I’m going to be talking about iMessages and everything you should know about it. This is a topic that confuses a lot of people out there and trust me, I get, it’s very confusing. It’s my goal in this article to hopefully bring a little bit of clarity to the situation.
So let’s talk about iMessages…
What’s the Difference Between Blue and Green Text
Sometimes when you’re chatting with your friends, you may notice it’s green sometimes and other times, it appears as blue. A lot of people don’t know the difference, so let me try to explain it as best as I possibly can.
When you’re having a conversation with someone and it’s blue, it basically means that the conversation is free. So, if you have a cell phone plan where you’re only allotted a certain number of text messages, this conversation does not count against that number. Whereas if it’s green, it will.
So if you only have 200 text messages a month, you’re going to try to avoid these type of conversations if possible. Although not many people only have that small a number.
Why are my Messages Changing from Blue to Green?
Next, I’ll go over what causes a message to be sent as an iMessage and as a text message. Essentially, an iMessage means that the person you are having a conversation with has an iPhone, a Mac, or an iPad. It also means that they probably have a strong internet signal.
Here’s something that confuses a lot of people: sometimes you may have a conversation with someone and it starts off as an iMessage, and then for no apparent reason, it switches and it turns green, it’s a text message, and it’s counting against the number of allotted text messages for that month.
There are a couple of different situations that can cause that to happen and it confuses again, a lot of people.
So let’s go over them…
Weak Wi-FI Signal
The number one reason why this happens is that either you or the other person on the other line has a bad internet connection. It could be that they just have a very weak Wi-Fi signal, and it also could be a sign that you have a dying router.
The second reason this may happen is that of your router. Here’s a perfect example of the reason why – One of the very common symptoms with a Linksys or a Cisco routers, is you’ll be online doing something and then randomly, you discover you’re offline.
So what do you do? You unplug the modem or the router rather, plug it back in, it comes back you think “great we’re good to go” and then it happens again, and again, and again.
So if you have noticed this to be the case, it’s probably a pretty good sign that you or the other person that you’re having the conversation with has a bad router.
Network Congestion in Crowded Areas
Here’s an example of this – let’s say you’re having a conversation with someone and the other person is in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. There is going to be so much network congestion at that point because everyone’s on their phones at one time.
One of the rules that your iPhone follows when sending a message is that it’s going to use whatever method is the fastest which is going to be SMS (a green message). If you don’t have this setting, scroll down and I will show you how to set it up.
How to Stop Messages from Not Sending
So if your phone is set to send a text message when iMessage is not currently available, it will go with whatever option is fastest, and in that situation, it’s going to be a text message.
Let’s go over how to tweak those settings:
- Go into your iPhone or iPads settings
Here, you’ll see that there’s an option for iMessages in the app section.
- Turn iMessage on by switching the toggle
- Switch on ‘Send as SMS’
Here’s what the rest of the settings mean.
Send receipts – It means that if someone sends you a text message and you read it, it’s going to send a read receipt to that person to let them know that you have seen the message. Some people for privacy reasons don’t like this feature.
Send as SMS – This is also known as a text message. So when this is on, if iMessage is unavailable for whatever reason, your phone is going to try to send it as a text message rather than an iMessage.
This is usually a pretty good idea to turn it on, the only downside is that yes, it will cost you if you send a ton of messages and they’re all text messages. However, if you don’t turn this on, it could potentially result in a few hour delays when sending messages and some of you may have noticed this at some point.
If you send a message and the person doesn’t get it for a few hours, this is a good reason to toggle on the ‘Send as SMS’ button. If you have this feature turned off, when your phone doesn’t have a strong connection, it would not send it as a text message.
Blocked – If you want to block anyone from sending you text messages, you can put in their information under blocked and that should resolve that issue.
How to Create and Name a Group Text on iPhone
Do you want to start a group text message on your iPhone, but you’re not sure how to? If you’d like to learn how to send the same message to multiple people all at once, you’re in the right place.
I will be showing you how to create and name a group text message on your iPhone.
Let’s get started…
First, I’ll cover how to create a group and send a group text message:
- Tap Messages on your home screen
- Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of your screen to begin a new conversation
- At the top of your screen, type in the contact information of the people you want to include in your group
- If the person is saved to your contact list, you can type in their name
- If their contact info isn’t saved on your device, type in their phone number
- You can type in what you’d like to say
- Tap the text box above your keyboard and type in whatever you’d like to say to everyone you add to your text message group
- Finally, tap the arrow button to send your message off
Next, I’ll go over how you can add a name to your texting group:
- From your messages screen, tap the group message you’d like to name
- Tap the (i) button in the top right corner
- Tap where it says ‘Enter a Group Name’ and type in what you’d like to name your group
- When you’re finished, tap Done
Keep in mind that this name is visible to everyone you’ve included in your group so be sure to choose a name everyone in the group will be okay with.
How to Disable iMessage on your iPhone
If you prefer normal texting rather than using iMessage, I’m going to show you how you can disable iMessage on your iPhone or iPad.
All you have to do is:
- Go to settings from your home screen
- Once you click settings, scroll down to Messages
- Toggle off iMessage
When you disable iMessage, this doesn’t mean that SMSs are disabled. In order to disable SMSs, you’ll have to contact your carrier.
If you want to make sure that no one can enable iMessage after you’ve just disabled it, I’m going to show you how to do this. This is handy if you’ve got family or friends who have access to your device.
So what you’re going to do is:
- Go to Setting from your home screen
- Click on General
- click on Restrictions
- Tap on ‘Enable Restrictions’
It’s going to ask you to set up a passcode for app restrictions. Make sure this passcode is different than your normal iPhone passcode to ensure that your iPhone is secure and no one can guess the password.
How to Use iMessage on Mac
Do you want to start using iMessage on your Mac computer to communicate with your family and friends but you’re not sure how? If so, I’ll be showing you how to setup and use iMessage on a Mac computer.
Let’s get started…
The first you’ll need to do is to get things set up on your Mac:
- Click the Messages icon in the launch pad to get started
- Sign in to your Apple ID using your email address and password
- In the top left corner of your screen, click messages
- Click Preferences from the drop-down menu that appears below
- Customize your iMessage settings according to your personal preferences
- Click Accounts to select the addresses you’d like to use for iMessage
Now that you’ve got iMessage set up, you’re ready to start using it.
I’ll now show you how you can use the program to send messages to your friends and family.
To compose a new message:
- Click the pen and paper icon
- In the text box at the top of the message window, type in the phone number, email address, or name of the person you’d like to send a message to
- If you want to start a group message, you can enter more than one person’s information
- Click the text box at the bottom of the window and get chatting
- Type in whatever you’d like your message to say
- If you’d like to add a fun emoji stickers, click the smiley face icon at the bottom of the app and click the one you’d like to add
- When you’re ready, hit the enter key on your keyboard to send your message off
You can view all of your conversations in the menu panel on the left side. Click someone’s name to view your full conversation with them. That’s all there is to setting up and using iMessage on your Mac computer.
How to Sync Messages From iPhone to Mac
Do you ever wish that you could send and receive text messages from your iPhone on your Mac computer? If so, I’ll be showing you how to sync your text messages from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac.
Let’s get started…
On your Mac computer:
- Go to the Settings app
- Click the Messages app
- In the top left corner of your screen, click Messages, then click Preferences from the drop-down menu
- From the window that appears on your screen, click Account
- Check out which addresses you have selected to send and receive messages from
- Enter your phone number and email address
- Pick up your iPhone
- Tap Settings on your home screen
- Scroll down and tap Messages
- On your message setting screen, tap ‘Text Message Forwarding’
- You should see your Mac listed on the screen
- Move the slider beside it to the right to enable text message forwarding
If you look over at your Mac screen, you should see your text messages beginning to appear. That’s all you need to do to enable text message forwarding from your iPhone to your Mac computer
I hope this answers all of your questions about iMessages, again it is very confusing so if you have any questions, comment down below.
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