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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Can I use someone's Apple ID Email to Text Them on Their iPad if I Don't Have an iPhone?

Can I send a text to a friend's iPad if I use their email address as their Apple ID? I have an Amazon Fire smartphone. Will the message get to them from my phone?
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How could I message a dumb phone and an iPad at the same time

I have an iPhone and my friend has a regular old dumb phone and an iPad. At school, she has no cell service, but she does have wifi on her iPad. Everywhere else she has her phone, but doesn't carry ...
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Can I cancel SMS sending on iPhone while it is still in progress?

Is it possible on iPhone to stop sending SMS while it is still in progress? E.g. Accidentally pressed send. Or spotted a typo just after pressing send.
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iPhone 4S Auto-Correct

Is there any way that I can get auto-correct on my iPhone 4S to stop changing the word "Yo" to "To?" I have tried adding a keyboard shortcut for "Yo" as well as adding Spanish to my International ...
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Will messages delivered as SMS if I'm blocked in iMessage?

I texted somebody on iMessage but I think the recipient blocked me. iMessage says it got sent as a normal text. Will that text go to the recipient's phone?
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How can I copy/sync SMS messages between iPhones

Is there a way (built in or 3rd party) to sync SMS messages (not iMessages) between 2 iPhones? The scenario is that I have an old iPhone and a new iPhone that is already configured. Because of this I ...
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Create an SMS shortcut on homescreen?

Is there an application the creates a homescreen shortcut that sends a particular message to a specific number when pressed ? So basically something that allows : Add number Add text message ...
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What is this text message, and how worried should I be?

The following text message popped up on my iPhone, and it doesn't seem to be coming from the Message app or any other apps on the phone. Obviously this is a spam. But which app is showing this message,...
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Are group messages sent over iMessage when possible?

When I select multiple recipients, both iPhones and other phones, they are all marked with the green color, as if the message will be sent as an SMS. Will the message be sent over iMessage to those ...
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How can I change the number of times my iphone tries to notify me when I receive an SMS message?

I would like to change the number of times my phone 'pings' me when I receive an SMS message. I'm not sure who decided that 2 pings was enough and there would be no visual indicators but I would ...
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Is there an iOS SMS Texting app that allows parent to get a record of all texting messages?

My son (pre-teen) received an iPod Touch for Christmas. He has a friend that does not have an iOS device. But his friend can text. I am still at the stage and my son is still of the age that I ...
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What's a free/lightweight way to email a message to force an iPhone alert?

At my job, we get specific emails that need to be responded to right away. Currently, I filter and forward those emails to my SMS gateway address provided by AT&T (1234567890@txt.att.net). The ...
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How can I send an SMS message from my Mac?

I want to know how I can send a SMS message (not an iMessage) from my Mac. I don't have great Wi-Fi right now, so I need to send a text message in order for it to go through. I know to send one on an ...
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Can I compress SMS content to free up storage?

My SMS on my iPhone is growing everyday. According to my iPhone's Usage function, I have about 1.2GB of SMS data. My phone has been running on low storage and any megabytes are precious. Is there ...
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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 4S: how to set up multiple phone numbers under text messages send/receive option

Under settings text messages send/receive I had 3 phone numbers listed - mine and my children. I am not sure how this setup occurred although they have iPhones that use and are associated ...
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simple timestamp for SMS on iPhone

I am thinking this is an easy question, because I know how to do it in iChat for the computer. But for an iPhone, SMS messages are shown as a speech bubble in a conversation with someone. Aside from ...
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iPhone loses SMSs after software update

I recently updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 4.3.1. Everything seemed to go fine. However, after I sent my next text message the phone quickly showed the restart screen and then all my old messages were ...
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Group Contacts to Send Sms

Instead of specifying each number one by one, is there anyway I can specify a group when sending sms? For your info, I am using the contacts synced from Gmail, not the iPhone's built-in address book.
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Is biteSMS or iRealSMS a better all-around iPhone SMS replacement app?

Which one is better in terms of features, ease-of-use, and performance?
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Applescript Printer Alerts via iMessage

Is there a way to send an SMS via Applescript/Automator in either of these scenarios: When a low printer ink alert occurs ("Cyan is at or below 10%) With the periodic status of ink levels ("Cyan=10%,...
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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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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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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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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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How much space is SMS taking up?

When I plug my iPhone into the PC and iTunes comes up, the "Other" is taking up about 40% of the bar. I suspect most of it is SMS/iMessage, since I am a heavy user (with photos and sometimes videos). ...
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iPhone-Android texting compatibility

Text messages from my iPhone to my friend's Android phone do not stay in the 160 characters as sent. Sometimes they appear as two or three separate texts when they are received.
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SMS transfer clarification

I am new to the world of iPads and iPhones, so forgive my ignorance if something sounds silly. I am trying to find a solution for transferring my SMS messages from a Nokia backup file which only ...
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Google Voice messenger notification problem

I have an iPhone 4 with the Google Voice messenger app. However I don't get notifications at all; I've tried everything! If I want to check if I recieved a text I have to go into the app and press the ...
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Does the iPhone multi-task while sending email?

When I send a message and the progress bar is still "moving", can I simply move along and send another message? And even before that is completed, if I move along and send another message can I be ...
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Unable to send text to another iPhone on same account

I'm having issues sending messages/texts to my to wife's iPhone but she can send them to my iPhone and they show up with my ID? Can anyone tell me why and how I can fix it?
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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 and receiving text messages (SMS) over iPhone 5 with Bluetooth from Win7

I have tried to connect my iPhone via bluetooth to my Windows 7 PC. After following some suggestions online, I updated the Broadcomm drivers from here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/bluetooth/...
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How can I view the time of a text message in iOS 7?

In iOS 7, I've noticed that some SMS/MMS messages have a date and time stamp displayed above the message. Although this is useful, not all text's in the list receive such a date and time stamp. Is ...
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Will I receive texts after turning send as SMS off?

I want to use Viber for my calls and text messages so I turned off send as SMS. Do I still receive texts?
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How can I get Google Voice SMS notifications?

I have an iPhone 4 with the Google Voice app. However I don't get notifications at all, I've tried everything! If I want to check if I received a text I have to go into the app and press the refresh ...
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Two iPhones receiving same SMS when sent or received

I have a work iPhone 6 that I just updated the latest software, and didn't realize that entering my personal iCloud information would result in receiving SMS's being sent to both personal iPhone 5S ...
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How do I make Siri send text messages to a specific number?

How do I make Siri send text messages to a preferred address? I & someone else both have iPhones, and the other person often uses Siri to send text messages to me. I generally send text messages ...
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Send SMS/text messages from Windows through USB + iPhone?

I use the MyPhoneExplorer (MPE) utility to send SMS/text message from my Windows host through my Android smartphone connected to the computer with a USB cable. It's a no-brainer. A friend of mine has ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the reasons that an imessage would send as a text message instead?

I think my girlfriend is using facetime to talk to an ex-boyfriend so that it does not register as a call on our joint phone bill. (Or I'm the one worried about my secret relationships being spied ...
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Ensuring replies to group messages go to the whole group rather than just the individual who sent the original

When I send a group text - I get back replies as individual messages all in their individual conversations and no one else can see the reply - this is fine if I want them private. But I have once ...
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Is there a way to save money by disabling SMS and routing to IM?

I.e., could I configure a client such as AIM, Jabber, Skype, etc. on my phone and completely switch off SMS altogether? Would the sending party be alerted that their SMS won't go through?
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Send an address in a sms to map app

If a friend sends to me an address in a SMS or IMessage, for example "I am at 123 Main St" can I send that to the Map app to get directions there?
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How do you use Google Voice instead of built-in text message with Siri on iPhone4S?

I would like to use the Google Voice app instead of the built-in Text Messages with Siri on the iPhone 4S. Is this possible and how?
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What replacement SMS/MMS app for iPhone will allow me to change convo color, etc?

My best friend and a client of mine have the same name, and it's way too easy to accidentally click on the client when I'm having a more adult or humorous conversation with my buddy at the same time ...
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Is there an alternative to Find my iPhone to track a lost/stolen iPhone with SMS support?

I bought an iPhone 4 recently. I've been using Find my iPhone but I find it a little limited. First, you need to have Wi-Fi or 3G to be able to deactivate or send a message. That consumes a lot of ...