I am having trouble using iMessage with one of my contacts. I can send messages to iPhones without any issues. My contact's phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?


iMessage only works between apple devices. If you were using an iPhone it would be able to use SMS instead of iMessage when the other person has a non iOS device, but since you are using an iPad you can't contact them.

  • If you want to be able to message people on non-Apple devices from your iPad, you might want to try to get your contact to use a cross-platform service like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. May 11 '14 at 23:28

It's because iMessage only works through Apple devices; not other companies text messaging


You can SMS from iPad to any mobile device that supports SMS

Now you can either use the Google Voice app for SMS, or Apple Mail, once first receiving an SMS, just reply like its an eMail. Messages longer than 166 characters get truncated rather turning into 2 SMS messages for eMailing SMS delivery only (the app behavior is different).

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    Footnote: Google Voice is only available to people who can tie the Google Voice number to a phone number based in the US.
    – Ian C.
    May 12 '14 at 3:03
  • Where else would you want to? jk! Very good point.
    – chillin
    May 12 '14 at 3:10

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