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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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2 iPhones with iMessage and getting messages from one phone to the other

I have a personal iPhone XR. A couple of weeks ago my boss wanted to get business cells for a few of us (I'm a customer facing landscape designer) so we could ignore work calls when we wanted to. As ...
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How to turn off fireworks on my phone after texting “Happy New Year” and any future shenanigans?

Today is 14-Feb-2021 and I SMS texted "Happy New Year" to someone since it is the Lunar New Year holiday season. After sending the text message my phone displayed a few second animation of a ...
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How to delete message from iPhone lock screen?

When a SMS come in, it is shown on the lock screen with part of its content shown. If it is useless, how to delete the message directly from the lock screen without unlock the phone? There are ways to ...
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Texting is very sluggish on 2020 iMac running Big Sur

I have a new iMac 2020 64 GB, running Big Sur. The computer has been very good and very responsive. In the past few days, I've run into a problem. Writing a text message is very sluggish. I'm a one-...
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Does “Messages in iCloud” include SMS?

The page on Messages in iCloud mentions keeping "all your messages" on iCloud. It then goes on to activate the functionality on the iMessage settings tab in macOS. Does it apply to SMS ...
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How can I temporarily send SMS text messages instead of iMessages to a specific contact using Messages on Mac?

I have a contact that I text with regularly on my Mac with the Messages app (version 13.0). Usually we use iMessage. But they don't have an iPhone, so if they send me an SMS message, I know they're on ...
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How can I make sure texts from friends with iPhones don't go to iMessage instead of my Android phone?

I have always used an Android phone, but text messages from certain friends get hijacked by iMessage. How do I prevent iPhones and MacOS Messages from sending me iMessages? I need all messages to be ...
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Why doesn't SMS spam go to the Unknown Senders tab on iPhone Messages?

On iPhone Messages, SMS text messages come through from political groups and all kinds of other nonsense. These are not phone numbers I interact with. Some of them are short codes? Why don't they ...
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Mark SMS messages to Junk

I have iPhone SE 2020 running iOS 14.1. In my Messages app I see a Junk folder. I receive a lot of spam SMS messages from senders like QP-BUYPRP. I need to mark these SMSs as Junk so that they are ...
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Forward iMessage

Situation: group chat needs to remain iMessage only, while other entities need the info. Question: how can an iMessage be forwarded by SMS or as an email? Further info: the iMessage can be received ...
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Why do iMessage and FaceTime continue to charge money even after activation?

It's been 2 or 3 months that I used to get alert from my carrier that a amount has been deducted and I couldn't find what those charges were for. It's today so happened that the alert of deduction and ...
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How can I ensure that friends with iPhones send me SMS/text instead of iMessages? [duplicate]

I have an android phone and normally use the Google Messages app for sending and receiving SMS. Yesterday, I used the macOS Messages.app app for the first time to send a friend a link. I guess they ...
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Messages not sending all my texts to one specific user

I upgraded to a new iMac running Catalina. Since I've done this I'm having a problem sending messages to my daughter and maybe others. At first she received no messages from me, but other people did. ...
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Why am I receiving messages from a group text as emails?

I'm in a group text with 2 iPhone users and 2 Android users (I have an iPhone). When I message the group, it works normally as a text on my phone, but when anyone else messages back, it automatically ...
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Long delay in receiving some messages

Yesterday morning I received a series of messages (some personal, others of account validation) that were 36 hours old, while during this time I continued to exchange without any particular problem. ...
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Dual SIM iPhone sends silent SMS although iMessage and Facetime are turned off

I am using an iPhone 11 pro with an eSIM and a foreign SIM card. Whenever i activate the latter line, the phone sends a silent SMS ro the number, apparently to activate iMessage and Facetime. However, ...
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How do you turn on a send verification prompt for text messages on iPhone?

My mother has a problem that she often accidentally hits send while typing a text message (i.e. SMS). Is there any way to turn on some sort of "Are you sure you want to send?" verification ...
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Forwarding SMS-iMessages from a contact to another automatically

s it possible to forward messages from one contact to another automatically? My wife and I are sharing a prepaid bank card, which is registered to my phone number. When you want to make an online ...
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Apple Watch can't send/receive SMS while using cellular plan

I've been using Apple Watch Series 3 for a while. I just upgraded to a Series 5 and while I love it for the most part, I have noticed that if the watch is on cellular and my phone is not nearby the ...
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2FA codes not received on Messages in macOS

I use Messages on macOS (both Catalina and now Big Sur) with iCloud syncing on. I can receive and send messages from/on macOS. Except for 2FA (two-factor authentication) codes. These codes, from any ...
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Is it possible to test iMessage functionality without another person?

I'm trying to switch cell carriers and I want to make sure that both iMessage and SMS text work on the new one. I can trigger an SMS anytime I want through any number of websites with 2FA. Is there a ...
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Can't send or receive MMS on iPhone 8 Plus on Verizon if on WiFi calling

An iPhone 8 Plus can't send / receive MMS messages (i.e. non-iMessage group messages) when on WiFi calling on Verizon - it just sits with the progress bar when trying to send and then eventually fails....
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Issue with iMessage on Mac

Lately my iMessage behave very funcky. I signed in and sign back out, I still didn't see messages from my iPhone. Even after wait a few days. I decided to remove iMessage using App Cleaner. Now when I ...
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Mark message as already read from iPhone lock screen

Most messages(SMS) can be known to be useless from iPhone lock screen, then you need to unlock screen->go to message->(possibly go out of another conversation)->go into that conversation or mark it as ...
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Friend bought Android phone, but my iPhone keeps trying to send them iMessages. Any fix?

He's de-registered his phone number from iMessage and I've reset and restarted iMessage on my phone (iPhone 8). But I still can't send him messages. Anyone know of a fix?
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Why do iPad SMS / MMS fail to send?

CONTEXT An iPhone and iPad are both: outfitted with a T-Mobile SIM card + Data configured with the same AppleID and presumably this ID is one's iMessage ID. IOS 12.X As I understand it: Blue ...
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Stop my iPhone from receiving screen shots and other images sent via SMS?

I like to use SMS text messages and not iMessage, and only for text as indicated in the linked questions below. Today I got a screenshot of a LINE message in an SMS text message and I certainly do ...
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How to delete old SMS messages, but retain backups?

I have an extensive history of SMS messages going back to early 2013. However, it's taking up nearly half of my iPhone's storage space and counting. I understand that there's a feature that ...
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Toggle default between Imessage and Text for specific recipient?

My wife currently has no roaming data available and so I need to text her rather than imessage. I know I can hold down on the blue imessage and choose Send as Text, but is there a way to toggle my ...
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From which number did I get this text? [duplicate]

I received a text from a number. My contact list had that number saved as well as 3 other numbers in the same contact card. How do I get to know which number had sent the text, when it shows only ...
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Not able to send regular sms instead of iMessage

I tried everything. Restarting iPhone, removing dialog and send again, disabling iMessage, reset network setting. Nothing helps. Any another idea? My operator is Vodafone, and it supports SMS. It has ...
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How do I export text messages from android into iphone

When moving back from Android to iPhone, I'm unable to transfer my text messages with the "move to iOS" app. About half my text messages are missing for some reason. I'm looking for an alternative ...
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iPhone receives SMS from Info

I am receiving an SMS from Info on an iPhone running iOS 13. There is no contact Info in my address book. Does this perhaps mean that the sender suppresses her address/telephone number? Or what else ...
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When does Messages message via iMessage vs. SMS?

This is probably an embarrassingly noobish question. I sent a standard SMS text message from my iPhone 6 to a colleague's iPhone, who mentioned that my message was green and not blue, and that meant ...
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iMessage from computer not syncing with iPhone , not being sent

I have the latest iOS on an iPhone SE and macOS Mojave on a desktop computer with Airdrop and everything (not that latter matters). However, SMS messages sent to my iPhone do not popup and now I am ...
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Can not send SMS to one contact

I have an iPhone SE with iOS 13.2 Recently I noticed that no SMS messages arrive to one of my contacts (using an Android phone). The contact has multiple phone numbers and I suspect the SMS is sent ...
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Can I use iTunesConnect even if I don't have a phone number?

I don't have any SIM card (in the past I had, and used it on iTunesConnect) and I just found that when I tried to log in, the SMS verification page popped up and forced me to enter the verification. ...
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Web/PC interface for iPhone text Messaging

There is a great web app at https://messages.android.com that syncs with an Android phone's SMS/messaging to allow texting from the computer. (This is great for those of us who type faster than we ...
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How can I copy part of an iMessage message? - What prevents Apple and Google from offering this functionality?

Starting from iOS 10, Apple changed1 the "tap and hold" gesture in Messages so that you cannot select just a couple of words from the messages to copy. And, as far as I know, Google did the same ...
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How do I block SMS text spam?

I open my Mac's message app (I also get the text on my iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch), and wish to add this caller to my "blocked" contact, but don't see how to do this. Some of my SMS text spam ...
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How to report spam that appeared in Messages on iPhone that's marked “Text Message” & thus sent via my carrier, NOT Apple, & NOT from a phone #?

How do I report spam like this, which appeared in Messages on my iPhone? My carrier is AT&T. As I understand it, we can tell from the screen shot (because of the "Text Message") that my ...
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Click to Chat URL for WhatsApp not opening the WhatsApp app on iPhone

When SMS with shortened Click to Chat URL for WhatsApp is received on the iPhone, clicking it leads me to the App Store instead of opening chat in WhatsApp, despite WhatsApp being installed on the ...
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How to access iPhone text messages without iPhone?

Is there any way to access my iPhone text messages on my PC without using my iPhone? Otherwise, is there any way to have a second copy of my iPhone text messages sent to my gmail?
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What technology/protocol is used in iMessage app to show that user at other end is typing? [closed]

In, iMessage when other party types, we see three dots on our end. How is this implemented? 1a) Is this also implemented using Apple Push Notification Service ? I see same option in few other web ...
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Replace Messages app with something else and have it use my phone number?

Is there a way for me to use a different app to send/receive SMS messages on my iPhone, and still use my same phone number? It'd be great if it could become the default for sending messages on my ...
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MacOS iMessages can send text but not images using SMS via iPhone

I have until recently been able to send both text messages and images to SMS-contacts from my Mac (10.14.3) over my iPhone (12.1.4). (They have never had iPhones). Recently this stopped working, now ...
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Merge iOS DBs for SMS Messages & Photos from 2 iPhones?

Merge iOS DBs for SMS Messages & Photos from 2 iPhones? i7 iOS 11.2.6 - Unused phone i5 iOS 10.3.3 - (Used until 2017) i6 iOS 10.2 - (Used most of 2018) All are Jailbroken. Would like ...
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Is iMessage open source?

My Google searches didn't turn up very many results on the subject. If it is open source, can someone link to the documentation?
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Ability to add non-SMS non-Apple 2FA to an Apple ID?

I would like to add non-SMS, non-Apple multi-factor authentication to my Apple ID. Specifically the "code generator"-type Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) based on RFC 6238 implemented ...
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Why can I only send iMessage and not SMS for some contacts?

For most contacts, if iMessage is not available (no internet, iMessage disabled in settings, etc), I am able to send a SMS txt message instead. But I have a couple contacts that will not attempt an ...

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