you set a caller ID. If you only have one iPhone phone number, or iPod touch, iPad, or Mac email address associated with FaceTime, that'll be your caller ID. If you have several different numbers and addresses associated with FaceTime, however, you can choose one of them to serve as your consistent, unified called ID. That way, no matter which number or address you're FaceTime calling from, the person receiving the call will always see the same contact, and easily know it's you. If you have multiple iOS and/or OS X devices, you can either set them all to the same caller ID, or to different ones -- for example, business and personal -- so you can receive calls from any number or address, but always send them from the same, specific number or address.

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How to setup, enable, disable, or restrict FaceTime

In most cases, you'll enable FaceTime as part of the overall setup process you go through the first time you turn on a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. If you don't, and you later change your mind about it -- or if you do, and you change your mind! -- you can also enable or disable FaceTime at any time. If you're worried about children having access to FaceTime, you can even lock it out completely using parental restrictions.

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How to register, enable, and disable additional email addresses for FaceTime

While FaceTime was originally locked to an iPhone phone number, now that iPod touch, iPad, and Mac can make FaceTime video calls, Apple has added email addresses as a way to connect. Usually your FaceTime address will be your main Apple ID -- the one you use for iCloud, and sign in with when you setup your device for the first time. However, you can all register additional addresses with Apple and FaceTime. This makes it relatively simple to ensure anyone with any of your addresses can get through, or even to separate work from family addresses, or to use different addresses on different devices.

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