How to Use iMessage? Ultimate Guide

iMessage is a feature-rich messaging app provided by Apple. This iMessage lets the user send all kind of SMS or MMS to anyone. Also, you can send data based messages like videos, photos for free to any iOS devices. Also, you can share your location with this app. Now, some of us might don’t know how to use iMessage properly. Or even we mix between the normal messages and iMessage. So, this article is for them who want to know all about how to use get iMessage to work. Keep reading this article and go through the step by step explanation and instructions to learn all about iMessage.

Part 1: How to setup iMessage on iPhone/iPad?

In this part, we will show you step by step how to use iMessage on iPhone / iPad. For sending messages from iPhone / iPad, you need to set up iMessage first. For a new user, if you already activate and set up an iCloud account, there is a chance that iMessage will be set up automatically. If not, you need to follow the below steps properly to get iMessage activated.

Step 1 – Firstly, you need to go to the “Settings” on your iPhone / iPad.

Step 2 – Now, find “Messages” from the setting menu.

Step 3 – Tap on the radio on/off button beside the “iMessage” option and turn it on. Now, wait for the iMessage for turning on.

setup imessage on iphone

Depending upon the network of your device, iMessage may be activated in a while. Your carrier may charge you for activating this on your iPhone / iPad. After it is activated, you will be able to send and receive messages on this iMessage. This guide will help you also when your iMessage deactivated due to network connection and you have to reactivate it.

Part 2: How to setup iMessage on Mac?

Ever wonder if you can use iMessage on your Mac? The answer is Yes. You can also use the iMessage on your Mac easily. In this part, we’ll go to discuss on how to use iMessage on Mac.

The message option available on your Mac highly features rich. It let you connect with your family, colleagues, friends etc via your Mac. Let’s discuss how to iMessage on your Mac.

Step 1 – Firstly, find the ‘Messages’ option from your desktop or dock or Application folder. If you are unable to find it, use the “Finder” Option at the top to find. Launch the ‘Message’ app.

Step 2 – Now, enter your Apple ID and password in the given space. It might be possible that your two – step authentication is turned on. If so, use the authentication code sent to your iPhone / iPad to authenticate the access.

Step 3 – Then click on the “Messages” option at the menu bar at top and tap on “preferences”.

imessage preference

Step 4 – You are almost set to use it now. Click on the “Accounts” tab.

Step 5 – From here select the phone number and email id on which you want to send messages.

account settings

Step 6 – In this final step, you need to confirm which phone number or email id you want to be displayed to your message receivers.

confirm phone number/ email id

Now, you’ll be allowed and set up iMessage on your Mac. Also, you know how to use iMessage on Mac. Use this handy and easy to use the messaging program to stay connected.

Part 3: How to tell if you're using iMessage or text message?

There are a lot of questions which arise regarding this matter. With iMessage, you can send messages, videos etc over Wi-Fi from your iPad or iPhone or Mac. Although some of the service providers charge a fee for sending messages.

At the message typing screen, there are few things you may notice which will indicate you that you are using iMessage instead of the normal message. Let’s have a look those things.

a. If the iMessage in use, your text bubble will appear in blue in place of green.

b. The “Send” button will also be blue when using iMessage.

c. If you look at the text entry box, you can see “iMessage” written in faint gray there.

imessage vs text message

By using these easy to understand tip, you’ll get to know if you are using iMessage or normal SMS. iMessage is free of cost while normal SMS will cost you for sending a text.

Part 4: How to send photos and videos via iMessage?

Sending photos and videos via iMessage is also possible and easy. It's completely free when you use a Wi-Fi to send the photo or video. So, in this part, we are going to learn about how to iMessage videos and photos.

Step 1 – Firstly, you need to go to the “Message” app from the iPhone / iPad home screen

Step 2 – Now, select the conversation you want to send a photo or video. You can tap on “+” sign to launch a new contact to send.

Step 3 – You can find the “Camera” icon at the lower left-hand corner. Tap on it.

take photos in imessage

Step 4 – Tap on the “take a photo” or “video” which will allow you to snap photos or videos and send it to the receiver. Alternatively, you can choose from your phone memory or camera roll by tapping on “Choose from Library” option.

Step 5 – After taking the photo or video, select “use photo” or “Use video” option. This will allow you to send the video or Photo to the contact. Alternatively, if you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can select “Retake” option to reshoot the video or Photo.

Step 6 – When you are satisfied with the outcome, tap on the “Send” button and your iMessage containing the video or photo will be sent.

send photos in imessage

Part 5: How to use iMessage new features on iOS 10?

Apple has released its latest version of iOS 10 and they are making things much easier. On this iOS 10, sending iMessage and using it is even simpler. Let’s have a look how to get iMessage to work on iOS 10.

Step 1 – Like the previous iOS, launch the “Message” app from the phone menu.

Step 2 – Select the conversation you want to send message or create new by tapping “+”

Step 3 – Now simply tap the camera icon on the left side.

Step 4 – Here you can find camera panel with the circular record button. Also, you can see your iPhone / iPad camera roll here.


Step 5 – Simply tap on the record button to take a picture or record a video. Alternatively, browse through your Photo library to find the photo or video you want to send from your internal library.

Step 6 – Now, click on “Send” and your photo/video will be sent in an instant.

send photo/video

So, in this article, we have learned about how to use iMessage on iPad or iPhone and even on Mac. After you go through the complete article, I am sure you would be now confident enough to use iMessage without any problems. Use this vastly and feature rich tool to send free messages or videos or photos to all your iOS buddies.

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