Apple iPhone serves as a great tool for texting. iMessage is one of the best messaging platforms out there, mainly thanks to Apple’s endless efforts to polish it up. iMessage is now a bigger deal than we are expecting, as there are a number of little handy things that might not be known to some folks.
With that in mind, we have created a list of the best iPhone texting tips, so you can master your virtual keyboard. Before we begin, make sure you now have a modern version of iOS installed on your device. You can update your iOS by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.
Mute group messages
With a modern version of iOS, you can quickly mute group text alerts right from the app. In reality, the ability to mute group alerts is not something new out there, as we have seen a similar feature in the Messenger.
To mute a group text in iMessage, open the Messages app from your home screen, then select the group text you wish to mute notifications for and swipe left on that group. Once you are done, you simply need to tap the Hide Alerts button to complete the task.
Name a group
Group texts are pretty great, as they allow you to communicate with other people at once. If you now have more than two group conversations at the same time, then you need to make sure you keep track of all of your iMesage threads. Therefore, it’s a good idea to give each of them a name.
You can easily name a group text in iMessage, without the need for a third-party app to be installed on your device. Open the Messages app, then select the group conversation you wish to name and hit the “i” icon in the top right corner. After that, hit the Enter a Group Name option and then enter your desired name.
With iMessage, you can get alert repeats for your messages. However, if you find this feature annoying, you can easily turn it off. To do this, you can follow the steps below.
Step one: Open the Settings from your home screen. Scroll down a little bit and select Notifications
Step two: Once you are in, tap Messages and then make sure you select Repeat Alerts
Step three: Now choose Never from the list of options.
Use a special alert tone for a specific contact
You have a ton of new messages every day, and many of them come from your special people. We recommend you set a special alert tone for each of them. To do this, launch the Contacts app from your home screen and then hit Edit. Once you are in, tap Text Tone and then select your desired tones for your contacts.
The stock iOS Messages app allows you to block any numbers without having to download an additional app. This is a great feature, as it allows you to block spammers. To block someone in iMessage, open the Messages app from your home screen, select the contact you wish to block and then tap on it. After that, hit the “i” in the top right, tap the name or number and hit Block this Caller > Confirm.
Reply from notifications
iOS now allows you to quickly send and respond to messages without even opening the Messages app. All you need to do now is to perform a 3D Touch firm press on a message notification and enter your reply. If your iPhone does not support 3D Touch, you simply perform a long-press on the notification and send your reply.
With iOS 11, you can hide text previews for all of your apps, offering a perfect solution for anyone who wants a little bit of privacy on their iPhone and iPad. To do this, launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap Notifications. After that, hit Messages > Show Previews and select Never.
App icon shortcut
If you now own an iPhone 6s or later, you can quickly create a new message or reply to a message without having to open the app. All you need to do is to perform a 3D Touch firm press on the Messages app icon and you are good to go.
If you 3D Touch on a message from the message list, you will see a preview of what’s inside that message. If you slide your finger up, you should see three answers. Select an answer and send it to your friends or family.
Forward a message
With a modern version of iOS, you can quickly forward a message directly in the Messages app. This comes in handy as it eliminates the need for copying and pasting. All you need to do is to tap and hold on a text bubble, hit More and then select the arrow button.
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