Communicate Using Messages
Cell phone owners have long enjoyed (and abused in quantity) the ability to send and receive SMS texts, which turn out to be enormously expensive relative to the amount of data that’s actually being sent. With its Messages app, Apple broke the cellular carriers’ chokehold on texts by sending the same data over the Internet for free. The iPad isn’t a cell phone, but using the Messages app, you can communicate with other people who own a device running iOS 5.0 or later.
Set up Messages
Messages uses your Apple ID email address to route incoming messages. You can also specify other addresses that people can use to send messages to you. And if you own an iPhone with the same Apple ID, you can receive messages directed to your phone number, too.
- Go to Settings > Messages and tap the Send & Receive button.
- Choose one of the addresses iCloud knows about, or tap Add Another Email and enter an email address.
- In the “Start new conversations from” section, choose the address you want other people to reply to. This setting is important if you want all of your iMessage-capable devices to track the same conversations.
- Go back to the Messages screen to apply the setting.
Send a text message
You can send a text to an email address or a phone number (provided the number belongs to someone who also has Messages on their iPhone).
- In Messages, tap the New Message button ().
- Type the name or address of the person to whom you want to communicate in the To field that appears.
In the message line just above the keyboard, type or dictate a message (Figure 4.24). It’s also possible to send photos or videos—tap the camera button to capture a new shot or choose from your photo library.
Figure 4.24. Sending a text in Messages
- Tap Send.
Conversations appear above the message line in dialog balloons.