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3 Ways to Reach iMessage Enlightenment

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

iMessage was launched back in early October, 2011 when Apple launched iOS 5 with over 200 new features. Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago?  It’s available on iPods, iPads and iPhones and includes unlimited text messages, pictures and video messages at not cost to other iOS 5 users.  There’s no app to download either – it’s built right into your device – you can’t get much better than that! Although iMessage is extremely convenient to use from the get go, did you know there are ways to make it even more awesome? Read on for 5 awesome tips to reach iMessage enlightenment.

1.) Do you want to know if your spouse read your message and chose to ignore it? Or maybe you iMessage’d your daughter to clean the dishes and she chose to defy you? Whatever the circumstances, iMessage has a built in feature to tell you whether your recipient read your message or not called Read Receipts – it is turned off by default (you can see if the messages are successfully delivered however).  If your recipient has turned on the Read Receipts function you can tell the moment the message has been read.  Turning on Read Receipts is easy – go to Settings, then Messages and then slide Read Receipts into the On position.

2.)  Do you have multiple email addresses you would like to receive iMessages at? Easy!  Click Settings, Messages and then scroll down to the “Receive At” button.  Add all the email addresses you wish.  Apple verify your email addresses by sending you a confirmation email with a link to prove you own the address.  Now all of your contacts with your different email addresses will be able to reach you.  This is efficiency cubed.

3.) Now it’s time to set your caller ID.  Go to Settings, Messages and then scroll to Caller ID.  This is where you decide what email address, or phone number, will appear when you send people iMessages.  We think it’s a good idea to choose your email address instead of your phone number if you use an iPhone along with an iPad or iPod.  Your iPad or iPod doesn’t have a phone number but it can show messages sent to (and from) an iMessage linked email address.  This way your messages will be synced across all devices.

Bonus Tip – Emoji!

Did you know the Emoji Keyboard comes standard in the iOS 5 keyboard? These beautiful little emoticons are already nestled into your device, you just have to draw them out! Go to General, Keyboard, International Keyboards and tap new Keyboard.  Select Emoji from the list and Voila! Now you can add some style to your iMessages.

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How To Properly Use iMessage In iOS 5

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

One of the biggest reasons to still be using a BlackBerry is BBM and with the release of iOS 5, the iPhone will have its own version called iMessage. It’s better than normal texting but comes with its own qualms, including an endless array of scary social dilemmas which may arise. By being properly informed, anyone can navigate through iMessage and avoid an endless array of frustration. Below are some tips to use iMessage stress free:

Inform Others You Have Read Their Messages

If you are or were at some point a BlackBerry user you will know how inconvenient the potential burden of people knowing when you have read their messages is. Much like BBM, iMessage displays when a message has been delivered through Apple’s servers (a good way to alleviate the uncertainty of unreliable cell networks) but iMessage also displays the exact time at which you IM’s have been read. This can be a tricky and sticky situation which may lead to tension. It also happens to be one of the most interesting parts of iMessage – a way of feeling better connected with friends, family, and others by linking up through your iPhone. Knowing that someone read your message in real-time is very gratifying but it’s only fun if everyone is in on it – so we suggest keeping the feature on, unless you are going to be busy for a while. This way your friends won’t get the idea that you’re interested in a conversation when you aren’t. To quickly turn on/off message read notifications, navigate to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.

Don’t Get Angry If You Don’t Get An Immediate Response

This seems to be a problem for many old text messagers and new ones too and it will potentially get worse with iMessage. Generally, people tend to get pissed off if you don’t reply relatively quickly. None of us seem to have the patience and if we don’t get immediate or close to immediate responses to texts or IMs, we take it personally when we shouldn’t. There are multiple reasons why someone might not be able to respond within a few minutes (and in some cases a few hours) but sometimes we just don’t feel like texting right away which is perfectly fine! We don’t have to be slaves to our iPhones, even with iMessage.

Easily Avoid Those You Hate (or Just Don’t Want To Speak To Much)

There is a loophole in iMessage you can utilize if you want to dodge someone you can’t stand, are trying to avoid, or just plain don’t like talking to. If you want to screen iMessages without informing people you have read their messages, just read them from the iOS 5 Notification Center which you can swipe down from the notification bar at the top of the screen. Just make sure Messages are stuck into the Notification pane (navigate to Settings > Notifications > “In Notification Center”) and you can sneakily check your messages without others knowing. There is one caveat to this method though: long messages can’t be read entirely from the Notification Center.

Finish Your Thoughts After Starting To Type

When you start to write an iMessage, a symbol in the iMessage window will indicate that you are writing – much like the way Aim and Google Chat have always worked. Although this is a nifty way to make a conversation seem more interactive and lively, it can also cause a lot of frustration. Informing someone that you have started writing but are not sending anything leaves them high and dry. If you start something we’d recommend finishing it – even if you stall by telling them you are busy or tell them to hold on; it’s nicer than just leaving them hanging (which is quite rude).

Avoid Being Annoying

Another nifty feature with iMessage is the ability to talk with animated GIFs. It’s potentially awesome but can also be very obnoxious. Spamming your friends will slow down their iPhone when they try to message back. Just like everything else use the animations in moderation. Now that you know how to avoid being annoying to friends you may have just figured out how to annoy people who you may not particularly like.

Final Thoughts

iMessage is a great nifty tool which many will come to enjoy using but like anything else, it has its perks as well as its qualms. Knowing how to proceed from the get go will avoid a lot of frustration later on so soak up the information before iOS 5 is released on October 12.

For those of you who already have iOS 5 GM and have been testing the betas, what do you think of iMessage? Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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