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 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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Why won't an SMS go through in certain geographical areas on my iPhone 5s if it contains exactly 148 or 149 characters?

This is odd. On my iPhone 5s (iPhone6,1 on Sprint 15.1 running iOS 7.0.2), whenever I try to send an SMS that contains either 148 or 149 characters, it fails to deliver. It took me a couple weeks to ...
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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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Preventing reply-alls from Group MMS text messages?

I have some family members with iPhones. They have figured out how to send text messages to multiple recipients: start a new Message, and add multiple contacts in the To line. Unfortunately, they ...
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Is there a way to “unsubscribe” from group texts in iOS?

When you send a group text message in iOS, it appears as if you automatically opt in to receive any and all replies to that message. Is there a way to avoid being included in group replies? Is there a ...
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How do I send someone a normal text if they also use 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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What type of database is the iOS 5 SMS db?

I've literally been trying to crack this for an hour. With previous versions of iOS, the db was a simple sqlite file and could be opened with any sqlite utility. I really need access to these messages ...
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Can I prevent SMS from showing on the Lock Screen in iOS 4?

I have some private SMS messages I want to hide. The problem is that they are displaying on main screen even when it's locked. So it was useless using password because it's displayed even with the ...
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Send short message to another Mac on the LAN

I am looking for an OS X application that will allow me to send a short message (URL, etc.) to another Mac running on the same LAN or WiFi. I have two Macs at work, my company iMac and personal ...
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Schedule text message on iPhone

Is there an iPhone app in the App Store which allows scheduling of text messages? For example, I would like to setup birthday messages, so I don't forget them, or reminder messages. I know of such ...
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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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Is it possible to retrieve SMS messages that have been deleted from my iPhone?

I have read a lot about this online and would like to confirm once and for all. Is it possible to retrieve SMS messages that have been deleted from my iPhone? I know it is possible to get access to ...
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How to copy SMS messages from a Nokia phone (or Nokia PC Suite backup) to iPhone?

What if I have a Nokia PC Suite backuped file which contains all the SMS and want to copy them to the new iPhone?
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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 silence the message ringtone while talking?

During a phone conversation on my iPhone (iOS5) today, I received three text messages. Each one caused my phone to play my message ringtone rather loudly in my ear. Is this normal behavior? Is there ...
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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 ...
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BBM-like iPhone app?

I keep hearing all this hoopla about BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and I want in on the fun. Is there anything similar to BBM out there for the iPhone? I heard WhatsApp was something like it, but just ...
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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 do I block SMSs on an iPhone?

A few months ago, I made a deal with the devil the worst and most obnoxious telecommunication company ever to get an iPhone, and I actually would not regret it if they did not bother me sending me ...
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iPhone SMS: Same Contact, Different Phone Numbers

Is there any way to differentiate between a contact with different phone numbers in Messages?
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How can I copy an email address from a text message?

I got a text message, and I want to copy an email address from message context, but iOS comes to send email app, how can I copy it? Thanks in advance.
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What does “when iMessage is unavailable” mean?

In the settings for the iOS 5 Messages app there is an option to send messages as SMS "when iMessage is unavailable". Under what conditions is this the case? Is it merely the obvious (no data ...
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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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iPhone Search does not find historic SMS messages

On my iPhone 4, I have a large number of SMS messages (I don't delete them at all). If I want to search for text in a particular message, it appears not to search historic SMSes. In other words, ...
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iPhone 4 Custom SMS Text Tones

I read about how to add custom ring tones, but those don't show up in the SMS tone tab, just the phone ring tab, is there some way to add custom text tones without jailbreaking my iPhone? :(
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iMessage deleted by the other iphone removes it from my thread on my iPhone?

If someone I am iMessaging with on the iPhone-4S sends me a message and they delete it; will it also delete on my phone??
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Restoring Missing iPhone Messages

A friend of mine has an iPhone 3G and around September his phone seemed to lose all of his SMS messages, and now only messages received since then are visible. I have found some sources saying that ...
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Send/Receive SMS on an iPad

I know this question has been asked many times before but I would like to know if one can send and receive text messages on the iPad without having to bother those who are texting you to join IMs etc. ...
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Why do I occasionally get the message “could not activate cellular data network” when opening the sms app?

It pops up a message telling me this which means I have to tap 'OK' This is seriously annoying, does anyone know why this happens and what terrible event it is supposed to help me avoid?
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SMS Message doesn't state it has been sent

I have an iPhone 4, sometimes I get the green sms bubble and sometimes an iMessage bubble. At times it states sent as text message and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't does that mean the ...
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Operations: how to filter text messages on iPhone

Question for operations people. I work at a place that believes in configuring Nagios to send SMS alerts on all priorities of issues - even non-urgent ones that I don't need to wake me up in the ...
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Has iMessage changed anything about how texts are forwarded from iChat to offline users?

For some time it has been possible to configure iChat accounts so that iChat messages sent when one is offline are forwarded to a mobile number. This conveniently allows iChat-to-moble conversations. ...
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What SMS apps exist on the iPhone that support ascii emoticons, not emoji?

This is an open question, but it is a logical followup of my previous question asking for an emoticon keyboard app. It appears it is not possible to define a system-wide keyboard that supports ASCII ...
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What iPhone apps are available for sending bulk SMSs?

What iPhone apps can I use for sending bulk SMSs? Hopefully something very simple to get started with....
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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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Problems with Group SMS

I have an iPhone 4S. Whenever I try to send a group message to people who have iMessage and people who don't, I either get replies from 1 person but I recieve it as an individual text message or I ...
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Deleting Message cache

Trying to delete all SMS and iMessage cache. Other forums and research indicates a SYNC will do this. Have tried, but old messages keep showing up in Spotlight search. I want them deleted for good. ...
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When is a message charged?

I opened my contacts, clicked my friend's name and using his email, sent him a message. My friend's email is associated with an apple account. Yet when the message was delivered, it turned green. Does ...
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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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Allow SMS without other data

I am out of my home country, so data is pretty expensive (~ $20 USD/mb). However, I do have an international SMS package. In iOS 7, if I turn Data Roaming off, I cannot send or receive SMS. If I ...
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Is it possible to receive SMS with the Messages beta for OS X?

I feel like I've read 7 or 8 different articles on the Messages beta, but I'm not seeing my question's answer. So, is it possible with Messages for OS X, to receive SMS texts sent to my phone number? ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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?