If you don’t want just anyone to be able to read your texts on your lock screen—but you’d still like to know when you get a message!—then come read about a setting on iOS that’ll let you configure your texts to work exactly the way you want them to. Those of us who have offensive friends can breathe a sigh of relief with this!
Want to know exactly when a message was sent or received in the Messages app for macOS? Apple hides that information by default, but here’s how to reveal it on a per-message basis for iMessage and SMS.
Read receipts, which allow you to see when a text message you’ve sent has been read by its recipient, can be set either globally or on a per-conversation basis under macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Come read about how to configure both!
Your iPhone is configured to alert you twice to an unread text message, but at an interval of only two minutes. This produces a system that is relatively ineffective and potentially annoying. Here’s how to turn off repeating alerts for SMS or iMessages.
The iOS Messages app is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially when traveling or planning to meet up. But when it comes time to tell others where you are, don’t spend time typing out a description or address, just send a live map of your exact location. Here’s how to do it.
Getting roped into a group chat in Messages can be a frustrating experience, as many people you don’t really know send message after message concerning a topic your don’t really care about. Instead of pulling your hair out every time your iPhone beeps or vibrates, you can leave or mute the group chat itself. Here’s how to do it in iOS 8.
Apple this weekend launched a new Web-based tool to deregister a user’s phone number from the company’s iMessage service. The Deregister iMessage tool addresses an issue experienced by users who switched from the iPhone to a non-Apple smartphone and subsequently could not receive text messages from other iPhone users.
Are you having trouble getting SMS relay set up between your iPhone, Mac, and iPad? The issue may have something to do with your iCloud email address. Here’s a potential fix.
There are a lot of great new features and designs in OS X Yosemite, but there are also a few missing features. One missing feature is the ability to customize the look of your chats in the Messages app. Read on to see how Yosemite compares to Mavericks, and what options are left to customize the look and feel of Messages.
The encryption used by Apple’s iMessage service prevents interception by law enforcement even with the means granted by a federal court order, according to an internal U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) memo obtained by CNET. Due to Apple’s encryption method, it is “impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices,” the memo states. Apple boasted about the service’s “secure end-to-end encryption” when it launched in June 2011, and users have flocked to the free service, which requires an Apple iDevice…