How to Receive SMS Text Messages on an iPad

Message IconOne of the features in Apple’s new Continuity concept is the ability to send and receive SMS text messages on an iPad. Additionally, those with a Mac computer using OS X Yosemite can now send SMS text messages directly from the computer.

Prior to the release of iOS 8.1, the Messages app on the iPad could only send and receive iMessages. Now, when both an iPhone and an iPad are using iOS 8.1, text message forwarding allows SMS texts to be sent and received on the iPad.

 

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iMessage Not Working Correctly After iOS 8 Upgrade

iOS 7 Messages IconGenerally, iMessage works very well. However, after iOS 8 was released, some people have had issues with iMessage not working correctly.

 

The problems appear to be somewhat random in that iMessage completely stops working for some people while others have issues with one particular contact. If you are having issues with only one contact, it is worth noting an iMessage can only be sent when the iPhone is connected to the Internet (either by Wi-Fi or cellular data). Additionally, make sure the recipient has not disabled iMessage on their device. If the recipient disabled iMessage, you will not be able to send an iMessage to them.

 

Most iMessage issues can be resolved by force-quitting the Messages app and resetting iMessage on the iPhone.

 

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What is Handoff in iOS 8?

Handoff ImageIn iOS 8, Apple introduced a new feature called Handoff, which allows you to start a task on one device and seamlessly switch to another device to continue working. For example, you can start composing an email on your iPhone and if you decide you would rather use a bigger keyboard, simply grab your iPad or Mac and continue typing the email. If you are reading a web page on your iPad, you can view the same link on your iPhone.

Handoff is part of a seamless integration between devices Apple calls Continuity. Another feature of Continuity is the ability to answer calls on your iPad.  If you are using your iPad when your iPhone rings, you can answer the call on the iPad rather than putting the iPad down and picking up the iPhone. You can also initiate phone calls from the iPad.

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How to Install iOS 8 on Your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 ImageApple released the iOS 8 software for their mobile devices on 17 September 2014. It contains some significant new features and enhancements from iOS 7. Many of these features will be discussed in future articles, but for now, we will focus on how to upgrade your device to iOS 8.

 

The iOS 8 software is available from Apple as a free download for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad third and fourth generation, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the iPod touch fifth generation. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are delivered with iOS 8 preinstalled from the factory.

 

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How to Send a Text Message From Email

Email to TextMany cellular providers today provide unlimited text messaging as part of their service plans. However, there are still times when someone may be limited in their texting options or simply may be away from their cell phone and need to send a text message.

Most major cellular providers offer the capability to send a text message from an email address to a cell phone. This capability, known as an SMS gateway, has been around for a long time, but many people still don’t know it exists.

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