How to Setup, Activate, and Use iMessage on iPhone and iPad: Beginner’s Guide

Are you new to the Apple ecosystem? Get started with the setup of iMessage to start communicating with your friends and family. Also, learn how to use it efficiently. Just read the post given here.

iMessage is an Apple device exclusive feature that lets you send messages across multiple Apple devices. You can send multimedia messages as well as regular text messages to communicate with your friends and family. Setup process of iMessage on iPhone and iPad is pretty simple, but if you are new to the Apple ecosystem, things may look alien to you.

To give you a head start with the iMessage, we have prepared a detailed guide that will take you through set up, activation, and using the iMessage on iPhone and iPad. Keep reading the post and follow below-mentioned steps.

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How to Set up/Activate and Use iMessage on iPhone and iPad

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How to Activate iMessage on iPhone and iPad

If you have set up your iPhone using iCloud, iMessage is probably already activated. Just in case if it is not, follow the steps given below:

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad → Tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhone or iPad

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Step #2. Turn ON the switch next to iMessage.

Activate iMessage on iPhone or iPad

How to Use iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Using iMessage is no different from using the traditional SMS/MMS. Just open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #2. Select the recipient from contacts who have iMessage on his iPhone or iPad.

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Step #3. Send text or media file as you wish and press the Send icon.

Use iMessage on iPhone or iPad

There is nothing you need to do to shift from SMS to iMessage. The iOS automatically checks whether the recipient has iMessage or not and sends the message accordingly.

If you want acknowledgment of whether your recipient has read your message or not, then you need to turn on the read receipt; read below to learn how to do it.

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How to Get Read Receipts in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad → Tap on Messages.

Tap on Settings then Messages on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Turn on the switch next to “Send Read Receipts.”

Enable iMessage Read Receipts

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To test it, send an iMessage to your friend or to any other iPhone or iPad that has iMessage activated. Once the recipient views the message, you’ll see “Read” label along with time below the message.

Now that you have got your hands on with the iMessage, you may be wondering how you’ll be notified about a new message? In that case, follow the steps given below.

How to Customize Message Preview Notification on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open the Settings app and head over to Notifications.

Tap on Settings then Notifications on iPhone or iPad

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Step #2. Under Notifications, tap on Messages. Here you can customize notifications for new messages, how they appear, what sound they make, and many other things. For now, tap on “Show Previews.”

Tap on Messages then Preview Under Notifications Settings on iPhone

Step #3. On the next screen, you can tap the option that suits you – “Always,” “When Unlocked,” or “Never.”

Customize Message Notification Preview on iPhone or iPad

Next thing you may want to understand is to backup your iMessages in iCloud. To do that, read the guide given below.

How to Enable Messages Backup in iCloud from iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap on Apple ID banner.

Tap on Settings then Apple ID Banner on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now tap on iCloud and toggle on the switch near Messages. (You’ll need two-factor authentication enabled to do it. If you haven’t, you’ll get a prompt on your display, follow it and enable two-factor authentication.)

Take iPhone or iPad Message Backup on iCloud

That’s it. All your messages will be backed up on iCloud. This will surely help when you upgrade your device, and you need all your messages back on the new iPhone or iPad.

That’s all, folks!

Wrapping up

iMessage is a vast subject, and it is hard to discuss in a single post. For instance, you can sync your Mac to receive your iMessages. Doing so, you won’t need to pick up your iPhone when it beeps while you are working on your Mac. You get the same message on your Mac, and you can reply from there itself. Also, Messages app on Mac can also let you share the screen, and so much more.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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