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

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  1. infinitiman96 macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  2. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816

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    When they are typing. They can type a letter/word and then erase it and it will show it and then not show it.
     
  3. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  4. infinitiman96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  5. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

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    Grab two iPhones and check it out, these aren't things we are supposed to know.
     
  6. infinitiman96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have another iPhone to experiment with which is why I'm asking.
     
  7. marvz, Mar 18, 2014
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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.
     
  8. abshole765 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  9. hamis92 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  10. marvz macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, my fault! Of course it only happens when using iMessage.
    Edited my post.:eek:
     
  11. hamis92 macrumors 6502

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    No problem, mate. Your post still has the information backwards, though :)
     
  12. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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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.
     
  13. dlbs macrumors newbie

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    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
     

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