iMessage conversation merging

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by ShadowofBob, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. ShadowofBob macrumors newbie

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    How does iMessage choose to combine existing SMS conversations with new iMessage conversations? On my friends Verizon iPhone 4 it just continued our conversation yet on my phone it made a new one. I've tried erasing and continuing our SMS conversation from my AT&T iPhone 4, but it just sends a SMS initially then when she replies back it creates a new conversation for the iMessage. Anyone else run into this issue?
     
  2. CrAkD, Oct 13, 2011
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    CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    Your prob using your same number as a caller Id and she's prob using an email. If someone decides to use an email as the caller I'd it'll start a new Convo. If you have this email in the contact you can't tell. Start a new Convo with the email and that'll be it.
     
  3. ShadowofBob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I'll tell her to try that. I don't understand why it would default her CallerID to email and mine to my phone number. She hasn't messed with any settings. Shouldn't they all be the same after the upgrade to iOS 5?
     
  4. ShadowofBob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I had her check and Caller ID is defaulted to her phone number. Not sure why iMessage will only combine the conversation on her end.
     
  5. sieeegel macrumors newbie

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    Ok I think I understand what is happening...

    When someone sends an imessage to your phone number, it will ONLY go to your phone.

    When someone sends an imessage to your appleid, or alternate email, it will go to all your devices and sync magically.

    I have no idea what the "caller id" thing does because if I have caller id set up as my apple id, and my friend sends me an imessage to my phone number, and I reply, they see my phone number and not the appleid i have set for "CallerId"

    The problem lies when someone else starts a convo with you over SMS, and it is changed to an imessage convo. From then on, that person is having a imessage convo with your phone number and not your appleid, or alternate email.

    A fix would be to have apple allow any imessage chat sent to your phone number to also be pushed to your appleid, therefore, you wouldnt have to rely on your friend to continually send the messages to you appleid, and not your phone number. To me this would make sense. I am used to sending texts to phone numbers and not email addresses.

    Am i missing something?
     
  6. ShadowofBob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I figured out the problem. I had my friend's email in her contact card and she did not have mine. If you have the persons Apple ID/email it will create a new/2nd conversation in messages for that person instead of defaulting to continue with that contacts SMS convo. Once I removed her email from the contact card when I went into the SMS conversation it gave me the option to send an iMessage.

    TL;DR
    Kind of a annoying flaw on apple's part here. If you have someone's email that is the same as their Apple ID on a contact card it will create a new conversation in Messages rather than keep on going in your existing SMS conversation with that person.
     

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