I’m one of those people who just can’t quit the iPhone because I’m so locked into the iMessage chat app and its addictive blue bubble. Even though I switch between the iPhone and Android throughout the year, it’s iMessage that ultimately brings me back.
Group conversations are better in iOS, and sharing full-size photos and videos are nearly unmatched. In Android’s defense, Google recently gave Android users access to its iMessage competitor, but it’s just not the same.
To me, Apple’s chat platform feels much more complete, and that’s in part because of the huge range of useful features that go beyond just typing in a message and sending along a link. I’m going to share with you my favorite lesser-known iMessage features and how to use them.
Tailor iMessage settings to work for you
It’s a good idea to open the Messages’ Settings screen and take a few minutes to go through the various options and customize how Messages will work. Most importantly, double check your send and receive settings.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why some messages are showing up on a Mac or iPad ($350 at Walmart), but not an iPhone — or the other way around. Luckily, it’s an easy fix: Don’t use your email address(es), use only your phone number in the Send & Receive section of Message’s Settings.
Or if you don’t have an iPhone, but use iMessage on a Mac and iPad, then make sure your Send & Receive settings look identical. I have a.
The rest of the settings determine things like if read receipts are for on every iMessage conversation, whether or not you want text messages (those green bubbles) forwarded to your other Apple devices or kept on your iPhone, how long you want to keep messages on your device, and so on. Take a few minutes, go through each option, and decide how you want Messages to behave.
If you’re new to iMessage and are unsure how to turn it on, skip to the bottom of the post. We cover the process there.
Backup iMessages through iCloud
Having a constant backup of your iMessage conversations that syncs across all of your Apple devices is another one of my favorite benefits of Apple’s messaging platform. Apple uses iCloud to back up and sync your Messages conversations (that includes text messages, too).
The short version of instructions is this: Open Settings > tap on your name > iCloudand make sure the toggle next to Messages is turned on.
Keep in mind, if you delete a conversation from one device, it will be deleted from all of your devices. That also means if you opted to have conversations only stored for 90 days, then your iCloud backup of Messages will follow suit.
Hide alerts, block numbers from messaging you and more
It’s easy enough to send and receive messages in the Messages app, and telling apart iMessages from text messages is easy as well — if the messages you send are green, it’s a text message. If the bubble is blue, you’re talking to a fellow iMessage user.
We have a. For example, you can mute individual conversations with a left swipe across the conversation and select Hide Alerts; particularly useful if you’re in a noisy group who can’t quit talking about last night’s football game.
Make sure you take advantage of the new search feature, as well. You can search the Messages app for photos, links, attachments, and text within a conversation. Just open the Messages app and tap on the search bar at the top.
Send money to iPhone users through Apple Pay — it’s like Venmo
You can send and receive money using Apple Pay within an iMessage conversation just like you can with Venmo or Square Cash.
The process is simple — set upand link a debit card to your account. With Apple Pay setup, you can use the Apple Pay app inside of iMessage to pay rent, request money from a friend to split a dinner bill, or use it to randomly send someone enough cash to cover a cup of coffee.
You’ll also notice whenever you send someone a message that contains a dollar amount, the number will be underlined, which means you (or the recipient) can tap on it to launch Apple Pay with the figure already filled out. It’s pretty cool………Read More>>