Man­age con­ver­sa­tions

Mas­ter the fea­tures of iOS 8’s Mes­sages app

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The Mes­sages app is an ob­vi­ous place from which to send text and mul­ti­me­dia mes­sages, and it’s also packed with ad­vanced fea­tures for man­ag­ing con­ver­sa­tions. Many of th­ese fea­tures are tied into Ap­ple’s iMes­sage sys­tem. An iMes­sage is a type of mes­sage that can be sent only be­tweenAp­ple de­vices, whether they be iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, or Macs – they just need to be on­line.

Mes­sages saves you re­sort­ing to a so­cial net­work such as Face­book to ar­range meet­ing up with a num­ber of peo­ple.T hat’s be­cause iMes­sage al­lows ev­ery­one who has an Ap­ple de­vice to take part in a group con­ver­sa­tion so that the de­tails can be agreed upon to­gether. When plans are less def­i­nite, you can share your lo­ca­tion – ei­ther at that point in time, or with live up­dates for a few hours if you’re likely to roam else­where.

Mes­sages also gives you con­trol over how in­tru­sive any con­ver­sa­tion can get, re­gard­less of whether it takes place by iMes­sage or SMS, by sup­press­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions about one while al­low­ing an­other to still grab your at­ten­tion. Also wel­come is the fact that Mes­sages – and the Phone and FaceTime apps, too – can block un­wanted con­tact, whether it’s from peo­ple you know or cold calls from sales­peo­ple. Alan Stone­bridge

You can stop in­tru­sive con­ver­sa­tions by sup­press­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions or block­ing un­wanted peo­ple

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