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How to Enable Messages in iCloud and Fix Stuck Message Downloads

Messages in iCloud, as the name suggests, stores your iMessages in Apple's cloud servers rather than on each of your individual devices, which has a number of benefits. When you receive a message on one device, it shows up on all devices logged into the same iCloud account. Likewise, when you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices. Another advantage of the feature is that your messages, photos, and other message attachments are stored in iCloud, which frees up space on your devices. In addition, all your messages appear when you sign into a new device with the same iCloud account. To make sure that Messages in iCloud is turned on for you, follow these steps. How to Enable Messages in iCloud on iOS Bear in mind that iOS 11.4 or later must be running on your device for the feature to work. If you haven't already, enable two-factor authentication on your Apple account. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap your name in the banner at the top. Tap iCloud. Make sure the switch next to Messages is toggled to its green ON position.How to Enable Messages in iCloud on Mac Note that Messages in iCloud only works on Macs running macOS High Sierra (10.13.5) or later. Launch the Messages app on your Mac – you can find it in the Applications folder. It can also be found in the Dock on new Macs. If this is your first time using Messages on Mac, you'll be asked to sign in. Enter the same Apple ID that you use with Messages on your iPhone and other Apple devices. If you have two-step or two-factor

How to Stop Your iPhone Messages Being Delivered as Junk

In iOS 13.3, Apple has made improvements to its stock Messages app in order to minimize the amount of junk messages that users receive. However, the feature isn't always accurate and can sometimes prevent legitimate messages from being delivered as normal. If you're trying to send a message to someone on your iPhone and you see an alert that says the message was "delivered as junk," here's what you can do to make sure it doesn't happen again. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Messages. Tap Send & Receive. Make sure that only your phone number is selected under Start New Conversations From. (If your Apple ID is selected, the messages will be delivered as junk.)If that doesn't fix things, ask the person that you're trying to message to make sure that your phone number is in their Contacts. Also, ask the person that you're trying to message to send you a message first to start the conversation. Note that if you're on an iPad or iPod touch, you'll need to turn on Text Message Forwarding from your iPhone for your messages to be sent at

How to Change Who Sees Your Messages Profile in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple allows you to create a standardized iMessage profile that includes your name and photo – or an Animoji/Memoji – to accompany the messages you send to friends so that they know who you are. The idea behind the new feature is that contacts in the Messages app become more easily identifiable, similar to the way WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger contacts have recognizable profile pictures. The difference in iOS 13 is that, thanks to Apple's privacy-minded approach, you can control who sees your Messages profile. The steps below show you how. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Scroll down and tap Messages. Tap Share Name and Photo. Toggle the switch next to Share Name and Photo to the green ON position if it isn't already enabled. To automatically share your updated name and photo with people in your contacts the next time you send a message, tap Contacts Only; to be prompted before your updated name and photo are shared, tap Always Ask; or to automatically share your updated profile with everyone, select Anyone and then tap Yes to confirm.Want to use a custom Memoji as your profile picture in Messages but don't know where to start? Click here to learn how to create your own Memoji in iOS 13

How to Use Animoji and Memoji Stickers in iOS 13

In iOS 11, Apple introduced animated emoji characters called Animoji, which are designed to mimic your facial expressions. Later in iOS 12, Animoji grew to encompass Memoji, which are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you. Memoji and Animoji are limited to Apple's iPhones with TrueDepth technology, but in iOS 13, Apple added several different Animoji and Memoji stickers that can be used on all Apple devices with an A9 chip or later. Animoji/Memoji stickers let you express yourself with a character that looks like you, using classic emoji-like poses and faces, such as heart eyes, brain exploding, shushing face, laughing with tears, crying, shrugging, face palm, and more. Keep reading to learn how to use them when sending Messages. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the New Message icon in the top-right of the screen, or select an existing message thread that you want to use to send an Animoji/Memoji sticker. If you're sending a new message, enter a contact in the To: field. Tap the App Store icon beside the message field, which appears at the top of the onscreen keyboard. Tap the icon consisting of three Memoji faces. You'll see a horizontally scrolling list of faces including Animoji and any Memoji you've created. Tap a face to access a selection of pre-defined stickers – select one to send as a message, add a comment if desired and then tap the Send button. Alternately, tap the plus (+) icon to create a new Memoji, and you'll be sent to the Memoji creation screen. From here, you can

How to See Links, Attachments, and Photos From a Messages Conversation

Apple overhauled several features in its stock Messages app in iOS 13, introducing an enhanced search function, new Memoji customization options, and more. Apple also improved the conversation information screen available to you in individual message threads, allowing you to find shared media quickly and easily. Keep reading to learn how to access this information section on your iPhone or iPad. Launch the Messages app on your iOS device. Tap on an existing message thread in the Messages list. Tap the chevron beside the contact's name at the top of the screen to reveal additional options. Tap the Info icon (the circled "I"). You should see the Info or "Details" panel, which includes options at the top to send or share your current location with the contact, as well as a toggle to Hide Alerts for new messages in this thread. The section below these options has been overhauled in iOS 13, offering a more organized look at the kind of media that has been shared in the thread. Subsection previews appear for photos, videos, links, attachments, and locations, any of which you can tap to access further sharing options via the Share Sheet icon (the square with an arrow pointing out). Tap Show All below a media kind preview to reveal the complete collection for the thread.Did you know that iOS 13 also includes new Animoji and Memoji stickers for use in Messages? Click here to learn how to access

How to Create a Custom iMessage Profile in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple allows you to create a standardized iMessage profile that includes your name and photo – or an Animoji/Memoji – which accompanies the messages you send to friends so that they know who you are. The idea behind the new feature is that contacts in the Messages become more easily identifiable, similar to the way WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger contacts have recognizable profile pictures. If you choose to use a Memoji as your profile pic, you'll be happy to learn that iOS 13 also provides options for customizing it, including pre-selected poses and background colors. How to Add a Custom Message Photo Profile in iOS 13 Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Messages. Tap Share Name and Photo. To use a photo in your new profile, tap the Camera button and take a picture of yourself. Alternatively, tap All Photos to choose an existing picture from your photo albums. Once you've selected a picture, you'll be given the option to move and scale it in the circular frame. Click Choose once you're done. You'll then be asked to select a filter to apply to the photo. Alternatively, tap Original to skip this step. Tap Done. Tap the empty fields alongside your profile picture to enter your first and second name. Make sure the Share Name and Photo switch is toggled to the On position. Choose from one of the automatic contact sharing options – Contacts Only, Always Ask, or Anyone. How to Add a Message Animoji/Memoji Profile in iOS 13 Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Messages. Tap Share Name and Photo. Select an

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iOS 13.3 Includes Improvements to Minimize Junk Messages

In a new support document, Apple has indicated that iOS 13.3 includes improvements to further minimize junk messages in the Messages app. If you are trying to send a message to someone and you see an alert on your device that says the message was delivered as junk, Apple has provided some potential solutions to get around that:- Ask the person that you're trying to message to add your phone number to their Contacts. - Ask the person that you're trying to message to send you a message to start the conversation. - On your device, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive and make sure that only your phone number is selected under Start New Conversations From. If your Apple ID is selected, the messages will be delivered as junk. - If you're on an iPad or iPod touch, turn on Text Message Forwarding from your iPhone.iOS 13.3 was publicly released earlier

Samsung Created a Bunch of Pro-Green Bubble GIFs to Get Back at iPhone Users Who Prefer Blue Chat Bubbles

Samsung today debuted a bunch of GIFs that are meant to serve as comebacks for Android users who are maligned for their green text bubbles. As iPhone owners know, iMessages on an ‌iPhone‌ are denoted with a blue chat bubble, while SMS text messages from other devices such as Samsung devices are green. That lets ‌iPhone‌ users know who has an ‌iPhone‌ and who doesn't. iOS users often prefer texting other iOS users over Android users because SMS messages lack many of the capabilities available to iMessage users. If you've ever been in a group text with a bunch of ‌iPhone‌ users and one Android user, for example, you've probably run into bugs and other limitations. ‌iPhone‌ users' preference for blue bubbles sometimes leads to Android users being teased or left out of conversations. Samsung's solution is, as The Verge points out, apparently a series of GIFs shared on Giphy that Android users can send to the ‌iPhone‌ users who make fun of them for green bubbles. All of the GIFs feature weird animated green chat bubbles that range from creepy to bizarre. There's "Deal With It" green bubble lettering, a unicorn that stabs a blue chat bubble and turns it green, a green chat bubble with huge muscles showing off, an iguana that turns a green bubble blue, and more. In many of the GIFs, green bubbles are seen as defeating or conquering blue bubbles in some way, suggesting SMS texts are superior to iMessage texts. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Samsung made more than 20 GIFs that are on Giphy for Android users to take advantage of, and according to The