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Messages...I-Pad 3 vs I Phone 4

Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by Jim Durkin, Dec 14, 2012.

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    I can send and receive "Messages" from a variety of friends on my I-Phone 4, but I can receive and send only my daughters I-Phone "Messages" Why can't the I-Pad send and receive "Messages" as seamlessly as the I-Phone?
    Thanks,
    Jim
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    Do your friends have iPhones also? iMessages will only work between an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, also a Mac.
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    Is it a wifi-only iPad?
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    iMessages is an Apple only service. It only works with iOS and OS X devices/computers.

    On an iPhone Messages can and will fall back on SMS when it can not send your texts over the iMessage service.

    A stock (not jailbroken) iPad can not do this. SMS is a separate service from data, and is only included with actual phone service. That means the iPad is limited to the iMessage service, even on an iPad with a cellular data plan.

    So you need to be clear on the difference between the Messages app and iMessages. The first is the app, the second is an Apple messaging service. On the iPhone Messages can use SMS as wall as iMessages. The iPad it is iMessages, Apple to Apple, only.
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    I suspect you need to look at your "Receive at..." field in Settings. You are probably receiving messages at your phone number on your iPhone. If you have updated to iOS6 you can receive at your iPhone's phone number on your iPad. Under iOS5 you are limited to receipt of messages sent to your email address.
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    I Pad 3 vs I-Phone 4 Messages problem

    In regards to replies, the I Pad 3 has all of the bells & whistles regarding Wi-Fi.
    Regarding. I-Phone to I pad3 Messaging, only my daughters I Phone 4 ( and not my sons identical I Phone 4 ) is received on my I Pad 3.
    I updated my I Pad 3 today, so hopefully, this may improve if not solve the problem.
    Thanks to all, for your intelligent, knowledgeable replies.
    Jim
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    Hope it works. Please let us know, one way or the other.
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    To receive messages on your pad your son will need to send them through your email address. Each conversation started from your iPad will leave a thread where you can just continue the messaging from. Send a message to your son via his email address from your iPad, he can then respond to you on this new thread. The problem should then be solved.

    I'm assuming your son does have iMessage activated.

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