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The Coolest Things to Check Out in Message’s App Store The Coolest Things to Check Out in Message’s App Store

iOS: If you live in your Messages group chats, you know how cumbersome it can be to share something other than pictures of yourself. Popping in and out of other apps, copying and pasting links, looking for that share button that seems to be in a different spot every time—it can get frustrating. Luckily, you can…

Secure Messaging App Showdown: WhatsApp vs. Signal Secure Messaging App Showdown: WhatsApp vs. Signal

So, you’re interested in secure, encrypted chat apps. You have a few different choices, but as with any chat app, what all your friends are using is important. To that end, Signal and WhatsApp are easily the most popular. Here’s how they compare.

How to Prevent iMessages From Accidentally Appearing On Other Devices How to Prevent iMessages From Accidentally Appearing On Other Devices

If you own multiple Apple devices, you’ve probably signed into all of them with your Apple ID. You’ve also probably noticed that when you get a Facetime call your computer rings, or when you get an iMessage your iPad beeps. For most of us, this is a small annoyance worth fixing. For others, it’s a potential privacy…

Switch Back to the Landscape Keyboard on the iPhone Instead of the Annoying Handwriting Interface Switch Back to the Landscape Keyboard on the iPhone Instead of the Annoying Handwriting Interface

When you flip your iPhone over to the landscape view when you’re typing a message, it automatically changes to the handwriting interface. Chances are, most of us don’t handwrite messages and would prefer the landscape keyboard here. Good news, though, How-To Geek points out that when you tap the keyboard button, iOS…

Facebook Will Let Brands Send You Ads If You've Messaged Them Before Facebook Will Let Brands Send You Ads If You've Messaged Them Before

Earlier this year, Facebook announced it was building bots that would let companies chat with you in Messenger. Now, the company has announced sponsored messages. They’re like ads, but for your chat app.

The iMessage Apps and Stickers That Are Actually Useful The iMessage Apps and Stickers That Are Actually Useful

In iOS 10, Apple refreshed its Messages app with a ton of new features. One of those features, an app store specifically for Messages, met with a resounding “meh” from users and a “hurray!” from brands. Good news though, not all of those apps are terrible branded sticker packs. In fact, there are some genuinely useful…

How to Delete an Obnoxious Sticker Someone Sent You in iOS 10 How to Delete an Obnoxious Sticker Someone Sent You in iOS 10

Not everyone likes the new features in Messages. So, if you have an annoying friend sending you a million stickers, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s possible to at least remove those stickers, though you can’t stop them from arriving in the first place.

How to Master the New Messages App in iOS 10 How to Master the New Messages App in iOS 10

The biggest new change in iOS 10 is the Messages app, which is suddenly a lot more playful with the addition of animations, stickers, and more. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Use 3D Touch to Read Text Messages without Sending a Read Receipt Use 3D Touch to Read Text Messages without Sending a Read Receipt

Read receipts are one of those bizarre things that some people love, but others hate. While you should probably just turn them off if you don’t like them, iPhone 6s users can keep them on while still seeing messages with a little 3D touch trick.

Clear Out Multiple Photos in iOS Message Threads to Quickly Regain Space Clear Out Multiple Photos in iOS Message Threads to Quickly Regain Space

By default, iMessage saves every single photo you’re sent (you can change this, of course), which is super handy, but also eats up a ton of space. It’s easy enough to pop in and delete those photos one-by-one, but 9to5 Mac points out a somewhat hidden trick to selecting multiple photos at once.

Easily Transfer Old Messages Archives from One Mac to Another Easily Transfer Old Messages Archives from One Mac to Another

If you’ve been using Messages for a while, you may not want to let your archived messages go when you move to a new Mac. iCloud should backup and restore a lot of it, but if that history goes back pretty far, it won’t get it all. iMore shows you how to make sure it comes over to your new computer.

FoxType Politeness Checker Helps You Write More Polite Messages FoxType Politeness Checker Helps You Write More Polite Messages

Being rude in your emails or text messages doesn’t usually get you very far, especially when it’s already difficult to sense the tone with text. The FoxType tool can analyze your text and offer rewrite suggestions so you avoid unnecessary rudeness.

Use an Old Kindle to Share Messages on the Fridge Electronically Use an Old Kindle to Share Messages on the Fridge Electronically

Sure, writing a note on a piece of paper and plopping a magnet on it to stick it to a refrigerator works perfectly fine. But if you have an old Kindle around and want an over-engineered, but fun new way to leave fridge messages, DIYer Pete Vojtek shows you how to display notes on a Kindle.

Display Avatars in Messages for Mac with This Toggle Display Avatars in Messages for Mac with This Toggle

iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) users get a handy little avatar in Messages so they always know who they’re talking with. Finer Things in Tech points out you can add that same avatar in Messages for Mac with a single toggle.

SMS for iChat Lets You Text from Android Phones in the Mac Messages App SMS for iChat Lets You Text from Android Phones in the Mac Messages App

Android/OS X: Apple’s Messages app on a Mac is a neat way to chat with your iPhone without having to pick up your phone. However, it doesn’t work if you have an Android device. Until now. SMS Integration for iChat allows you to send and receive text messages from an Android phone via Messages.

Android's Messenger Adds Quick Replies and Conversation Widgets Android's Messenger Adds Quick Replies and Conversation Widgets

Android: A new update to Google’s Messenger app brings two sweet new features: quick reply, and a conversation widget you can add to your home screen.

Add a Messages "Now Typing" Indicator to Your Mac's Menu Bar Add a Messages "Now Typing" Indicator to Your Mac's Menu Bar

Do you have that terrible kind of luck where it seems like someone sends you a message on Messages the second you leave your desk? Over on iDownloadBlog, they show off how to add a simple little typing indicator to your menu bar so you know when you're about to get a new message.

When to Use Positive or Negative Messages to Motivate Yourself When to Use Positive or Negative Messages to Motivate Yourself

Positive thinking can be a great way to motivate yourself to keep healthy habits...but so can negative messages, like a fear of failing. A new review of the psychology behind motivation gives us four ways to decide when a positive or negative message will work best.

How to Prevent People from Knowing When You've Seen a Message In Apps How to Prevent People from Knowing When You've Seen a Message In Apps

It seems like every messaging app these days, from iMessage to Facebook, insists on sending "read receipts" letting people know that you've seen their message. This can be annoying. Here's how to turn off the feature in some of the most popular apps.

Facebook Chat Re-Enabler Turns On the Dormant Messaging Feature Facebook Chat Re-Enabler Turns On the Dormant Messaging Feature

Android: Facebook (in)famously forced its users to switch to the standalone Messenger app. What you might not have heard is the functionality is still there in the main Facebook app. Facebook Chat Re-Enabler switches it back on.

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