Recently, I sent a Message (using the Messages app) to a group of friends, from my iPhone to theirs, adding the screen effect shown on the right before sending.
They had never seen a Message like that before, and asked how I achieved that effect!
It's actually very easy, using a feature added to the Messages app as part of iOS 10. It's a lovely way of making a message extra special.
Here's a really short clip showing the effect in action - tap/click ▶︎ to view.
We have created a Handy Hint that provides a 'how to' for this feature. Members can click/tap the below link to view this hint. (You will need an iTandCoffee Club login to to view this tip - find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
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For users of iPhones who also have an iPad and/or Mac computer, there is a feature of the Messages app that many of you may not yet be taking advantage of.
The feature is called 'Text Message Forwarding'.
This feature allows you to receive BOTH iMessages and SMS messages on all of your Apple devices.
Many of you will already be getting your iMessages (the 'blue' bubbles) on the iPad or Mac, but not seeing the 'green' bubbles on those devices (the SMS's).
Find out how to enable this Messages feature in this week's Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
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I keep getting a message showing a sign-in is requested from a strange location. (In Melbourne, it shows St Kilda.)
If you have you been confused about why Apple sometimes shows that your device is in some other location, you are not alone.
In particular, the message says that 'Your Apple ID is being used to sign in to a device near ...' and shows a location that is (usually) in your current city somewhere, but just not necessarily at your current location.
This is one that iTandCoffee deals with regularly. In a very recent example, Messages was failing to complete activation because the owner of a new iPhone 7 Plus was choosing the wrong option when shown a message on her iPad - a message indicating that someone was attempting to access her account 'near St Kilda Rd'.
This was confusing, given she lives in Clayton - so she chose 'Don't Allow' every time it popped up.
Why do I get a message that shows a sign-in has been requested at some other location?
Sending the message Happy new year will send fireworks with your message! There are 3 other effects available at the moment - Confetti, Lasers, and Shooting Star. I am sure there will be even more in future.
I know you will be asking "How do I add these other effects to my Message?"
Here is a really good article that gives you step by step instructions.
Have fun playing with these new effects.
In many, many previous articles, iTandCoffee has covered the various types of email scam that seeks to catch you out - try to tempt you into clicking a link or downloading an infected attachment.
Please also be very aware that such scams can come to you as a text message as well.
Here is an example that a client of iTandCoffee received just last week and, because we had on the day before been sorting out some issues relating to his Apple account, he had assumed that the message was about that same account.
So often it is the timing of these texts or emails that cause people to think they are legitimate
Having clicked the link and signed in with his email address and password, this client then only realised that something may be amiss when he was asked for credit card details - at which point he contacted iTandCoffee.
We then needed to (very quickly) change his passwords for both his Gmail and Apple accounts - to prevent the perpetrators of this scam from accessing either of these accounts and doing any damage.
He was lucky, as we got to his accounts before the scammers had a chance to access them. Had we not done this, he may have been locked out of his account/s, his data stolen and other nasty damage may have been done.
If you receive something like this - either via email or text - and need help in determining whether it is legitimate or not, why not forward it to email@example.com. We can have a look at it, and let you know if it is legitimate (or not).
Related articles and handy hints
As you can see by the long list of previously published blog articles below, the topic of email scams is one that iTandCoffee features on a very regular basis. Click on any of the below article names to read the full article.
I heard a very sad tale this week - about a family of Apple device users who, because of the incorrect setup of iCloud on their respective devices, is now in a terrible state of turmoil and upheaval.
When 'text' messages are not so private
One member of the household was involved in a very private set of communications with another person outside the family, using the Messages app on the iPhone - thinking that this was just 'texting' and that no-one else would see the 'texts'.
Unfortunately for that member of the household, other members of the family also received the very private replies on their own devices - revealing to them some disturbing information that was never intended for their eyes.
The person telling me this story started with the words "Bl**dy iCloud!".
Too many times I hear this - that mis-directed iPhone Messages are interpreted as a deficiency of iCloud. This is then perpetuated as a reason to 'mistrust' iCloud.
What went wrong?
In fact, it is just that (unfortunately), this family's iCloud and iMessage setup was all wrong.
Instead of using separate Apple IDs when signing in to iMessage on each device, they have made the mistake of using a common 'family' Apple ID, shared by two or more members of the family.
To make matters worse, they had probably also signed in to iCloud using that same Apple ID on each of their devices.
This would mean that their iCloud setup would be a tangled mess, one that results in family members seeing (and perhaps deleting) each others' Contacts, and maybe seeing Calendar events that were not their own. (They may even have ended up seeing each others' passwords, and more.)
Have you made the same mistake with iCloud and Messages?
It's time to check your own iPhone, iPad and those of the rest of your family. Do you also have this iCloud confusion?
Please feel free to tell us about your iCloud woes below - or ask a question of iTandCoffee.
If you are in an iCloud mess, iTandCoffee specialises in helping families in this situation.
Contact Us for assistance - you can visit the iTandCoffee shop in Glen Iris, or we can come to you in Boroondara, Stonnington and surrounding suburbs.
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While I was travelling overseas recently, I became extremely frustrated that replies to SMS's that I would send to my kids at home would not appear on my iPhone until I was back on a WiFi network.
So often, I thought they had not seen my message or just not replied!
It was especially frustrating if I needed the reply urgently, and often I would have to call instead of text to get around this issue (at a higher cost than SMS'ing).
Why did my messages get delayed?
Find out the answer to this question in this week's Handy Hint, available to all iTandCoffee Club members.
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Starting in August 2015, iTandCoffee will be offering regular free 1-hour informations sessions for iTandCoffee Club members, on a variety of interesting topics.
The first will be 'Understanding iCloud Photo Library', and following that will be 'Getting your head The Cloud'. Dates will be published very soon, so stay tuned!
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I'm not hearing the tone of texts from one particular contact. Do you have an answer for that please? I have re done his contact completely and changed the text tone, everything.The Message app doesn't show that there is a sms from him either..I have to open it to look.!!!
When iOS 8 came into our lives late in 2014, it brought with it several new features relating to Notifications - the sounds and messages that occur whenever you get a message, email, call, or when certain 'events' happen on your device.
It sounds like it is one of these new features that is stopping any 'noises' from occurring when you receive texts from that contact.
Find out the solution to this problem here, in this iTandCoffee Handy Hint.
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One of the things that can happen when you travel overseas is that phone calls and messages that you receive while travelling don't seem to be able to show the Contact name associated with the number - even though the person contacting you is actually in your Contacts App.
The reason this happens is that the number that has contacted you has an international code in front of it, but the corresponding Contact's card in your Contacts app does not include this international code in front of that person's phone number. Because of this, the Messages and Phone apps cannot match the received number to a number in your Contacts, so no name is shown.
The easy way to solve this problem is the just add the international dialling prefix to each of your Contact's phone numbers in the Contacts app - eg for Mebourne phone numbers, you would add +613. For mobile numbers, you add +61, but drop the leading zero of the mobile number.
But, what do you do if you have hundreds (or even thousands) of contacts?
Well, there's an app for everything - and I found an app that sorted this out for me really easily.
It is called Plus One. I downloaded it to my iPhone from the App Store, for a cost of $1.29.
I got this app to select all my contacts that were missing 'international codes', and then I 'unselected' any that did not need to have extra digits added (for example, 13 or 18 numbers).
Then, I told it to add the Australian international code to each of the still-selected contacts. Just like magic, it sorted all of them out - even adding the 3 for Melbourne numbers.
You can check out this app in the app store here >>
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A great new feature that arrived with the combination of OS X Yosemite on the Mac and iOS 8 on the iPhone is the ability to send and receive SMS messages on you Mac.
Previously, you could only see and send iMessages (ie. the 'blue' speech bubbles) in the Messages app on your Mac. Now you can see both green and blue bubbles!
I love that I don't have to pick up my phone to answer my texts. It is so much easier to type my response using my Mac keyboard, especially when I am busily working.
Find out how to turn on this really handy feature. Make sure you are logged in to your iTandCoffee Club account so that you can view the tip.
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Other Handy Hints about Messages (for iTandCoffee Club members)
Are you confused about iMessage - or is your iMessage confused?
If you are not sure about how to set up your devices so that you can receive and send your iMessages from both your iPad and iPhone; or if perhaps you are getting each others' messages on the wrong device/s, iTea&Coffee can help.
Make an appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (we are in Camberwell, Melbourne) or call on 1300 885 420.
Can't wait to see what this looks like. I wonder when it will be available? I just wonder how good it will be at helping you avoid running into things - and maybe it will encourage an activity that should be discouraged!
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