SMS or iMessage? All you need to know about both
Ever heard of iMessage? If this is a completely new term, then this article is here to answer any possible questions you may have about iMessage and text messaging.
Issues that will be addressed include which is better; at least for most people, how to switch between them and how to activate iMessage on your phone as well as how to make the most of this feature. Click for more.
What is the difference between a text and iMessage?
Short answer, mode of transmission.
Basically, any time you receive a text message, it is transmitted by the network provider through their service to the recipient. It happens very fast that you don’t even realise any delays between the time you press the send button and receive the Delivery report. Text messaging remains a convenient way to communicate quickly and effectively.
Well, we all know that in the world of technology, things tend to get old very fast because we are constantly looking for better options and improvements. And we are always looking for ways to bring each other closer at affordable rates.
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iMessage app allows you to send a text without incurring the cellular costs! How? Because the messages are transmitted via Wi-Fi, and not the receivers owned by the service providers!
For Apple devices, the text message is instantly recognised and diverted from the cell carrier to the Apple servers.
Watch out! You can still incur iMessage charges if your phone is not connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Can iMessage work on my device?
They can be sent to any Apple device even those that lacks cellular connection such as a Mac Computer, iPod touch or iPad.
How can one differentiate between the two?
These devices have a message App which provides information on whether it is a normal text or iMessage you are sending. Not only does it indicate with words but as a general rule, a blue background is for iMessages and green is for texts.
Any Apple device has an Id which allows it to receive iMessages free of charge so long as there is an adequate internet connection.
The good news is that this whole process is automated; you, therefore, do not have to worry about settings or extra charges.
Why do some opt to disable the iMessage?
Although it may seem like a better option compared to the normal text messaging, and it many ways it is: many people, however, find it difficult to use because the iMessage option does not send messages to a single Apple device but to multiple devices the iPad, iPods and Macs. This has proven to be a challenge especially for people who value privacy.
Furthermore, as already mentioned, iMessages are sent when there are a reliable Wi-Fi or internet connections otherwise, cellular network will be used as an alternative which will be cost the user.
Another problem is that a message sent to someone with an iPhone who has disabled the iMessage feature, will not receive it at all. This is because the Message app identifies the Apple Id and not the phone number. Imagine missing important messages just because of your settings. Scary, right?
How do I switch from iMessage to text messaging?
As many Apple users will tell you, disabling the iMessage feature on the iPhone will simply not be enough. This is especially so if you have multiple Apple devices. The messages will still appear on your other Apple devices.
To put complete stop to receiving iMessages, follow these few simple steps
- Select Settings and click on Messages
- Tap Send and Receive
- Click on the Apple ID tab and Sign out
- After signing out, ensure that the iMessage tab is turned off(no green is visible)
This should fix everything, should this not work,
- Visit the Apple website and change your password
Doing so will surely dissociate the connection between your Apple Id and Phone number
However, remember to apply these changes to access services such as iCloud, iTunes and App Store.
To reactivate them, go to
- Settings and click on any one of these services you want to access
- For each, enter your new password and Apple ID.
Not receiving messages to your new device? Here’s why
Have your formerly chatty friends suddenly gone quiet since you bought a new phone? Maybe they feel the same about you. The reason is that you did not sign out of your iMessage account so all the messages are still being sent to that account.
iMessages can only be received by an iPhone.
What if I want to receive Sms on my iPhone?
iPhone users generally enjoy the best that technology has to offer. One of these things is the ability to send messages free of charge using Wi-Fi. Still, this comes with its challenges, if you do not have an adequate data connection, the messages will have to be sent via your cellular network meaning some charges may apply.
To be on the safe side, it is wise to set yourself up with a data plan where you can still use SMS service.
To avoid extra charges, you have the option to configure your settings on the Messages app and decide whether messages will be sent as an SMS or iMessage when your iPhone is low on internet connection.
- Select Settings and tap Messages
- On the Send AsSms Option, set Off if you prefer to not have iMessages automatically converted to text with limited internet connection.
Which one works better?
The one that suits you is the better option. Text messaging is still a good choice as messages can be shared and seen by friends with other phone versions. The iMessage option is also quite affordable seeing as Wi-Fi is readily available in most places. It is also worth mentioning that iMessage is very secure and safe, no one can track your activities or access your information. There is nothing iMessage cannot do and the iMessage Apps are constantly upgraded to improve your user experience.
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