10 iMessage Tricks iPhone Users Should Know About

If you are an "i" user then you would definitely not know about these iMessage tricks which are supossedly present in your idevices. These tips and tricks will help you manage your iMessages and guide you through certain features which are not only amazing but can help you with managing your threads.

Here are 10 tips and tricks for iMessages. Do take a look and share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Read Indication

Enabling read receipts means that the person you text can see when you've read their text message. 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.


When the keyboard pops up while writting a message, you need to double tap on the shift button to write a message or a word in all caps.

Mac Text

Messages for Mac comes with OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8) and up. It's basically the best way to send texts from school or work without looking down at your phone all. 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.



This is a neat little feature in both Apple Maps and Google Maps. In Apple Maps, you can send your current location by selecting the arrow in the bottom left, then tapping the share button on the bottom right (looks like a rectangle with an arrow coming out of it). Select "Message" and it'll text a map image to your contact. In Google Maps, press down and hold anywhere on the map to drop a pin. Tap the pin and select "Share" on the right, then Message. You can also tap "copy to clipboard" and paste that unique URL link into a text.

Block Contacts

To block someone who has been added to your phone's Contacts, go to Settings > Phone > Blocked > Add New. The All Contacts window will appear where you can scroll through names to then tap the name of the contact you'd like to block.


Open the Settings app, and then select General. Scroll down to Keyboard, and tap where it says Keyboards. Then Add New Keyboard and select Emoji. Now when you're sending an email or texting, tap the little world icon on the bottom left of your keyboard (left of the spacebar) to access emoji icons.


iMessage is exclusive to iPhone users. It's great because you won't use up your texts (if your plan has limited texts) since it uses Internet instead of your carrier network, you can group chat, you can tell when the message has been delivered, and you can send multimedia like video, images, and GIFs easily. It's helpful to know when you're not using iMessage, so you can keep a close eye on your SMS limits. In a thread, if you see green bubbles, that means you are not using iMessage and texting someone who has disabled iMessages or uses an Android or Windows Phone device.


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


In a text message thread, swipe your finger to the left or anywhere on the screen to see timestamps for each text on the right.


Keyboard shortcuts are awesome for phrases you text all the time like, "On my way" or "I'm late." Set them up in the Settings app, then tap on Keyboard. Scroll to the bottom and tap Add New Shortcut to set up your own.

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