iMessage - How to properly receive messages that were sent to your phone number?
I've got both my iPhone and my iPad configured with the same Apple ID, iMessage turned on (and also iCloud, but I don't think this should matter)
Anyway, if someone iMessages me to my email address, it would properly arrive on both my iPhone and iPad. However, if they message my cell number - it would only arrive at my iPhone (as an iMessage), but not on my iPad - what's the point?! (no one should know that he has to SMS my mail address for my devices to show the message as expected)
Are you familiar with this thing? Do you think it's by design? Is there some kind of fix?
It does seem like it might be possible to engineer the system so that an incoming message to a cell number is co-opted into an iMessage thread and essentially forwarded to your iMessage account.
So, when I receive a text or message to my cell, my iPhone forwards that message to my Apple ID, causing the conversation thread to appear on the non iPhone device.
I already have my "caller ID" set to one of my email addresses on both devices, so any replies I make come from an email anyway (I believe).
Not sure how technically possible this is, but the iMessage system would be a lot stronger if more of the threading was done behind the scenes. As it stands, conversations with people who don't initiate communication to an email address become fractured or at least restricted to appearing only on your iPhone.
I hope Apple can clean this up. Would be great. iMessage does seem like a fantastic start to the process of killing traditional text messages and their associated costs and making phone NUMBERS obsolete. It seems apple, like other companies are indeed interested in creating more personal IDs by which to communicate.
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When I select a contact to send a message to, my iPhone sends a request to Apple's servers saying "Hey, is this contact an iMessage user?" And then, based on the contact's phone number or email address, the server responds with a yes or a no. That's why, when you select a new contact for the first time, the "Send" button changes from green (SMS) to blue (iMessage) as you're typing the message.
Your iPhone decides before you send the message whether it's going to be delivered via SMS or iMessage. Apple doesn't have any ties into the SMS delivery system other than normal sending an receiving as every phone has supported for years.
That being said, yes: it makes sense that Apple, when they look up my phone number and determine that I use iMessage, should automatically reroute the iMessage to my email address instead of my phone number, so that I can receive it on both my devices. Why they don't I can't say.
What would be really impressive, as lirand suggested, is the ability for the iPhone to receie standard SMS messages and then forward them as iMessages to my other devices.
Since they both should not collect your data, keeping you anonymous as in your EULA, that would be the theoretical reason.
The iPad version's "Receive at" contains your Apple ID email by default and allows you to add additional email address if you'd like to give out a different one for friends to message you. On the iPhone this defaults to the phone's number as well as the Apple ID email address, and the number can't be edited.
The reasoning seems to be that your iPad has no knowledge that you also have an iPhone.
May someone try this please? I only own an iPhone and a Mac, but it would be very useful to know!!
I WOULD LOVE to be able to receive texts sent to my iPhone via my phone # from my iPad, but I think there's a technical limitation because WiFi iPad's cannot connect to cellular networks. If all iPads had cellular connections built it, I feel as if it would be as easy as setting your phone number as another way to receive messages on your iPad.
Alas, I don't think this feature will ever happen though.
- User opens up iMessage and messages a contact with phone number 555-5551
- Once sent, message is routed through Apple's servers.
- If phone number can receive iMessages, it's sent through Apple's server as that.
- Alternatively, if the phone number is not registered with iMessage (e.g., you message your friend on an Android device), Apple's server reroutes the message through normal text message channels. (With the standard caveat that standard messaging rates apply).
I noticed this issue too though and chalk it up to a bug in iMessage (or on Apple's backend) at the moment. This was one of the things they highlighted when they announced iOS 5 back in June.
But yes, if your friend on an Android tablet sends you a message, then it will work like how normal SMS messages work (e.g., only goes to a specific phone that has that phone number.)
So, I really do chalk this up to being a bug. Might be worth it for me to drop a line to some folks at Apple support though and seek further clarification!
(how do you do that BTW?)
If someone messages your phone number and your iPhone receives it, it should just use data services to forward it to all other relevant email addresses that are configured on the device.
This way, Apple doesn't even need to "know" your phone number (as supersic said it is forbidden to).
I am puzzled by the current behavior.
Hopefully Apple will look in to this and maybe come up with a solution.
It doesn't work this way for me, or for any other person I know of...