What Are the Differences Between iMessages and Messages?

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As a new iOS user, you may have no idea of the difference between iMessages and regular texts or SMS messages? New iPhone users that can’t differentiate between iMessages and SMS messages can acquire extra charges to their monthly smartphone bills, because they might end up sending SMSes or MMSes instead of iMessages.

As an iPhone owner you have two built-in options for sending texts messages. I’m talking about the regular carrier provided Short Message System and the iOS native iMessage option, which together with FaceTime, provides free texting, audio and video calling options. Both chat alternatives come with important advantages and limitations.

 iMessages vs SMS Messages – Connectivity

The first major difference between the two services comes when referring to accessibility. iMessages are sent via Internet, so you need a WiFi or carrier data connectivity in order to use this iOS feature. Secondly, your chat partner has to also own an iPhone or iPad. Other smartphone owners can’t engage in iMessage conversations. On the other hand, regular texts are sent using your carrier’s signal. If your antenna shows ‘No Service’ but your WiFi connection has bars, you can rely on iMessages for getting in touch with your iOS contacts.

 iMessages vs SMS Messages – Pricing

If we talk about pricing, iMessages clearly top the comparison because they are free of charge. More, they comfortably support audio, video and image attachments, which make them obvious winners. Even if, nowadays, many companies provide high numbers and even unlimited SMS (Short Message Service) texting plans, it’s still unlikely to find good MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) offers, that could rival with the free iMessage features.

If you’re an iPhone user and wonder ‘how to know what type of text you’re sending?’, when reaching for a conversation, here is a simple tip that will eliminate any confusion. iOS uses different colored themes to point out what texting service you are about to use. So, if your message input field is Blue then you are about to send an iMessage. If the same screen is Green you are on carrier text messages. Knowing this allows you to efficiently avoid acquiring additional carrier charges.

How To Set up iMessages

Do note, that this free iOS message sending feature isn’t enabled by default. You have to visit ‘Settings’, scroll for ‘Messages’ and tap the ON/OFF knob, to activate or disable iMessage. Next, tap on ‘Use your Apple ID for iMessages’ insert your log-in details and hit ‘Sign In’. All email addresses and phone numbers associated with your Apple ID will be displayed. Tap on ‘Send & Receive’ and select how contacts will be able to reach you. Also select what setting you wish to use for starting iMessage conversations.

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