What is iMessage?

what are imessage

by Alex Gustman

Updated: June 7, 2021

Owners of Apple smartphones and tablets have access to free messaging technology. iMessage messenger is powered by Internet traffic and is pre-installed on your mobile device by default. At the same time, the application needs to be configured and activated to work, which is what this material is dedicated to.

The application is a free messenger for exchanging messages over the Internet. The feature is pre-installed on devices running iOS 5 or higher. Therefore, free communication is available only to owners of Apple products. The feature is built into the Messages program, which eliminates the need to use a third-party application.

How to enable iMessage


To use iMessage, install the SIM card in the iPhone.

Open the System settings section.

Select the Messages item.

message menu

In the new window, activate the iMessage feature.

activation of messages

After activation, a pop-up window will appear, warning you that you will be charged for sending messages. Tap the OK button to hide the pop-up notification.

Below, you will need to enter your Apple ID for iMessage to work.

Enter the data and wait for the activation of the feature to finish.

To use the iMessage feature on your iPod or iPad, select the Forward item in the Messages section. In the next menu, activate the devices linked to your account to receive and send messages using the iMessage feature.

How to use iMessage

To use the feature, open the standard Messages app, select a contact, and send an SMS. If the dialogues are colored blue, then the Internet is used to send messages, and money will not be debited. But if the dialogues are colored green, then the interlocutor does not use the iMessage feature or does not use an Apple device.

In this case, the main account is charged for the exchange of messages.


Now you know what iMessage is, how to enable the technology and use it. This feature will be useful for owners of Apple devices, as an alternative to other messengers for free communication. But if the interlocutor uses an Android device, then you will have to pay for the exchange of messages with funds from a cash account, provided that there is no free SMS package.

Do you use the iMessage feature or do you prefer to communicate in popular messengers? Share your opinion in the comments below the article.

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