So my kids all have "dumb" phones and iOS devices (iPods, iPads). Currently, I only have one contact per person, with both their iOS device and regular phone number as part of their contact.

Unfortunately, I can't tell if I'm getting a message from their phone or iOS device. If they are on their iOS device, I can send them links, images, etc... but if their are on their phone, I can only send text messages.

Apart from creating 2 contacts for each person (one for their phone, one for their iOS device) is there any other way to tell these apart?

  • Not quite sure that’s what you’re asking, but the background of a text message is green text messages while its blue for iMessages.
    – Édouard
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 17:05

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So long as your children have iMessage turned on Settings.app > Messages > Turn iMessage *on*, you can determine which device you are messaging based on the color of your message bubble backgrounds or, in your specific example, the "Send" button color (while typing):

Green = non-iOS dumb phones.

Blue = iOS devices.

  • I can't believe I never noticed that before! thanks for the great explanation!
    – user45220
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 17:42

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