Apple’s iMessage fix could end headaches if you move to Android

apples imessage fix coming

Leaving Apple is tough. Several key features of iOS are impossible to transfer when you switch to a new device. One of the worst losses is iMessage. As if it weren’t bad enough to lose the ability to text all your iPhone-using friends for free, a bug in the system allows your friends to continue sending iMessages to the iPhone you no longer have. That means you don’t get all those important messages.

The real problem lies in Apple’s system. When you switch to another platform, such as Android or Windows Phone, but you keep the old phone number associated with your former iPhone, iMessage continues to recognize your device as an iPhone. As such, your friends continue to send you iMessages rather than regular text messages and all those conversations get lost in the ether. Apple attempted to resolve the issue before, but a recent problem in its servers negates most of the earlier bug fixes.

The issue has plagued former iPhone users ever since iMessage debuted in 2011. Whenever an iPhone user sends a text via iMessage, the text travels through Apple’s servers, bypassing the wireless carriers. Not only does iMessage allow users to avoid SMS and MMS charges, it also lets you enable the ability to see if the message has been received and when it was read, while simultaneously sending the message to iMessage on all your Apple devices.

It’s a great service for Apple users, but it turns into an absolute nightmare for those who choose to leave that cozy ecosystem for Android or Windows Phone. The main problem lies in Apple’s inability to maintain an accurate list of numbers associated with iPhones. As soon as someone ditches their iPhone, but keeps their old number, the confusion starts and messages are lost. Although Apple has tried to fix the issue, the problem persists.

Now, Apple says it is hard at work  to end the iMessage confusion. The server issue has been eliminated, but a fully functional software update is still forthcoming.

“We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update,” Apple told Re/code in a statement. “For users still experiencing an issue, please contact AppleCare.”

Former Apple users have expressed  their frustration on all the available Internet portals, Apple support forums, and most recently, in court. Last week, a California woman filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple for interfering with the delivery of text messages with iMessage. She argues that iMessage prevents those who switch devices from getting the full value out of their wireless plans, which violates California’s unfair competition law.

Apple has yet to comment on the case, but surely its increased efforts to solve the problem sooner rather than later have something to do with its growing number of dissatisfied exes.

Social Media

Twitter keeps your direct messages, even years after you delete them

Twitter is keeping copies of direct messages sent through the social network even years after users delete them, according to security researcher Karan Saini who discovered an archive containing old DMs from deleted and suspended accounts.
Home Theater

Here's a handy guide to mirroring your favorite devices to your TV screen

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device (or PC) to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen.

Don't take your provider's word for it. Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Google Pixel 3: Can Samsung beat the stock Android king?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is here, offering modern specs, a beautifully high-resolution display, and an edge-to-edge design with a small cutout in the display for the front-facing camera. But can the phone take out the Google Pixel 3?

Protect your iPhone or iPad with the IPVanish VPN, on sale through February

One of our favorite virtual private networks for iPhones and iPads, IPVanish, is now offering a huge discount on its two-year subscription as part of its 7th-birthday promotion. Read on to find out more about how this VPN works and how you…

Samsung’s wide range of Galaxy products means there’s something for everyone

Samsung launched a host of new products on February 20, with prices ranging from just $35, all the way up to nearly $2,000. This was not by chance, and the company believes it has something for everyone in 2019.

Verizon is launching real standards-based 5G in 30 cities in 2019

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it will also begin deploying mobile 5G in the coming months. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network and when it will be in your town.

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.

Samsung Galaxy S10e vs. OnePlus 6T: Can the Flagship Killer survive?

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is the new affordable flagship on the block, but at $750, it's $200 more than the OnePlus 6T. Does the Flagship Killer stand a chance against the new generation of flagship devices? Let's take a closer look.

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Product Review

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are a brilliant combination of value and comfort

With six hours of battery life, an extremely comfortable fit, sweatproofing, and a very palatable price tag, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are putting all other true wireless earbuds on notice.

Amazon drops a sweet deal on the Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch for women

Unlike many other smartwatches geared toward women, the Kate Spade Scallop offers a more chic and minimalistic look. With this Amazon sale going on right now, you can get it for $109 off its retail price.

Lyft’s Shared Saver service offers cheaper rides, but you’ll have to walk a little

Lyft has launched a new ride option called Shared Saver that offers cheaper rides if you're willing to walk a little. Shared Saver designates a nearby pick-up point and drops you off a short distance from your final destination.