SMS

Why can't iPhone users get my SMS Text?

Episode 1384

Alan from Honolulu, HI
Messages in iOS 10

Alan is a little league baseball coach and he's trying to create group texts for all parents and players. Everyone gets them except the iPhone users. Leo says that while Apple doesn't support group messaging to Android, Android supports it to iOS. However, there are many different ways to send messages in Android including. If everyone is getting them except one person, it could be that she's got group messaging turned off on her phone, or some setting that blocks it It may be that she disabled receiving MMS because of a flaw that came up last year.

Should I use Google Voice on my iPhone for texting?

Episode 1363

David from Little Rock, AR
Google Voice

David is an iPhone user and he wants to start using Google Voice, but he doesn't know if it's better than trying Allo or the other messenger programs. Leo says that iPhone users should just stick with iMessage. All SMS messages will go to iMessage anyway, because Apple doesn't let users change the default messenger app. iMessages will be color coded blue, while regular SMS messages will be color coded green.

How can I back up my text messages?

Episode 1303

Reilly from Spanish Fork, UT
SMS Backup and Restore

Reilly wants to know how to backup his text messages to his computer. For iPhone, PhoneView by eCamm is the way to go. For Android phones, SMS Backup and Restore by Carbonite gets 4 1/2 stars, which is pretty impressive. It will back up his messages to Google Drive or DropBox, and it's free.

What's the difference between SMS and MMS? Leo says that SMS is text, MMS is media/images.

How can I recover a deleted text message from my iPhone?

Brandon from Redlands, CA

Episode 1300

Brandon needs to recover text messages that he deleted from his iPhone 5S. Leo says that if he's deleted a text, there really isn't a way to recover it. However, his carrier will almost certainly have a copy of the message, if it used SMS (the green bubble), so he could try and ask them. He could also look in the Messages (iMessage is the blue bubble) app on his desktop. If he has text messages still on his phone and he wants to get them off, then eCamm has a utility to download them. Another option is the iCloud backup.

Why does it take so long to get a text message?

Dave from Escondido, CA

Episode 1284

Dave has noticed sometimes his text messages take up to 15 minutes or more to be delivered. Leo says that since Dave is using Verizon, they are using an old system called SMS, which uses cellular to transmit, rather than data. They use it because it's extremely lucrative, rather than using data-based schemes. That's why Apple has bypassed the carrier infrastructure with iMessage.

Why can't I get replies from group text messages?

Bruce from Riverside, CA

Episode 1248

Bruce is having trouble getting responses with group texting through Verizon. Leo says that happens to his wife as well. Often they arrive a day later, sometimes not at all. Leo says it may be a handshake issue between carriers. It also could be that some people in the group text may be using iMessages with an iPhone. Most users don't realize that when they use iMessage, they're using data and not the SMS system. As such, some just don't get the message because they're on two different networks. The best solution is to go with a data only system like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

Will I be able to use SMS with the iPhone?

Episode 1229

Corral from Vancouver, BC
Apple iPhone 6s

Corral is thinking of switching back to the iPhone after leaving it for Android after the iPhone 3G. He's concerned about sending text messages. Leo says that Apple always uses Messages for SMS. This is a problem for group messaging. But within the Apple ecosystem, it's best. Other options include WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and those are platform agnostic. The downside is, everyone has to use them.