How to Fix iMessage’s Read Receipts: A Proposal

If you’ve ever used iMessage, the proprietary messaging platform for Apple devices such as the iPhone, you’ve probably developed an opinion (or a refined lack of opinion) about its “read receipts” feature. They’re based on a simple idea—what if you could automatically notify people that you had seen their… »11/02/15 4:08pm11/02/15 4:08pm


10 Tricks to Make Yourself an iMessage Master

Apple’s iMessage is an all-in-one messaging solution that stays with you across mobile devices and laptops—assuming they’re all made by Apple of course. Even if you rely on the service every day, you may not know about some of the features and tricks you can take advantage of, so we’re here to help put that right. »5/13/15 9:26am5/13/15 9:26am

Apple Finally Has a Tool to Escape From iMessage Purgatory

If you've ever switched from an iPhone to absolutely any other phone at all, you know that getting your texts out of the infuriating black hole of dead iMessage numbers can be hell. At long last, Apple's heard our prayers (and hours upon hours of customer service calls) and released an online tool that makes the whole… »11/09/14 6:53pm11/09/14 6:53pm

Apple Admits iMessage Screw-Up, Has a Fix Coming... Sometime

If you've tried to transition out of your iPhone into an Android or Windows Phone device, you've likely known the singular frustration of having your text messages vanish into the iMessage ether. Today, in a statement to Recode, Apple acknowledged the problem, explained why it's been particularly awful lately, and… »5/22/14 9:01am5/22/14 9:01am

When Apple Damns Your Texts to iMessage Purgatory

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as… »5/13/14 6:00pm5/13/14 6:00pm

Has iMessage Been More Screwed Up Than Usual for You?

iMessage has been screwing up. Which, well, isn't news to people who have been burned by iMessage before. But! It's been screwing up more than usual. Enough that Apple has finally admitted that a "fraction of a percent" of iMessage users are having issues with the blue text bubble messaging service. Are you included… »10/02/13 12:22am10/02/13 12:22am

The DEA Is Upset It Can't Access iMessages (They're Just Like Us!)

We've all generally come to accept the fact that, in using iMessage, our correspondence runs the very real risk of being eternally damned to the iCloud ether. But at least now, we know we're not suffering alone; a document obtained by CNET has revealed that the DEA has also been whining about their inability to access… »4/04/13 10:26am4/04/13 10:26am

How To Fix iMessage If Someone Crashes You With That Vicious Text String

So the text string "File:SLASHSLASHSLASH" (with actual slashes) can inexplicably crash just about any app on Mountain Lion. Aside from being a curiosity, it can also be a weapon if you start hurling File:SLASHSLASHSLASH salvos at your friends through iMessage. If you get hit, or you hit someone and feel bad… »2/04/13 11:29am2/04/13 11:29am