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How to quickly view all images in an iMessage or text thread on iPhone and iPad with iOS 7

The Messages app got a complete overhaul in iOS 7 and the changes weren't limited to just visual ones. One of the best new features of the Messages app is the ability to view all images you've received and sent in a thread in one easy to access place. Here's how:

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How to create calendar events in iOS directly in the Messages and Mail apps

It's not uncommon for us to email and message people about plans we're making with them. If you pay close attention, iOS seems to know when we do this by underlining certain text. That isn't just to make it stand out more, it's to make it easier for you to add events to your Calendar app.

Here's how:

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How to delete individual iMessages in Messages for Mac

If you use your Mac for iMessage, you probably already know you can delete iMessage threads but what about deleting single iMessages on the Mac?

We've already covered deleting individual messages in iOS 7 so here's how to delete them in the Messages for Mac app:

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Don't like how iOS 7 only shows first names in the Messages and Mail apps? Here's how to fix it!

If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, you've probably already noticed that the Messages and Mail apps both default to only showing the first name of a contact in a conversation thread. For those of us that have more than one John in our contacts, it can get pretty confusing. Fortunately, there's a way to turn last names back on by default.

Here's how:

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How to view timestamps for individual texts and iMessages in iOS 7

The Messages app got a brand new look in iOS 7 and with that came some new features. One of them is the ability to view timestamps for every text or iMessage you send or receive. Previously you only saw sporadic timestamps but now you can see when you send and received each and every message on your iPhone or iPad.

Here's how:

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How to send photos using iMessage

iMessage lets you easily send photos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do anything extra to use it. Just pick your photos and send them!

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How to share a contact card using Messages

If you need to quickly send contact information from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it's and easy task with Messages . As long as you have the information listed in your Contacts app, you're only a few taps away from sharing a vCard file (vcf) containing phone numbers, email, street addresses, and much more.

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How to send a video using iMessage

iMessage works with iPhones, iPads, and Macs to let you easily send videos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do anything extra to use it. Just pick your video and send!

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How to increase the privacy of iMessage previews and alerts

By default, iMessage shows previews and alerts on the Lock screen and Home screen of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Some people may not like that behavior and prefer more privacy — be they big business dealings or super secret sextings, we don't judge! Here's how to keep your iMessages away from prying eyes!

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How to send a voice memo using iMessage

The built-in Voice Memo app can be handy for recording lengthy thoughts or instructions. After finishing your Voice Memo you can easily share it with someone else as an iMessage or SMS. Once they receive it they'll be able to play it directly through the Messages app.

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