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One of the oddities of the modern digital world is that while our devices have undergone mind-blowing increases in performance, miniaturization, and overall technical sophistication over the past decade or so, the battery life of those devices has increased comparatively slowly. For example, from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 6 four generations – battery life for using the Internet over Wi-Fi increased from 9 hours to 11 hours.

 

Apple claims the iPhone 7 Plus will get 15 hours, but even a 67 percent increase over six generations is nothing to brag about. Given the importance we place on our iOS device(iPhone and iPad), it's no wonder that the number one gripe by far among users is poor battery life and the number one request by far for each new generation is better – much better – battery performance.

 

Unfortunately, there are many technical reasons why we won't see a radical increase in battery life for our iOS device(iPhone and iPad) any time soon. That means we need to take steps now to monitor and maximize the batteries that we have. In this blog, we have to explain How to fix iPhone charging Port.

 

Tracking Battery Use

iOS doesn't give a ton of battery data, but you can monitor both the total usage time (this includes all activities: calling, surfing, playing media, and so on) and standby time (the time when your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) was in sleep mode). Also, one of the nice features in iOS is a breakdown of recent (the last three hours) battery usage by app, so you can see which apps have been draining your battery.

 

You Want to Know Exactly How Much Battery Power You Have Left

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By default, iOS displays a battery icon in the status bar. As the battery drains, the amount of white inside the icon gets smaller, and the level turns red when the amount of battery power gets low enough that you need to start paying attention. This is useful information, to be sure, but it's all a bit vague and imprecise.

 

Solution: To keep closer tabs on your device battery life, you need to tell iOS to also display the percentage of battery power remaining. Here are the steps to follow:

  • \1.\   On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
  • \2.\   Tap Battery to open the Battery screen.
  • \3.\ Tap the Battery Percentage switch to On

 

You Want to Know How Much You're Using Your Device on Battery Power

 

Apple puts out lots of battery life numbers that include both usage mode (that is when your device is on) and standby mode (when your device is asleep). But if you need to know whether your device will have enough battery power for, say, a long plane ride or some similarly extended time away from a power outlet, can you really trust Apple numbers?

 

Solution:

Fortunately, you don't have to trust Apple on this because iOS keeps track of your devices overall battery use. Specifically, it tracks the amount of time since the last full charge that your device has been in user mode and in standby mode. By tracking these numbers over time and over several charging cycles, you'll get to know how much battery life your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) gets when you use it.

 

Follow these steps to view these numbers:

  • \1.\   On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
  • \2.\   Tap Battery to open the Battery screen.
  • \3.\ Scroll to the bottom of the screen and read the Usage and Standby values

 

You Suspect an App Has Been Using Too Much Battery Power

One of the benefits of adding the percentage value to the status bar's battery icon and monitoring the Usage time in the Battery screen of the Settings app is that you get to know how your apps use battery power. In particular, you might notice that your battery seems to drain a little faster than normal when you use a particular app. That's useful to know, but how can you be sure?

 

Solution: iOS can help by breaking down your device's battery usage by app. For both the last 24 hours and the last 7 days, you see the percentage of total battery power that each app has used. You can also display the total amount of time each app has used the battery both when the app was onscreen and when it was running in the background.

 

If you see that a particular app has been using far more battery life than you think it should – particularly if you don't use the app much more than your other apps – it might indicate a problem. For example, the app might have a memory leak, or it might be running tasks in the background. Follow these steps to view battery usage by the app:

 

  • \1.\   On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
  • \2.\   Tap Battery to open the Battery screen.
  • \3.\ In the Battery Usage section, tap to switch between seeing usage for the Last 24 Hours and the Last 7 Days.
  • \4.\ Tap the Time icon to toggle the total onscreen and background usage times for each app.

 

Extending Battery Life in iPhone

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Reducing battery consumption as much as possible on your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) not only extends the time between charges but also extends the overall life of your battery. The Battery Usage screen usually offers a suggestion or two for extending battery life, but there are many other steps you can take.

 

You Want to Prevent All Your Apps from Running in the Background

One of the best battery usage tools that iOS has to offer is the Time icon in the Battery screen. When activated, this feature tells you not only how much time each app has been using the battery while onscreen but, more importantly, how much time each app has been draining battery power in the background.

 

The capability of an app to perform tasks in the background is called Background App Refresh and it's important because although you know when an app is active onscreen, you don't always know when it's active in the background since iOS usually gives you no indication.

 

In practical terms, this means that if your battery is running low, you can stop using certain apps, but you won't know if those or other apps are still working – and therefore using up precious battery power – in the background.

 

Solution: You can deactivate Background App Refresh for all apps by following these steps:

  • \1.\   On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.
  • \2.\   Tap General to open the General screen.
  • \3.\ Tap Background App Refresh to open the Background App Refresh screen.
  • \4.\ Tap the Background App Refresh switch to Off

 

You Want to Prevent a Specific App from Running in the Background

By regularly examining the battery usage of your apps – both as an overall percentage and as total time onscreen and in the background – you will eventually come to recognize any battery hogs.

 

In particular, you'll come to know which apps are using up your device battery by running background tasks. Turning off Background App Refresh for all apps seems like overkill in this case, particularly if it's just a single app that's causing a problem.

 

Solution: If you see that a particular app is using up a higher than average amount of battery power in background tasks, and if you don't feel it's necessary for the app to run in the background, you can deactivate Background App Refresh for just that app.

 

Here are the steps to follow:

\1.\   On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.

\2.\   Tap General to open the General screen.

\3.\ Tap Background App Refresh to open the Background App Refresh screen.

\4.\ In the list of apps, tap the switch to Off beside the app you no longer want to operate in the background.

 

You Want Your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) to Use Less Battery Power

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When your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) battery is running low, or if you still have plenty of battery power but you know you'll need to use the device for a long stretch, it would be advantageous to configure the device to use less battery power on other tasks.

 

Solution: You learn quite a few techniques for preserving battery power in the next section. However, iOS offers an easy method for reducing the overall power consumption of your device. It's called Low Power Mode and it saves battery life by doing the following:

 

  • Turning off Background App Refresh
  • Disabling the Mail app's push feature (where the app checks for new mail automatically)
  • Deactivating all automatic content downloads
  • Preventing all automatic app upgrade
  • Disabling a few visual effects
  • Dimming the screen

 

iOS asks if you want to switch to Lower Power mode when the battery level falls to 20 percent. (This message appears again when the level falls to 10 percent.) Tap Low Power Mode to activate this feature. To activate Low Power Mode manually, follow these steps:

 

\1.\ On the Home screen, tap Settings to open the Settings app.

\2.\ Tap Battery to open the Battery screen.

\3.\Tap the Low Power Mode switch to On. Note that you can tell when this feature is active by looking at the battery icon, which turns yellow during Low Power Mode.

 

You Want to Use as Little Battery Power as Possible

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If battery power is scarce, there's no power outlet in sight, but you really need to use your iOS device(iPhone and iPad), then you need to minimize the amount of battery power the device uses.

 

Solution: Here are a few suggestions to try that should help you to reduce your device's battery consumption to a minimum, while still retaining some functionality:

 

Deactivate Background App Refresh. When you're desperate for juice, you probably don't need your apps working in the background. See the section "You want to prevent all your apps from running in the background," to learn how to turn off Background App Refresh.

 

As an alternative, consider leaving that switch on but turning off Background App Refresh for individual apps (particularly active apps such as Facebook and Gmail); see the section "You want to prevent a specific app from running in the background."

 

Turn on Low Power Mode. 

Don't wait until your battery level falls to 20 percent, which is when iOS automatically offers to turn on Low Power Mode for you. Turn it on manually earlier to increase battery life. I showed you how to activate Low Power Mode by hand in the section "You want your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) to use less battery power."

 

Dim the screen.

The touchscreen drains a lot of battery power, so dimming it reduces the amount of power used. On the Home screen, tap Settings, tap Display & Brightness and then drag the Brightness slider to the left to dim the screen. Also, tap the Auto-Brightness switch to Off.

 

Slow the auto-check on your email. 

Having your email frequently poll the server for new messages eats up your battery. Set it to check every hour or, ideally, set it to Manual check if you can. To do this, tap Settings, tap Mail, tap Accounts, and then tap Fetch New Data. In the Fetch section, tap either Hourly or Manually.

 

Turn off push. 

If you're not using Low Power Mode and if you have an iCloud or Exchange account, consider turning off the push feature to save battery power. Tap Settings, tap Mail, tap Accounts, and then tap Fetch New Data. In the Fetch New Data screen, tap the Push switch to Off, and in the Fetch section, tap Manually.

 

Minimize the number of apps you run.

If you won't be able to charge your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) for a while, avoid background chores, such as playing music; or secondary chores, such as organizing your contacts. If your only goal is to read all your email, stick to that until it's done because you don't know how much time you have.

 

Make sure Auto-Lock is working.

You don't want your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) using up battery power while it's idle, so make sure Auto-Lock is on the job. Open Settings, tap Display & Brightness, tap Auto-Lock, and then tap a short time interval (such as 1 Minute on the iPhone or 2 Minutes on the iPad).

 

Put your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) into sleep mode manually, if necessary.

If you are interrupted – for example, the pizza delivery guy shows up on time – don't wait for your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) to put itself to sleep because those few seconds or minutes use precious battery time. Instead, put your device to sleep manually right away by pressing the Sleep/Wake button.

 

Turn off Wi-Fi if you don't need it.

When Wi-Fi is on, it regularly checks for available wireless networks, which drains the battery. If you don't need to connect to a wireless network, turn off Wi-Fi to conserve energy. Open Settings, tap Wi-Fi and then tap the Wi-Fi switch to Off.

 

Turn off cellular data if you don't need it.

Your iPhone or cellular-enabled iPad constantly looks for nearby cellular towers to maintain the signal, which can use up battery power in a hurry. If you're surfing on a Wi-Fi network, you don't need cellular data, so turn it off. Open Settings, tap Cellular and then tap the Cellular Data switch to Off.

 

Turn off GPS if you don't need it. 

When GPS is on, the receiver exchanges data with the GPS system regularly, which uses up battery power. If you don't need the GPS feature, for the time being, turn off the GPS antenna. Open Settings, tap Privacy, tap Location Services, and then tap the Location Services switch to Off.

 

Turn off Bluetooth if you don't need it.

When Bluetooth is running, it constantly checks for nearby Bluetooth devices, and this drains the battery. If you aren't using any Bluetooth devices, turn off Bluetooth to save energy. Open Settings, tap Bluetooth and then tap the Bluetooth switch to Off.

 

Note  If you don't need all four of the device antennae — Wi-Fi, cellular, GPS, and Bluetooth — for a while, a faster way to turn them off is to switch your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) to airplane mode. Either open Settings and then tap the Airplane Mode switch to On, or swipe up from the bottom to reveal the Control Center and then tap the Airplane Mode icon.

 

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Troubleshooting Other Battery Problems

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I'll close this blog with a quick look at two more solutions to battery-related problems. You Want to Maximize your Battery's Lifespan

 

It's important to maximize battery life on days when you don't have nearby power, but it's also important to ensure that you maximize your battery's entire lifespan.

 

Solution: The lithium-ion (Li-on) battery in your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) is much more forgiving than older battery technologies such as nickel-cadmium (NiCad). With just a few simple techniques and precautions, you can ensure that your battery gives good performance throughout the life of your iOS device(iPhone and iPad):

 

Minimize the number of cycles the battery has to charge.

Your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) battery is designed to maintain up to 80 percent of its original capacity after 500 complete discharge and charge cycles. Discharging down to zero percent and recharging counts as one cycle, discharging to 50 percent and recharging counts as half a cycle, and so on. Your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) will reach that 500-cycle mark slower if you plug it into a power source as often as it’s convenient.

 

Use the battery. Don't think, however, that you'll keep the battery pristine by never using it. Li-on batteries require regular use or they'll refuse to charge.

 

Don't cycle the battery. 

Cycling – also called reconditioning or recalibrating – a battery means letting it completely discharge and then fully recharging it again. This was important in earlier battery technologies, but not with the Li-on battery in your iOS device(iPhone and iPad). Letting the battery percentage drop to around 50 percent before recharging seems to be the sweet spot for maximizing battery life.

 

Avoid temperature extremes. 

Exposing your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) to extremely hot or cold temperatures reduces the long-term effectiveness of the battery. Try to keep your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) at a reasonable temperature.

 

Try not to drop your iOS device(iPhone and iPad). 

Dropping the device can damage the battery, resulting in poor battery performance or even eventual failure.

 

Use a high-quality charger. 

Cheap chargers can damage batteries beyond repair. Either use the charger that came with your iOS device(iPhone and iPad), or uses a third-party charger that was designed to work with your specific make and model of the iOS device(iPhone and iPad).

 

Don't store your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) at full charge. 

If you won't be using your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) for a few weeks, or even longer, you'll likely be tempted to give it a full charge before putting it in storage. However, for longer life, it's better to store the device with the battery partially discharged – to, say, between 40 and 60 percent.

 

Caution  It's even more important not to store your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) with its battery fully discharged. This can damage the battery to the point where it won't charge at all when you plug the device back in.

Your Battery Won't Charge

When you plug your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) into a power outlet, you might find that it does not charge.

 

Solution: 

If you find that your battery won't charge, here are some possible solutions:

  • If the iOS device(iPhone and iPad) is plugged into a computer to charge via the USB port, it may be that the computer has gone into standby. Waking the computer should solve the problem.

 

  • The USB port might not be transferring enough power. For example, the USB ports on most keyboards and hubs don't offer much in the way of power. If you have your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) plugged into a USB port on a keyboard or hub, plug it into a USB port on your Mac or PC.

 

  • Attach the USB cable to the USB power adapter, and then plug the adapter into a power outlet.
  • Double-check all connections to make sure everything is plugged in properly.
  • Try another Lightning cable if you have one.

 

  • If the iOS device(iPhone and iPad) hasn't been charged in a long time, its battery might have gone into sleep mode to protect itself from long-term damage. In this case, it will take a few minutes – perhaps as long as ten minutes – before the battery wakes up and starts charging in the normal manner.

 

If none of these suggestions solves the problem, you may need to send your iOS device(iPhone and iPad) in for service

 

 

Bonus Blog

Communicate Better with the Messages App

In this blog

  • Discovering new ways to communicate using the Messages app
  • Sending and receiving text messages using your cellular service provider’s text-messaging service
  • Taking advantage of Apple’s iMessage service to communicate with other iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac users
  • Discovering the new Animoji feature on the iPhone X

 

For better or worse, people around the world have adopted text messaging as a primary way to communicate with others. This communication method is faster and more convenient than phone calls or email, for example, and it allows you to quickly share information almost instantly.

 

The Messages app on the iPhone allows you to send and receive SMS or MMS text messages via the text messaging service provided by your cellular service provider. These messages can be sent to or received from any other smartphone in the world, and they can include text, photos, and short video clips. The service is available as long as your smartphone is connected to a 3G/4G/LTE cellular network.

 

In addition, if you use iOS 11’s Handoff feature whenever your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch are in close proximity (within Bluetooth range, which is about 33 feet), the Messages app on your tablet or watch can use your iPhone as a conduit to the cellular network to send and receive text messages through the Messages app.

 

Tip

When an Apple Watch series 3 is connected to a cellular network, it can independently send or receive text messages via the cellular network it’s connected to, using your smartphone’s phone number or Apple ID information (for iMessage). The iPhone doesn’t need to be in close proximity to the watch for this to work.

 

What makes the Messages app extra powerful, however, is that when you communicate with any other iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac user, you can send and receive unlimited instant messages via Apple’s free iMessage service. Because iMessage is Internet-based, your iOS mobile device can use a cellular or Wi-Fi Internet connection to communicate with other people.

 

The Messages app integrates seamlessly with iCloud, so all of your incoming and outgoing messages are mirrored across all of your iOS mobile devices (including Apple Watch) as well as any Mac that’s tied to the same iCloud account.

 

What’s New

As an added security measure, the iOS 11 edition of the Messages app automatically encrypts messages as they’re being sent. Plus, the newly designed App Drawer at the bottom of the Messages screen makes it easy to share a wide range of content with others, including, stickers, emojis, music, and content from third-party apps. If you use Apple Pay (or another service, like PayPal or Cash), you can instantly and securely send or receive money via the Messages app.

 

What’s New

One feature, called Animoji, is something younger people, in particular, will enjoy. It’s available exclusively on the iPhone X, and it uses the phone’s front-facing TrueDepth camera to analyze the muscle movements on someone’s face as they’re taking or showing emotions. Then it uses that information to animate a dozen different emojis in real-time.

 

The result is that whether the user chooses a panda, cat, unicorn, or alien, that emoji character comes to life and replicates the facial movements of the user as he’s talking.

 

You can record a short message using an Animoji that has your own voice, and then paste the animated character directly into an outgoing message to be sent via iMessage.

 

To use this feature, tap the Animoji icon in the App Drawer, choose your favorite character, and then tap the Record button. Record your message using exaggerated facial expressions, and then move the recorded message into the message field.

 

When used with iMessage, the iOS 11 edition of Messages offers colorful animations, which allow users to emphasize a celebratory statement, for example, by displaying animated balloons, confetti, or fireworks on the entire screen as they send messages.

 

Users can also create personalized handwritten notes, using their finger as a writing instrument on the screen (or the Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad Pro), and then send those notes as messages to other iMessage users.

 

Because people like to communicate using emojis, iOS 11 includes a vast library of these whimsical, graphic characters, and makes it easier to insert them into outgoing text messages.

 

Note

An emoji is not animated and can be sent from an iPhone or iPad. To send or receive an Animoji, however, you must have an iPhone X.

The Invisible Ink feature enables text messages to materialize on the recipient’s screen when they swipe over them. Plus, when video clips, photos, and other animated graphics are included in a text message, that content can easily be viewed from directly within the Messages app.

 

Communicating Effectively with the Messages App

Text messaging was designed to make communications between two or more people fast and easy. Today, “texting” has become a preferred and highly efficient form of communication.

 

In addition to sending and receiving text-based messages, the Messages app supports the sending and receiving of photos, video messages, video clips, emojis, virtual handwritten messages, animated backgrounds, audio messages, and content available from third parties, including virtual stickers (available from the App Store).

 

Tip

Available from the App Store is an ever-growing collection of third-party apps that add functionality to the Messages app, or that allow the Messages app to send and receive specific types of information or content.

 

To find these apps, on an iPhone, tap the App Store “A” icon that’s to the left of the Compose message field. Then from the App Drawer, tap the App Store icon. Tap the Visit Store button to browse through the selection of apps that work with the Messages app.

 

The apps you already have installed on your iPhone or iPad that are compatible with the Message app are displayed in the App Drawer. Tap any of these icons to select a specific type of content to send, including music from the Music app, animated stickers from a third party, a file stored online within your Dropbox account, a virtual Starbucks gift card, or cash (using Apple Pay, PayPal, or the Cash app).

 

Note

If the person you’re communicating with via the Messages app has an entry in your Contacts app’s database, and that entry contains the person’s photo, it is displayed in the Messages app; otherwise, the person’s initials are displayed by default. Or, if there’s no Contacts entry at all for the person, a generic graphics and their smartphone’s phone number is displayed.

 

Most iPhone service plans have three components: voice, data, and text messaging. When you sign up with a wireless service, choose a paid text-messaging plan that allows for the sending or receiving of a predetermined number of text messages per month, or pay for an unlimited text messaging plan.

 

If your plan has no text messaging component, you are charged for every text message you send or receive. However, these days, most cellular service plans, especially family plans, come with unlimited text messaging.

 

There are different types of text messages. There are text-only (SMS, or Short Message Service) messages, as well as text messages that can contain a photo or video clip (which are sometimes referred to as MMS, or Multimedia Messaging Service). These messages can be sent to the smartphone of one or more people simultaneously via the Messages app.

 

Note

The Messages app supports audio and video messages when you communicate with other iMessage users. Instead of typing a message, use the app’s audio recording interface to record a short audio message and then send it to one or more recipients.

 

Alternatively, you can record and send a short video message (from within the Messages app) using one of the cameras that are built into your iPhone or iPad. How to do this is explained shortly.

 

Tip

You can make an adjustment in Settings so that the Messages app stores all of your text messages forever. Alternatively, you can save internal storage space in your mobile device by adjusting the Keep Messages option to 30 Days or 1 Year. Launch Settings, tap Messages and then tap the Keep Message option.

 

Note

Be sure to use options available within Settings to customize the functionality of the Messages app. To do this, launch Settings, tap the Messages option and then customize one setting at a time from the Messages submenu. Start by turning on the virtual switch that’s associated with the iMessage service, so you can use the app’s enhanced features and functions when communicating with other Apple iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac users.

 

Using the Messages App with Apple’s iMessage Service

Unlike the text-messaging services available through cellular service providers, Apple’s iMessage service is free of charge, and it allows for an unlimited number of messages to be sent and received. The service also taps into your iPhone’s or iPad’s other functions and allows for the easy sharing of photos, videos, locations, and contacts. It works seamlessly with Notification Center and Siri, as well as a vast collection of third-party apps and content.

 

iMessage enables you to participate in text-based, real-time conversations. When someone is actively typing a message to you during a conversation on iMessage, a bubble with three periods in it appears to indicate that the other person is currently typing.

 

Caution

Using iMessage from anywhere to send and receive messages via the Internet is always free. When you’re traveling overseas, use this feature exclusively with a Wi-Fi Internet connection to avoid international cellular data roaming charges, which can be costly.

 

Note

In addition to using iMessage, some people who are active on Facebook use Facebook Messenger as a free way to communicate in real time using text-based instant messages (which can also include photos, video clips, emojis, and other content), audio calls, and video calls. The Messenger app is separate from the official Facebook app, which is used to access the Facebook social media service; you can download the Messenger app from the App Store.

 

Many other companies and services (including Skype, AIM, Cisco Jabber, WhatsApp, Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft) also offer instant messaging via the Internet. These services are also free of cost to use, but you can communicate only with people connected to that same service.

 

Setting Up a Free iMessage Account

Because traditional text messaging is tied to a cell phone, which has a unique phone number, there is no need to have a separate username or account name when using the phone’s text messaging feature via your cellular service provider.

 

If you know someone’s cell phone number, you can send a text message to that person from your cell phone (and vice versa). However, because iMessage is web-based, before using this service, you must set up a free iMessage account (which is linked to your Apple ID/iCloud account).

 

The first time you launch the Messages app to use it with the iMessage service, you’re instructed to set up a free account using your existing Apple ID. Or, instead of using your Apple ID, tap the Create New Account option to create an account that’s linked to another existing email address.

 

Note

To make it easier to communicate via iMessage, you can associate your cellular phone number, Apple ID, and other email addresses to the same iMessage account. Launch Settings, tap Messages, and then tap the Send & Receive option. Add a check mark next to each phone number and email address (including the email address associated with your iCloud account) that you want the Message app to recognize.

 

The unique Apple ID, email address, or iPhone phone number you use to set up your iMessage account is how people find you and are able to communicate with you. If you want someone to be able to send you messages via iMessage, that person must know the iPhone phone number, Apple ID, or email address that you have set up to work with the iMessage service.

 

Likewise, to send someone a message via iMessage, you must know the iPhone phone number, Apple ID, or email address the recipient used to set up his or her iMessage account.

 

Tip

Confused about the colored text bubbles? When you send a text message and it is displayed in a blue text bubble, you’re using the iMessage service. However, if you’re using your cellular service provider’s texting service, your text bubbles are displayed in green. Depending on your cellular service plan, charges may apply.

 

Working with the Messages App

The Messages app on the iPhone has two main screens: a summary of conversations labeled Messages, and an actual conversation screen labeled at the top of the screen using the name of the person or people you’re conversing with. The conversation screen displays a handful of command icons that give you access to the app’s features and functions, most of which are available only if you’re communicating using the iMessage service.

 

On the iPad, the Messages screen is divided into two main sections (or panes). On the left is a listing of your previous conversations. The right side of the iPad screen is the active conversation window. From here, you can initiate a new conversation or respond to incoming messages, one at a time.

 

Whether you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, switching between conversations requires just one or two onscreen taps. Plus, thanks to group messaging, it’s possible to communicate with two or more people at the same time and have everyone in the group be able to read and respond to all messages sent by all group members.

 

Creating and Sending a Text Message

The first time you launch Messages, the New Message screen is visible, the cursor flashes on the To field, and the virtual keyboard is displayed. If you have contact information stored in the Contacts app, as soon as you start typing in the To field, Messages attempts to match existing contacts with the name, cell phone number, Apple ID username, or email address you’re currently typing. When the intended recipient’s name appears, tap it.

 

Tip

To initiate a conversation with someone, tap the New Message icon that appears in the upper-right corner of the Messages screen on the iPhone or next to the Messages heading on the upper-left side of the iPad’s screen.

 

To quickly search your Contacts database to find one or more recipients for your text messages, tap the blue-and-white plus icon to the right of the To field as you’re composing a new message. A scrollable list of all contacts stored in Contacts displays, along with a Search field you can use to search your contacts database from within the Messages app.

 

Tip

If you’re using an iPhone, to use your cellular service provider’s text messaging service to send a message to another cell phone user, enter the recipient’s cell phone number in the To field of a new message. This applies if the person doesn’t have an entry in your Contacts database that contains her smartphone’s phone number.

 

If you’re using an iPhone or an iPad to send a message to another iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch user via iMessage, in the To field, enter the recipient’s Apple ID, iPhone’s phone number, or the email address that user has linked with their iMessage account.

 

In your Contacts database, you can create a separate field for someone’s iMessage username, or when viewing the person’s Contacts listing, simply tap the appropriate contact information based on how you want to send the text message.

 

After filling in the To field with one or more recipients, if you have the Show Subject Field feature turned on (from within Messages submenu in Settings), tap the optional Subject field to create a subject for your text message, and then tap the blank message field to begin typing your text message. If you’re sending only text in your message, however, type the text, and then tap the Send icon.

 

Tip

As soon as you type something into the message field, the Send icon is displayed. This icon looks like an upward-pointing arrow in a circle. Simply tap this icon to send the message. Once you hit send, there is no “undo.” You can’t take back, unsend, or erase a message.

 

To access some of the enhanced features built into the Messages app (when using iMessage), press and hold down the Send icon to access the Send with Effect options.

 

The Send with Effects menu has two tabs at the top: Bubble and Screen. Tap the Bubble option to reveal the Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink features. Any of these options add an attention-getting animation to the text bubble when you’re using iMessage to communicate.

 

If you choose Invisible Ink, the message is sent using invisible virtual ink. The recipient must swipe their finger over the incoming message to make the message readable on their screen.

After choosing one of these options, tap the Send icon.

 

Tip

To send an animated background screen with a message, first, fill in the message field with text, or use another iMessage feature to create or collect content to send. Then, instead of pressing the Send icon, press and hold the Send icon to reveal the Bubble and Screen tabs.

 

Tap the Screen tab, and then scroll right to left to toggle between the new animated text bubbles (called the Echo effect), a spotlight, animated balloons, confetti , an animated heart balloon, lasers, fireworks, a shooting star animated sequence, and a “celebration” animation, which will be displayed across the entire background of the message area in the Messages app. Several of these animations are new to iOS

 

11. After you select a screen animation, tap the Send icon. The recipient will receive your message and see the full-screen animation you selected.

 

Instead of sending basic text to the intended recipient or recording an audio message, when using Messages to communicate via the iMessage service, tap the App Store (“A”) icon to the left of the message field to reveal the App Drawer, which enables you to attach optional enhanced content to the message, including animated stickers (which are different from Animojis on an iPhone X).

 

By default, the App Drawer includes the App Store icon, along with the Digital Touch icon, Images icon, and Music icon. Icons for other compatible apps already installed on your iPhone or iPad are also included.

 

To make the App Drawer temporarily disappear on an iPhone, place your finger on the App Store icon (displayed to the left of the message field) and swipe downward.

 

The figure shows the App Store being browsed for third-party apps that work with iMessage and the Messages app. To get here, I tapped the icon to the left of the message field and then tapped the App Store icon in the App Drawer.

 

Tip

Tap the camera icon to snap a photo (using one of the iPhone or iPad’s built-cameras) so that you can send that photo to the intended recipient in a message. Alternatively, select a photo or video clip that’s currently stored in the Photos app. (Tap the Photos button, after tapping on the Camera icon, to do this.)

 

After you select one or more photos, each gets embedded into the outgoing message, and thumbnails for them appear in the Message field. Tap the Send icon to send the photos or video clips to the recipient(s).

 

When you tap the Camera icon, a mini version of the Camera app’s viewfinder screen is displayed. Use the camera selection icon to switch between the front- and rear-facing cameras, and then snap a photo by tapping the Shutter button. That photo is then added to the message field, and it will be sent when you tap the Send icon.

 

Tip

After tapping the App Store “A” icon, tap the heart-shaped Digital Touch icon to draw something special on the screen (to be sent as an animated graphic within the text message).

 

From the Digital Touch window, make the window bigger by tapping the up-arrow icon at the top of the window. Tap on the Info

 

(i) icon to view a Digital Touch menu that describes the finger gestures that you can use to overlay an animated sketch, tap, fireball, kiss, heartbeat, or heartbreak graphic.

 

As soon as you create one of these Digital Touch animations, it is automatically sent to the recipient, without you having to tap the Send icon.

Tap the Video icon to capture a short video sequence or still image, and then annotate or draw on it. This can be done in real time or after shooting.

 

Tip

To add special content to an outgoing message, tap the App Store icon, and then from the App Drawer, tap an app icon, such as the Music icon. Next, tap a thumbnail that represents a recently played song from the Music app to share it. A link to the song is automatically sent to the message recipient.

 

Tap the Images icon to select an animated graphic that helps to convey a message you want to send. Keep scrolling down to view a vast selection of GIFs. Tap the thumbnail for the one you want to send.

 

In the Find Images search field that’s displayed just above the GIF thumbnails, type a keyword or search phrase to help you quickly find an appropriate GIF to send. Tap the ^ icon to increase the size of the window that displays the GIFs menu.

 

What’s New

To customize which app icons appear within the App Drawer, and in what order, scroll to the extreme right of the App Drawer and tap the More (…) icon. Then tap Edit. You can rearrange app icons in the App Drawer. To remove apps from the App Drawer, turn off the virtual switch associated with an app’s listing.

 

Note

Third-party apps that are installed within your iOS mobile device and that are compatible with Messages allow you to send specific types of content or information, including money (via Apple Pay, PayPal, or Cash) to a recipient.

 

Tip

To start a new group message, from the Messages app, tap the Compose icon to create a new message from scratch. Within the To field, enter each person’s phone number (if using a text messaging service) or their iPhone phone number, Apple ID username, or the email address that’s associated with their iMessage account.

 

Separate each recipient with a comma. Alternatively, after entering a recipient’s details, tap the + to the right of the To field to add another recipient.

 

Once you’re engaged in a group message, tap the Info (i) icon for that conversation to add new participants (by tapping the + Add Contact option), create a Group Name, share your current location, share your location on an ongoing basis, hide alerts related to the conversation, or leave the conversation.

 

Recording and Sending an Audio Message

When using iMessage, it’s possible to record and send short audio messages via the Messages app. To do this, launch Messages, select the person you want to send the message to, and then press and hold your finger on the microphone icon to the right of the message field. This begins the recording process. Simply start speaking into your iPhone or iPad.

 

Note

Sending an audio file by tapping the microphone icon to the right of the message field is different from using iOS 11’s Dictation feature, which enables you to speak into your iPhone or iPad and have the device transcribe what you say into text. To use the Dictation feature in Messages, tap the microphone key at the bottom of the virtual keyboard (to the immediate left of the space bar).

 

When you’re finished recording, lift your finger from the microphone icon. You can delete the audio message by tapping the X icon. Tap the Play icon to preview your audio message before sending it. Send your audio message to the intended recipient by tapping the Send icon or by swiping your finger upward.

 

Using the Messages app, it’s also possible to receive an incoming audio message. Instead of text being displayed, an audio message icon is displayed. Tap it to play the message.

 

Tip

In Settings, set up the Messages app to automatically delete audio messages or animated graphics messages after a certain amount of time, or keep them forever (or until you manually delete them). Storing audio messages or animated graphics requires additional internal storage space in your iPhone or iPad. To adjust this setting, launch Settings, tap the Messages option and then tap the Expire option, which is listed under the Audio Messages heading.

 

Tip

Using the iPad’s Split Screen or Multitasking feature, you can keep the Messages app running on one side of the tablet’s screen (and engage in one or more conversations) while simultaneously continuing to work with another app.

 

Participating in a Text-Message Conversation

As soon as you tap Send to initiate a new message conversation and send an initial text, audio, photo, animated graphic, or video message, the New Message window transforms into a conversation window, with the recipient’s name displayed at the top center.

 

Displayed on the right side of the conversation window are the messages you’ve sent. The responses from the person you’re conversing with are left justified and displayed in a different color on the screen within text bubbles. As the conversation continues and eventually scrolls off the screen, use your finger to swipe up or down to view what’s already been said.

 

Tip

Whenever there’s a pause between the sending of a message and the receipt of a response, the Messages app automatically inserts the date and time in the center of the screen so that you can later easily track the time period during which each conversation took place. This is particularly helpful if there are long gaps and the conversation takes place over time.

 

Communicating with Emojis

Anytime you’re engaged in a conversation using the Messages app, tap the Emoji key (between the 123 and Dictation keys on the virtual keyboard) to access hundreds of graphic emojis.

 

In addition to many different face emojis, which you can use to graphically depict emotions, iOS 11 offers hundreds of emojis sorted into different categories. After tapping the Emoji key on the keyboard, tap any emoji category icon at the bottom of the screen, or scroll from right to left (or left to right) between the emoji menus.

 

To add an emoji to your text message, simply tap the emoji you want, and it will appear in the message field. Tap the ABC key (in the lower-left corner of the virtual keyboard) to return to the regular QWERTY (alphanumeric) keyboard.

 

Tip

As you’re typing a message using text in the Messages app, a built-in feature automatically enables you to swap specific words with emojis related to those words, without you having to search for the emojis. While you’re typing, if you use a word like “happy” or “sad” that has a related emoji, that emoji is displayed in a tab as part of the QuickType keyboard, above the regular virtual keyboard keys.

 

To turn on this feature, press and hold down the Emoji key on the keyboard, tap the Keyboard Settings option, and turn on the virtual switches associated with Shortcuts and Predictive.

 

When you’re finished typing a text-based message, tap once on the Emoji key. Words in your messages that correspond to emojis are highlighted in orange. Tap any of those words to see a list of emojis that relate. Tap an option to replace the word in your message with the selected emoji.

 

Generating a Quick Response to a Message and Adding Emphasis

Anytime you receive a message via the iMessage service if you want to quickly send an emphasized graphic response, simply press and hold your finger on the text bubble you want to respond to. Within a second or two, a menu bubble appears that contains six “emphasized” responses, which are large graphic icons. Your options include a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, the message “Ha Ha,” exclamation points, or a question mark.

 

Tap your desired response, and it is automatically sent (and attached to the text bubble you responded to). There is no need to tap the Send icon.

 

Responding to an Incoming Message

Depending on how you set up the Messages app in Settings, you can be notified of an incoming message in a number of ways. Notification of a new message can be set to appear in Notification Center. Or, if the Messages app is already running, a new message alert is heard and a new message listing appears on the Messages screen (iPhone) or under the Messages heading on the left side of the iPad screen.

 

If you already have the conversation screen open and a new message from the person you’re conversing with is received, that message appears on the conversation screen. Meanwhile, if you’re an Apple Watch user, the messages you receive are automatically displayed on your watch’s screen as well. This includes all graphic-oriented message features available through iMessage.

 

Tip

When a new message arrives, a blue dot appears to the left of the new message’s listing (under the Messages heading on the iPad or on the Messages screen on the iPhone). The blue dot indicates it’s a new, unread message.

 

To read the incoming message and respond to it, tap the incoming message listing. If you’re looking at the listing in Notification Center, for example, and you tap it, the Messages app launches and the appropriate conversation window automatically opens.

 

After reading the incoming text message, use the virtual keyboard to type your response in the blank message field, and then tap the Send icon to send the response message.

 

Relaunching or Reviewing Past Conversations

From the Messages screen on the iPhone, or from the left side of the screen on the iPad, when the Messages app is running, you can view a listing of all saved conversations. Each listing displays the person’s name, the date and time of the last message sent or received, and a summary of the last message sent or received.

 

Tap any of the listings to relaunch that conversation in the Conversation window. You can either reread the entire conversation or continue the conversation by sending a message to that person.

 

Tip

By tapping one listing at a time, you can participate in multiple conversations.

On the iPhone, to exit the conversation screen you’re currently viewing, tap the left-pointing arrow icon in the upper-left corner of the screen (labeled Messages). On the iPad, tap one of the other listings under the Messages heading on the left side of the screen.

 

From the Messages screen on the iPhone (or the Messages listing on the iPad on the left side of the screen), tap Edit, and then tap the red-and-white – icon next to a conversation to quickly delete the entire conversation. This removes the content from the device you’re using but does not affect the conversation another participant (s) have stored within their respective mobile devices or compatible equipment.

 

Tip

While engaged in a conversation via the Message app, tap the Info icon at the top-right corner of the conversation screen. The Details screen appears. From the Details screen, you can initiate a FaceTime, voice, or text message conversation with that person.

 

You can also use your iPhone or iPad’s Location Services (GPS) capabilities to send your exact location to that person. The recipient receives a map that displays your exact location. They can then tap this Maps icon and then tap the Directions to Here option to obtain turn-by-turn navigation directions from their current location to yours.

 

If you want the recipient to know when you have read their messages after they’ve been received by you, turn on the virtual switch associated with the Send Read Receipts option. This option is set separately for each person you communicate with via Messages.

 

Scroll down in the Details screen to see a collection of all images or attachments that have been shared during the entire conversation with that person (that’s taken place using Messages).

 

Tap the Images tab to view the images/photos, or tap the Attachments tab to view other content that’s been shared.

 

Writing Messages by Hand on an iPad

When using any model iPad, instead of typing a text-message when using iMessage with the Messages app, tap the Drawing key that’s in the bottom row of the virtual keyboard (between the “.?123” and Hide Keyboard keys). The virtual keyboard disappears, and a white box appears in its place.

 

Using your finger or an Apple Pencil (if you’re using an iPad Pro), handwrite or draw a message. When you’re done, tap Done. What you created within the white box will be transferred to the text message field as an outgoing graphic message. Tap the Send icon to send it, or tap the X icon to delete the message without sending it.

 

Note

You can add a typed comment in the message field to send along with your drawing or handwritten note.

While the white box is visible, tap the clock-shaped icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen to see a menu of stock handwritten messages. Tap one to select it. Tap the clock-shaped icon again to make the menu disappear and return to the white box.

As you’re viewing the white box, to make the virtual keyboard re-appear, tap the keyboard icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

 

Muting Conversations

If you start getting bombarded by incoming messages from people who aren’t too important to you, it’s possible to easily mute those conversations.

 

To do this, from the Messages screen (or pane) swipe from right to left across a conversation listing, and then tap the Hide Alerts button. Alternatively, open the conversation from the person you want to “mute,” and tap the Info (i) icon associated with the conversation. Turn on the virtual switch associated with

 

Hide Alerts.

New incoming messages will still be received and visible within the Message app, but you won’t receive any alerts, alarms, or notifications related to messages from that person until you manually unmute the conversation by turning off the Hide Alerts switch.

 

Note

When a specific conversation is muted, a moon icon is displayed to the left of a person’s profile photo on the Messages screen (iPhone) or along the Messages pane (iPad).

 

To refrain from receiving alerts, alarms, and notifications from everyone you’re communicating with via the Message app, launch Settings, tap Notifications, tap Messages, and then turn off the virtual switch associated with the Allow Notifications option.

 

To continue receiving notifications without having an audible alert for incoming messages, from the Messages submenu within Settings, tap Sounds and select None.

 

Note

If you want to turn off all alerts, alarms, and notifications for all apps (including the Phone app on an iPhone and FaceTime on an iPhone or iPad), turn on the Do Not Disturb feature in the Control Center or from Settings. When you’re ready to receive alerts, alarms, and notifications once again (including incoming calls and text messages), be sure to manually turn off the Do Not Disturb feature, unless you have set a schedule for turning Do Not Disturb on and off.

 

To block someone from calling you or sending you text messages, open the conversation within the Messages app, tap on the Info (i) icon, tap the person’s name to view their information screen, and then tap the Block This Caller option at the bottom of the screen.

 

Alternatively, launch the Phone app (on an iPhone), tap the Recent icon, tap the Info (i) icon associated with the person’s most recent call, and then tap the Block This Caller option. The person remains blocked until you manually unblock them by tapping the Unblock This Caller option that now appears at the bottom of the person’s Information screen.

 

What’s New

If you ever need to use just one hand to hold an iPhone and type on its virtual keyboard, there’s a new feature that makes this easier. (But you should never do this while driving!)

 

As you’re composing a text message, press and hold down the Emoji key on the virtual keyboard, and then tap the keyboard icon displayed on the right or left side of the pop-up window.

 

The on-screen keyboard shrinks so all the keys are reachable with just your right or left hand. For example, if you’ll be holding the phone in your left hand, tap on the keyboard icon on the left. The shrunken virtual keyboard repositions itself on the left side of the screen.

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