How to Enable the Character Counter in Messages App on iPhone
The Messages app on your iPhone allows you to both send regular messages via your carrier and it also lets you use the iMessage service to send messages to the users who’ve got an Apple device.
While the iMessage service doesn’t have a limit of characters that you can send in a single message, the regular message service is usually capped at 160 characters per message. Almost every carrier in the world has imposed this restriction and you’re only allowed to have 160 characters in a single message.
If you’ve used the messaging service on your iPhone, you would’ve noticed that it doesn’t show you the character counter by default. Since it doesn’t show the counter, you have no idea how many characters you’ve typed in a message. And manually counting the number of characters in a message is a foolish task.
To help you resolve it, iOS does have the option to let you see the character count in the messages app on your devices. With the option enabled on your iPhone, you should be able to see a counter next to where you’re typing a message and that way you’ll know if you’ve exceeded the regular message character limit.
Here’s how to enable the feature:
Enabling the Character Counter in the Messages App on Your iPhone
1. Tap on Settings on the Springboard of your iPhone to launch the settings panel. The messages’ app settings are located in this Settings panel.
2. When the Settings Panel opens, tap on the option that says Messages. It’s for accessing the Messages app settings on your iPhone.
3. When the Messages settings panel launches, scroll a bit down and you’ll see an option saying Character Count. That’s the option we’ve been looking for.
Turn the toggle to the ON position for Character Count and the feature should be enabled on your iPhone.
4. Press the Home button on your iPhone to get to the home screen. From there, tap on the Messages icon to launch the messages app.
5. When the app launches, tap on the New Message icon on the top to compose a new message using the messages app.
6. Write down your message and when you reach two lines of your message, the counter should appear just above the Send button. It’ll show you how many characters you’ve typed so far and also the 160 characters limit.
So, that’s how you can have your iPhone to show you the character counter when you’re sending a new text message using the Messages app.
If you’ve just started to type your message, you won’t see the counter as I said above. It’ll only appear when you’ve typed two or more lines as that’s when your iPhone thinks you’ll need to take a look at the character counter; otherwise, it’s just fine without the counter.
Not only does the counter help you to stay in your carrier’s message limits, but it also lets you know when you’re talking too much. The counter should help you compose small but really meaningful text messages on your iPhone.
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