Send free SMS messages on iPad


Discover how to send free text messages, photos and more on iPad…

The iPad can’t send regular SMS messages, but it can send iMessages over a WiFi connection from one iOS device to another.

That means it’s possible to send test messages to another iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, but not other mobile phones. iMessages can include text, pictures, audio and map locations, and they send in an instant. It’s also possible to see if the recipient has recieved and read the message.

In this tutorial we’ll cover the basics of sending Messages from your iPad. It’s never been easier to OMG, BRB or LOL…


1. Open Messages

Tap the Messages app icon to get started. If you’ve never used the app before, then log in using your Apple ID, then tap the new message icon in the top right corner to begin a new message.

iMessage sign up on iPad

1. Open Messages

2. Add contacts

Begin to type the name of the contact you wish to message in the To: field. You can add further recipients by tapping the plus icon to the right. If you’re unsure of a contacts name, then close Messages, open Contacts, select a contact and tap Send Message.

Creating a new message

2. Add contacts

3. Get typing

Tap the small text entry field halfway down the screen to enter a message. You can also speak your message out-loud by tapping the microphone button, saying the words you wish to send and then pausing to complete the sentence. Tap Send to send your message.


4. Send photos and videos

To share a photo or video with your contact, tap the camera icon to the left of your message. You can either take a new capture or select one from the Gallery. Alternatively, you can copy and paste a photo directly into the message field.

Send photos and videos with your message

4. Send photos and videos

5. Sending location or contact

Attaching your current location to a message isn’t done through Messages. You’ll need to open Maps, find your current location, tap on the blue pin and share it via Messages. Similarly, sharing a contact can be done by selecting it in Contacts, then tapping the Share Contact button.


6. Deleting conversations

To clear an entire conversation, navigate to the main Messages window then swipe left to right across the chat session you wish to erase. A Delete button will appear that you can tap on to remove the conversation.

How to delete a message

6. Deleting conversations