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September 14, 2018
Have you received a GIF in a text on your iPhone and wondered, "what does GIF stand for, anyway?" If you've been wondering what GIF means and how to find the GIF keyboard on your iPhone so you can start sending them, too, this is the article for you. GIFs are basically small, moving or animated pictures that you can use and send in a variety of ways. In this tip, we'll go over how to search for and send an Messages GIF. You won't need a GIF app or anything extra, and it's fun and easy. Let's get started!
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August 29, 2018
Have you ever received a text message that's obviously a spam text? We've already gone over how to block a call on iPhone, as well as how to block telemarketers, scammers, and spammers on iPhone calls, but what if you're getting spoof text messages? There is a way to report spam texts right in the Messages app; when you do this, the content and sender's information is sent to Apple. Once you've made your report, you can block the number that the potential text message scam came from, and never receive a call or message from that number again! Let's get started learning how to report fake text messages on iPhone. 
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August 24, 2018
Apple Music has a plethora of playlist choices, and Apple heavily promotes the fact that humans curate these playlists instead of computers. There are various options for finding Apple Playlists from the For You section of Apple Music, and you can create playlists as well! If you discover or create a playlist you particularly love, you might be wondering how to share Apple Music playlists. It’s easy to share music on your iPhone with Apple Music playlists; let's learn how now!
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August 10, 2018
Have you ever wondered how to turn off Read Receipts on your iPhone? You know, the notification sent to the person who texted you that you've read their message? iMessage Read Receipts are okay sometimes; however, it’s not always desirable or necessary that every single person you talk to knows when you’ve read their message. Here's the good news, you can turn off Read Receipts on your iPhone, but leave them on for specific conversations where they're helpful to you. Here’s how to turn on Read Receipts for specific conversations on your iPhone. 
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August 08, 2018
Here's a fun one! Did you know that Apple's animated emojis, Animojis, can not only be sent as video messages but also as stickers in your iPhone's Messages app? While you still need an iPhone with Face ID to send video messages, you can now send Animoji stickers from any iPhone with iOS 13, meaning the iPhone SE and later. Let's get started with learning how to make and use Animoji stickers in Messages right now. 
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June 14, 2018
Lately I've noticed that the app switcher at the bottom of my messages is getting cluttered with icons that I never added. You can remove apps from the app switcher in the switcher's More Options menu. The overabundance of icons on my app bar has made me want to pare down my selection, so I'm not forever scrolling back and forth searching for my favorites. Let's get started learning how to add and remove apps from Messages on the iPhone, so we can have just the ones we need and want available for our texts. 
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June 08, 2018
Have you ever wondered how to turn off iMessage on Mac? The first time I received an iMessage on my Mac, I immediately began looking for a way to disable the feature. My iPhone tends to be right next to me anyway, so broadcasting my text messages on a Mac is definitely something I wanted to deactivate. Luckily, you can stop iMessages from popping up by simply turning off messages on Mac. It’s actually incredibly easy to do. Here’s how to deactivate and get rid of messages on Mac.
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May 25, 2018
Apple introduced the QuickType predictive text feature to iPhone users with iOS 8, and it's been a time-saver ever since. The iPhone's ability to suggest the three most likely words you'll use next in your message is a fantastic keyboard add-on, but what happens when QuickType makes the wrong word suggestions? Sometimes our iPhone keyboards "learn" misspellings, or offer unwanted words that pop up before the word you prefer. Luckily, there is a way to edit or remove unwanted words that the predictive text feature presents. Read on to learn how to fix your iPhone's predictive text function by resetting your iPhone's keyboard, so you can make sure QuickType is suggesting the words you really need in your iMessages. 
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May 09, 2018
Have you been wondering how to save photos from your iPhone? Don't worry, you can easily save images you’ve received from email or Messages. Whether you've got a text from a friend with pictures of your road trip or an email from family with pics of the grandkids, you can save those snapshots to your iPhone with a couple of taps. Saving images on iPhone from email or Messages is roughly the same process, but with email, you can also copy and paste the image from one email into a new email. We'll cover both methods, plus some quick ways to transfer those images from your iPhone to your desktop. Here's how to save pictures from email and messages on your iPhone.
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May 04, 2018
I try to be good about keeping my Messages app clear of unwanted texts by deleting them. There are times, though, that I receive messages from people who are not in my Contacts and I may want to save the text, but not necessarily add the person to my Contacts list. That’s why I’m glad Apple added a sorting feature to Messages. Now I can keep my Contacts and Unknown Senders separate. Once you change this message-filter setting on your iPhone, you'll see two tabs in Messages: one for Contacts and one for Unknown Senders. Here’s how to sort texts from Contacts and unknown senders in Messages on your iPhone.
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April 25, 2018
Apple announced the Apple Business Chat platform at WWDC 2017 and iOS 11.3 has finally introduced us to the program. The Business Chat platform allows iPhone users to connect with companies through iMessages, or from the businesses' app or website, rather than talking on the phone. Apple is rolling out Business Chat slowly; it's only available as a beta version right now, with a limited number of partner companies. Let's stay ahead of the curve and learn how to use Business Chat on our iPhones. 
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April 24, 2018
Animoji is a new iMessage feature that currently is only available on the iPhone X. Animojis are animated emojis, and the technology required to create them is really incredible, with far-reaching potential applications. The Animojis feature allows iPhone X owners to animate various characters in ten-second videos and send them to friends. When you move your face, the Animoji automatically moves with you. With Animojis, you are essentially animating your own face, as though you were in a cartoon right from the comfort of your iPhone. The first iteration of Animojis allowed you to be a unicorn, the poop emoji, a panda, a chicken, and more. With iOS 11.3, Apple has added a bear, a dragon, a lion, and a skull.  Here’s how to use Animojis on your iPhone X.
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March 07, 2018
We've gone over how to block a phone number on the iPhone, which includes how to block calls and text messages, but what happens when you block someone on your iPhone? Did you know that even when someone's number is blocked, they can still leave you voicemails? It seems odd to be able to receive voicemails from someone you've put on your block list, but there it is, and in a way, this peculiar feature has its merits. For example, if you've blocked an ex or cyberbully, it can be useful to know if they've moved on or if you may have cause to worry. So let's get started learning what happens when you block a caller, how to find out if someone you blocked has called you, and how to listen to voicemails from blocked numbers, as well. 
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February 27, 2018
Sometimes, whether it's an ex, a cyberbully, or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling or texting you. That's when it's time to block their calls and texts on your iPhone. We've already gone over how to use a call blocker to stop unknown callers, and how to know if your number has been blocked, so now let's talk about how to stop unwanted messages or phone calls on your iPhone. Enabling call blocking for a specific number on your Apple device means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here’s how to block a phone number on iPhone, so you won't receive calls or texts from that number again!
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November 28, 2017
Message attachments are the photos, GIFs, and videos your friends and family send you. They’re stored as a part of each text message, and they can take up a lot of space without you ever thinking about it. Before iOS 11, you had to select each attachment you wanted to delete in the Message app. But there’s an easier way to delete message attachments and free up storage with iOS 11 on your iPhone. Here’s how.
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October 18, 2017
With iOS 10, Apple introduced Message Effects that allow you to add a bit of fun to the messages you send. You could make confetti rain or a laser show ensue when the recipient opened it. With iOS 11, Apple adds two new Message Effects— Echo and Spotlight. We’ll go over what each Message Effect does and how to use it. Here’s how to use the new Message Effects with iOS 11 on iPhone.
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August 29, 2017
In the Messages app on the iPhone, you can create group messages to keep in contact with multiple people simultaneously. You can even hold group chats with contacts that don’t use an iPhone—you just won’t be able to add anyone to a group unless it’s comprised of all iPhone users with iMessage enabled. Group messages can easily get out of hand when there are lots of people in one, but they’re fantastic for sharing information that multiple people need to know in a single message. Here’s how to create group messages on iPhone.
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August 02, 2017
The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages. Just be aware that deleted messages can’t be searched, so make sure to save any information you need before your message history is deleted. Here’s how to automatically erase old text messages on iPhone.
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July 17, 2017
All those cute pictures, funny memes, and hilarious gifs your friends send you in Messages can take up a surprising amount of your iPhone's storage capacity. Each attachment is saved to the message conversation thread, which is great if you decide to save a couple of the photos. But if you’re someone who doesn't often delete older messages, you can easily free up some phone storage by deleting the attachments. And luckily, you can delete attachments from Messages without deleting the conversation.
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July 07, 2017
You don't have to leave a group message just because you want your iPhone to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead you can turn on Do Not Disturb for that message thread and read all the messages about planning your brother-in-law's birthday party later. Here’s how to mute group messages without leaving the conversation.
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June 22, 2017
How do you keep your text messages private when reviews of incoming texts appear as banners or alerts on your home screen? Message previews can be handy if you want to quickly decide to reply to a message now, or wait and reply later. But how can you have private text messages on your iPhone with all these previews popping up? After all you don't want friends and family catching sight of private text messages you'd rather they hadn't. Sometimes it's not even an unintentional glance! We all have that one friend or coworker who thinks nothing of grabbing your iPhone to check out the text notifications on your home screen. Luckily, within your Settings app, there’s an easy way to make texts private. You can disable text messages from being displayed on your Home screen while still receiving notifications. Here’s how to keep your messages private and prevent your text messages from being on display for all to see.
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June 14, 2017
Once you get the hang of editing text on iPhone, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is. Furthermore, adding italics, bold text, or an underline on the iPhone is also easily doable. You can also indent right, select, copy, and paste text on the iPhone. It all starts with highlighting the text you want to edit. Let’s jump in; here’s how to edit and format text on the iPhone.
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