Start a conversation. Tap , then enter a phone number or email address, or tap , then choose a contact.
You can also start a conversation by touching and holding a phone number in Mail, Calendar, or Safari, then choosing Send Message. Or, on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, press the phone number, then choose the Message quick action.
Start a conversation from the Home screen. On iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, press Messages, then choose the New Message quick action.
Note: An alert appears if a message can’t be sent. Tap the alert in a conversation to try sending the message again.
Ask Siri. Say something like:
“Send a message to Emily saying how about tomorrow”
“Read my messages”
“Read my last message from Bob”
“Reply that’s great news”
Preview a conversation. On iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, press a conversation in the Messages list to get a peek at the conversation, then press a little deeper to open it.
Quickly respond to a message. On iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, press a conversation in the Messages list, then swipe up to see available actions.
Resume a conversation. Tap the conversation in the Messages list.
Use picture characters. When you type a message, tap or to change to the Emoji keyboard.
Tap to Talk. Touch and hold to record a message, then swipe up to send it immediately. Lift your finger, then tap to listen to your message before you send it, or tap to delete it.
To save space, Tap to Talk audio messages that you receive are deleted automatically two minutes after you listen to them, unless you tap Keep. To keep them automatically, go to Settings > Messages > Expire (under Audio Messages), then tap Never.
Raise iPhone to listen or reply to an audio message. Raise iPhone to your ear, as if you were talking on the phone, to play incoming audio messages automatically. Raise iPhone to your ear again to reply to an audio message. Turn this feature on or off at Settings > Messages, under Audio Messages.
See what time a message was sent or received. Drag any bubble to the left.
See a person’s contact info. In a conversation, tap Details, then tap . Tap the info items to perform actions, such as making a FaceTime call
Send messages to a group (iMessage and MMS). Tap , then enter multiple recipients. With MMS, group messaging must also be turned on in Settings > Messages, and replies are sent only to you—they aren’t copied to the other people in the group.
Give a group a name. While viewing the conversation, tap Details, drag down, then enter the name in the Subject line.
Add someone to a group. While viewing the conversation, tap Details, then tap Add Contact. The person you add doesn’t see messages sent within the group prior to you adding him or her.
Leave a group. Tap Details, then tap Leave this Conversation
Keep it quiet. Tap Details, then turn on Do Not Disturb to mute notifications for the conversation.
Block unwanted messages. On a contact card, tap Block this Caller. You can see someone’s contact card while viewing a message by tapping Details, then tapping . You can also block callers in Settings > Messages > Blocked. You will not receive voice calls, FaceTime calls, or text messages from blocked callers.
Filter unknown senders. Go to Settings > Messages, then turn on Filter Unknown Senders. This turns off notifications for iMessages from people who are not in your contacts and sorts them into a separate Messages list.