Starting with iOS 5.0, iPad and iPad Mini users are now able to send messages, pictures, and videos to other iOS users with iMessage. iMessage is a free messaging service (similar to BBM or AIM) that is available to all iOS users via the Message app.
There is sometimes confusion regarding why iMessages won’t go through. The most common reason is that you are trying to send an iMessage to a non-Apple product such as an Android phone. For anyone encountering the annoying grey send button issue with iMessage, be sure to check out our fix here.
You Will Need
- iPad or iPad Mini with iOS5.0 or later
- Wifi or 3G/4G connection
- Apple ID
1. Turn on and enable iMessage by opening the Settings app. Next Select “Messages” and then turn the iMessage switch to the “On” position. At this point you will be prompted for your Apple ID and corresponding password. iPad users will also be prompted for the email address they wish to use as their iMessage contact email, similar to how this is handled for Facetime. This email can be any email address (Gmail, etc.).
2. Press the iPad “Home” button to return to the iPad home screen.
3. Select the “Message” app icon to open the Message app. This is the same app that you would use (on an iPhone) to send text messages.
4. To create a new conversation, press the button to the right of the “Messages” title on the left hand of the screen. This will allow you to create a new message to a contact. Begin typing in their name or email address in to “To” field. Then simply type a message or attach a picture or video just as you would a text message.
5. To continue an existing conversation, touch the conversation from the menu on the left hand of the screen (just as you would in Mail) to open that conversation.