iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course
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Tips for Messages in iOS 8

I didn’t have enough room in the previous chapter to cover all the new Messages features in iOS 8, so in this chapter, I focus on more of what’s new, most of which can be found in the new Details view .

① 	The new Details screen in Messages has new features, like location sharing.

① The new Details screen in Messages has new features, like location sharing.

It’s All in the Details

While viewing a Messages chat, tap Details in the upper right to uncover a host of capabilities.

Group Details

② 	You can now name groups in the new Details view, but you won’t see the Group Name field until you pull down.

② You can now name groups in the new Details view, but you won’t see the Group Name field until you pull down.

③ 	Yay, you can finally leave a chat!

③ Yay, you can finally leave a chat!

Tip: If Leave this Conversation is dimmed, it’s usually because one party isn’t using iMessage. Try muting the conversation instead.

Share Your Location

Tip: To see who you’re currently sharing your location with, go to Settings > iCloud > Share My Location.

Block ’Em

You can block contacts from messaging, calling, or attempting to FaceTime you.

Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked to see who you’re blocking or add an unwanted contact to the list.

Manage All Attachments

All chat attachments are displayed in a grid in the Details view .

④ 	Scroll down in Details view to see all attachments in the chat.

④ Scroll down in Details view to see all attachments in the chat.

Experiment with tapping items (such as photos, videos, PDFs, and audio clips), and with holding on items to open a popover, to find controls for copying, saving, and deleting:

⑤ 	Tap an image to get a blue checkmark at its lower right and add it to the batch that will be saved.

⑤ Tap an image to get a blue checkmark at its lower right and add it to the batch that will be saved.

Tip: You can find saved voice messages in the Voice Memos app, and saved videos and photos in the Photos app.

Mark All Messages Read

An unread message is marked in the messages list with a colored circle at its left. To mark all chats as read, tap Edit in the upper left of your message list, then tap Read All.

Automatically Delete Messages

Tired of message attachments taking up lots of storage space? By default, messages are kept forever. But go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages, and you can tell Messages to delete individual messages and attachments after 30 days or 1 year.

However, audio and video messages—not attachments—are a bit different. By default, they self-destruct after 2 minutes, but you can opt to keep them forever in Settings > Messages.

New! Text Message Forwarding

Your iPhone can forward SMS/MMS “green bubble” messages to other iOS 8 devices without a phone plan as well as Yosemite Macs:

  1. Sign in to Messages on your iPhone and the other device with the same Apple ID. (On a Mac, choose Messages > Preferences > Account.)
  2. On the iPhone, open Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding and turn on the switch for the device you wish to forward messages to. A code appears on this other device.
  3. Enter the code on the iPhone.

If you aren’t sure what an SMS message is, read SMS vs. iMessage, earlier.

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