A text-messaging plan (cellular data plan) is required for you to send text messages on your iPhone unless you’re using iMessage. If Wi-Fi is unavailable, the messages you’re sending via iMessage are sent over cellular data. This means incurring extra charges for cellular data usage on your account. If you don’t want to pay additional fees, then you can download a free texting app that’s compatible with your iPhone and use it to send free online text messages instead. This context will give you some inputs on the available options for you to start sending and receiving text messages for free on your iPhone. Read on for more details.
Sending free text messages using iMessage
iMessage is an integrated messaging feature of Apple’s built-in messaging app called Messages. With iMessages, sending and receiving of messages on the iPhone is carried out using Wi-Fi Internet connection. This means Wi-Fi must be enabled and your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi internet. The messages can be composed and sent through the stock Messages app on your iPhone. Here’s how:
- Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
- Tap the Create icon to start composing your message or go to an existing conversation.
- Tap on the text field and then type in your message.
- When you’re done typing your message, tap the Send icon to send it.
The message will then be sent through Wi-Fi for free. Be sure to indicate the correct recipient or contact information (phone number, email address or Apple ID). Messages send through iMessage can contain photos, videos, audio files and attachments.
Sending free text messages using free text messaging apps online
Download the free texting app you want to use on your iPhone. Be sure to read the minimum system requirements of the app so you will know if it’s compatible with or supported by your iPhone. Otherwise, find other compatible apps that serve similar purpose. Once you’ve the app downloaded and installed on your iPhone, run the app and follow the onscreen instructions to send and receive text messages for free. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the Internet for your app to work as intended.
Among the widely used online free texting apps for new iOS devices include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Telegram, and Signal to name some. So here’s what you need to do to get started sending text messages for free with any of the said apps:
- Download the text messaging app you want from the App Store.
- Install the app on your iPhone.
- Once the app is completely installed, run or launch it.
- Start creating your message on the provided text field and don’t indicate the contact details for your recipient. Just tap on the Create New Message icon then compose your message.
- When you’re done typing your message, set the recipient information then tap the Send icon.
Your message will then be sent.
Note that menu options, command icons, and functionality may vary depending on the app you’re using.
Nonetheless, like Messenger and other leading online messaging apps, most of not all of these apps are designed to offer a user-friendly interface that suits the needs of both tech savvy and novice smartphone users. You can download and install any of these apps on your iPhone and then try and see how it works.
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