Short Messaging Service (SMS) is a system by which users can send a short text message to a phone or online SMS service.

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I selected to send SMS instead of iMessage to a contact once, and it won't switch back, Why?

I sent an SMS text instead of using iMessage to a family member when I had bad cell service about a week ago. I have FaceTime-d with them since and even deleted and recreated their contact info, but ...
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How can I turn off receiving SMS (not iMessages) on os x mavericks?

Is there any way to turn off receiving SMS on Mavericks but still get iMessages? I find it a security flaw for SMS code login for secure websites, if somebody gains access to my computer they could ...
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How do I get Messages on OS X to text to a phone number?

I recently rebooted an OS X machine on which I had an ongoing conversation in Messages via text with a phone number on a non-iOS phone. Now, though I am able to continue sending texts from Messages on ...
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How can I send message as Text Message on purpose?

I have noticed that iMessages usually fail when outside a reliable data network area. Only after iOS attempts to deliver the message and fails does it offer to send it as a text message. Often the ...
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iPhone sending multi-part texts as 60 character parts. Unicode punctuation to blame?

From one specific iPhone user, I keep receiving multipart texts for small messages. Instead of 160 characters each, I'm getting about 60. It looks as though if any part of the message contains a ...
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Will iMessage be re-delivered when the recipient attains wifi access?

I went into Settings > Messages > Learn More and it says that iMessage only works in Wifi mode. I am on Wifi and I have been trying to send iMessages to another person. Each time I send it "delivered" ...
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Send SMS to Google Group

I have a Google group of contacts setup (that is, it's a group I created and stored using my Google account). I'd like to send an SMS message to the group from my iPhone 5s with iOS 8. How can I do ...
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Forward iMessages and SMS to e-mail?

I want to forward all SMS and iMessages received on my iPhone to my e-mail address. I have tried IFTTT, but can't see a way to do it. Has anyone else managed to do this?
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iPhone text messages never get delivered

Text messages are disappearing when sent between two iPhones. The issue of iMessage losing messages sent to users who have switched to non-apple devices is well documented, but in this case we're ...
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How do I send a group MMS from the Yosemite Messages App when one user has iMessage?

I'm trying to send a group MMS message to a group of friends from my mac. Some are Android users and some are iMessage users. I can add all of them to the conversation from the mac, but as soon as I ...
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Receive iMessage on my lowtech phone

I use iMessage on my mac so now many of my friend and coworker uses it like if it was SMS. I would like to know if there is a way to redirect my iMessage on my generic mobile device (not apple nor ...
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iPhone 5 sending messages through email

My text messages are sending through email and when I talked to others and looked it up I had to just select my phone number instead of the email address under send/receive in messages; however, my ...
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Complete mess with iMessages and SMS messages and different devices…help

I wonder if anyone on this amazing site can help. I have an iphone (have had for years). Recently it went automatically to 'blue' imessages as default. This caused problems as it requires me or the ...
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Using modified SMS database with iOS

I've been trying to remove a specific text from my iPhone's SMS database. The text is too long (tens of thousands of characters long, if not more) and is causing iOS to crash whenever I view the ...
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My iPhone 4 won't send text messages!

My iPhone is not sending text messages through. It will take a long time to send (progressing the little bar at top very slowly), then it says "Message not Delivered". Why and how can I resolve this?
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Can't get any non-imessage SMS

I am unable to send or recieve any text message that is not an i-message - I have set up the option in Settings to try to send by text if needed, although that's now the issue here. The Apple "genius"...
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Programmatically send text message through Messages app on OS X 10.10

With OSX 10.10 you can now send and receive text messages through your phone, from your mac. Is it possible to do this programatically? Either via applescript or a reverse engineered API?
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One contact with several numbers - sent messages

I have a contact with multiple (two) mobile numbers. How do i know to which number the sms (text message) was sent? The system did not ask me which telephone number to use. Is there a way to check ...
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How to prevent text messages from my iPhone to my iPad?

My text messages from my iPhone are appearing on our iPad, how do I stop that?
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iMessage unread count on Mac

I use iMessage/SMS on my Mac linked from my iPhone, I have been having issues with it on my Mac lately with the unread count being incorrect. It says that there is a message unread when its been read ...
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How to send text message when they also what imessage

My brother has a Windows Phone, and an iPad. Whenever I try to text him, it sends him an iMessage to his iPad, not a text message. Since he does not always have his iPad with him, he doesn't get my ...
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SMS on iPad. Doesn't see popup

I would like to activate SMS on my iPad but when I go on my iPhone, this one tell me to enter a code which appears on the iPad. But I have no popup on my iPad. I have the same iCloud account on both ...
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Iphone 6 plus will not default to SMS when other user iphone is not on wifi

My iphone 6 plus will not revert to SMS when another iphone user is off wifi. No problems before when I had an iphone 4s full plan and hubby had iphone 3gs go phone (no data) the imessage app worked ...
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SMS remotely deleted

Can an SMS be remotely deleted, or have a Self deleting expiration Time? I recently experienced a situation where an SMS was remotely deleted or disappeared without my knowledge, off my phone. Just ...
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How can i get delivery confirmation for sent sms?

I recently bought an iPhone and can't get the delivery confirmation when i send an sms. I went from reading this thread at Apple forums and have some clarifications. Old phones seems to can, last ...
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SMS Relay – Hardware requirements?

I am unable to activate SMS Relay (aka Text Message Forwarding) between my iPhone 5s running iOS 8.1 and (a) my iMac running Yosemite and (b) my iPad Air running iOS 8.1. Neither the iMac nor the iPad ...
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Seeing SMS messages on iPad and iMessages on iPhone

I receive iMessages on my iPad and not on my iPhone. I receive SMS messages on my phone but not on my iPad. This is really bad and has caused me to miss 2 work leads in the last 24 hours. Where's the ...
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Is there a way to selectively enable “Text Message Forwarding”?

Yosemite's new "Text Message Forwarding" feature is a great convenience for communicating with friends and colleagues who use SMS for texting, but it has the potentially to fatally* undermine 2-factor ...
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How to disable local news texts to iphone

My iPhone 6 receives text messages of local news stories, from a local news source. I can't discover how to unsubscribe from these messages. How is it done? This is my first iOS device.
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SMS not working from MBP with Yosemite and iOS 8

I have updated my mid 2012 MBP to yosemite, and my iPhone 5s is running iOS 8.0. My wife called me last night, and sure enough the call popped up on my MBP. I answered the call, and it works fine. ...
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iMessage on iPad: how do I know when the message is an sms or not?

I've upgraded to iOS8. I have an iPad and an iPhone. I'm chatting with a friend through his phone number with my iPad. I guess the iPad is using the iPhone carrier to send the sms. All works good. ...
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Mark phone number as 'cannot receive iMessages'

iOS 8 & 7, iPhone 5S I have one phone number my iPhone insists ought to be iMessage-capable. The system is actually an automated response-counter I need for work to confirm I have received job ...
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How to forward iPhone SMS with original received/sent date stamps attached on iOS 6.1

I receive text messages on my iPhone. When I forward them, the original sender's contact info and date time stamp do not forward with it. Is there a way to include this information when forwarding to ...
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How to limit kept text messages in iOS?

I'm not an iPhone user, but help support them at work. We have a user who has a large amount of SMS messages for having the same iPhone for quite a few years. He's trying to delete old SMS messages. ...
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How can I use Siri to send a pre-made SMS?

So I recently discovered that most bus stops have a code. If you text that code to a specific phone number, you'll get a response telling you the ETA of the next bus to that stop. I saved the phone ...
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Email directly to iMessage?

I know how to send a message to X@txt.att.net and have it show up as a text message. I am wondering if there is a way to e-mail a message and have it go through iiMessage instead of SMS.
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IPhone4S is not allowing to text; use email nor certain apps

l accidentally did the reset statistics button on my phone and now my phone is all out of whack. What can I do to restore it back to its normal function?
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Send text messages to iphone by email

I'm looking for a cheap hack to text myself alerts whenever my server is down. (I know there's services like Nagios etc, I don't want to get into that.) I'm already sending out emails, so I'm looking ...
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Can I get my text messages back from my lost iPhone?

I lost my iPhone so I bought a new one. I am now wanting to get my text messages back. Can I get my text messages back? If I get my old mobile number back will my text messages come back? Does iCloud ...
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Apple tool to print SMS Messages

I need to print some SMS messages for a legal action. What tool does Apple provide to print SMS messages with their time stamps and other metadata? This is similar to Need to print out iPhone text ...
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Is there a way to do SMS from the PC with iOS?

Is there a way to implement handoff to iOS so my PC running windows can send iMessage/SMS through bluetooth and iOS cellular data connections. This is analogous to MightyText on PC does to Android ...
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Will I receive all the SMS on my iPhone although it has been disconnected for some time?

After having my iPhone disconnected for some time, will all the text messages people have sent me, arrive to the phone once I reconnect it?
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I have suspicion a Mac user has visibility to my text messages

Can someone I don't know, set up their Mac to receive text messages from my iPhone 4? I am having issues sending text messages; I send to a group and not all recipients receive the messages. I do ...
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How to text a message to a number on an iPhone?

On my iPhone 5, how do I text a message to a number? I am trying to send the words "HELLO WORLD" TO 888765?
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Is there a better way to manage Text Messages?

Looking at the space distribution of my phone, I see that Messages account for 7 GB. There are a lot of photos and videos that have been sent over the years and I am assuming that locating and ...
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How to mass-delete text messages by partially matching phone number on iPhone?

Is there a way via an app on iPhone or Mac, to select and delete messages originating from a phone number that matches a pattern? Specifically, I get many text messages every day from my ZWave ...
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Spam SMS on iPhone - any chance of stopping it?

Possibly due to some in-app purchase done by a kid before the in-app purchasing was disabled, an iPhone 5S user receives this type of link weekly http://wowza1.mobibase.com:8080/apple/definst/channel/...
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Is it possible to retrieve deleted text messages from an iPhone 4?

I have an iPhone 4. My text messages which were NOT backed up were deleted by mistake. Is there anyway to retrieve them?
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If my iPhone 4 has spyware on it will encrypting my sms messages with an encryption app keep them private?

I am currently dealing with a stalking situation and my iPhone 4 is being monitored. The person knows all my phone info like meid, imei, phone number etc… Also I believe my phone has spy software on ...
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Sending SMS through iPad Air's iMessages

How do I send text messages to non apple devices with my iPad Air with cellular? I have the iMessage worked out but can't figure out SMS.