You may not see any benefit in using iMessage when you have services like WhatsApp nowadays. Most Apple iPhone and other iOS device users are surprisingly, still oblivious to what iMessage is. The fear of using a service which may not be free of charge usually holds them back. Worry no more since this guide on how to turn iMessage on for your Apple iPhones and iOS devices will clear up the confusion.
Firstly, iMessage is completely free of any cost for Apple users. The rumors of it being a paid service are false and have no proof to backup such claims. As a testimony to that, I’ve been an Apple user for quite a while now and frequently do use the iMessage service for my conversations.
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Which Apple Devices Support iMessaging?
Most of the Apple devices out there can support iMessages. Some of them are:
- Apple iPads
- iPod Touch
- Apple Watch
Whichever Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is running iOS 5 versions or newer can use iMessage. When it comes to other Apple devices, iMessage is available on those running OS X Mountain Lion and newer versions.
It is also important to remember that iMessage is an Apple exclusive service and is meant to only allow conversations between Apple devices. You are not able to use iMessage between Android and Apple devices or vice versa.
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How to Turn iMessage On?
Most people use iMessage to chat and share pictures, videos and audio messages on their iPhones and iPads. Turning on iMessage is probably the easiest thing you will ever do. As long as you have an active internet connection on your iPhone or iPad, using iMessage is a breeze and beneficial.
Step 1: Go to Settings from your Apple iPhone or iPad
Step 2: Find the “Messages” category and tap to get into the messages specific settings area.
Step 3: When you are inside of “Messages”, the very first option on the top (screenshot shown of iOS 10) is that of iMessage. If the button is disabled, it will be to the left. Go ahead and slide that over to the right. The area will turn green as seen in the below pictures. This is how you turn on iMessage on Apple devices.
Now, this is how it should look when you turn iMessage on
As you can see in the screenshot and on your own Apple devices, it says,
“iMessages can be sent between iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac.”
This confirms the above claims of which devices can use iMessage.
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Benefits of iMessage
- Send photos, videos and audio messages
- Free service between iMessage enabled devices. Texts and data shared amongst Apple users are usually highlighted in ‘blue’, rather than the traditional ‘green’ for messaging.
- Ability to use “Message Effects” such as full-screen effects and handwritten notes.
- Apple exclusive emojis, ability to sketch and share from vary apps such as your heartbeat and taps.
- Specific iMessage supporting apps which increase things you can share and explore with the person you are communicating with.
- Save on your data plan and limited SMS by sending iMessages over WiFi for free.
- Unlimited and highly secure
- Great alternative to WhatsApp and other services which may be considered unsecure.
- Group Messaging capability
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