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iMessage Settings on iOS

iMessage, a messaging service built into the Messages app on your Mac and iPhone. They are blue messages that you send or receive from other Apple users. Different than SMS, they require an internet connection via your data plan or Wi-Fi.

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To get to iMessage settings on iOS go to “Settings>Messages”. Turn on iMessage by flipping the top switch. Then click on “Send and Receive” and sign in with your AppleID if you haven’t already. A list of phone numbers and emails that are associated with your AppleID will appear. A checkmark identifies a contact email or phone number that is used with iMessage. The top group in ways that people can contact you and the bottom group is the one phone number or email that you use when you start new conversations. iMessage uses the same settings like reading receipts, text message forwarding, and show contact photo as standard messaging which you can change by going back into message settings.