Setting Up Best Chat System Ever Developed; Apple iOS Devices
If you're a texter, you'll love Messages on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now they all come with iMessage, a service that's an even better kind of texting. Because it's free for you and anyone texting over Wi-Fi using an iOS device or Mac with iMessage. And it's unlimited.* So say as much as you want.
Exchange words. Or photos. Or videos.
iMessage lets you send messages back and forth with anyone on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or a Mac running Mountain Lion. Send photos, videos, locations, and contacts, too. If you have more than one Apple device, iMessage keeps the conversation going across all of them. And you can text and send photos and videos via MMS to other mobile phones over cellular networks. Even ask Siri to text for you. Just say "Tell Peter I'm on my way" and Siri writes your message and fires it off.
Text one. Text all.
Send a message to one person or to many friends at once — along with photos, videos, or links you like. When someone replies, everyone sees it. With more people you'll get more texts, but remember, it's iMessage, so every text is free over Wi-Fi.*
Get the message?
It's reassuring to know your text was read — or even received. iMessage tells you if your text was delivered. If the recipient has read receipts enabled, you'll see that your message was read, too. And iMessage shows you when someone's in the middle of a reply, so your conversation can continue naturally.
Blue is best.
On iPhone, when your text bubble is blue instead of green, you'll know you're using iMessage instead of SMS. You'll know that you can get a quicker response. You'll know that the text session is free. You'll know it's been sent to all your recipients' Apple devices. And you'll know they received the text. SMS texters will be green with envy.
Go to Settings and tap Messages.
Turn on iMessage and tap "Use your Apple ID for iMessage."
Note: iPhone screens shown. On an iPad and iPod touch, you won't see the screen on the right, you'll go straight to the Sign In screen below.