In today’s world, we have plenty of messaging applications that offer end-to-end encryption, but all of these apps are social apps. Here comes the question: is there any app that can provide the same security for SMS too? For this, the simple answer is iMessage, a messaging service from Apple exclusively available on all Apple devices. Since Apple introduced its messaging service in 2011, there was no such service available at the time.

It has been 12 years since iMessage served as an end-to-end encrypted messaging service. But despite being such an innovative messaging service, some people don’t know how to send messages using iMessage. I agree this is a common task for Apple users, but it can still be confusing. After all, iMessage has plenty of features, with the main highlight being message tracking. So, without further ado, let’s learn how to use iMessage.

How to Send iMessage on any iOS Device

Apple offers two different messaging options: the usual SMS and the premium ‘iMessage’ service. While you probably already know how to send SMS/MMS on an Apple device, there are some areas where these usual things are lacking that Apple users cannot compromise on. In other words, if you want to explore features like end-to-end encryption, sharing photos, videos, documents, and reading recipient status, then iMessage is a better choice. Both iMessage and SMS have the same virtual format, except that iMessage is identified by blue while usual messages are coloured green.

Furthermore, messages can be sent to other users who have an Apple device. If you try to send an iMessage to an Android device, it will automatically send a usual SMS instead of an iMessage. Additionally, SMS messages are charged through your cellular network, whereas iMessage can only be sent with data packages. Now that you have a basic understanding of iMessage, the next step is to set it up and send messages using it. Below, we are sharing the steps to send iMessage on all supported iOS devices.

For iPhone/iPad

To use iMessage, you need to enable its settings; otherwise, you can’t use that service. In particular, open the Settings app, scroll down, and tap Messages. Enable the toggle for Send read receipts. After that, you are now eligible to use iMessage. So, let’s have a look at the instructions below to learn how to send an iMessage.

  1. Firstly, launch the Messages app.
  2. Then tap on the compose button.
  3. Type the name of the person to whom you want to send an iMessage.
  4. Write your message or take a photo or video using the camera button.
  5. Once you finish, tap on the blue-coloured share button.
  6. That’s all! In this way, you can send an iMessage on iPhone/iPad.

For MacOS

Similar to iPhone, on Mac, you need to enable the iMessage settings; otherwise, you cannot use it. For this, launch Messages on your desktop, click on Messages, select Preferences, click on iMessage, and select the phone number/email address you would like to use to reach others. Now, the next and final step is to send an iMessage on Mac, so let’s check it out.

  1. Open iMessage on your Mac.
  2. Then, click the New message button at the top.
  3. Type the name or email address of the recipient.
  4. Press the Tab and include an emoji, text, photo, video, or document.
  5. Next, press return to send the iMessage.
  6. That’s all! In this way, you can send an iMessage on Mac.

Conclusively, this was the basic scenario for sharing iMessage on any iOS. Here, we tried to describe sending iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I hope you got a complete idea of how you can do the same on your Apple device. Now, it’s up to you whether you want to use iMessage or a simple SMS. As we have counted for you the premium features you get for an iMessage, I hope you have complete clarity over sending an iMessage. However, if anyone has any queries, then ask them below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do I send an iMessage instead of a text message?

A1. Just enable the iMessage setting and you are ready to send iMessages. Refer to the steps above for guidance.

Q2. Why is my iMessage green?

A2. This is because the recipient is using a non-Apple device.

Q3. What is the difference between green and blue iMessages?

A3. Blue indicates an iMessage while green indicates a regular SMS.

Q4. Do iMessages cost money?

A4. There is no charge for iMessages, except that you should have an active data pack.