How To Fix The Most Common iMessage Problems

Apple’s iMessage is a great way to avoid text messaging charges and send messages to other Apple users for free, but it’s not without its problems. Unfortunately, unlike traditional SMS, the problems don’t seem to magically work themselves out on their own, so here’s how to fix some of the more common issues you might come across.

Delete Individual SMS Messages On iOS

Deleting a conversation on iOS is easy, but deleting an individual SMS message from a thread requires a bit more work. Here’s how to do it.

App Directory: The Best Way To Text From Your Computer On Android

You don’t switch away from your PC to your smartphone to reply to an email or an instant message, so why should a simple SMS message be any different? Thankfully, if you have an Android device, you can continue using your PC (and its full-size spacious keyboard) to read and send text messages. Our choice for this task: MightyText.

Ask LH: Can I Get Around My Bank's Requirements For SMS Verification?

Dear Lifehacker, I have an online savings account with an Australian bank that uses SMS codes for verification and login. However, it only allows Australian mobile numbers. I find this very restrictive: what if I travel overseas but don’t want to activate global roaming? Is there any way I can work around this?

Invi Richens Text Messages With Previews For Links, Photos And YouTube

Android: While Whatsapp and other alternative texting apps are great for sharing links and pics, the humble SMS is lagging behind. Well, not if you have Invi, which makes text messages a multimedia-rich experience.

Ask LH: What's The Deal With All These Messaging Apps?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been hearing a lot about different messaging apps these days, but I don’t understand why I should care. One search shows WhatsApp, Viber, iMessages, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook Messenger and dozens more. I already have text messaging. Why do I need these other apps?

HoverChat Sends SMS Messages In Facebook-Style Floating Chat Bubbles

Android: Facebook’s Chat Heads is the surprisingly clever feature with the silly name. If you prefer to use SMS but still want to use a floating messenger, HoverChat offers the same functionality in a basic texting app.

Hello SMS Brings Tabs And Easy Photo-Sharing To Text Messages

Android: In KitKat, Google has replaced the old Messaging app with Hangouts. If you still want a dedicated app for SMS, or if you’re on an older version of Android and want a better messaging app, Hello SMS is a strong contender as a beautiful replacement with a unique tabs-based interface.

Mumble! Customises SMS Notifications Based On Message Contents

Android: Not all messages are created equal. Unfortunately, notifications for those messages usually come in a one-vibration-fits-all style. Mumble! allows you to customise notifications based on the content of the messages you receive.

How To Undo And Avoid Sending Embarrassing Messages

Technology can make your life convenient . . . too convenient. Comfort can get the best of you and embarrassing things can happen. You’ll send emails to the wrong person or accidentally make a private post public. These simple little errors can have disastrous effects, but you can implement a safety net to try and avoid the horrible shame of a technological faux pas.