Shocking iMessage Tricks You Won’t Believe Are Amazing

Ready to master iMessage, Apple’s texting messenger? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for the iPhone texting tips and tricks you might not know about!


Enable/Disable read receipts

Enabling read receipts means that the person you text can see when you’ve read their text message. This, obviously, has pros and cons.

Open the Settings app, select Messages, and slide to enable or disable Send Read Receipts. Once it is enabled, the receipt will say “Read [time here]” beneath your latest text.


Send texts from your Mac

Messages for Mac comes with OS X Mountain Lion and up. It’s basically the best way to send texts from school or work without looking down at your phone all the time.

Apple has a great tutorial on how to set up Messages with your Apple ID. Essentially you’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID on both your computer and mobile device. Then you’ll need to open the Settings app, select Messages, and enable iMessage on your iPhone. Tap on where it says Send & Receive, and make sure the correct Apple ID and phone number is associated with your device.

Where it says “Start New Conversations From,” you may want to select your phone number. Or else when you text people, your Apple ID email address would show up instead, which would be weird.


Block an annoying texter

If a salesperson, frenemy, or a random Craigslist patron keeps texting you, block them. Follow these instructions on adding a contact to a blocked list in iOS 7.


Delete a Text Message

In a text message thread, press and hold your thumb on an individual text. A black menu bubble will pop up. Press “More…” and you’ll then be able to select one or more texts. Tap the trash can at the bottom left when you’re ready to delete.


Force to send as an SMS message

If iMessage is down, a red exclamation point will appear. Tap that exclamation point and select “Send as Text Message.”

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