Messages App iOS 8

Apple has made some welcomed improvements in iOS 8 to the Messages app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are several new features that affect group conversations, sharing your location in a message, an attachment overview, sending multiple photos and videos at once and more. Take a look ahead for a detailed explanation of these and other new iMessage features ahead… 

Improved group conversations

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First and foremost are improvements to the way group messaging is handled. If you have ever been involved in a group conversation on iMessage in which several participants are talking, you have probably experienced an annoying onslaught of notifications. Fortunately, iMessage in iOS 8 now lets you enable Do Not Disturb mode for a group conversation. Simply toggle the feature on and you will no longer receive notifications from that conversation. You can also add or remove participants in a group conversation, share your location, rename the group conversation and leave a thread whenever you want.

Tap to Talk

Tap to Talk Messages iOS 8

Messages for iOS 8 now lets you add your voice to the conversation, with a new tap to talk feature that lets you capture your voice, laugh or part of a song and send it as an audio message. This functionality is available on competing cross-platform messaging services like WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger, so it was only a matter of time before it arrived on iMessage. To record an audio message, simply tap the microphone button. To listen, hold the iPhone to your ear or tap the play button.

Quick Videos

Quick Video iOS 8

Another new feature in the Messages app that brings it on par with competing services like WhatsApp is the ability to quickly record and send video clips in conversations. Simply hold down the recording button and send the video when you are done. Now you can capture those must-see moments straight away, instead of having to go through multiple steps to record and send videos.

Handoff

Continuity iOS 8

Messages is one of the apps that benefits from Handoff, a new feature that lets you start composing a message on one Mac or iOS device and finish it on another that is logged in under the same iCloud account. The same functionality extends to other apps like Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynotes, Maps, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts too. I can already envision myself using this feature on almost a daily basis.

Other Features

All Attachments Messages

  • Tap to view all media attachments
  • Send multiple photos and videos at once
  • Share your location

I for one am very excited about these refinements to iMessage in iOS 8, especially the ability to mute a group conversation. After receiving multiple notifications from a group conversation I was involved in just a few days ago, the timing couldn’t have been better for that feature to be announced. As always, stay tuned for more coverage of iMessage on iOS 8 over the next few hours and more extensively in the days ahead.

  • Brandon Pereira

    Ability to leave a thread?! Thank god!

  • Joe

    Great but why won’t they allow group chats with android users? This is an inexcusable problem. Please fix this apple!

    • Rigs101

      Maybe because they’re a different os just like I can’t play my ps4 online against xbox 1 users maybe

      • Joe

        Thats apples to oranges.

        The fact that apple has limited the ability to group chat with android users is ridiculous, and serves no legitimate business purpose. Just because I can’t group chat with androids doesn’t mean I’ll text less, its just more fuel for apple-haters as yet another restriction on the use of a device the user owns. Apple should fix it because 1) it makes sense, and 2) its the right thing to do.

      • Rigs101

        True they should make a tweak for jailbroken devices to do just this and maybe apple will “innovate” that idea

      • Siddharth Desai

        I group text with friends with Android OS all the time. I wonder if its device/OS version specific or if there’s a setting in Android that could possibly enable this. I’ll try to find out.

      • Joe

        Thank you so much, any advice you can give is much appreciated. I have an unjailbroken iPhone 5s on T-mobile’s network (16.1) iOS Version 7.1.1.

      • Siddharth Desai

        One friend has Nexus 5 and the other a Galaxy S5. I think both run KitKat, so yeah may be the version is the issue.

    • Rowan09

      I group chat with friends on different platforms all the time.

    • Collin Chapin

      What Android OS are you running? I’m on Kit Kat with absolutely no issues participating in group messages with iPhone users.

      In fact it annoys the crap out of me for this exact reason which is that I then get tons of notifications for days from all these people I don’t care about.

      • Rigs101

        I think your the first person that’s running on android commenting on an apple news site and is not bashing apple a new a hole

      • Collin Chapin

        I have nothing against Apple.. I own a MacBook and used an iPod until my phone replaced the need for it.

        As a personal opinion I feel that for ME Android has way more functionality but I completely understand why that does not apply to everyone.

        There are only a few things left holding me back from switching back to iPhone and i’m really hoping the iPhone 6 makes some of those things a reality.

      • Joe

        Let me give a little background: I have a group chat with 7 other friends. Two of them have androids, the other 5 have iPhones. None are jailbroken. I have trouble receiving messages from the android users while in the group chat. I usually get most group messages from other folks in the group that are iPhone users. I went to T-mobile last week and talked to them about why this was happening, and they were no help, referring me to Apple, and ultimately saying that Apple officially does not support group messaging with androids and iPhones. Um what? I had previously group chatted with my friends with no issue. So I’m not sure if this is a network issue or phone issue because I often receive text messages that are delayed by as many as 5 or 6 hours. I have refreshed my network settings on my phone, turned iMessage on and off, etc. Everything short of replacing the phone.

        Anyone have any ideas on what could be affecting my phone like this? All help is appreciated!

      • Collin Chapin

        If you are having trouble receiving the messages from the Android users it’s probably because they are running an older version of Android.

        One of the few disadvantages to Android in my opinion!

      • Joe

        Word. I’ll have them look into that.

        Thank you.

      • Collin Chapin

        Unfortunately for you (and them) if they’re on an older version of Android it’s probably not possible to upgrade to a newer one.

        It MAY be but most likely not. The only other alternative would be to have them try a different SMS app which may do the trick.

        Good luck!

      • Dave

        … the often-by-apple-mentioned fragmentation of android, compared to the almost 90% iOS 7 adoption vs. under 10% for kitkat…

      • Collin Chapin

        I’m not sure if you’re trying to make a point here or if you’re just throwing statistics around.

        Either way, i’ll give you an upvote for the effort.

      • Dave

        I wanted to support with some facts your statement, that the problem might be that most android devices never get updates and so most are on a really old version.

    • Dave

      because there’s no iMessage for platforms other than iOS. Man, that’s a really stupid question!

      • Collin Chapin

        It’s not a stupid question at all. I have no issue whatsoever participating in group chats (with people on iOS) from an Android device.

        His question was legitimate, your answer was stupid.

      • Joe

        God bless your heart, you missed the point of the whole exercise Dave. Of course iMessage isn’t on other platforms, we know that. The issue was iMessage working to prevent iOS users from receiving android-based SMS in group chats.

        Go back, re-read the article, the original post, and try again. This time focus on comprehension, instead of merely just looking to insult people

      • Dave

        I understood from your post that you were wondering why you can’t write iMessages with android users. If you only write ‘message’ it can be a lot of stuff: iMessage, SMS, with ‘message’ you could even mean a whatsapp message 😉 (in this case not because we’re talking about the messages App of the iphone, but it wasn’t clear if you mean iMessage or SMS..)

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    iOS8 – 1 iOS 7 Jailbreak – 2

  • jocastro

    thank god for leave thread!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rowan09

    I must applaud Apple for IOS 8. Great improvements by far.

  • asdlb4

    But still no quick reply…

    • JoshuaHulgan

      No they did add quick reply!
      😀

      • asdlb4

        Did I miss it??? Why is no one talking about this. It’s only probably one of the most asked for features.

      • JoshuaHulgan

        Exactly right?!?
        But yes it’s there.
        It’s done in the notification center.
        Go back and watch the video.
        They talked about it for a minute.

      • asdlb4

        Cool thanks! Yeah, I looked it up. Kind of buried, funny. Maybe They felt bad for waiting so long and didn’t want to promote the fact that it’s a ‘new’ feature. Anyway, haven’t had the chance to watch the presentation yet…tonight!!!

      • JoshuaHulgan

        Well it would have been more clear had it been in this article.

  • JoshuaHulgan

    The biteSMS like functionality I’ve been waiting for!
    Widgets. Interapp operability.
    This time around they really knocked a number of jailbreak/android functionality off the list.

  • That’s interesting, More bandwith 🙂

  • cyndi walp

    can you send video to none iphone users, I cant do it if you can just to other iphones