When exactly does a person you're writing see the dots when you're typing in iMessage

infinitiman96

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In messages, if you're communicating with someone via iMessage (as opposed to regular SMS), you see 3 dots when they're typing, before their message is sent. But when exactly do you see these? Do they have to actually be typing? What if they their cursor is in the box and flashing, but they haven't typed anything? When do the dots disappear?
 

creativedogmedia

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In messages, if you're communicating with someone via iMessage (as opposed to regular SMS), you see 3 dots when they're typing, before their message is sent. But when exactly do you see these? Do they have to actually be typing? What if they their cursor is in the box and flashing, but they haven't typed anything? When do the dots disappear?
When they are typing. They can type a letter/word and then erase it and it will show it and then not show it.
 

Stuke00

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In messages, if you're communicating with someone via iMessage (as opposed to regular SMS), you see 3 dots when they're typing, before their message is sent. But when exactly do you see these? Do they have to actually be typing? What if they their cursor is in the box and flashing, but they haven't typed anything? When do the dots disappear?
If there is any text in the box it shows. If you accidentally hit the space and leave that space there, they will see the dots. I think it will eventually go away tho.
 

infinitiman96

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So if there is just a cursor in the text box and no characters have been typed it wont display the typing symbol?
 

marvz

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As long as the text box reads 'iMessage' nothing will show on the other iOS device/Mac. Any other case displays the dots.
 
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abshole765

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Once a key has been pressed the 3 dots will appear for as long as the person is typing, plus an additional 5-10 seconds, unless the send key has been pressed.

As soon as the text field has been cleared out (entered text and then deleted), I think the 3 dots immediately go away.
 

hamis92

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As long as the text box reads 'iMessage' or 'Message' nothing will show on the other iOS device/Mac. Any other case displays the dots.
What do you mean? It's specifically iMessage that shows the typing indicator on the recipient's device. 'Message' indicates an SMS or MMS will be sent (no dots in the recipient's end in that case). Beyond these three there aren't any other protocols the Messages app on iOS supports.
 

marvz

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What do you mean? It's specifically iMessage that shows the typing indicator on the recipient's device. 'Message' indicates an SMS or MMS will be sent (no dots in the recipient's end in that case). Beyond these three there aren't any other protocols the Messages app on iOS supports.
Sorry, my fault! Of course it only happens when using iMessage.
Edited my post.:eek:
 

jrswizzle

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Once a key has been pressed the 3 dots will appear for as long as the person is typing, plus an additional 5-10 seconds, unless the send key has been pressed.

As soon as the text field has been cleared out (entered text and then deleted), I think the 3 dots immediately go away.
Correct - just tested this out as I was curious as well. As soon as anything is entered (letter, word, space) the dots appear. When empty, they go away.
 

dlbs

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Correct - just tested this out as I was curious as well. As soon as anything is entered (letter, word, space) the dots appear. When empty, they go away.
This is not always the case my friend.

Example:
- ENTER text
- TAP and HOLD on a previously sent message
- TAP on "more"
- SELECT a message and DELETE it (the keyboard should have disappeared)
- the dots are gone - regardless if you place the cursor in the text box with text in it :)

tested on MBP using messages.app and iphone6s