Apple’s messaging platform is one of the big unknowns to a lot of users. iMessage is one of the best apps to send messages from iPhone, with many advantages over others such as WhatsApp or Telegram.
In iMessage, we can do almost anything, send messages with effects, react with a like to a message, play games, send the highest quality photos and videos, audio notes and Anything you can think of. And here’s everything you need to know about the Apple messaging app.
¿IMessage es gratis?
The answer is short: Yes. iMessage is the Apple’s messaging service built into the Messages app available on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. It is completely free service, that is, sending a message through iMessage is free, although from the Messages app you can also send SMS or MMS.
If the bubble is blue, you will be using iMessage and the message will be free. However, if the message bubble is green, this means that the contact you are sending the message to does not have an iPhone, so the message It will cost what your operator charges you for SMS or MMS.
Can IMessage be used on PC, Android or via the web?
iMessage can only be used on Apple devices. The app is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple Watch, and cannot be used from an Android smartphone, Windows PC, or via the web. Apple does not intend to expand its messaging platform to other platforms, it is a way to strengthen its ecosystem.
What is iMessage
iMessage is Apple’s messaging service that was created to make SMS and MMS messages free for iPhone users. Apple introduced iMessage in 2011
Messages sent through iMessages can be text messages, photos or videos and audio notes, and can be sent over Wi-Fi or mobile data networks. iMessage is designed to protect all of our information, with end-to-end encryptionIn other words, Apple cannot decrypt the content of your conversations as they travel from device to device.
The phone number or email address you use will only be visible to people with iMessages, and you can decide if you want to share your name and photo. If you activate the “Copy to iCloud” or “Messages to iCloud” functions, which will back up all your messages to the cloud, messages will be encrypted and they will be saved in iCloud.
How it works
It couldn’t be simpler to operate iMessage, and it is very similar to that of other messaging apps. Best of iMessage is that it is available on all your Apple devices, so that you can receive, reply or send messages through iMessage from any of your devices.
To send a message, all you need to do is enter the Messages app from your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch. At the top right, you will see an icon to start a conversation and you just have to search for the contact you want to send the message to. Above the keyboard, you’ll see a series of icons from which to send photos, Memoji, music, or download survey apps, GIFs, stickers, and whatever else you can think of.
The only thing you need to be clear about is that from the messaging app you can send SMS messages to normal users and iMessages to Apple users. If the sandwich that appears before send message is green, also the send button, you are not using iMessage. You are only using iMessage correctly if it is blue and some features such as apps or audio messages appear.
How to set up iMessage
Setting up iMessage is pretty straightforward, like almost everything on iOS. Every user with an Apple ID has free access to iMessage and you can send messages, photos, videos, audio notes or even play games with any other iPhone user. To enable and configure iMessage, follow these steps on your iPhone or iPad:
- Enter the Settings of your device.
- Now press Posts.
- Above you need to turn on the switch iMessage.
- We recommend that you enter Send and receive and select the ways to receive or send iMessages.
From the settings you can also configure other options such as read the notification, the rest will see if you read the message or not, manage it quality of images sent, fixes audio note self-destruct time and some cool features.
Tips for iMessage
iMessage I keep a lot of tips and below you have some of the best iMessage tips, but be aware that there are many more that are great and unique to the iPhone messaging app.
Change your name and photo
As in other messaging apps, in iMessage we can have our own profile picture and personalized name. To do this, you just need to enter the Messages application, click on the top left Edit then in Edit name and photo.
We have many options for edit our profile picture: a photo that we have in the gallery, on which we can apply filters, a Memoji, our initials or the letters we want, an emoji and many suggestions.
Create a group in iMessage
As in other chat apps, in iMessage we can create a group with many contacts. Simply enter the iPhone messages application, click on the top right icon to compose a new message, and add contacts by clicking on the “+”. Once the group members are added, send the desired message.
In iMessage, we can set a conversation at the top for quick access, it can be a chat with a person or a group. To set up a chat, all you need to do is slide the cat to the right. You will see a yellow pushpin, when you tap it, this conversation will be fixed at the top. If you want to remove it, just tap and hold the circle, then tap Detach.
Send audios in iMessage
You can also send voice memos via iMessage, and it’s pretty straightforward. Next to the text box we are writing in, you will see a circular icon with sound waves. Holding this button down while talking and swiping up will allow you to lock the recording to talk for a long time. Then you can send the audio by clicking the send button.
The messages sent and received in iMessage can be deleted in a simple way, whether the message has been read or not. Of course, once you delete it, you won’t be able to get it back.
To delete an iMessage, you need to enter chat and hold the speech bubble of the message. Tap on “More” and you can select multiple sent messages, yours and those of the rest of the contacts, and delete them at tap in the trash from below.
Respond to messages
It’s a cool iMessage hack that I would have liked on other platforms. We can react to a message with a heart, a love, a dislike, a laugh, an exclamation or a question. To do this, simply tap and hold the message or quickly double-click on it. This reaction will notify the rest of the chat users.
How to reply to a message
We can also respond specifically to a message that a contact has sent us, you can be very helpful in a group. Press and hold or double tap the message appears Answering machine, and by pressing it, we will respond to this message.
The IMessage app is one of the best messaging apps you can use on your iPhone, it has many options and is perfect for talking to contacts who have Apple devices.