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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by amyberta, May 6, 2018.

  1. amyberta

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    I was trying to text someone from my iPad 9.7 and the name comes up in red. That person doesn’t have AT&T like I do. I tried someone else who doesn’t have an iPhone same thing. I never had this problem before. How do I fix it?
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  2. amyberta

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    I forgot to say I can text these people from my iPhone.
     
  3. Thomas1977

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    Dear Amy, do you have the most recent iOS that your iPad and iPhone can take? Perhaps it might be that the person your texting is not up to date or your not updated.
     
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    Thanks Thomas, it’s okay now, I had to enable text forwarding.
     
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    Edit: Oops, should have read the last message. I’ll leave this up anyway, in case anyone had questions about what was going on.

    The iPhone can send texts over iMessage (Apple’s service) and SMS (the cell phone service). The iPad (by itself) can only send via iMessages.

    SMS works between all cell phones. It is not an internet service, it’s a basic cell service.

    iMessage only works between Apple devices.

    When you send using an iPhone it is sent via iMessages if the receiving number is an Apple device. If it is not, then it defaults back to SMS. You can tell in the Messages app. When you send/receive from iMessages the text bubble is blue. When you are sending to a non-Apple device the message bubble is green.

    The iPad, by itself, can only send to other Apple devices via iMessages, and using an internet connection. However; if youy you have a new enough iPhone and iPad running a recent version of iOS and using the same Apple ID, you can tell the iPhone to let the iPad use it’s SMS service to send messages. To turn this on, go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding on your iPhone and enable the iPad.
     

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    I suppose it could also depend on weather or not the iPad is a WiFi only or can use cellular data as I know some iPads have that ability.
     
  7. J. A.

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    No, it doesn‘t depend on that feature. Without iPhone, it’s not possible to send messages to or receive them from non-Apple devices on the iPad.
     
  8. amyberta

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    I have a different problem, but same person, I can send a group message and she can answer me, but when she sends me a message I am not getting it. We both have iPhones but different carriers, but that shouldn’t matter because I get texts from other people with other carriers. She is not blocked. Hope somebody has an answere, because this is very strange.
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