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Use iMessage to send and receive messages with other iMessage users.

  1. iMessage is built into iOS versions 5 and later, and allows you to send unlimited text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts using Wi-Fi or cellular data from your iPhone or iPad. To turn iMessage on or off, from the Home screen, select Settings.
    Note: iMessages are billed as data usage when sent over a cellular data connection. Messages will be billed as text messages when sent to other device types, or to iOS devices using an earlier version of iOS. You need a valid phone number or Apple ID to use iMessage on iPad.
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  2. Select Messages.
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  3. Select the "iMessagetoggle to turn on or off.
    Note: If you get an error when trying to activate iMessage, get help.
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  4. To send an iMessage, from the Home screen, select Messages.
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  5. In 'Messages', select the New Message icon.
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  6. Enter a phone number or email address, or select the Add icon and choose a contact.
    Note: To send messages to a group, enter multiple recipients. Learn more from Apple support article: Send a group message with your iPad.
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  7. Type in your message, or select the Camera icon to attach a photo or video, select the Digital Touch icon to draw a message, or select the Microphone icon to send an audio message.
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  8. Select the Send icon to finish.
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  9. iMessage lets you send text messages, photos, and videos to other iOS devices or Macs over Wi-Fi. SMS/MMS lets you send text messages and photos to other cell phones or devices. With iMessage you can also see when someone is replying to you with the "..." bubble icon.
    Note: You can tell which type of message you're sending by the color of the Send button and text bubbleiMessage: Send button and text bubbles are blue. SMS/MMS: Send button and text bubbles are green. 
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  10. A red exclamation mark appears if your recipient didn't get the message. Select the exclamation mark to try to send the message again.
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  11. To Like to a specific message, select and hold the Desired message, then select the Desired Like.
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  12. To forward a message, select and hold the Desired message bubble, then select More.
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  13. Select the message you want to forward, then select the Forward icon and select the person to send it to.
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  14. To delete a message, select and hold the message bubble, then select More.
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  15. Select Delete All to delete all the messages. Or select the messages you want to delete, then select Trash can icon.
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  16. Select Delete Message.
    Note: After you delete a message, you can recover it only by restoring from a backup.
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  17. To delete an entire conversation, open the list of conversations. Then swipe from right to left on the conversation you want to delete.
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  18. Select Delete.
    Note: After you delete a conversation, you can recover it only by restoring from a backup. Learn more from Apple support article: Send messages with your iPad If you can't send or receive messages on your iPad, get help.
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