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Apple Messages Tips & Advice

Tips & Tricks

  • When using Apple Messages, users have the option to enable ‘read receipts’ You can either turn on this feature with everybody you message, or you have the option of choosing specific individuals to turn it on with.
  • Apple’s text messaging app also allows you to send ‘handwritten’ notes. Use your finger to send a message or a drawing.
  • With the iPhone’s multiple integrations, users also have the ability to send photos, GIFS, files, notes, or specific types of emojis over the messaging app.

  • If you’re busy driving, at work, or just running errands and don’t want to be disturbed, turn your messages on ‘do not disturb’ mode. You can also turn this feature on for specific conversations.

  • Send reactions, text effects, and screen effects when messaging other users who also have iPhones. For example, users can send a “Happy Birthday” text and when the receiver opens the messages, balloons and confetti fill their screen.

Pros and Cons of Apple Messages

To figure out if Apple Messages is the right fit for you, we’ve outlined the app’s top pros and cons.

Pros

 

  • Constant Updates – Because Apple is constantly improving and growing the number of features that their products offer, the Apple Messages app is practically reinventing itself after every update. If there are bugs that are occurring while using the platform, users can expect quick fixes from the support team.

 

 

  • Notification Settings – When using the Apple text messaging app, users have a variety of options when it comes to notification settings. You have the option of putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode or putting individual conversations on silent, this comes in handy when group chats are blowing up your phone. You can also choose to hide message content from appearing on your home screen when your phone is locked to avoid other people seeing personal information.

 

 

  • Secure End to End Encryption – Information stored in your ICloud, including text messages are end to end encrypted, meaning that all of your information is completely secure and the only user able to access it is you.

 

 

  • Voice Messages – A feature that many find useful when it comes to using the messaging platform is the ability to send ‘voice messages’. Users can hold down a button, speak into their phone, and send that voice recording to anyone. IPhones and Apple Watches also have the ability to transcribe your voice into text, making hand-free texting easier than ever.

 

 

  • Pre-Installed – Accessing the application is easy for anyone using an Apple product. The Apple Messages application comes pre-installed on all products and users do not need to pay extra to use the service.

Cons

 

  • Limited to Apple Devices – Unfortunately, Apple Messages for PC does not exist, and users who have Android or Windows phones cannot access the application. When Apple users communicate with non-Apple users, they also are not able to access many of their features including text and screen effects and read receipts.

 

 

  • Needs Data to Work – Many of Apple Messages’ features cannot be accessed or used without a stable WiFi connection or LTE service. This is primarily due to the fact that the application is an ‘internet’ and cloud-based messaging service.

 

 

  • Requires Personal Phone Number – Unlike some of Apple Messages’ competitors like Facebook, the app needs you to have a personal phone number in order to access your account.

 

 

  • Apple ID Required for Multi-Platform Use – Although you do not need an Apple ID account to access your Messages app on your IPhone, you do need an Apple ID if you want to connect the application across multiple platforms like the Apple Watch and your Mac computers.

 

 

  • Data Plan Usage – When using the messaging app, people are often tempted to send larger files to each other including photos, videos, and GIFS, when doing this, people might not be aware of their data limitations and can use most of their available data quickly. Once this happens, texts and other messages then send very slowly.

 

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