How to Use iMessage on the iPad

How to Use iMessage on the iPad 86

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.

iMessage for iOS devices is Apple's answer to BBM.


86 thoughts on “How to Use iMessage on the iPad

  1. Reply Kai Mar 10,2015 5:04 pm

    How do I turn MMS messaging on for my iPad Air 2?

    • Reply Dan Mar 26,2015 9:39 am

      Hi Kai,

      iPads are not capable of sending SMS/MMS messages. They can only send iMessages which are similar to something like Facebook messaging. SMS/MMS messages are traditional text messages that require a text message plan with a carrier, something only the iPhones can do. Sorry for the bummer news!


  2. Reply Nylah Jun 28,2014 10:35 am

    I have tried signing in a couple of times with the CORRECT apple ID and I never got through. What you think can be the problem?

  3. Reply Greg Feb 27,2013 6:58 am

    Why can I message all people with my iphone but not my ipad? I know you’ve explained the idevice issues, but I gusss I’m asking why. My iphone will. What makes the ipad different on wifi?

    • Reply Dan Mar 11,2013 3:55 pm

      Hi Greg,

      Great question…here’s the simple answer. iPhones can use iMessage and text message (different services!). If iMessage is not available (recipient doesn’t have Apple device), it will send a text. An iPad can only send text messages and thus if the recipient can’t use iMessage, you won’t be able to message them. Hope this helps clear the air a bit!


  4. Reply dr dougie Feb 11,2013 11:01 am

    i have original ipad os 5.1.1 up to date. is there any way to disable imessage. i go to settings and hit messages but there is no option to turn it off. is there any app to make this happen? thanks much!

    • Reply Dan Mar 11,2013 3:56 pm

      Dr Dougie- Great name! There should be an option under Settings/Messages to turn iMessage on and off. Right at the top…

  5. Reply Chris Dec 8,2012 1:33 pm

    There’s no messages settings on the iPad

    • Reply Dan Dec 10,2012 1:09 pm

      Hey Chris,

      Make sure you have upgraded to the latest iOS version. If you see the Messages app on your iPad, there will be a Messages settings in the Settings app.


  6. Reply John Anywhere Nov 5,2012 1:05 pm

    How can i stop my texts from showing up on my son’s Ipad?? we share the same Apple ID an don not want anothe Apple account..

    • Reply Dan Nov 7,2012 8:23 pm

      Hi John,

      Assuming you are using an iPhone and the texts are also showing up on your son’s iPad, go into Settings/Messages/Send & Receive and make sure only your phone number is checked (and no email). That should fix it.

      Let me know if this helps!


  7. Reply Jeff Oct 22,2012 6:01 pm

    I have an iphone, my wife has an iphone and an ipad. Currently, we use one apple id (mine) for everything. I want my texts to ONLY show up on my phone and I want here texts to show up on both her iphone and ipad. How can I achieve this?

    • Reply Dan Oct 23,2012 1:19 pm

      Hey Jeff,

      If I understand you correctly, then yes it’s possible. You could just use your phone number on your iPhone as your iMessage contact. Your wife can use an email address on both her iPhone and the iPad and then they will be in sync.

      Head to Settings/Messages/Send & Receive to set this up. On yours, just leave it as your iPhone’s #. On her iPhone and the iPad, hit “add an email” and make sure they’re the same.

      Hope this helps!


      • Reply Jeff Oct 25,2012 10:19 am

        Thanks Dan! That definitely helps. But I’m still unclear as to exactly how iMessage works and have a few more questions…

        1) If an iPhone and iPad are synced via iMessage, does deleting a message from one device auto-delete it from the other?

        2) How do the iCould, Apple ID, phone numbers and email addresses relate to each other? Meaning, how does iMessage know where to route messages based on these things and their settings? Very confused as to how the determination is made as to whether it associates a device via phone number, email address, Apple ID or iCloud setting.

        3) If I disable iMessages on an iPhone that is synced with an Ipad, does it automatically disable messages from going to the iPad or will they still show up there?

        Thanks very much for your time and help!

        • Reply Dan Nov 5,2012 8:05 am

          Hey Jeff, glad to help. Responding to your questions…

          1. Deleting a message on one device will not remove it from the other.

          2. Good question….iMessage can be associated with an iPhone’s phone number, Apple ID phone number, or Apple ID email address. You can set this up under Settings/Messages/Send & Receive. Typically the email address you use as your Apple ID will also be used for iMessage and iCloud, depending on how you set it up.

          3. If you are using the same login info on two devices and disable iMessage on one of them, messages will still show up on the other.

          Let me know if you have more questions!


          • Reply Jeff Nov 5,2012 11:48 am

            The wife and I both have iPhones, we use my Apple ID on both phones. How does the system know to send my messages to my iPhone and her messages to hers? According to what you’ve described, it seems like she would be getting my messages on both her iPhone and iPad. To my knowledge, the only place where my messages are getting duplicated is on her iPad. Or is it that the iMessage synching is only between an iPhone and an iPad?

            If I understand your response from Oct 23rd correctly, setting her iPhone and iPad up with the same email address synchs her devices and she won’t see my messages. However, all she has to do to start getting my messages again is simply change the iPad settings back to my phone number, correct?

            I hate this whole iMessage synching thing and wish I could disable it on all of our devices. I don’t want to go through the hassle of setting her up with a different Apple ID for her devices because then she won’t be able to use all of the music and apps we’ve downloaded to our iTunes library. She would lose access to all of that and have to start all over again, right?

          • Reply Dan Nov 7,2012 8:21 pm

            Hey Jeff,

            I believe I have a solution for you. Your goal is to have your iMessages go only to your iPhone and have hers go to both her iPhone and iPad. By default (in fact you can’t turn this off), each iPhone can and will receives iMessages at its respective phone number. With iOS 6, iPads can also receive iMessages at a phone number associated with an Apple ID. Learn how to do that here (it says for FaceTime but also works for iMessage):


            Just make sure that the Apple ID that she signs into iMessage for both devices on is associated with her phone number. You can do this at Using that, your wife can receive iMessages at her phone # on both her iPhone and iPad, while you receive iMessages on your iPhone using your number.

            Regarding your last comment, I believe that you can log into iMessage with one ID and then into iCloud with another to ensure that you sync apps/songs/etc from iCloud.

            Let me know if this works!


  8. Reply Nicole Oct 4,2012 8:48 pm


    I’m wondering. I have the new iPad 3 and I’m having a problem with imessage. It is associating my husbands iphone number with the device instead of mine. We share the account and I don’t understand why I can’t get both to show up so I can choose mine. Do you know how i can fix this? I’ve tried turning imessage off and on to rest it, but it does the same thing over again.

    • Reply Dan Oct 21,2012 9:26 am

      Hi Nicole,

      Starting with iOS 6, you can use the one phone number associated with an Apple ID for FaceTime calls on the iPad. This is the phone number that is showing up right now for you. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a way to use more than one phone number for FaceTime. You can however use multiple emails just by touching “ADd Another Email…” under Settings/FaceTime.


  9. Reply dee Oct 4,2012 10:47 am

    Hi just got a new ipad 3 and set up imessage but it has my husbands iphone number instead of my iphone number we all use the same apple ID for all devices how can i change the number on ipad for imessage to my phone number

  10. Reply Missy Sep 28,2012 8:20 pm

    iMessage has never worked on my iPad 2. No matter whose info I enter ( ppl in contacts & ppl not) it always puts an exclamation point next to their name & turns it red. What am I doing wrong?

    • Reply Dan Oct 6,2012 1:53 pm

      Hi Missy,

      Are you sure the people you are trying to iMessage have an iPad or iPhone? This is usually the most common reason for this.


  11. Reply Sarah Sep 20,2012 6:53 am

    I am receiving messages on my iPad2, but they are not coming to my iphone3GS. Just since upgrading to iOS6 this morning. This is really annoying. Both devices are set up with the same email and phone number attached to my apple ID. The person sending me a message is using an iPhone, but the number showing on the iPad is not the number I use to text her on the phone.

    • Reply Dan Oct 21,2012 9:29 am

      Hi Sarah,

      The phone number showing up on the iPad is the one associated with your Apple ID. I believe could create a second Apple ID with a different phone number if you want.


  12. Reply Mrs y Sep 16,2012 11:49 am

    Hi, hubby got his own ipad so he moved his apple id to use there and so i created my own apple id for our older ipad 2. But now i’m unable to make facetime or imessage work tho the old history of messages are still there, those fr the time we were using my husband’s apple id. Ive tried to do the dns and reset network settings fixes but they still wont work. I just tried using our old apple id and added my email address as another go-to but it wont allow, saying it’s already in use. I’ve already verified it in my apple id. But when i try using it for imessage or facetime it verifies forever bec it wont accept it. Pls help! Thx in advance

    • Reply Dan Sep 17,2012 7:52 pm

      Hi Mrs Y,

      This does indeed sound like a hassle. Based on what you’ve already tried (which is what I would have tried first as well), I’d recommend backing your iPad up and then doing a full restore. This will let you it up as though it’s the first time and should do the track.

      Just be sure to have all your photos, apps, etc backed up.


  13. Reply Fransje Sep 11,2012 10:17 am

    Imessage was working fine on my ipad3, but since a few days it is not possible for me to send messages to the same persion I previously sent messages too.

    I still receive her messages.

    FYI in order to try to fix this I turned the Ipad fully off and went to other wifi locations, but it still does not work.
    Please note that the send icon is blue.

    I hope you can help, as I (used to) like this service very much!

    • Reply Dan Sep 15,2012 1:33 pm

      Hi Fransje,

      Try going into Settings/General/Reset/Reset Network Settings…this will reset your network settings and sign you out of services such as FaceTime and iMessage.

      Then restart your iPad and go back into Settings/Messages and sign back into iMessage. Let me know if this solves the issue.


  14. Reply Peach Sep 11,2012 5:14 am

    I’ve just got the new iPad 3 but I cant use iMessage. I’ve tried turning it off and on, and flight mode as suggested, but still says contact not registered with iMessage…although I defiantly am on my iPhone and I still can’t even send a message to that… Any suggestions as to why it’s not working?

    • Reply Dan Sep 17,2012 7:55 pm

      Hi Peach!

      From the sound of it, you are trying to send an iMessage to someone who does not have an iOS device. They probably have some other type of phone (android, blackberry…ugh). You can only send iMessages to other iPads/iPhones/iPod touches and Macs.

      Check with whoever you are trying to message and confirm what type of device they have. Hope this helps!


  15. Reply Maria Sep 7,2012 8:51 am

    Have a new IPad 3. Imessage doesn’t work.I set Imessage on in the setting. I also made sure the IPhone device is also set up. It says the contact number is not registered with Imessage.

    • Reply Dan Sep 8,2012 3:22 pm

      Hi Maria,

      Based on what you’ve described, the person you are trying to iMessage does not have an iMessage capable device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). Or they do but they don’t iMessage set up (more unlikely). Check with them to see what type of device they’re using.


  16. Reply Georgia Sep 2,2012 5:54 am

    I previously had imessage on my iPad 2, but for some reason it logged itself out and now when I try to log back in the Apple ID wont verify? I already made a new apple ID but that didnt work.
    please help!!

    • Reply Dan Sep 3,2012 8:59 am

      Hi Georgia,

      Try to go into Settings/General/Reset/Reset Network Settings and then try to log in again under Settings/Messages/iMessage.


  17. Reply Kellie Aug 16,2012 8:51 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I finally figured out how to set up messages between ipads thanks to looking on here, but I’m having the problem of the messages are going to my iphone as well becaue I have my email entered on my phone as the option to recieve at. How do I remove this email? The button is grayed out on my iphone when I try to remove the email and go back just to the phone number. (Its the 3GS).

    Thanks so much

    • Reply Dan Aug 20,2012 9:57 pm

      Hi Kellie,

      Try turning iMessage off under Settings/Messages and then go into Settings/General/Reset and hit Reset Network Settings. Then go back into Messages Settings and turn iMessage back on. You will have to enter in your account info again.

      This should get you back to just your phone number and your email address should be gone. Let me know!


  18. Reply Greg Aug 16,2012 12:36 pm

    how do I keep the messages app persistent in the background? Someone would send me an iMessage to my iPhone but because the iPad has already killed the Messages process, I have to manually re-initiate the conversation on the iPad in order to get things going to both devices (iPhone & iPad). Is there any other way of working around this (since now the iPad only has snippets of the conversation).

    • Reply Dan Aug 22,2012 8:53 am

      Hey Greg,

      The Messages app should always be running in the background, capable of receiving messages. Make sure that the person sending the messages is using the email address that you are using for iMessage and not the phone # associated with your iPhone. If they use the phone #, obviously it will only show up on the iPhone.

      As long as they are using the email address which is set up at Settings/Messages/Receive At on both devices, you should see the identical conversation on the iPad and iPhone.


      • Reply Greg Aug 22,2012 11:42 am

        Ya, that’s what I figured out like 5 minutes after posting that comment :X

        Thanks for the confirmation though!

  19. Reply Dan Aug 12,2012 10:10 am

    Actually that is a great question Alice (maybe deserves it’s own post!). First go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> My Info and see which contact is currently selected. This is what the iPad considers to be you. Let’s say it says “Alice Marks”. (If there is no contact here, you will need to create a contact for yourself in the Contacts app and then follow these instructions.)

    Now go into the Contacts app and scroll down to the “Alice Marks” contact. Here you can hit “Edit” (under the contact info, on right “page”) and then tap the photo. Change this photo to whatever you want to change the icon that shows up in iMessage.


  20. Reply Dan Jul 30,2012 7:38 pm

    Hey there Anne,

    Well you are looking in the right place, the ON/OFF switch for iMessage is located in Settings -> Messages. You should see it right there on top. Make sure you are in the main Messages setting screen and not further in. You can do this by going into some other setting and then back to Messages settings.


  21. Reply Diana Jul 23,2012 1:01 am

    Hello, I’m unable to sign in to iMessage. Whenever I try to sign in, it displays verifying for a few moments before directing me back to the login page. It’s the same with FaceTime and cloud. Since there weren’t any solutions to this problem that I could find, i thought I’d ask here. I’m using the ipad3 on iOS 5

    • Reply Dan Jul 23,2012 8:10 am

      Hi Diana,

      Can you first verify that you are using the correct login by signing with your Apple ID and password at My Apple ID?

      Since you aren’t able to log into any of these Apple products, my first guess is that there is an issue either with your login info or your account. Let me know if you are able to log in OK.


      • Reply Diana Jul 28,2012 10:39 am

        I have verified my apple ID and it is working fine.

        • Reply Dan Jul 30,2012 12:47 pm


          Try signing out in Settings/Messages, restarting your device and then trying to sign back in again.

          If this doesn’t work, verify that you are able to log into your Apple ID account here.

          If not, there is an issue with your Apple ID and you will need to contact Apple Support.


  22. Reply Vedant Jul 22,2012 2:03 pm

    In my iPad I have iMessage and an apple ID but when I come to region my country united Arab emirates or middle east doesn’t come.then when I enter a wrong country i pass and go in the part where i have to choose which mail for sending I enter my apple ID mail it goes back to sign in page.what do I do help me.

    • Reply Dan Jul 23,2012 8:06 am

      Hi Vedant,

      It sounds like you are doing everything right, assuming you are using the correct Apple ID and password. At this point I think you need to contact Apple Support or go to the nearest Apple store if there are any near you. Wish I could help more but Apple Support is pretty good about these type of issues.


  23. Reply Nan Jul 22,2012 11:29 am

    So how come I can text anyone with my iPhone 4 but not my iPad 3. I realize it’s about iMessage but it feels stupid to have to use both devices even tho the text is sync’d between them. Is there a workaround. I don’t want to email instead of text people without Apple. One even has iPad2 but I cant text him on my ipad 3.

    • Reply Dan Jul 23,2012 8:04 am

      Hey Nan,

      So basically the answer you are looking for (but may not like) is that only phones can send text messages because text messages are sent over the same network that allows you to make phone calls. That’s why voice and text plans are bundled together. iPads do not come with voice/text plans.

      iMessage is a service that uses the internet connection, just like an instant messenger or chat service. It uses the same Messages app that texting on the iPhone does, but it is a different/separate service from texting.

      There is a workaround in the form of 3rd party apps in the App Store that allow you to actually text from your iPad (look up textPlus for one such example). The caveat here is that the texts will only be seen in this app and do not sync with the Messages app. Hope this helped somewhat…


  24. Reply mike Jul 18,2012 12:25 am

    can a family have multiple devices (iOS) and be signed in using the same apple id, can they effectively have conversations with each other… does this work?

    • Reply Dan Jul 21,2012 8:55 am

      Hey Mike,

      Yeah you can do this pretty easily. Just setup each device to use the email address associated with that ID under Settings -> Messages and you will be able to do this.

      On the iPhones, you can make this the primary account (rather than phone #) by selecting the email under “Caller ID” within that settings screen.



  25. Reply Brandy Jul 17,2012 9:09 pm

    I was wondering if I can message iPad to iPad. For example, I want to message my mom using my iPad. It only goes to her phone. If she starts a message on ipad, then it only goes to my phone Can we go between our iPads??

    • Reply Dan Jul 19,2012 9:59 am

      Hi Brandy,

      Yup you can definitely do this. Basically any device with iMessage can message any other iMessage device (iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches and soon Macs with 10.8). Make sure under Settings/Messages/Receive At that each iPad has a different email address. Then be sure to use those email addresses when you are iMessaging eachother.


  26. Reply Don Jul 13,2012 9:26 am

    My wife and I both have the new Ipad3 but I am at a loss as how to send messages to her Ipad. I can send and receive from my Ipad to her phone and same for her… using our contacts phone #. Oh yeah… they both are the wifi/3g versions.


    • Reply Dan Jul 16,2012 10:04 pm

      Hi Don,

      Let’s give this a try…on the iPads, go into Settings -> and check the “Receive At” email addresses. Make sure these are the same addresses you are trying to send messages to.


  27. Reply Greg Jul 11,2012 4:34 pm

    Even though I have passcoded my iPad, when someone sends me a iMessage it appears on the screen without my entering the passcode. I thought the whole idea of pass coding was to protect prying eyes from viewing my messages. It works for everything else though.

    • Reply Dan Jul 11,2012 8:31 pm

      Hey Greg,

      I’ve got a fix to keep those prying eyes away. Go into Settings -> Notifications -> Messages and turn the “View In Lock Screen” switch to OFF.

      Enjoy your newfound privacy!


  28. Reply Sunny Jul 10,2012 2:11 pm

    Can you also help me with the gmail on IPad 3. I am unable to clear the screen. It always shows the previous mail which I do not like. Like to start off with a clean screen
    Hope you an help. Oh it is fine on my IPhone and regular computer
    Thanks in advance.

    • Reply Dan Jul 16,2012 10:18 pm

      Hey Sunny,

      Unfortunately I don’t have a good fix for you on this. When you open Mail on the iPad it will automatically show the last one you were looking at. The only setting you can play with is how many lines of each email it previews in the left hand menu (Settings -> Mail, … -> Preview).

      On the plus side, did you know you can switch apps by swiping four or five fingers side to side on the screen?


  29. Reply Nic Jul 8,2012 7:49 am

    Hi, my ipad3 will not send messages.(greyed out send button) I have the subject field turned off. I receive messages to my iPhone but not the iPad. I can send a message to 2 ppl. One I sent a an app request to which the reply came back to my iPhone and I pad. And the other I can send a message to but only to the email address saved to the contact, not the iPhone number. Can you give any suggestions?


    • Reply Dan Jul 8,2012 11:15 am

      Hey Nic,

      I’m not going to lie, I had a little difficulty understanding exactly what the issue was…but here’s my best advice:

      Make sure iMessage is turned on for both devices under Settings -> Messages. You should be able to send and receive iMessages with any iOS device running running iOS 5.0 or later. Of course they will also need to have iMessage turned on.

      You can configure what accounts you receive messages at under Settings -> Messages under the “Receive At” area.

      If this doesn’t work, I’ll be glad to help further if you can clarify the issue a bit more.


      • Reply Chad Dec 31,2012 3:32 pm

        I have the same issue except I do receive the messages on the iPad and iPhone. Updated to the latest IOS and reset my network settings. I still cannot reply to messages on the iPad.

        UPDATE: Fixed it through trying fixes in a couple threads. Removed Subject Line – Annoying. Also, updated My Info to show the iPad who I was. Strange need. Thanks.

  30. Reply Jenesys Jul 7,2012 12:36 am

    hey so i have an ipad 3 and i share it with my grandfather and he already has an imessage account set up, but can i create on wiithout deleting his?

    • Reply Dan Jul 8,2012 11:11 am

      Hey there Jenesys,

      You can do this under Settings -> Messages and adding another email under “Receive At”.


  31. Reply Stuart Jul 5,2012 7:36 pm

    I have the original iPad…how can I continue iMessage conversations from my iPhone 4s on my iPad?

    • Reply Dan Jul 8,2012 11:10 am

      Hey Stuart,

      You can do this by using the same Apple ID email address as the primary iMessage “Caller ID” on both devices. If you go into Settings -> Messages…make sure that the same email address is listed on both devices under “You can be reached for messages at:”.

      Then make sure under “Caller ID” (in the same settings screen), you have this email address checked on both devices.

      Now you can carry on the same conversation from multiple devices. Let me know if you have any issues making this work.


  32. Reply Maria Jul 4,2012 11:35 am

    My message app on my ipad dose not want to send messeges :/

    • Reply Dan Jul 5,2012 3:40 pm

      Well Maria that sounds like something we should fix for you. What happens when you try to send?

  33. Reply JuLiO Jun 29,2012 2:41 am

    Hi, you see in iMessage on iPad you can see two icons in the chat one of the photo of friend and yours, right? well mine was working like that perfectly until last week now my photo doesn’t appear just of friend do you know how to fix this?

    • Reply JuLiO Jun 29,2012 2:49 am

      nvm fixed! had to check my info in mail/contacts in settings app

      • Reply Dan Jul 1,2012 5:18 pm

        Hey Julio,

        Yep, thats exactly what you needed to do. As reference for anyone else, under Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars scroll down to “My Info” under the Contacts section and select your own contact. That way the device knows who you are. This is useful for iMessage as well as other apps such as Siri. You may have to create a contact for yourself if you don’t have one yet.


  34. Reply Lycidas Jun 26,2012 5:03 pm

    My gf has accidentally deleted our entire conversation threa on iMessage – like, 2 yrs worth. (Tring to delete single compromising photo, but scrapped the whole thing)

    Is there any way she can get it back. For instance, can I just forward our entire conversation back to her?

    • Reply Dan Jun 26,2012 10:17 pm

      Hey Lycidas,

      Sorry to hear about that…definitely understand the need to eliminate the “compromising photo” though… :)

      Anyways, you can actually forward iMessages by selecting Edit, then selecting the messages (this part would take a bit) and then Forward. The problem with this method is that it’ll condense them into one big long won’t keep the original formatting. But you could still send to her and she can save it in a Word file or something.

      You probably already know this, but you can delete individual messages (or pics) within an iMessage convo by opening the conversation, then selecting “Edit” and only clicking the messages you want to delete. Then just press Delete.

      Hope I helped a bit…


      • Reply Lycidas Jun 27,2012 12:11 am

        Hey Dan – thanks for that!

        Yeah, I knew about the deleting of individual messages, but she pressed the delete option in the left column and wiped the lot – and was a bit distraught (first world problems ha). Thanks for your help – I forwarded our conversation history back to her following yr instructions; and even though, as you said, the messages all come through in a slab, at least it’s something, which is much better than nothing, and she’s happy enough.

        Cheers for your help!


      • Reply Sunny Jul 10,2012 4:08 pm

        I saw this reply regarding only deleting certain imessages from the message conversation and I tried it on my iPhone 4s and it works beautifully… Thanks. However I can not seem to make it work on my IPad 3. There is no circle to click on as there is for the IPhone.
        Where am I going wrong?

        • Reply Dan Jul 16,2012 10:06 pm

          Hi Sunny,

          Try this out…in the Messages app on the iPad, click the edit icon in the upper right of the screen that looks like a square with an arrow popping out. Then select the messages you want to delete and select “Delete” from the bottom.

          As you select messages, a red check mark will appear next to them.


  35. Reply Rindy Jun 24,2012 3:57 pm

    My iPad 2 has been updated, but the Send button won’t turn blue so I can send the message. How am I suppose to send my messages?

    • Reply Dan Jun 25,2012 8:50 am

      Hey Rindy,

      I actually just wrote a separate post on this here because so many people were asking about it.

      Basically you need to either make sure you are typing something in the iMessage subject AND body fields or you can just turn off Subject Fields for iMessages (which I think are annoying).


  36. Reply Juan Jun 15,2012 3:00 pm

    Hi, I have an iphone and no problem with group message with my family. I’ve bought a New Ipad now and when I try to send a message or I recieve one, I can type my message but it does not let me send it. The woord “send” does not light. Any help?

    • Reply Dan Jun 20,2012 7:32 am

      Hi Juan,

      This is usually caused because you have typed something in the “Subject” field of iMessage but not the body. Unlike normal texts, iMessage conversations can have a subject just like an email.

      If you type something in the body, you should be able to get the send button to light up. You can also turn off iMessage subject fields in Settings/Messages/Show Subject Field (set to OFF).


      • Reply Faiz Jun 30,2012 4:44 pm

        I’ve tried what u said and its still doesnt work..any help? It works okay with my iPhone but not on the iPad though.

        • Reply Dan Jul 1,2012 5:25 pm


          Can you answer a couple of questions to help me help you (name the movie!):

          -Can you send any iMessages from your iPad?
          -If you try to send an iMessage from your iPhone to the same contact, does it work?
          -Are you sure the user you are sending to from your iPad has iMessage?

          My best guess (without knowing the answers to the questions above) is that it works from your iPhone because it ends up sending as a text (green message). If the person you are sending to for instance is an Android user, they will not be able to receive any messages from your iPad because they don’t have iMessage.


  37. Reply Chel Jun 14,2012 8:38 pm

    How come my hubby’s iPad 2 does not have it on the setting, I can see it on my iPad 3, but not on his.

    • Reply Dan Jun 20,2012 7:25 am

      Hi Chel,

      Most likely, your hubby hasn’t upgraded to iOS 5 yet which is where iMessage was introduced. Check out this article on upgrading to iOS 5.

      Let me know if this takes care of it!


  38. Reply Eunice May 26,2012 10:12 pm

    What if when i type the name it says this number is not registered with imessage? What do I do then?

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