Send messages with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
With the Messages app, you can send messages to anyone using SMS/MMS or iMessage. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about sending, deleting, and using Messages.
What's the difference between SMS/MMS and iMessage?
SMS/MMS lets you send text messages and photos to other cell phones or devices. iMessage lets you send text messages, photos, and videos to other iOS devices or Macs over Wi-Fi, without worrying about text-messaging charges (cellular data charges might apply).
What do I need to use SMS/MMS and iMessage?
Here's what you need to use SMS/MMS and iMessage:
SMS/MMS: A text-messaging plan. Contact your carrier for more information.
iMessage: An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Wi-Fi or cellular data network connection.
How do I turn on iMessage?
Go to Settings > Messages and turn on iMessage.
Get help if you can't use your telephone number or Apple ID with iMessage.
How do I send a message?
In Messages, tap Compose button.
Then enter a phone number or email address, or tap Plus button and choose a contact.
Type in your message, or tap the camera icon to attach a photo or video, or tap Microphone to send an audio message. Tap Send to finish.
You can send photos, videos, or links directly from many apps by tapping Share button.
Safari with Share button
How can I send a message to a group?
To send a message to more than one person at a time, send a group message.
How do I know if my message used SMS/MMS or iMessage?
You can tell which type of message you're sending by the color of the Send button and text bubble.
SMS/MMS: Send button and text bubbles are green.
iMessage: Send button and text bubbles are blue.