Best new Messages features in iOS 8

This article looks at 8 brilliant new Messages features Apple introduced iOS 8.

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  • Group Conversations
  • Exit/Mute Group Conversations
  • Tap to talk
  • Share location
  • Attachments
  • Send multiple photos & videos
  • Mark all as read
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8 tips for Messages in iOS 8

Apple introduced several new features for Messages and iMessages when it launched iOS 8 in September. Here, we look at what's new when sending and receiving messages from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

1. Group conversations: Add new people partway through the conversation...

In iOS 8, you can add new people to a group conversation. To do so, go to your group conversation, tap details and then tap Add Contact.

Read next: How to fix iOS iMessage problems | How to send and receive text messages on Mac

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Apple introduced several new features for Messages and iMessages when it launched iOS 8 in September. Here, we look at what's new when sending and receiving messages from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

1. Group conversations: Add new people partway through the conversation...

In iOS 8, you can add new people to a group conversation. To do so, go to your group conversation, tap details and then tap Add Contact.

Read next: How to fix iOS iMessage problems | How to send and receive text messages on Mac

 

Or gracefully exit (or mute) group conversations when they get annoying

If you're fed up with getting pinging alerts from a group conversation, you can now leave it at any point - no longer do you need to send a gritted-teeth message asking to 'unsubscribe' (which would only get ignored).

To do so, go to Details, scroll down and then tap Leave this Conversation.

More subtly, you can mute group conversations on a per-thread basis - the rest of your messages will carry on generating normal notifications, but your iPhone won't buzz to let you know any further updates to this conversation.

Again, go to Details, then turn the 'Do Not Disturb' slider on (it will appear green).

Read: Best iOS 8 keyboard apps for iPhone and iPad

 

Tap to Talk: Record instant audio messages on your iPhone

A neat new feature is that you can now send short audio messages instead of typing out text. Touch and hold on the microphone icon beside the text box to record your message, or simply hold your device up to your ear and speak, and then swipe up to send it. If you want to cancel and delete, swipe left.

4. 'Lift to hear' (and reply to) your voice messages

If you want to hear a message, you can simply hold the iPhone up and listen to it like it's a phone call, in a lovely, neat bit of gesture control. Better still, you can immediately speak your reply into the iPhone once the original is finished, and as soon as you lower the phone it will be sent.

Read: How to send a text message when iMessage isn't working

 

Share location in a conversation

You can now share your location in a conversation, and you can automatically share your location with every text you send in a conversation (this can be set to turn off after one hour or at the end of the day).

To share your location once, tap details and then tap 'Send My Current Location'.

To share your location automatically, tap 'Share My Location' and then choose between 'Share for One Hour,' 'Share Until End of Day,' or 'Share Indefinitely.'

 

Properly organised attachments

With Messages for iOS 8, you can now view every attachment to a Message conversation: they're all organised in one place at the bottom of 'Details'. It's a great way to view all the attachments from a busy conversation at once, and far better than the awkward piecemeal method before.

Find out how to make space on an iPhone when you need it

 

Send multiple photos and videos at once

Last but not least, you can now select multiple photos and videos from the Photos app and send them all at once. A simple addition, but one that's sure to prove handy.

You'll notice that it's now easier to send photos and videos than it was in iOS 7. Tap the camera icon and then you'll see a scrollable list of photos you've taken recently. You can choose as many as you want from this list by tapping on them (a blue tick will appear if it's selected).

Alternatively, tap and hold the camera icon and you can capture a photograph by swiping upwards (this photo will automatically send once you've captured it) or record a video by swiping right.

 

Mark all as read

A really handy new feature is that you can now mark all messages as read. All you need to do is tap edit and then tap 'Read All.'

Find our more about iOS 8 in our iOS 8 tips and tricks round-up.

Plus, read these advanced iOS 8 tips you don’t know yet

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