Set Up iMessage on an iPhone 6
Edited by Grimm, Leomar Umpad, Eng
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Lets go ahead and press the lock button on the right side of the phone one time to get started. Single press on that it is going to open us up to the Home screen.
Give a quick swipe across the screen. To get into the phone.
Once you are in to the phone, what your going to want to do is not tap the green Messages icon.
But rather tap on the silver Settings icon. Quick tap on Settings.
It is going to open us up to the Settings window. I am going to scroll down until we find the Messages icon - to green little check box.
There is your Messages icon lets give that a single press.
One press on that gives us a number of options. We have the options to keep Messages forever. I do not recommend doing that as it does take a space on your phone, especially if you got a lot of pictures. Important Messages can be saved we have a video on how to do that but that is another topic.
Blocked, Character Count - non of those things that we are looking for right now.
What we are looking for is iMessage. iMessage is fantastic it lets you send Messages between iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and all sorts of devices. It is great! Anything that can connect to the internet can received an iMessage and there is no cost for it. So we are going to tap this, one little time - so I'll switch here (my apologies) and it's going to turn that on.
Now, "Your carrier may charge for SMS Messages used to activate iMessage". That means that to set this up, you may be charged but once it is setup your not going to be charged to your Messages. Tap on OK.
Now, I have the choice to use my Apple ID for iMessages or I can just use my phone number or I can use both. So I am going to tap down here use my Apple ID for iMessages.
As for my Apple ID, let pull myself over here and sign on in real fast.
Once you got your Password in, you are going to tap on Go.
If you do not want to tap on Go you can tap on Sign In - tap it.
Signing In. Showing here at the top - little spinning thing. As soon as I am Signed In, then we will be able to take the next step.
Here we go, next step is the Phone number that I am using and the email addresses that I have which is available to iMessage On. We can add to that if we would like to or we do not have to add that.
Personally, I am just going to use one of these. I am not going to tell you which one of this though because undoubtedly you will send me messages telling me how great I am, I already hear that enough every day.
Once I have selected what I want, my Phone number and my email address, I'm going to tap on Next.
Next is going to verify me, lets get my greatness verified.
Now I am verified, I can send read Receipts which a lets people know if my Messages have been read or not.
You know personally I do not really care one way or the other here half read Receipts. You will know I read your message and did response which mean I know you. There is also Blocked option we will discuss it later - down here actually the very bottom just picking out.
"Send as SMS" this is a great function here, OK. If iMessages is unavailable and you need to get that message out the door that is going to go as Send an SMS. I like that, I do not like when I think I had send someone a message and it is not working. In fact it is frustrating.
Now we have a "Send & Received" option.
I got my two addresses set. Start new conversation from which one? From your phone number or from your email address? You can choose either one. If you are using just your Email address then obviously that is what you always going to be using. The advantage of using an email address is that someone on the computer can easily access you and they do not actually need your phone number. For example, a computer - meaning a Mac.
If someone is on Mac, or an iPad, or something else like that or iPod touch and they want to message you. Having your phone number sometimes might not work for them but having your email will always work. Anyway I am going to leave this as my phone number for now because you never know why I am going to message someone and they might want to call me.
"Show Subject Field"- don't care, does not matter. "Character Count"- don't care, does not matter. You can change this. You can turn On the Subject Field or you can turn on Character Count. I am not worried about Character Count. I say what I have to say and that's it.
"Blocked"- If someone is disturbing you, you can add them and you will not receive phone calls, messages, or Face Time from anyone on the Blocked list. Of course they could always change their number and you will start hearing from them again.
"Keep Messages"- for 30 Days, for 1 Year, for forever. I am a fan, I supposed, of 30 days thing. It will delete all the messages - anything older than 30 days gets deleted. At the moment I am going to cancel this and leave it set to forever. I usually go through and manually delete all of my messages. I will show you how to delete messages a little bit later in another tutorial. Anyway, that is how your stuff says.
"Audio Messages"- you can send people Audio Messages. This is actually pretty cool. Your Audio Messages expire after 2 minutes. That means the persons listens to it and then it go away after 2 minutes. You can set this up as "Never", so that they never go away and you can just delete them when you want to. So I am going to set this up as Never because sometimes my kids might send me a really cute message and I really love those little guys. Now we have got that setup.
"Raise to Listen"- Raise your phone up to your ear and listen - you can hear the messages.
"Video Messages" - video messages expire after 2 minutes or again, same situation you can set it to expire as Never. Again those kids, I am going to set this to Never. I delete the things that I do not want manually and I do not have hundreds of people messaging me. The minute start hundreds of people messaging me, I am going to change my account and then I am not going to have hundreds of people messaging me so that is all good.
So goodbye to Settings now and go back up here. Now we can press our Home button one time- circle button on the phone.
That is going to take us back to our Home screen and this concludes our tutorial on how to set Up iMessages for your iPhone 6. If you need additional help or assistance do please let us know in the section below. We will be happy to help you out and answer any questions you may have. Thanks for choosing VisiHow. Have a great day and be sure to check out some of our other videos. We have everything you need to use your iPhone 6, your Samsung Galaxy, your HTC, or your Nexus, just let us know.
Video: Set Up iMessage on an iPhone 6
Recent edits by: Leomar Umpad, Grimm