Sending links in iMessage

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macrumors 6502
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Aug 5, 2013
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Does anyone else hate the new way you send links in iMessage? Instead of getting a link, it shows a thumbnail and the title of the website.

I can't figure out how to turn it off, so
A. It doesn't waste my cellular data
B. Often these are links to videos, and the videos will start auto-playing (from https://gfycat.com/)
C. I can no longer figure out which link I sent, as half the time, it just shows a basic picture and text.
 

mikzn

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Sep 2, 2013
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love it -very cool feature - i find it fun and more visual than just the link / text - also very cool in Sierra as well.

Great to receive this way as well - you kind of know what the link is about before you even click it.
 

Spink10

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Nov 3, 2011
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One of the only new features of message I am looking forward to - rest is too kiddy for me. Maybe a couple other features are nice.
 

IHelpId10t5

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Nov 28, 2014
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Actually, i wish that all links in iMessage, SMS, and email were changed to plain text (un-clickable) as a security measure!!!! Considering the Trident/Pegasus attack vector, others in the past, and the fact that people get phished daily by clicking links, it only makes sense that links are reduced to text. I also wish that any shortened URLs were removed immediately (URL shortening is a massive security fail).

Then, if you really want to infect yourself, you would at least need to select, copy, and paste the URL into the browser to do so.
 

Abazigal

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Jul 18, 2011
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Actually, i wish that all links in iMessage, SMS, and email were changed to plain text (un-clickable) as a security measure!!!! Considering the Trident/Pegasus attack vector, others in the past, and the fact that people get phished daily by clicking links, it only makes sense that links are reduced to text. I also wish that any shortened URLs were removed immediately (URL shortening is a massive security fail).

Then, if you really want to infect yourself, you would at least need to select, copy, and paste the URL into the browser to do so.
Isn't that what force touch is for? To let you preview the link so you know what you are in for before you actually click on the link itself.
 

anonymous6237

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Nov 3, 2007
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I like the feature in general but REALLY wish there was an option to disable or to tag a particular sender or message group to not show previews. Sometimes groups of friends, people you're in a relationship with, etc send NSFW images/gifs/links that I would really rather not automatically preview every time I open that message group.

Example: Someone in our group of friends sends a funny gyfcat link of something NSFW that they clearly say is NSFW. I don't get the option of not automatically showing that right when I open it. Great.
 
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alexmarchuk

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Jun 28, 2007
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More useful on the 6S with 3D Touch

I like the feature in general but REALLY wish there was an option to disable or to tag a particular sender or message group to not show previews. Sometimes groups of friends, people you're in a relationship with, etc send NSFW images/gifs/links that I would really rather not automatically preview every time I open that message group.

Example: Someone in our group of friends sends a funny gyfcat link of something NSFW that they clearly say is NSFW. I don't get the option of not automatically showing that right when I open it. Great.
Who is hovering over you that it's such an issue? Lol
 

Twicecharmed

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Mar 30, 2017
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Does anyone else hate the new way you send links in iMessage? Instead of getting a link, it shows a thumbnail and the title of the website.

I can't figure out how to turn it off, so
A. It doesn't waste my cellular data
B. Often these are links to videos, and the videos will start auto-playing (from https://gfycat.com/)
C. I can no longer figure out which link I sent, as half the time, it just shows a basic picture and text.
[doublepost=1490893782][/doublepost]I personally love the new feature as well.. but I looked for how to disable this feature for one ridiculous reason. My husband enjoys getting songs stuck in my head from time to time. I send a YouTube link back in response. But if he sees that I sent him a video of Barney singing "I love you" he's not going to listen. So silly reason to learn today that if I put in power save mode I can send just the link. Thank you macrumors
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[doublepost=1490893782][/doublepost]I personally love the new feature as well.. but I looked for how to disable this feature for one ridiculous reason. My husband enjoys getting songs stuck in my head from time to time. I send a YouTube link back in response. But if he sees that I sent him a video of Barney singing "I love you" he's not going to listen. So silly reason to learn today that if I put in power save mode I can send just the link. Thank you macrumors

PS it in fact did not work help?
 

CaptMarvel

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Sep 20, 2014
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I like the feature in general but REALLY wish there was an option to disable or to tag a particular sender or message group to not show previews. Sometimes groups of friends, people you're in a relationship with, etc send NSFW images/gifs/links that I would really rather not automatically preview every time I open that message group.

Example: Someone in our group of friends sends a funny gyfcat link of something NSFW that they clearly say is NSFW. I don't get the option of not automatically showing that right when I open it. Great.
This may sound snarky and by no means do I mean it to, but if your friends have the decency to warn or give you a heads up that something is "NSFW", why proceed to open it at work? Or at least out in the open at work? Surely a trip to the water cooler, breakroom or bathroom could reduce any Wandering eye Wallys or Nosey Nancys from peering over your shoulder or looking at your screen.
 
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