iMessage Question: How does it actually work?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by faqdroid, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. faqdroid macrumors newbie

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    Sep 24, 2014
    #1
    Howdy.

    New iPhone 6. Created an Apple ID...etc.

    Now I've received a text from my friend, but instead of showing her number in my Messages App, it states her EMAIL address. I understand that it is because we are both using iPhones, but why didn't her name appear as her name as stored in my contacts list?

    ALSO, what if I am outside or disabled my Wi-Fi/3G connection, if she texts me, will it then be sent to my phone number, and NOT my iMessage/Apple ID address?

    Here are extra details.

    Message settings:

    iMessage: enabled
    Send as SMS: enabled
    Send & Receive: 2 addresses (phone and iMessage/ID)

    So, say I'm not connected to the internet, if she continues her text thread from our previous conversation on iMessage, will I still receive the text on my phone, ie, it will be sent to my actual phone number instead? (Since I'm not connected via Wi-Fi).

    Thank you! :)
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

    BrianBaughn

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    Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
    #2
    Your friend may have her email address selected in Settings>Messages>Send & Receive>START NEW CONVERSATION FROM on the device she is sending from.

    If your iPhone's data/wifi is off completely, you have NO other running devices or computers set up to receive your iMessages, and she has Settings>Messages>Send as SMS "On" then the iPhone will try to send the message as SMS.

    At least that's the way I think it would work!
     

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