How to Send SMS From iPad – Guide

Sending SMS text messages from an iPad is not as simple as it sounds. You may have noticed that the Messages app came pre-installed, but it’s for sending iMessages (which can only be sent to other iPhone or iPad users) instead of standard SMS text messages (which you can send to anyone with a phone). We are going to go through the different alternatives for sending messages from an iPad in this post.

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The Messages app on an iPad is limited as it can only send iMessages. They are better than SMS messages (because they are completely free), but also worse (because you can only send them to other people in iMessage – that is, other iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users). To start up the Messages app and tap compose button – is the square with a pencil punching it diagonally (to the right of the ‘Messages’ heading on the left bar in the figure below). Start typing the name of the contact you want to send a message to and iOS will offer to complete it for you. But can you send a message to that person? If the name is blue in the auto-suggest field, they are in iMessage and you can send them a message without paying a dime. If the name is gray – and then displays in red when you select it – they’re not (probably on Android) and you’ll see an ‘Undelivered’ error message or you won’t be able to enable sending button at all.

Text messaging apps

There are other options, however. Search the App Store for texting apps and you’ll find plenty of free offers. One that we found quite useful is TextMe, which offers a small number of free SMS messages, generating a phone number where your message appears to come from (so remember to sign with your name, or the recipient will think they are being stalked). Once the initial credits are used up, you can get more by watching video ads or inviting friends – or paying, of course. And the game itself has some ads, even appearing between messages in the conversation window. (They can also be removed by paying.) But it’s a solid enough app if you need it urgently.

messaging alternatives

Of course, if you have access to the web via Wi-Fi or cellular, it’s worth asking why you specifically need to text from your iPad. The most obvious free alternative is email, although most people are less likely to notice emails than text messages. Try sending a tweet, which, while limited in characters, allows you to attach images. The average Twitter user will have notifications set up so they are immediately alerted to direct messages or mentions. Personally, I think that within working hours the best option is usually Slack; a direct message or a public message mentioning the person’s username will generate a notification. Many people have the do not disturb set up outside office hours, however, so it’s less useful.

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