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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How can I hide my texts when my screen is locked?

I had that option before and the recent update messed all my settings up:( now I can't hide my texts. I don't want people at work seeing my texts. I have my phone locked but everyone still can read ...
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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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View/search iPhone text message history [closed]

How do I read and/or search the history of text messages from my iPhone? Some messages are SMS, others are iMessage, often interleaved within the same conversation. My understanding is that the phone ...
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howto prevent text messages from my phone 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 tell whether my friend is using iMessage or Message to SMS me?

When I SMS my friend (iPhone 4 to iPhone 3), green messages mean that it's a Message and blue messages mean that it's an iMessage. However the messages that my friend sends me (iPhone 3 to iPhone 4) ...
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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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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 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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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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Transfer contacts and SMS from Samsung SGH-X830 to iPhone?

I need to transfer contacts and SMS history from a Samsung SGH-X830 to an iPhone 3G. Preferably, I would like to preserve date/time for SMS messages. How can I achieve this?
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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 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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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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What is the iPhone SMS database called in ios6?

I need to migrate SMSs from an iPhone to an android, and I'd like to use solutions suggested here, but I can't find the SMS db file (reportedly named 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28) in my ...
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Not receiving Text Messages after upgrade to iOS 7

Upgraded both iphone5s to ios7 approx two weeks back. Suddenly last Thurdays I cannot receive his texts. Phone calls and FaceTime yes. Texts no. He can receive texts from me. Any ideas?
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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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iPhone 5 deleted messages on its own and still taking space in usage

My iPhone 5 deleted all the messages on it's own yet it still takes up 1 GB in my phone. How do I restore the messages? I checked my iCloud but my messages aren't there.
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SMS notification says x mins ago instead of “now”

Recently bought a 5c and noticed i receive delayed text messages . Sometimes its 4 mins ago instead of now. I'm wondering if its a sim card problem or its the phone. Since the sim card was cut do ...
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iMessage User “is not registered with iMessage”

Recently bought an iPhone 5 & iPad Mini. Today tried to message a non-iphone user and got a red name icon in the addressee box that came up as "...is not registered with iMessage" that came up" ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Non-iMessage SMS texts hidden and inaccessible in conversation, but accounted for in unread messages badge

I recently traveled abroad with my iPhone 6, and sent and received text messages to another iPhone user while on International Roaming. Since I did not have internet access, the texts were transmitted ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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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How can I export SMS text messages from my iPhone?

When answering this question, please note if the solution is: For Windows and/or Mac OS X users The price of the solution If you have successfully—and actually—used the solution How can I export ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I hide the onscreen keyboard in the iOS messaging app?

When I enter the text message / SMS "app" and tap on the input field a keyboard pops up. When I'm done writing and have sent the message I would like to dismiss the keyboard again. I haven't found out ...
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How to send predefined/canned SMS/iMessages?

Is there a way to prepare predefined/canned messages in order to quickly send them by SMS/iMessage on the iPhone or iPad? I find myself quite often using the same 4-5 templates: I'm in a meeting, I ...
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Bulk SMS App for iPhone on Schedule

A friend who runs a spa wants to send out a reminder to all her customers four weeks after their last appointment. It is a small number, half a dozen per day. But I need an app that can send an sms to ...
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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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Receiving a SMS during a Facetime call, causes Facetime to drop and reconnect

I have a problem which happens quite repeatably: If i am having a Facetime call and someone sends me a SMS message, the Facetime call drops and says "Reconnecting". (Receiving an iMessages is fine ...
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How did Starbucks send bold text in an MMS to Messages.app?

I received the discount message shown below from Starbucks on iOS 7.0.3. Somehow they managed to make part of the message text bold. How did they do this, or better, how can I recreate it? I ...
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How do I disable iMessage for a contact who no longer has an iPhone

A friend had an iPhone and when I added her contact I set it her number as "iPhone". She's recently got an Android device but my iPhone keeps trying to iMessage her, needless to say she's not ...
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iMessage routing with multiple devices - Forcing SMS delivery

I have a relative who is currently travelling abroad. They are not using data roaming on their iPhone, but occasionally grab some hotel of coffee shop WiFi. I have a problem communicating with them ...