12 texting tips you didn’t know iPhone could do

File photo: An iPhone-X is seen on a large video screen in the new Apple Visitor Center in Cupertino, California, USA, 17 November 2017. (REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)

“Hey, can I call you?” I bet that millions of send these text every day. It is common etiquette. You text first to see if someone is busy. If you have a “Sure” or “J” or “K,” you can ring that person.

Texts used to be practical; now they are an integral part of our lives. We hold entire conversations via text. We exchange Gifs, emojis and videos with ease. Not sure what kind of butter to buy? Text your husband a picture of two marks for the answer.

Waiting for a response can be painful, especially if you’re not even sure that the person has seen your text. But there is a way. Click here to find out if the recipient has read text messages.

Here are iPhone sms and tricks that you wish you have known all along.

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1. Reply directly from a notification

If you have an iPhone 6S (or later model), you are probably familiar with 3D Touch, even if you don’t use it very much. With this function you can on your screen with different amounts of finger pressure to access more options. This is kind of like the mouse pointer on an icon with your mouse, but better. As soon as you start using a 3D Touch, you will get it.

For example, with a 3D Touch, you don’t have to open the Messages app to reply to a message. Just do a long press on the lock-screen text message itself to reply. If you are in a hurry, you can turn this feature saves you time, although 3D Touch does require some practice.

2. Use the 3D Touch for quick answers

You can also make use of 3D Touch for a long press a text in the Messages app for sending short cute answers such as “like,” “heart,” “unlike,” “smile” and the question mark icons. This saves you the task of browsing the full range of emojis for just the right. Related: don’t you know what your teen is texting? Click here for a chart of inappropriate emojis. Warning: Some are NSFW.

3. Know how to copy and forward

The copy of messages in Messenger can be tricky, because it is always difficult to find a text on your phone with only your finger. But sometimes you want to move forward with the full content of the text – to show to someone else, to re-submit deleted info, or to archive important correspondence.

In place of the copy and paste of a message text to send, you can simply “long press” a message (similar to the quick reply). Tap More on the bottom menu, and then select the arrow in the lower left corner. The original message content to be copied as a new message. Select the recipients as usual. If it’s a really important text or call, to save out Messages. Click here to find out how to save your text messages.

4. Share your location with a tap

Why would you need to share your location with anyone who has the Messages app? ies, for one. You can easily direct many people to an unknown location, such as a hut at the end of a spidery dirt road in the middle of the night. In theory, you could use it for emergencies.

(For reasons of privacy, you probably don’t want this feature on all the time. But in case you need it, you can easily share your location with everyone in the Messages app).

To share your location in the Messages app, Open a conversation, then tap the small “i” icon in the upper-right corner of your screen to open the contact.

To send your current location (including a map) to the contact, tap send My Current Location.

If you want to send someone regular updates about your location, you can tap on Share My Location instead.

1. On your child’s phone, go to Contacts, and select your name.

2. On your own contact page, scroll down and tap on Share My Location.

3. Choose between s of An Hour, Share Until the End of the Day, or Share Indefinitely.

5. Save data with this quick fix

The send pictures via the sms-messages can be data-intensive. If you have a cellular data cap, you can eat through them in no time. You don’t always need to send a mb-value of a material by the sms-message, especially when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi.

In order to save bandwidth, you can choose to send low-quality photos in your iPhone text messages instead. Here is how you do it: Go to Settings >> Messages >> and scroll all the way down and set the Image Quality Mode to On.

6. Stop the annoying alerts

The good news is that iPhones will send you two sms alerts when you receive a message, as well as the optional accompanying sounds. This is a default setting, you will get two warnings in a two-minute interval. Although this is great for most occasions, I personally found it unnecessary.

Your iPhone can send text alerts, you must do this: Go to Settings >> Notifications >> Messages. Scroll down to Repeat Alert, set this to Never.

7. Silence crazy group messages

We often take part in a group-sms-session, and we get the information we need, and then we think: “Okay, I’m done. No need for more texts.” But still the alerts ping, ping, ping, and distance, and they can easily be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can use the silence of this group of alerts on your iPhone.

To the mute group message alerts, swipe to the left on the group message, and then tap Hide Alerts. You’ll see a moon icon to the left of the group to indicate that it is disabled. Beautiful.

8. Make it harder to respond to the wrong message

Even seasoned texters may be confused about which conversation they respond to, especially if you have multiple group-text sessions happening simultaneously. To avoid painful misunderstandings, you can organize your group texts by giving separate labels.

To rename a group, open the conversation, tap the “i” icon at the top right, tap, Enter the Name of the Group.

9. Know who the texts without looking at your phone

Similar to the special ringtone for your special someone, you can also use special text tones for specific contacts. This is great for know exactly who just sent you a text.

To set a special text tone on your iPhone, select the specific Contact on the Contacts app or the Phone app), then tap “Edit” in the upper right corner. Now click the “Text Tone” section, change it from “Default” to something else. You can also use the specific contact vibrate in this section.

10. Block and silence the annoying

Do you have contacts who keep annoying you with text messages? Well, on the iPhone, you can simply block the contact and the silence them.

Here is how you do that: From the text of the conversation, then tap the “i” icon on the top-right and then tap the name or number of the tap. Select Block this Caller to Block Contact to confirm. Don’t worry, you always have the option to unblock the contact later.

11. Hide embarrassing notification previews

Text notification previews are useful. You can use the first few lines of the text for unlocking your phone, and thus determine whether a response is urgent. The disadvantage: Everyone can read your texts from the lock screen.

If you do not want your text previews hidden on the lock screen, and save yourself from potential embarrassment, you can go to Settings >> Notifications >> Messages, then scroll down to Show Previews set to When Unlocked or Never.

12. Start using this alternative for long texts

If you do not have time to click away and send a long message to one of your friends? No problem.

You can record a voice memo via Messages so that your friend will receive an audio-clip. It saves you time on long messages, and also gives them the personal touch of hearing your voice.

1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Tap on an existing conversation with the person you wish to send a voice memo on.

3. Tap and hold on the microphone button and speak into the microphone of your phone.

4. Swipe up to the quick send button (looks like a message bubble with an arrow).

If you mess up while recording, swipe with your finger to the left in step 4 instead of up to cancel and the message. Tap and hold again to start the recording over.

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